Tracy Talks: Choose cuddly gifts carefully
by Anne Marie Fuller
Apr 04, 2014 | 3649 views | 1 1 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Easter is just weeks away, and a popular holiday gift can have deadly consequences — for the gift being given, that is.

Rabbits, ducks and chicks are extremely popular this time of year as they are adopted for the season. After the novelty of these animals wears off, what becomes of them? Many seasonal animals are discarded at the local animal shelter.

“In the days and weeks after Easter, public animal shelters frequently see an increase in traditional Easter animals,” Ben Miller, head of animal services for Tracy, said. “These cuddly pets sometimes lose their uniqueness. Please think twice before getting these animals for Easter. Their future is not guaranteed in a public animal shelter.”

Outside of cats and dogs, rabbits are often third in line as the most common animals found at animal shelters. Rabbits have an average lifespan of nine to 12 years. They can be quite mischievous in nature and chew on wires, wood and like items around the house. They also require regular veterinary care, just as cats and dogs do.

I used to raise and show rabbits, mostly rexes and satins, and can honestly tell you that rabbits do require attention. As a child, I would often climb up into the hutch and sit with them — I was a small kid. They can be sweet and cuddly, but they can also have attitude and thump to let you know it. We even had one rabbit that thought he was a cat and would run around the house trying to marry up with our girl cat — she was not amused.

Locally, there may be an alternative to the animal shelter when it comes to unwanted Easter animals. The Tracy Wildlife Association has graciously offered its assistance in providing an outdoor home, although baby animals would not fare well because of the hawks in the area. Animals such as raccoons, peacocks, ducks and adult rabbits reside within the grounds of the Tracy Wildlife Association.

For more information on the Tracy Wildlife Association, 12222 Finck Road, visit www.tracywildlife.org or call Kathy Borges at 993-4239. For more information on the Tracy Animal Shelter, 370 Arbor Road, call 831-6364.

Free bus rides in April

Around town this month, look for free bus rides offered on Tracer fixed routes for the entire month of April.

Service runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; there is no service offered Sundays.

Popular destinations such as West Valley Mall, Wal-Mart, Tracy Outlets and downtown are free for riders this month. Many students can also enjoy free bus service to and from school; check the routes to see if your school is included.

For bus routes and more information, call 831-4287.

• Anne Marie Fuller, is the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26. Contact her at Annemarie@columnist.com.
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April 07, 2014
I admire that you offer solutions to the problems addressed in your writings. I think people should always consider the long term pros and cons before adopting a new pet.


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