An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert Mar­ion Gar­nett, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her col­umn

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

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

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