Hop to it! How an occasion at RSPCA’s Worcester animal centre will put rabbit welfare within the highlight

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AN RSPCA animal centre within the West Midlands – which has been inundated with undesirable rabbits in latest weeks – is hoping an info and consciousness elevating occasion will assist folks to raised perceive the wants of the UK’s third hottest pet.

Workers from the Holdings Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Kempsey are encouraging potential house owners to return alongside and discover out extra about what’s concerned in holding a rabbit, amid concern {that a} lack of knowledge concerning the animals’ wants and the price of caring for them is resulting in an growing variety of the pets being deserted or discovering themselves in rescue.

Individuals will be capable of come alongside to the centre between 1pm and 3pm on Sunday (April 3) to get recommendation and steering from the RSPCA workforce on all facets of caring for bunnies, together with lodging necessities, weight-reduction plan, enrichment and extra.

There can even be an opportunity to fulfill a few of the many rabbits they’re at the moment caring for, together with Jabba the Fluff, Jar Jar Binky and Valentino.

Claire Wooden, from the Worcester and Mid-Worcestershire department of the RSPCA which runs the centre, mentioned: “Rescue organisations are inundated with rabbits and there may be actual concern that persons are taking up these animals with out totally understanding their complicated wants.

“We’re seeing extra rabbits handed in to us than ever earlier than and at the moment have 24 on a ready record; we predict some might have been purchased as pets in the course of the latest Covid-19 lockdowns and at the moment are being relinquished as a result of youngsters have misplaced curiosity.

“This occasion offers potential house owners the chance to seek out out what’s actually concerned in caring for a pet rabbit to allow them to make a totally knowledgeable determination primarily based on sound recommendation. Rabbits are extremely rewarding, however complicated animals, so we predict it’s very important to share as a lot info and recommendation as attainable.

“If folks suppose they’ll supply the mandatory time and dedication we’d encourage them to undertake a rescue rabbit, and we’ve got plenty of them at our centre who’re ready for his or her second likelihood.”

The Worcester and Mid Worcestershire department is so involved about rabbit welfare that it’s additionally launched an e-mail recommendation service providing steering and help to first-time house owners – in addition to extra skilled keepers – no matter whether or not they have adopted their rabbit from the RSPCA. The service could be accessed by visiting their web site the place additionally, you will discover a information to caring for pet rabbits.

Nationally, the image is simply as regarding. Figures launched by the RSPCA earlier this month present that 859 rabbits have been taken in by the charity in 2021, a rise of 28 per cent on the 12 months earlier than. By mid-February, almost 90 had are available in and that determine is rising.

In 2021 there have been 4,741 incidents referring to rabbits reported to the RSPCA, in comparison with 4,508 in 2020. The variety of deserted rabbits handled by officers additionally sadly elevated to 1,559 final 12 months, in comparison with 1,242 in 2020.

Methods you possibly can assist the RSPCA’s Worcester and Mid Worcestershire department to proceed rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals.

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