Bunnies, Chicks, and Ducklings, Oh My!

They’re cute, fuzzy, and look like they would be very cuddly, something any child would like to find in an Easter basket. But unless one is prepared to house, feed, and properly care for them for the duration of their lives, baby ducks and chicks are really not meant to be bought for pets. They have very specific needs, and it can quickly become quite a chore for most of us to meet them. Baby bunnies are also cute and cuddly and can make excellent pets, even to being litter box trained, but again, their needs are different. For anyone choosing to buy one as a pet, please be aware of the care they require and make a commitment to keep them beyond their cute bunny stage when they become rabbits. Many shelters do take in unwanted bunnies after the cuteness has worn off, so if you really want one for a pet you might check with them to see if any are available for adoption.

The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan has two fundraisers coming up this spring. On April 11th, they will hold a Share Night at Culver’s in Stevensville. From 5:00 to 8:00 pm, the shelter will receive a percentage of total store sales. It’s an easy way to help out the shelter and enjoy a nice dinner out with the family.

The 8th Annual Bids for Barks is set for Saturday, May 14th, at the Kickers Club, 2601 Hetler Dr., St. Joseph. All tickets are reserved at $45.00 and may be ordered at their website, www.humanesocietyswm.org. Or you may call Lynn at 269-921-6743. Tickets include dinner. There will be a silent as well as a live auction and entertainment and cash bar. Tables for 8 may be reserved for $350.00. Doors open at 5pm. Proceeds from the auction will help fund the Capital Campaign Fund. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to the fund, you can go to their website and click on Capital Campaign. You may also view the plans for the new larger and more modern shelter that will replace the current one built in 1964.

These are some immediate needs the humane society shelter has this month: puppy food, both canned and dry, copy paper, laundry detergent and non-pine scented floor cleaner. As we will soon be headed into “kitten season,” I’m sure they would also appreciate kitten and cat food as well as non-clumping litter. While most shelters are full to brimming with cats all the time, spring and early summer always see0 a big influx of kittens into shelters everywhere. We know how quickly cats can and do reproduce, so if you have recently adopted a young kitten, please know how soon they mature. Female cats can have kittens as young as six months old, so check with your vet about when to have her spayed. Neutering your male cat is a win-win for you, the cat and the neighborhood. Please do your part to not add to the cat overpopulation. Spay and neuter your pets!

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One Comment on “Bunnies, Chicks, and Ducklings, Oh My!”

  1. dianeob4@gmail.com Says:

    Great column Luce. Info about cats is so helpful and needed.

    Sent from my Boost Mobile Phone.


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