SPCA launches new rabbit adoption initiative

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A new initiative from the SPCA is happening this weekend aimed at curbing the number of rabbits that get abandoned at its shelter after the Easter period.

Until 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon, people are being given the opportunity to visit the SPCA's shelter this weekend to take home a rabbit, which they would agree to care for for a period of three months.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who's thinking of adopting a rabbit, but still isn't sure," says the SPCA's Anita Kapuscinska. "What we're seeing is a lot of people end up with rabbits and don't have all the information on how to care for a rabbit properly, and often they don't realize what the requirements of taking care of a rabbit."

About 260 rabbits are left at the SPCA's Jean-Talon facility every year — the vast majority are left right after the Easter period. Many of them are given as gifts, with the gift-giver or the recipients often unaware that a rabbit is more than a toy; it's a lifelong commitment.

SPCA staff will be on hand with information and guidance that pet stores often won't give.

After the three-month trial period, the foster parents would be given the option to adopt on a permanent basis.

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