‘Tis the season for giving; some may buy candies or colored eggs while others fill their Easter baskets with animals. Around Lubbock, Easter pets are flying off the shelves, but one decision could have a huge impact on your life.
"With Easter it seems like everyone wants to get rabbits, ducks or chicks," said Adrian Diaz from Walter's World of Pets.
The Humane Society reminds people to be responsible and remember buying these cuddly critters is a commitment that will last well past this Sunday.
"We have a big upswing of people who want to buy small animals during Easter time. Rabbits are the number one animal to buy this time of year," said Richard Evans, Pets Plus owner.
Pet shops say their floppy friends with furry cotton tails almost triple in sales.
"We've got a lot of calls about rabbits, and we probably have sold two-thirds as much as we usually do," said Diaz.
Other stores like Gebo's and Tractor Supply Company say they are completely sold out of baby chicks. But not all these animals find forever homes when Easter is over.
"One thing that we always tell people is don't try and surprise somebody with a pet as a gift. You need to make sure that they are ready to take on that responsibility," said Evans.
The Humane Society says every year animal shelters see an influx of unwanted Easter pets that are given up after their owners cannot take care of them or have lost interest, so instead they suggest you buy a chocolate bunny.
"First and foremost, if you don't think you're going to want the animal a year from now, don't buy it," said Diaz.
Pet stores say these adorable creatures can have a life span of nearly 10 years, so you need to know the facts before you buy. That's why they educate their customers.
"Most people expect an animal that's going to be under 3 pounds, when the majority of what we have is 5.5 pounds or greater," said Diaz.
If someone buys on impulse, pet stores suggest they may get more than they bargain for.
"You have to know the long term effects and the life span of the animal, how it is going to be housed, things like that," said Diaz.
Whatever gifts you choose this season, the Humane Society asks you to think your decision through.
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