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We are delighted to welcome Bunny Green on to the Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care Management Committee.

In her role as Committee Member, Bunny will help to support the charity directors David & Feona Bell with the overall running of the charity, including fundraising, rescue services and supporting the various volunteers.

Bunny has years of experience as a rabbit owner, and has supported David & Feona with various fundraising activities over the past 12 months and we are thrilled to be in a position to recognise her support formally in this way as the charity continues to grow.

Over the coming weeks we will explore how Bunny will get involved in the charity a little more.

This is another indication of how well the charity is doing just now, and a reminder of how reliant we are on our excellent team of volunteers throughout the area.  As we continue to grow in the coming years we are confident there will be a need to further expand our Management Committee.  If this is an area that may be of interest to you, please make one of the team aware and we will include you in our considerations in the future.

In the meantime, we hope you will join us in welcoming Bunny to her new voluntary role.

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Nominate us for the Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards

Are we doing a good job?  If you think so, why not consider submitting a nomination to the first Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards.

The Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards recognise the outstanding work of staff and volunteers in animal charities across the UK. These new awards aim to celebrate the success of teams and individuals who have gone that extra mile to help rescue and rehome animals in need.

Of the award categories, the ones which we feel are relevant are:

  • Animal Charity Team of the Year
  • Animal Charity Volunteer of the Year

Rabbit welfare is so often over-looked due to the popularity and awareness of dog & cat charities, and we feel it would be an excellent tribute to the rabbits to have one of the UK’s dedicated rabbit charities recognised in the awards.

You can make your nomination online at http://www.petplan.co.uk/charityawards, or you can request a nomination form directly from us.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 15th March 2013, and the awards take place on Thursday 2nd May 2013 as part of the ADCH Conference.

If, on the other hand, you feel we should be doing things differently, we’d love to hear from you, and would be happy to take your comments into consideration when planning future activities for the charity.

You can also review our rescue service at http://www.rescuereview.co.uk/.  Rescue Review is a free to use, unbiased animal adoption comparison site and rescue directory.

 

Earn Lifelines for FBRC whilst you shop at Pets At Home!

Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care is one of the chosen charities as part of Pets At Home’s Very Important Pets Club.

As part of the VIP club, a form of Pets At Home loyalty card, you’ll receive exclusive discounts on everything from food to health products, as well as helpful hints and tips so you can ensure that you get the best for your pets.

VIP benefits don't stop there though! Simply swipe your card at the till to collect VIP Lifelines, which will help you and your fellow VIP members to send much needed support to the animal charity of your choice (pick us!!!!).

You'll even receive a voucher for 10% off your next in-store shop in your welcome pack just to say thanks for signing up.

All you need to do is register your details online with Pets At Home.

  1. Visit https://vip.petsathome.com/ClubLogin.aspx to sign-up today.
  2. Fill in the details about yourself including name, contact details and your address.
  3. To pick Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care you must select one of the following stores, then select is within the charity box.  You can change the store back to your local store after you’ve registered, but you can select us from the following stores.
    • Abbotsinch
    • Drumchapel
    • Glasgow Forge
    • Greenock
    • Linwood
  4. Complete your pet information and submit your registration.
  5. After a few days you’ll be able to log back in and receive your welcome pack to start benefitting and earning Lifelines.

The Lifelines collected allow FBRC to build up points that can be spent in store on food & equipment, and would make a big difference to us – without costing you anything extra!


Christmas is over. The New Year has begun. And now our attention falls to the next big holiday: yes, Easter is coming! And in preparation for it, Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care are launching their ""The Big Hop"" campaign for 2013!

From January until April 2013 we'll be inviting the charity's supporters and local community and school groups to take part in their own sponsorship events. These sponsored hops will help raise much needed funds for FBRC during the Easter period.

We're also inviting nurseries, schools, youth groups and other community organisations to invite us to hold our interactive ""The Big Hop"" awareness demonstrations and talks: Learn why ""Rabbits need SHEDS"" and how the UK's 3rd most popular pet continues to be our most abandoned and neglected.

We'll soon be sharing plans for various events that will be happening as part of the campaign. We'd love you to get involved, so start thinking about your own sponsored event. Perhaps you could do a sponsored bungee jump, space hopper race or trampoline event with your friends or family? Checkout http://www.thebighop.org for further details, including downloadable sponsorship packs, educational materials and children's games and factsheets.

And don't forget to watch this space for further details on The Big Hop 2013!

With Christmas coming up, many families will be considering pets as a family gift at Christmas time.

Experience has taught us though that the giving of pets as a Christmas gift is one of the largest contributing factors to the volume of unwanted pets shortly after the holiday period, as the families face the reality of owning their pet and decide it's not right for them.

We believe part of the reason is the ""gift"" process - particularly for children. Remember in particular that pets are not suitable for children: no child should be given the full responsibility for their pet, but should be supervised at all times, with the adult taking the full responsibility for the pet. However, receiving a pet amongst all their other gifts at Christmas creates the wrong level of emotional attachment, with the pet being likened to the toys and other ""disposable"" gifts that don't need constant care & attention.

For this reason, we do not support the giving of rabbits at Christmas time, and we will not be able to progress adoption requests for any of our rabbits between Monday 14th December 2015 and Friday 8th January 2016, although we will be happy to accept enquiries and home check appointments to reserve rabbits for rehoming on either side of these dates.