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25 Mar 2015 01:35 PM EST

-by Anthony Bell, Contributing Writer; Image: Black Rabbit (Image Source: "Diego Delso / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0)

The Humane Society of New York, along with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, are offering a free spay/neuter clinic for rabbits that purchased at pet stores or obtained from sources that did not previously perform the operation, just in time for the Easter season.

The free clinic is set to be held beginning on Saturday, March 28, at the Humane Society of New York’s animal hospital on 306 East 59th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues, CBS New York reports.

The New York City Council passed a law signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio banning the sale of rabbits in pet stores in December, but that does not go into effect until June 17. After that, rabbits can only be adopted from a shelter or rescue group.

For a free appointment, rabbit owners must call (212) 752-4842 to book in advance and may basked to bring their pet in for a free checkup before the scheduled surgery. Surgeries will be performed by board certified veterinarian Dr. Shachar Malka.

Though rabbits are the third-largest animal shelter population after cats and dogs, Mayor’s Alliance President Jane Hoffman notes that many are released into the wild or in city parks.

“You should never, ever, ever put a bunny out in a park,” Hoffman explained. “They cannot survive.”

The law should help reduce the number of rabbits in animal shelters, while spaying or neutering your pet will help keep pet populations under control.

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