Rabbit Rescue’s plea for help as they are ‘full’ due to cost of living crisis
A rabbit rescue and placement center says it urgently needs foster families and “good homes” for unwanted animals.
Acorn Rabbit Rescue in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, says it is heartbreaking to have to turn away rabbits every day as more people find they cannot cope with their precious pets due to the crisis of the cost of living. In a Facebook post, he said: “The rescue is currently complete and there is no more space to accommodate any more bunnies.
“We desperately need another enthusiastic and committed foster home, but even so it would only create space for one bunny or a pair of bonded bunnies. Unfortunately there are too many bunnies and not enough good homes. It’s absolutely terrible to have to turn the rabbits away every day for lack of space.”
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The rescue also shared a message from the Babba Campaign which seeks to end the sale of rabbits in pet stores, saying it encourages impulse buying and people treat animals like commodities. An image shows two donated ginger rabbits, with the caption: “Sorry – cost of living! The last reason rabbits are donated is just another reason why rabbits shouldn’t be bred.”
He said other reasons rabbits are abandoned include:
Return to work / new job
Health problems / discomfort / operation
Babies appeared mysteriously / unwanted litter
Rabbits are fighting
You have a puppy (and they don’t get along!)
Pregnant / just had a baby
Moving / no space / landlord issues
No time / too busy with this or that
Children are bored / don’t care
He added: “Whether or not people think some of these reasons are justified, the problem is that most of these unwanted rabbits have nowhere to go safely. Most rescues can no longer take these animals. because they are full.
“Rabbits are neglected, given away for free, abandoned outside. Raising and selling rabbits despite this crisis is selfish and greedy. The current situation is unsustainable!”
Here are some of the bunnies the rescue can adopt right now. If anyone is interested, be aware that a bunny will only be adopted by someone who keeps the bunny in RWAF-approved conditions, including plenty of room to hop and another bunny friend.
“Ollie is a calm and friendly rabbit who is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He is looking for a home where he can mate with a neutered and vaccinated doe of the same age.”
“Pablo came to the rescue because a member of his family was allergic to him. He is a large neutered, vaccinated and microchipped rabbit. He needs a home with plenty of space where he can mate. with a neutered and vaccinated rabbit. female rabbit.”
“Beautiful doe who is friendly and loves to run. She will need a home with plenty of space where she can mate with a neutered and vaccinated male rabbit.”
Acorn Rabbit Rescue can also be helped with food and treat donations. To donate please click here and to learn more about the rescue you can visit their website.