(Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

(Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

Last year, 30 rabbits found themselves in Los Angeles County Animal Care Centers one week after Easter, officials said.

The Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control is hoping that things don’t repeat themselves this Easter, encouraging families to care for rabbits they same they would care for a dog or a cat, according to a Los Angeles Public Affairs press release.

However, Sgt. Mike Graham of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter said that there is no change in the number of rabbits at the shelter around Easter time.

Rabbits are not the only Easter pets that families give their kids in honor of the holiday. Domestic ducklings have also found their way into Easter baskets in the past, but shelter officials and animal welfare experts advise against this practice as well, according to the Associated Press.

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