An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS -

“DON’T for­get, our tar­get to­day is to find a man” – I was in a queue at a men’s singing com­pe­ti­tion at Har­ro­gate and a woman next to me was talk­ing to her friend.

There were nearly two thou­sand men there so it shouldn’t be dif­fi­cult. Find­ing a life part­ner might be more so.

Find­ing a part­ner isn’t nec­es­sary for some peo­ple and an­i­mals, they are happy on their own but, for rab­bits, com­pany is im­por­tant. Rab­bits are highly so­cial crea­tures and need keep­ing with at least one other friendly neutered rabbit. A com­mon com­bi­na­tion is a neutered male and neutered fe­male al­though same sex pairs can also flour­ish.

Apart from pre­vent­ing babies, neu­ter­ing re­duces the like­li­hood of fight­ing in both sexes. If you have a rabbit who is liv­ing on their own and you would like to give them the com­pany they need, in­tro­duc­tions have to be con­ducted care­fully. Al­though rab­bits are so­cia­ble, they are also ter­ri­to­rial and you can’t ex­pect rab­bits who are new to each other to nes­tle up to­gether straight­away. Rab­bits should be in­tro­duced to each other grad­u­ally and un­der su­per­vi­sion, prefer­ably in a space new to both rab­bits. The Rabbit Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion and Fund (RWAF) have clear guide­lines over how to fa­cil­i­tate the bond­ing process for rab­bits. For de­tails see rab­bitwel­ or call 0844 324 6090.

Un­like the lady in Har­ro­gate, Dusty has found her man. Nib­bles and Dusty were brought into the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust (NAWT) as a bonded pair and must be homed to­gether. Dusty is the larger grey neutered fe­male and Nib­bles is the smaller white neutered male. They came into the care of NAWT as their pre­vi­ous own­ers were mov­ing and the rab­bits couldn’t go with them. They are used to liv­ing out­doors with ac­cess to a se­cure cosy shel­ter and large run. It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that “A hutch is not enough” and the RWAF web­site has lots of cre­ative ideas for rabbit hous­ing.

If you would like to home this de­voted cou­ple, you can meet them at the NAWT re­hom­ing cen­tre, Tylers Way, Wat­ford by pass WD25 8WT.

On Sun­day June 10 (11am4pm), we are all in­vited to NAWT’s Birthday Party at the re­hom­ing cen­tre (ad­dress above). There will be a Cream Tea plus a Check your Chip stall for check­ing mi­crochips. You will also be able to look round the an­i­mals need­ing homes, these in­clude dogs and cats as well as guinea pigs and rab­bits.

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert MAR­ION GAR­NETT, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Char­i­ties Fair con­tin­ues her col­umn

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