Saturday, January 24 marks the start of National Rabbit Week and The Mayhew Animal Home in North London would like people to think about bunnies in a slightly different wayand consider their plight as abandoned animals.
Many people think it is only cats and dogs that arrive at rescue centres like The Mayhew, but in fact, our rabbit facilities are full at all times of the year with abandoned rabbits; many who are dumped without a care for their welfare. Rabbits are very sociable animals and get depressed and lonely when alone, so suffer greatly when just left at the bottom of a garden in a hutch. They crave interaction and company of their own kind.
In 2008, our animal welfare officers responded to several calls regarding rabbits that have been dumped in cardboard boxes, on doorsteps and even near a rubbish tip. These cute and cuddly animals are often the first thought for parents looking to get their child a pet. However, as with every animal, owners must be aware of the commitment they are taking on can be up to 10 years.
The Mayhew has many friendly, sociable bunnies waiting for the chance of a new home, so we encourage anyone who is thinking of a new family pet to consider one of our abandoned rabbits.
Rabbits can also make ideal house pets for London residents who may not have access to a garden and we have adopted out many who have gone on to live happily in people's homes.
As long as rabbits get the stimulation they need from play and a varied environment, they can live contently indoors.
Anyone who wants to adopt a rabbit from The Mayhew, or pair up one of their own rabbits, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 020 8969 0178.
Caroline Yates, CEO Mayhew Animal Home www.mayhewanimalhome.org Trenmar Gardens, Shepherd's Bush