A rabbit rescue and rehome center says it is in urgent need of foster carers and “good homes” for unwanted animals.
Acorn Rabbit Rescue in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, says it is heartbreaking having to turn down bunnies every single day as more people find they can’t cope with their precious pets due to the cost of living crisis. In a Facebook post, it said: “The rescue is currently full with no space to take in any more rabbits.
“We desperately need another keen and committed fosterer but, even so, that would only create space for one rabbit or bonded pair of rabbits. There are sadly just too many rabbits out there and not enough good homes. It is absolutely terrible having to turn rabbits away every day through lack of space.”
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The rescue also shared a post by Babba Campaign which seeks to end rabbits being sold in pet shops, claiming it encourages impulse buying and people treating the animals as commodities. An image shows two ginger rabbits being given away, with the caption reading: “Sorry – cost of living! The latest reason rabbits are being given away is just another reason rabbits shouldn’t be bred.”
It said other reasons rabbits are given up include:
Going back to work / new job
Health problems / unwell / operation
Babies mysteriously appeared / unwanted litter
Rabbits are fighting
Got a puppy (and they don’t get on!)
Pregnant / just had a baby
Moving home / no space / landlord issues
No time / too busy with this or that
Kids got bored / not looking after them
It added: “Whether or not people feel some of those reasons are justified, the problem is that most of those unwanted rabbits have nowhere safe to go. Most rescues can no longer take those animals because they are full.
“Rabbits are neglected, given away for free, abandoned outside. The breeding and selling of rabbits despite this crisis is selfish and greedy. The current situation is unsustainable!”
Here are some of the rabbits the rescue has available to adopt right now. If anyone is interested, you should be aware a rabbit will only be adopted to someone who will keep the rabbit in RWAF-approved conditions, including lots of space to hop and another rabbit friend.
“Ollie is a calm and friendly rabbit who is neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. He is looking for a home where he can pair up with a neutered and vaccinated female rabbit of a similar age.”
“Pablo came to the rescue due to a member of his family being allergic to him. He is a large rabbit who is neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. He needs a home with plenty of space where he can pair up with a neutered and vaccinated female rabbit.”
“Beautiful female rabbit who is friendly and loves to run. She will need a home with plenty of space where she can pair up with a neutered and vaccinated male rabbit.”
Acorn Rabbit Rescue can also be helped with donations of food and treats. To donate, please click here and to find out more about the rescue you can visit their website.