UNWANTED bunnies at a local RSPCA centre are hoping that Easter will bring a gift for them – forever homes with loving new owners.
Gonsal Farm Animal Centre in Shrewsbury is appealing for new homes after an influx of domestic rabbits. The bunnies have been abandoned or handed back after owners realised they were unable to care for them.
RSPCA Gonsall Farm Animal Centre manager Ryan Traynor said: “We have so many rabbits in our care at the moment we would really love them, especially those that have been with us for quite a while, to find a new home.
“People do not always realise how difficult rabbits can be to care for, which is why we see so many of them come to us for care. They need a very specific diet, can get very stressed in very noisy households and are social animals which need to be rehomed in pairs.”
Best friends Cadbury and Rolo came to the centre after being found in a cardboard box dumped next to a school, while Bertie and Kay have been cared for by the RSPCA for almost two years.
Ryan said: “All rabbits need mental stimulation and a specific diet that includes grass as well as fruit and veg every day. They also need access to gnawing blocks to keep their teeth in good condition too.
“All of our rabbits are neutered and microchipped before leaving the centre.
“Obviously we would never encourage people to take on bunnies just for Easter as they are a lifelong commitment that should never be taken on as a whim. Every potential owner would be required to meet our requirements prior to the adoption in any case.”
Anyone able to take on a rabbit pair can call RSPCA Gonsal Farm Animal Centre on 0300 123 0753 (option 4) for more information. For more information on caring for rabbits visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/rabbits.