Could it be magic for rabbit lovers?
AT THE Middlesex North West Branch of the RSPCA we put a lot of effort into finding new homes for all the animals who through no fault of their own find themselves without a caring and safe home to call their own.
Of all the different types of animals that come into our care the most challenging to find new homes for are adult rabbits.
Animal welfare administrator Cheryl O’Keeffe said: “It really is sad that people get young rabbits as a pet then seem to get bored with them leaving it up to organisations such as us to pick up the pieces.”
This year the branch has already taken in 44 abandoned, stray and neglected rabbits. We have been lucky that so far we have been able to find caring new homes both locally and sometimes further afield for 39 of these and some of the others that were already with us. But we still have over 30 rabbits living with fosterers until they can be found a new home for life.
Three of our longer staying bunny friends are Bronze, Jitterbug and Wizard who are all desperate for a place to call home.
Jitterbug and Bronze are our longest stay rabbits. They love being allowed the freedom to be out and about doing “rabbit stuff ” and can become quite melancholy if they are contained in just a hutch and run for any amount of time. Having a large enclosure or a garden to run free around is their idea of absolute heaven and they get super excited charging about as fast as they can.
Jitterbug and Bronze are looking for a home with confident rabbit handlers who won’t be put off by their little quirks. The only thing is that Jitterbug hates being picked up with a passion, and has been known to nip when things aren’t going his way.
Animal welfare officer Tracy Deamer said “What they lack in cuddliness they certainly make up for in fun.”
Little Wizzard is one of several rabbits left behind at a property when the owners moved, leaving all the rabbits in the garden to fend for themselves. He is a friendly little sole, who is easily picked up and handled.
Poor Wizzard is desperate to find a girlfriend to share his days with as he has been on his own for a long time now and is quite lonely.
He is used to living as an outdoor rabbit and would ideally remain as such. He loves having lots of room to stretch his legs and run about, so a large run is essential.
If you think you could give Wizzard or Bronze and Jitterbug that ‘home for life’ then please give us a call on (020) 8966 9688 or email us at: info@ rspcamiddlesex.org.uk (to see all the animals we currently have looking for new homes visit our website at: www.rspcamiddlesex.org.uk)
n LOOKING FOR LOVE: Wizzard, above, and Jitterbug and Bronze, left, are looking for new homes