By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Area animal shelters expect to be hopping with unwanted Easter bunnies in the weeks to come.

A bunny as an Easter gift may not be the best idea, said Angela Messer, director of operations at the Pennsylvania SPCA in Hunting Park. “Typically what we see is an influx of rabbits after Easter. A couple weeks after Easter we have people bring them in to surrender them as no longer wanted,” Messer said.

If you’re thinking of getting a pet rabbit, know what you’re in for. “They do require a lot of care.  They require to have their cage cleaned quite often. They need food and water every day. They need attention and enrichment and they also need fresh vegetables and fruits available to them on a frequent basis as well.”

Messer said rabbits can be adopted at the PSPCA for $40. That includes spaying  or neutering  and a micro chip.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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