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 or 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.org alone, as we write this column, there are 227 chickens up for adoption and a whopping 4,501 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 snow — 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, attentions 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.
Two local animal welfare groups with both rabbits and chickens up for adoption are Lollypop Farm in Fairport, www.lollypop.org, and Spring Farm Cares in Oneida, www.springfarmcares.org
Contact them; find out what they require to approve such an adoption; put on your best (washable) spring outfit; go visit.
And speaking of getting ready for Easter, the OCHS Baking Brigade will hold its annual Easter Pie Sale at the Tractor Supply Store, 806 W. Broadway, Fulton, on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until sold out.
Come early for the best selection!
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 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.
Phone: (315) 207-1070.
Email: [email protected]
Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other!