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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.

 

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.

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!


From our beginning, FBRC was specifically setup as a foster family based rescue service covering Glasgow & West Central Scotland.  We firmly believe this is the best environment to allow our rescued rabbits, many of which come from neglected backgrounds, to get used to a suitable home environment, socialisation and families in a way that is not possible within a traditional rescue centre environment.

One of the main reasons though has always been that we simply did not have the facilities to allow us to run a more traditional rescue service.

In summer 2012, our charity founders David & Feona Bell moved to a new home that included a garden large enough for us to re-look at this.  They have always been very keen to support the fostering network further by caring for some of the rabbits themselves, and have set to developing a mini-centre, nicknamed 'The Warren'.

The Warren will include two large sheds connected to a series of run setups.  A ""Foster Shed"" will include space for up to 12 ""hutch"" environments, each linking to shared run space that will allow any residents a minimum of 3 hours daily access to run areas (typically we expect they will get much more than this!).  The other larger shed is used for various purposes including:

  • Living space for David & Feona's three groups of pet rabbits, which feature in many of the FBRC events (and are often used for last minute rabbit photo shoots).
  • Storage for food and equipment relating to all rescue activities
  • An assessment area for examining and treating rabbits as required, in particular initial assessments as rabbits enter the network.
  • A bonding area to facilitate bonding sessions as part of the our Bonding Bootcamp

Progress on the build is underway, but not progressing as quickly as we would have liked.  In particular the external run build has stalled due to the weather we've experienced since August, as a significant level of landscaping is required to make the run areas practical and safe.  In the meantime, temporary runs are being used to ensure any rabbits are being given essential exercise, and efforts are being made to keep the number of rabbits on site to a minimum until work is complete.

Once completed, it is still the intention to prioritise our foster care placements over The Warren, making The Warren more of an over-flow facility as and when required.  It will help facilitate the practical side of running the foster care service, including providing a transfer base, back up cover for foster carer's holidays and ensuring spaces are available for true emergency cases.  To that end then, it is not anticipated that the facility would reach capacity at any particular time.

The facility will not be open to the public, but we are in the process of recruiting additional Rabbit Care Assistants to help care for the rabbits at The Warren.  This will offer an excellent opportunity for anyone who is keen to gain additional animal welfare experience for their career, or for those who want to help but are unable to foster rabbits in their own home.  It may also be appropriate from time to time for some service users to be invited directly to The Warren depending on the service(s) they require from the rescue.

We are hopeful that everything will be up and running for early January, but this is very much dependent on the weather and available funding.  Much of the build has been funded directly by David & Feona themselves, but if you would be willing to offer a donation for some of the additional equipment that will be required to care for the rabbits within the Foster Shed at The Warren, it would very much be appreciated.  You can donate directly via Just Giving below.