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Adoptable pets — and a note on thinking twice before buying a bunny as an Easter gift!

Click the photo for more information on all of these adoptable Upper Valley pets, including wonderful bunnies Kelso and Hyde!

(If you can’t click the photo, you can click this link. And remember, this Valley News feature is always live at www.vnews.com/adoptablepets.)

Speaking of bunnies! If I may, here’s a poster from Rabbitron.com about buying rabbits as Easter gifts and why it should be discouraged.

The text of the poster says: Small animal, big responsibility. A rabbit is not a toy, he’s a living, feeling, 12-year commitment. Rabbits do make wonderful indoor companions, but they are not low maintenance and are not a good “starter” pet for a child. Sadly, most “Easter Bunnies” end up abandoned once the novelty wears off. Please save a life, take the time to learn what it takes to care for a rabbit before deciding to bring one home. The Easter bunny will thank you. DID YOU KNOW? All rabbits should be spayed or neutered. Rabbits need daily exercise and companionship. Grass or timothy hay is essential to a rabbit’s diet. An outdoor hutch is not safe or humane housing. Learn more at rabbitron.com.

What’s up with the bunny post?

Peanut, age 10.

I happen to have two funny buns that I adopted from UVHS. Peanut, who was 8 years old at the time I adopted him, was adopted exactly two years ago on Sunday, meaning that he will be 10 years old! So the experts aren’t kidding around when they say that rabbits can easily live for a decade or more.

And, just to leave you with some gratuitous bunny pics, here’s the other bun I adopted from UVHS, Flip-Flop. She was adopted in 2014 and is now about 5 or 6 years old.

Flip-Flop, age 5+.

And, last but not least, Flip-Flop with her best bud Bartleby, from the Animal Rescue League of Dedham, Mass. He is an estimated 6-7 years old.

Flip-Flop and Bartleby. Bartleby is 6-7 years old.

All that said: If you decide you ARE ready for a bunny — not as a spur-of-the-moment toy, but as a long-term pet — we hope you consider giving Kelso and Hyde a shot. ❤