Before you create that perfect photo opp of your darling toddler cuddling her precious new pet bunny, better first have a chat with Sandi Ackerman.
As founder and director of Rabbit Meadows Adoption Center in Redmond, Ackerman knows well the frenzy that occurs around Easter, when families get the urge to adopt a rabbit. “They want to get the Easter bunny for their kid, but they don’t realize rabbits are a lot of work,” she says. “Then the rabbit gets returned to our shelter.”
“Rabbits are excellent pets, as long as you know how to care for them,” says Ackerman. “Know what they eat (hay, vegetables and nutritional pellets), know their needs (rabbits don’t like to be held; they are ground critters), know how they thrive (indoors and in a confined space – puppy exercise pens are a great option), and know how to keep them safe (there are many ways to bunny-proof your house).”
The adoption fee is $70, which includes spaying. Rabbit Meadows is open daily from noon to 5; appointments are needed on weekdays, but not on weekends. You can see pictures of available bunnies here.
Here is a list of some of our favorite places around town with sweet friends ready to be the big surprise on Easter morning.
Rabbit Meadows Adoption Center
8311 252nd Ave. NE, Redmond 425-836-8925
Seattle Animal Shelter
2061 15th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Evergreen Rabbit Rescue
Woodinville, WA 98072
Pssst…If you want to see some furry bunnies tune into FOX Q13 News around 4:30pm on Wednesday, March 28 when Red Tricycle mama Drea Lester will be dishing on some sweet Easter ideas.