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Mar 31, 2010 9:45 PM by Ariel Wesler

Santa Barbara County animal shelters packed with rabbits

With Easter just days away, Santa Barbara County Animal Shelters have more rabbits than they can handle and they are encouraging you take one home.

It's a common Easter mascot, but this year, Santa Barbara County Shelters are doing a not so common thing. They're encouraging people to adopt rabbits.

"Right now at all three of our shelters, our cages are pretty much all full in our rabbit areas," said Stacy Silver, the Animal Services Outreach Coordinator.

She says more rabbits are usually abandoned after Easter, once the novelty wears off. Now, shelter coordinators hoping to boost adoptions by educatin the public on how to take care of them. Cecilia Martin was visiting the shelter with her 3-year old daughter, Emily.

"We have a couple of dogs and cats. I think a rabbit would be a great family member also. They're quiet. You can put them in the house," Martin said.

County shelters are offering a spring special in April to find these furry creatures homes, and don't worry, they are already spayed and neutered.

"They can be litter box trained just like a cat, so they make really good apartment pets. They can be clicker trained. They can be agility trained, so they do offer a lot of different things, and they all have really different personalities," Silva said.

Sure to keep your holiday hopping.

All three county shelters are housing more than 150 rabbits. They've lowered the cost of adoption from $25 to $20.

With proper care, shelter coordinators say rabbits can live up to eleven years. For more information on adopting a rabbit, click here.

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