They must have been so frightened. Plucked from the life they knew and abandoned outside one of our rehoming centres in a small carrier, with just a note to say their owner could no longer care for them.
Mr McGregor and Bobtail may have been found by safe hands, but the lack of vital information about them meant that it was harder for our Burford team to settle the rabbits in and work out how best to help them.
Simon Yeats, Animal Welfare Assistant, explained: “We found them in the morning and didn’t know how long they had been left there for; we do have foxes here, so that could have been problematic. Being cooped up, not knowing where they were or what’s going on must have been stressful for them.
“Because they were abandoned like this, we struggled to find out the basics. We didn’t know if they were indoor or outdoor bunnies and, depending on the time of year, that can be difficult. We didn’t know what food they were on and a sudden change in diet can sometimes be a bit of an issue.
“Although the note had information about them being neutered and vaccinations, it didn’t state which ones they had had. There are lots of other questions that we would have asked their owner, like finding out about their current accommodation and what they’re like together; things that help us to start building a picture of what they like so that we can match them to a suitable home.”
Thankfully, though, four-year-old Mr McGregor and five-year-old Bobtail were resilient and their friendly, loving nature soon started to shine through.
“They were super lovely”, said Simon. “Mr McGregor, if I ever lied down in his pen with him, would lick my face – and I even have a couple of pictures of him grooming my beard. They were definitely team favourites.”
The two friends soon found a new home but sadly suffered another setback when their owner had to move and could not keep them. We took them in again and gave them all the love and care they needed.