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 current weeks – is hoping an data and consciousness elevating occasion will assist individuals to raised perceive the wants of the UK’s third hottest pet.

Employees from the Holdings Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Kempsey are encouraging potential homeowners to come back alongside and discover out extra about what’s concerned in maintaining a rabbit, amid concern {that a} lack of information in regards to the animals’ wants and the price of caring for them is resulting in an rising 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 crew on all features of caring for bunnies, together with lodging necessities, weight-reduction plan, enrichment and extra.

There may even be an opportunity to fulfill a number 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, stated: “Rescue organisations are inundated with rabbits and there’s 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 expect some might have been purchased as pets throughout the current Covid-19 lockdowns and are actually being relinquished as a result of kids have misplaced curiosity.

“This occasion provides potential homeowners the chance to seek out out what’s actually concerned in caring for a pet rabbit to allow them to make a completely knowledgeable resolution based mostly on sound recommendation. Rabbits are extremely rewarding, however complicated animals, so we expect it’s very important to share as a lot data and recommendation as doable.

“If individuals assume they’ll supply the mandatory time and dedication we’d encourage them to undertake a rescue rabbit, and now we have a lot of them at our centre who’re ready for his or her second probability.”

The Worcester and Mid Worcestershire department is so involved about rabbit welfare that it’s additionally launched an electronic mail recommendation service providing steering and help to first-time homeowners – in addition to extra skilled keepers – no matter whether or not they have adopted their rabbit from the RSPCA. The service will 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 yr earlier than. By mid-February, practically 90 had are available and that determine is rising.

In 2021 there have been 4,741 incidents regarding 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 yr, 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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