Animal Rescue with Marion Garnett
Dedicated animal expert Marion Garnett, founder of the Ealing Animal Welfare Bazaar, continues her column
UNWANTED at one year old, that was the experience of these two beautiful rabbits – their owner had a new baby and no longer had time for them. Caring properly for rabbits does take time.
The RSPCA estimate that to care for a pair of healthy rabbits it takes at least an hour a day or 10 hours a week. Daily activities include providing food and water, cleaning the toilet area, basic health check, grooming and spending time with the rabbit.
Popcorn, the grey rabbit, enjoys being stroked, and that takes time. Georgie is more wary of being handled so Popcorn and Georgie, who need to be homed together, need to go to a home with adults or families with children aged 12 years or over where the adults do most of the handling until Georgie has become more trusting of people.
They would like to live in a shelter such as a large weatherproof hutch or rabbit house with lots of cosy bedding where they also have access to a spacious safe exercise area.
Remember that, for a rabbit, a hutch is not enough. They need to be able to run, jump, dig and hide. Part of the pleasure of keeping rabbits is spending time with them watching them play. If you can home these two gorgeous rabbits, they are waiting for you at the National Animal Welfare Trust, Tylers Way, Watford-by-pass WD25 8WT.
You’ll need to be able to run, jump, climb and swim to take part in the Blue Cross Wolf Run (Blue Cross has two fantastic animal hospitals in our area – Hammersmith and Victoria).
The Wolf Run is Wild Running – a combination of three kinds of off-road running: mud runs, trail runs and obstacle runs. It’s a hardcore 10k run across natural terrain, including woodland, lakes and thick mud.
You can run in a pack or as a lone wolf but the course is designed to test your mental and physical strength, skill and stamina. It’s not a race but a challenge which every Wolf Runner tackles in their own way.
The next Blue Cross Wolf Run takes place in Leicestershire on Saturday June 11. The registration fee is £49 with suggested minimum sponsorship of £150. To register an interest go to bluecross. org.uk.
n HEY THERE: Georgie and Popcorn come as a pair