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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.

Meet the Team – Justine

photo (24)Hello, my name is Justine and I work for Support Adoption For Pets as their Fundraising & Communications Coordinator. I live with Dom (some would say my “better half”), rescue dog Roxie, Monty (our newest edition) and six rescue rabbits! My passion has always been pets, talking and trips to Florida so it’s great that I am now able to combine two of these into my role – I’m still working on the third!

I’ve been with the charity since August 2012 and in that time the charity and my job has grown so much – sometimes I look back at a week and think “where did that go!?”

In addition to the role being phenomenally busy, there are very rarely two days the same! We go from record-breaking fundraising events, to grant awarding meetings, food donations and rehoming centre promoting and back again in one day and once that’s done it’s normally time to start the next!

Working with pet rescues to promote the amazing work that they do is an absolute pleasure and it’s lovely to hear that the support that we have offered has been, quite literally, a life saver!

With all the positives the job entails, comes the odd “character builders” – I don’t see them as negatives – and I have to say that, you do have to steal your heart occasionally.

In an ideal world, there wouldn’t be a need for rehoming centres and my role wouldn’t exist however we aren’t there yet so there are always going to be those occasions when the job is heartbreaking and I have definitely taken a couple of those to heart. Follow my “mate” Max on Twitter for one or Heidi’s story below for another! But for every sad story we come across there are several happy ending stories to shout about too! So I can deal with that!

As I mentioned above (I told you I liked to talk!), I have my own little sanctuary at home! Roxie came from the RSPCA as did Norman my eldest rabbit who is 7+ years, next came Seve, Bubba, Sergio, Ernie and Peaches – all rescues and finally our newest edition Monty. I couldn’t choose between dogs or rabbits for my favourite but I do whole-heartedly believe in the Josh Billings quote “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself”. I love getting home and being greeted like I’ve been away for years!

I wouldn’t be anywhere without my furry adopted family so when asked for my advice on pets, I would always advocate pet adoption! Some may scoff but I do believe that an adopted pet knows that you have given it that second chance at happiness! Regardless of whether a person chooses to adopt or not, I would always plead with them to think before they commit – pets don’t understand that you are too busy or that money is a little tight this month. They just want to be loved, kept safe and fed and for many, many years to come too!

If you would like to find out more about Support Adoption For Pets visit: http://www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk