Southampton Rabbit Rescue stops rehoming service after 22 years

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A SOUTHAMPTON animal rescue centre will now not be rehoming rabbits attributable to monetary woes.

Southampton Rabbit Rescue will cease rehoming animals after 22 years and as an alternative turn into a everlasting house for sick and injured bunnies and guinea pigs. 

The rescue centre has been renamed Eddy’s Sanctuary, named after their mascot, and is predicated within the Bursledon space of Southampton. 

It was began by Sue Leigh in April 2000 with the assistance of her vet. 

“Our centre has rescued rabbits from Kent, the Isle of Wight, and all types of locations. Some had been even left on our doorstep,” Sue advised the Every day Echo.

After spending years caring for the rescue animals, the centre, which is run by Sue and her group of volunteers, is now struggling to lift funds for upkeep and provides. 

She added: “Attributable to Covid, we’ve not been in a position to conduct fundraising occasions or actions, and financially, we’ve got no backing. 

“We used to go to varsities, backyard centres, exhibits, and pet outlets, however all of that acquired taken away as a result of lockdown. 

“The ultimate straw was when our sponsors dropped us, they usually, sadly, stated that they might now not assist us.”

“We have been doing this for 22 years and giving up on all of this now seems like a slap within the face.”

The sanctuary is presently house to three guinea pigs and 17 bunnies, all of that are sick and aged and require long-term medical care. 

All of the funds the centre presently has can be invested in constructing and hatchery upkeep in addition to pay for his or her meals and veterinary payments.

Though the centre will now not function a rescue and rehoming service, will probably be providing assist and steering as to the perfect route and choices to both rehome or undertake bunnies elsewhere. 

Sue hopes the locals will proceed to assist the centre and assist increase the substantial funds the rescue must function. 

She stated: “As issues return to regular, we hope to fundraise for the centre and supply look after these sick bunnies and guinea pigs. 

“It feels so rewarding to deal with the sick animals, and we are going to proceed to assist them.”

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