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What’s a “typical” week?

I often get asked what it’s like working for Support Adoption For Pets is like and what a “typical” week looks like. Well, the answer to that is that there is never a typical week here! My role is so varied; I regularly wonder where my week has gone!

This week started with a really productive meeting with our PR agency, Smoking Gun, we discussed the action plan for the coming months which included some super ideas for a very special milestone for the charity……….all will be revealed very soon!

One of the many dogs looking for a new home at North Clwyd Animal Rescue

On Wednesday, Emily and I visited North Clwyd Animal Rescue to discuss their grant application which has been submitted to help fund their on-site veterinary clinic which will benefit the centre and help reduce their ever increasing vet bills. While we were there, we took the opportunity to meet some of the animals currently in their care including several cats and their kittens.

We called into the maternity unit and met a family who had brought in their daughter to view the kitten they had adopted which was still a little too young to leave his mum yet. I am sure little kitten, Mikey, will soon be off to settle into his new home.

We then met the dogs and I personally fell for Teddy, a 7 month cocker spaniel who had been brought into the centre the day before! It’s a little bit of an occupational hazard with our roles! He is definitely one that I will be getting back in touch with Nicky about…. just to see how he is getting on ( I promise)….. whilst I work on my hubby and persuade him that our house can accommodate another family member.

Thursday was a little different again! The entire Support Adoption For Pets team spent the day at Society For Abandoned Animals in Sale, Manchester so that we could film a “How to Guide” for completing our Grant Application form and the process.

The idea being that the charity team appear in a short film to explain how easily UK based pet rescue and rehoming centres can apply for a grant from Support Adoption For Pets. We wanted to feature Society For Abandoned Animals as they have recently been awarded £30,000 following a grant application – so who better to explain to other rescues how easy the process is and once awarded how a grant can benefit a rescue?

In between my action packed days I have been processing the latest batch of free rabbit neuter vouchers. Did you know that in the last year we have neutered over 5,300 rabbits that have come through our adoption centres? I am sure that this will only increase as we are in the process of rolling out the scheme to allow new adoption families to redeem our vouchers at local Vets 4 Pets surgeries.

Lynn Stoddard

Rabbiting on about …… rabbits! Rabbit rehoming guide

Learn about adopting rabbits

Whilst you may know that Support Adoption For Pets are the largest UK animal grant awarding charity you may not know that we also have over 350 small animal adoption centres, nationwide for pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas and sometimes even fish.

Our adoption centres can be found in most Seve Was An Adopted Rescue Rabbit Pets at Home stores across the UK and are home to pets that are hoping for a second chance of happiness. Whilst they are with us we feed them, keep them warm with fresh bedding, safe and provide whatever veterinary treatment they may need. We never put a healthy pet to sleep and always strive to find the best home we can for each of our furry residents.

Advice for rehmoning or adopting a rabbit

With rabbits becoming a firm favourite for families, it is important to understand that rabbits aren’t a cheap, child friendly, time saving pet alternative. Actually rabbits do have very complex needs and because these needs aren’t generally known they are quickly being considered the UK’s most neglected pet.

Rehoming bunnies or rabbit adoption should be carefully considered so that you can provide a wonderful forever home for your bunny.

Generally rabbits need to receive daily attention so that they can get use to human contact, which will help with health checks. Most rabbits do not enjoy being carried so it is important that regular interaction with a pet rabbit is done at their level. Hutches should be cleaned out every other day and they must have fresh hay/grass (this should equate to about 80% of their diets) supplemented with rabbit pellets and fresh rabbit-friendly veg and daily clean water. They are social pets so most rescues would request that when adopting a rabbit, you are planning on bonding the new addition to an existing rabbit or taking a pair; which means double the work.

In addition to this they need daily exercise in a large run which ideally should be permanently attached to a large weather/rain-proof hutch! The great, Great British weather is so mixed and varied so you must ensure that your rabbit(s) accommodation is safe and protected! My six adopted bunnies actually have an entire shed to themselves and they love it!

Rabbits need to be vaccinated annually and should always be neutered or spay, regardless of whether they are a same sex pairing. This could help prevent life-threatening illnesses such as cancer in the future and in the case of males, could limit/prevent spraying. Like most rescues, Support Adoption For Pets will neuter, for free, any rabbit that comes from our adoption centres. In fact, in the last 12 months we have neutered over 4166 rabbits.

These are just the basics too! A recent article by Bristol Dogs and Cats Home suggests that the estimated costs involved in caring for healthy rabbits, including set up costs and annual “maintenance” costs, taking into consideration that your bunny could live for 8-10 years, could be over £8,000 which is obviously doubled when you bond a pair together.

This could obviously increase drastically should your bunny get sick and need other treatment. Rabbits can be susceptible to dental issues and they’ve very sensitive tummies.

This is in no way meant to scare off potential new adopters; rabbits are wonderful pets and each will have their own personalities. There are hundreds of bunnies out there that are looking for their forever homes but it is worth understanding their needs Adopted Rabbit Bubba Who Was Helped By Support Adoption For Petsand the long term commitment required. Adopting a bunny can be extremely rewarding and it’s nice to feel that you have given an abandoned rabbit a second chance at happiness.

Speaking as a rabbit owner of six rescue buns, it is so rewarding to give them a safe and caring home and they really are great fun to have around

If you feel that you have a stable home and the time to look after a rabbit and you are keen to give a forever home to one, please visit one of our adoption centres or have a look at our Rehome a Pet directory.