A charity that rescues rabbits supports a campaign saying, “a Wooden Rabbit Run does not suffice”.
Rabbit Residence Rescue, a charity near Royston that has been rehabilitating rabbits and rehoming them for over two decades, suggests that only one in twenty homes are suitable for a rabbit-friendly setup.
This charity is just one of many who follow the Rabbit Welfare Association’s guidelines on rabbit housing and support its A Wooden Rabbit Run is not Enough’ campaign.
Although there have been many applications for rabbits, many such as Mia, Sox, and Hex, who arrived at Rabbit Residence Rescue last December, still need homes.
Mia, a stray rabbit, was soon found and gave birth to her babies.
Although her other children have moved on, Mia and Sox, their son and daughter, are still searching for someone special.
Lea Facey is the Rabbit Residence Rescue Manager. She stated that “for all rabbits, including Mia and Sox, an average cabinet doesn’t offer them enough space nor environment enrichment.
“A Wooden Rabbit Run should never be used as a bedroom.
Many adoptees create unique outdoor setups for their rabbits using sheds and aviaries as well as tunnels. Unfortunately, these setups are not always affordable, so budget for them if you’re considering adopting rabbits.
“Unfortunately, cheaper options such as flat-pack cabinets are often fragile and don’t provide the protection and weatherproofing outdoor bunnies need.
“Sadly, we don’t encourage rabbits to be allowed to roam unsupervised in your garden. Although it may seem like you’re giving them plenty of space, some dangers and predators can come at any moment.
“Rabbits need lots of space, enrichment, and protection from harm.
Mia, Sox, and Hex are searching for a home with plenty of outside space.
Lea said, “We are searching for quite a special home, which might be why they have been waiting so long.”
They are all friendly, active, healthy, and happy.
“We are seeking at least 100 sq. feet of space outside for our dogs, with plenty of places to hide, lots of tunnels and toys for digging, as well as a large shed for snuggling in.
“They love running through tunnels and jumping up to see if there are humans with snacks.”