Why we do what we do:
Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK and the most abused and neglected. They are bought on a whim by people who do not realise the responsibility needed to give them a full and rewarding life; they also have no idea that rabbits can be a 10+ year commitment.
Sadly many pet rabbits are kept confined in a small hutch at the bottom of a garden with no exercise or companionship. Rabbits should always have another rabbit as a companion and must be neutered. Too often people who purchase rabbits from pet shops are not advised to have their rabbits neutered and they are surprised when 8 – 12 babies appear one morning. So now more rabbits need homes…it’s a never ending circle.
When the realisation dawns that rabbits need regular cleaning out, freshly chopped vegetables daily, vaccinations and other vet visits with unwelcome costs, unwanted babies and boarding fees when they go on holiday, the owners soon seek to rehome their bunnies, or worse, just release them into the wild to fend for themselves, pet rabbits cannot survive in the wild. Added to this rabbits are often bought as a gift for a young child who quickly become bored of their pet as its not as cuddly as they thought it would be.
We are also a point of call for the local authority, taking in rabbits from serious neglect and cruelty situations, we ensure they receive the appropriate veterinary care and give them the home they deserve.
So this is the reason why rabbit rescues around the country are full to bursting.
Cats - The cats who live here are free roaming, none of them live in cages, they have the run of the house and enclosed garden. Many are elderly, some have chronic medical problems and others behavioural issues, some were abandoned because their owners couldn’t or didn’t want to pay the veterinary costs, some were left on the streets and lived miserable lives while they tried to survive. So to these cats this is their forever home.
Our vision for the future
As well as caring for our rescued rabbits and cats, we also offer advice to both old and new owners, we provide support and information so that the animals will benefit from better health and welfare. We are also setting up an education programme which we hope will reduce the number of rabbits finding themselves in rescues in our area.
The Rabbit Welfare Association of the UK is Britains largest organisation for rabbit lovers, they are working to improve the lives of domestic rabbits across the UK through education and communication by making people realise that rabbits are intelligent creatures that need space, exercise, companionship and stimulation and are not to be bought on a whim. Their website provides a wealth of information