While parents might think that a real, live Easter bunny might make a perfect gift for children, the impulse decision has ended badly for many small, furry animals.

Year after year, T.H.E. Rabbit Resource’s Davida Kobler sees these Easter bunnies surrendered to shelters or worse, dumped in the wilderness, because the holiday novelty has faded. Kobler is the manager of T.H.E. Rabbit Resource, Central New York’s chapter of the national House Rabbit Society. She has been rescuing rabbits for 30 years.

Depending on the situation, it might be better to stick with Easter bunnies on cards or made of chocolate. To help decipher, Kobler gave some advice on what to know before buying or adopting a rabbit.

The full story and slideshow were posted on syracuse.com and The Post-Standard.