We’ve written about this before, but it never hurts to nag, in our opinion.
So here we go again.
It’s almost Easter and maybe you are thinking adorable little bunnies or chicks should be a part of your life, or your kids’ life, or your grandchildren’s life.
If you are a regular reader of this column then you probably know that we think that the practice of running out and buying baby chicks and rabbits as an Easter gift is a really really bad idea.
For a number of reasons — first of all they are not just puppies with big ears or kittens with feathers, they have unique needs for shelter, diet, health and training and there is a pretty good chance that you know nothing about any of that.
So these adorable little babies either die shortly after Easter in droves or they grow up to be full size not all that cute adult animals that you have no clue what to do with.
We know our readers would never abandon them.
But some people do and by the thousands they get turned into shelters.
On Petfinder.com alone, as we write this column a little more than two week before Easter, there are 247 chickens up for adoption and a whopping 4,553 rabbits.
Which brings us to our next idea — assuming that you are really serious about adding a rabbit or a chicken or maybe even several of each to your life.
In the real spirit of Easter (or Spring) which is all about renewal and joy and beginnings (AND THE END OF THE COLD – PLEASE), why not adopt?
What better way to teach your kids or grandkids or neighbors about the importance of treating all animals with kindness and respect and at the same time adding an interesting new dimension to your life?
First do your research about the care and needs of these animals, of course.
Figure out if you or your grandkids’ parents can provide the time, attention and money that it takes for proper care over the long haul.
Then get everyone on board for the project.
It will be so much more fun and rewarding than just going to a store.
One local animal welfare group with both rabbits and chickens up for adoption is Lollypop Farm in Fairport, www.lollypop.org.
Go on Petfinder to find others.
Contact them; find out what they require to approve such an adoption; put on your best (washable) spring outfit; go visit.
Happy Easter! Happy Spring!
Speaking of happiness, how about coming to the Fur Ball?
On April 29t from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego, there will be dinner and dancing, contests, a fabulous silent auction and more.
Invitations will be coming soon or go to our website to reserve a ticket online. $60 per person or $100 per couple.
Or call our office to ask about sponsorship.
You know you’re a party animal!
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.
Located at 29 W. Seneca St., Oswego, NY.
Email: [email protected]
Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.