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Bossier bunny rescue group helps orphaned rabbits, teaches public rabbit responsibility

Lou Ann Holley is the founder of the rescue group Lou Ann Holley is the founder of the rescue group

After the Easter holiday wraps up, pet bunnies may stick around much longer than some expect. That's why a local bunny rescue group hopes to educate the public about responsible bunny ownership.

"I just always liked animals period, but rabbits seem to be the one thing I know the most about," said Lou Ann Holley who started a bunny rescue group, Holley's Hopping Habitat, when she saw the need. "There were none in our area of Louisiana," she explained.

Holley along with 4 volunteers have successfully been able to adopt out and find homes for hundreds of rabbits within the group's three years of existence.

Now they are bracing for their busiest time of year, what they call the after-Easter "dumping season", when owners realize taking care of bunnies is hard work. "Most of the time it's a bigger responsibility than what people think it's going to be," she said.

Holley cringes when she starts to get calls from owners wanting to get rid of their rabbits, after they realize the bunnies require as much care and maintenance as dogs or cats do.

"It impacts me quite a bit, we took in about 30 in the weeks after Easter," said Holley. 

While bunnies are furry and cute, Holley recommends you do your homework before you buy that bunny, "Because I would rather they know what they are getting before they get it," she said.

Lou Ann says most people don't realize rabbits have life spans of 10-to-15 years and some breeds can grow to be as big as 9 pounds, like Sweet Pea, the rescue group's mascot. 

That's why she started an education class called The Rabbit Club, "We try to teach everyone, okay now that you have a bunny, this is what you do or if you are thinking about getting a bunny, this is what she needs to do."

The rescue group hopes more families will choose to keep their bunnies after attending the class. 

The rescue group will hold a class that teaches families how to take care of pet bunnies on April 26th at 2 p.m. at Tractor Supply in Shreveport. 

"We love working with bunnies and helping people, but we really hope we don't get an influx like we did last year. We really hope people will take into consideration, our offer to do the education," Holley said. 

The rescue doesn't charge an adoption fee for the rabbits, but they do require the potential adopter to be educated correctly about what is involved with caring for a rabbit.

The group accepts monetary donations and supplies. Find out how to adopt a bunny or how to donate here. 

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