Test driving a bunny? Or more exactly, borrowing a bunny for a few days to see if you all get along together, and returning it if you don’t? What do you think?
Here’s how it works:
Taking a bunny for a test drive is the offer from a petting farm in Everett, Washington. Lots of kids beg their folks for a bunny, but keeping rabbits isn’t for everyone. So, the Everett Animal Farm encourages people to take home a bunny for three nights.
It’s an opportunity for families to test run caring for a pet before committing, farm manager Sherry Russell said, speaking to The Seattle Times.
“It’s often a good thing for the bunnies, too. Many are unwanted animals donated to the city. All the animals are usually snapped up by summer’s end.
“Some families decide it’s not for them,” Russell said. “Everybody seems to enjoy the experience.”
Give the Animal Farm $25 and, in return, take home a bunny and its various accoutrements: a cage, shavings, extra hay, food and a water bottle.
The 20-some bunnies come in all colors and breeds. They have names like Sir Elton, Bun Bun and Lady.
According to The Seattle Times, Alisha Piper of Lake Stevens said she’d recommended the experience to others. Her family has borrowed three bunnies, the first when her now-teenage daughter was just 4 years old. That first time, the bunny named Oreo nipped her daughter’s finger. Other than that, it was a positive experience, she said.
“You can’t rent anything like a puppy to see if the kids are too young,” she said. “It’s the perfect experience to test them out.”
Then there’s the issue of all the animals who are adopted and then returned, when their new owners decide they can’t handle them. I adopted my cat Jaspar after he was mistreated by his former owners and returned to our local pet shelter. It took him a long time to stop hiding in corners and meowing pitifully.
On the other hand, is it fair to the bunnies to be lent out for a few days, petted and played with, and then returned? I wonder how they feel about it?
What do you think? Is test driving a bunny a good idea?
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