No Easter bun­nies on sale at Pets at Home

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

PET shops in west Lon­don are sus­pend­ing sales of rab­bits over Easter to pre­vent im­pulse pur­chases lead­ing to a spike in aban­doned bun­nies.

Pets at Home stores in the area will not sell the an­i­mals be­tween 9am on Good Fri­day (March 25) un­til close of busi­ness on Mon­day, March 28.

They are in­stead host­ing free “small furry work­shops” over the hol­i­days to teach fam­i­lies how to care for crea­tures like rab­bits and en­sure they are pre­pared for the com­mit­ment.

Staff will pass on their knowl­edge be­fore quizzing chil­dren about the lit­tle an­i­mals’ needs, from nutri­tion to the right habi­tat.

Young­sters tak­ing part will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate and sticker as well as a pet prom­ise card so they can pledge to look af­ter any crea­ture they have re­spon­si­bly.

Pets at Home, which has branches in Brent­ford, Feltham, Green­ford, Hayes, Ruis­lip and West Dray­ton, says each year at Easter it sees an in­creased in­ter­est in rab­bits.

It says rab­bits are the third most pop­u­lar choice of pet for Bri­tish chil­dren, but many end up un­wanted and home­less each year.

Stephen Adams, store man­ager at Pets at Home’s Brent­ford branch, said: “We pride our­selves on putting pets be­fore profit, so we’ve de­cided not to sell rab­bits over the Easter week­end to re­duce the num­ber of healthy rab­bits left home­less as a re­sult of an im­pulse pur­chase.

“Young pet lovers in Brent­ford can at­tend our fun work­shops to get an in­sight into the level of care needed to en­sure th­ese types of pets live happy, healthy lives.

“They also give par­ents a fun ac­tiv­ity to en­ter­tain their chil­dren dur­ing the hol­i­days.”

To find out when the My Pet Pals Ac­i­tiv­ity Club will be hap­pen­ing at your near­est store, go to­mu­nity. pet­sath­

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