Could you home a lit­tle Dutch boy?

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

IT is es­ti­mated there are around 1.7 mil­lion rab­bits kept as pets in the UK which makes them the third most pop­u­lar pet af­ter cats and dogs. De­spite this rab­bits are still one of the most ne­glected do­mes­tic an­i­mals that are kept as pets.

The Mid­dle­sex North West Branch of the RSPCA cur­rently has 18 rab­bits in our care wait­ing for new homes, this is de­spite hav­ing al­ready found new homes for 64 rab­bits this year.

Rab­bits are a high main­te­nance pet and par­ents must be pre­pared to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the rab­bits that are taken on as a fam­ily pet. With a life span of seven to10 years and be­yond chil­dren will of­ten lose in­ter­est long be­fore your rab­bit reaches mid­dle age, as­sum­ing that the chil­dren have not left home or gone off to univer­sity.

Rab­bits are com­pletely de­pen­dent on their owner to pro­vide for all of their needs, can you com­mit to this for the next decade?

If you are adopt­ing rab­bits as a pet you need to be able to spend time with them ev­ery day and also be pre­pared to spot clean their hutch daily with a full clean out at least once a week.

You will need to pro­vide a suit­able hutch and run (see our web­site for de­tails) to give your rab­bit plenty of room and se­cu­rity. Also rab­bits need lots of in­ter­est­ing things in their run to play with and keep them stim­u­lated.

We do cur­rently have two lovely male rab­bits who need new homes where they will be able to live in­doors as this is what they have al­ways been used to and will have a fe­male rab­bit as a com­pan­ion.

Please note we do not home sin­gle rab­bits ex­cept as com­pan­ions to neutered op­po­site sex rab­bits.

Dig­gory is a lovely lad signed over as his own­ers no longer wanted him. He is a Dutch rab­bit and is about one year old and is now neutered. He is such a friendly lit­tle fel­low, but he is very lonely and hop­ing to find a lov­ing new home with a neutered fe­male to keep him com­pany.

Dig­gory has lived as a house rab­bit so we are look­ing for a new home for him as an in­door rab­bit.

He is a friendly, easy go­ing rab­bit who is eas­ily han­dled, mak­ing him ideal for those who are less ex­pe­ri­enced with keep­ing rab­bits.

Di­a­mond is a six-month-old male lop rab­bit who like Dig­gory has al­ways lived in­doors. He was signed over to the branch as his owner was no longer able to look af­ter him fol­low­ing ill health. This friendly chap is also look­ing for a new home where he will have a fe­male rab­bit for com­pany.

If you would like to find out more about adopt­ing Dig­gory or Di­a­mond then call on 020 8966 9688 or email us at: info@rsp­camid­dle­

To view all the an­i­mals we cur­rently have look­ing for new homes visit our web­site at: www.rspca-mid­dle­

n A LIT­TLE GEM: Friendly in­door bunny Di­a­mond

n LOVELY LAD: Dutch rab­bit Dig­gory

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