Pimms in foster care

Abandoned rabbits search for new home

Two rabbits found abandoned outside a school on one of the coldest nights of the year so far are in search of warm, loving homes.

Pimms and Paddington were brought to our Victoria animal hospital in central London after being found with overgrown nails and matts in their fur, roaming in the grounds of nearby Pimlico Academy, by a member of the public earlier this month.

Amanda Rumball, London Welfare Officer at Blue Cross, said: “We’re not sure how long they had been there but with wintry showers and temperatures in London plunging to below freezing, they are very lucky not to have succumbed to the weather or any predators.

Pimms when he arrived at our Victoria hospital
Pimms on arrival at Victoria

“They both settled in well at Victoria before moving on for rehoming. They enjoyed their food and I think are just happy to be being cared for.”

The rabbits, thought to be between one and two years old, have both been health checked, have had their matts clipped out and have had their nails trimmed. 

Paddington in foster
Paddington in his foster home

They are now in the care of our rehoming centre in Tiverton, Devon, and in foster homes.

Blue Cross urges any pet owner struggling to care for an animal to get in touch with us, rather than abandoning them. We are always there to offer non-judgemental support.

Amanda added: “It is distressing that at this time desperate pet owners may feel they have no other option but to abandon a pet.

“We would urge people not to do this and to pick up the phone or email for help. We will never judge and look to do everything in our power to help a pet in crisis, be that through remote support or through our vet or rehoming services. 

“We will always be following government guidelines to never put people or pets at risk but have protocols in place to help.”

As rabbits are usually best suited to living with another of the opposite sex, Pimms and Paddington are looking for separate homes where they both hope to bond with a female bunny.

Interested in rehoming Pimms or Paddington?

— Page last updated 28/01/2021