TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Easter season hype makes it a popular time for people to adopt rabbits, however it's a bigger commitment than some may realize.
Bunnies live an average of 10 to 15 years. They are high maintenance pets and require a lot of space and care.
Gayle Helms, Executive Director of the Humane Society's Pets Fur People, says the misconception that rabbits are good starter pets leads to many of them being abandoned after the Easter excitement wares off.
"The children lose interest in them," says Helms. "For some people they may take them to a shelter, but if they decide to turn them lose these are prey animals so they're sealing their fate of death if they put them out just to turn them lose."
If a rabbit is bought or adopted, and it doesn't end up working out, contact a local animal shelter or a bunny rescue.