An appeal has been launched to find six rabbits, who’ve been at our Hertfordshire centre for a combined duration of 373 days, the loving homes they deserve.
The rehoming team fear a mix of underestimation of how much time, care and responsibility it takes to have rabbits and a lack of research into the requirements and costs of keeping them happy and safe, is contributing to the charity struggling to find homes for these little guys.
The bunnies who’re searching for loving new homes are a pair called Floppy and Sprite; a mother and daughter pair called Chloe and Madison and two bachelors looking for separate homes with neutered females, Chester (above left) and Bugsy (above right).
Floppy and Sprite came into the centre more than 90 days ago on the 26 February; they are four-and-a-half-year-old females, very inquisitive and laid back. They’re friendly bunnies and enjoy being stroked, though these two prefer to keep all four paws on the ground they might want a quick cuddle when they’re settled.
Madison and Chloe are mother and daughter and have been with Blue Cross for the longest time, more than 235 days. They’re two and two-and-a-half years old and are very inquisitive so need lots of things to do to keep them busy. They need to find a home with lots of space to enable lots of exploring and running around.
Chester is nine months old and is a very active bunny boy. Chester would like a home with lots of things to do to keep him occupied and is looking to share his new home with a female companion.
Bugsy is also nine months old but has quite the opposite personality to Chester. He is more of a shy rabbit until he gets to know you, so he’ll prefer to live with owners who respect this and will sit quietly with him until he’s comfortable to say hello. He’s looking to also share his new home with a female rabbit to keep him company.
Matthew Pedley, Animal Welfare Officer at Blue Cross Hertfordshire, said: “Rabbits can make wonderful pets and truly loving companions. We want to let pet lovers know we’re here to offer advice if they’re looking to adopt rabbits. The chaps we’re currently looking for homes for all have different personalities and quirks, but one thing links them, they’re all very loving, friendly and are desperate to find homes.”
Rabbits are naturally sociable, so they need the companionship of their own kind. They will be much happier living in pairs or compatible groups and will become very lonely if kept on their own.
It is easiest if rabbits are kept together from birth, but rabbits less than 12-weeks-old will usually live together happily. The best combination is a neutered male and a neutered female. Two litter brothers or two litter sisters will also get on well, but it is important that they are both neutered to prevent fighting.