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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.

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.

This Christmas period, we're asking you to help us if you can. A one-off donation, no matter how small, can make all the difference!

Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care currently have approximately 25 rabbits that recently entered the rescue service (bringing our total number of current residents to over 60). Each of these rabbits need immediate vaccinations, and need to be neutered before they can be adopted.

There has also been a sudden increase of requests for rescue, and our waiting list of rabbits to enter the service grows daily.

It is traditionally a very difficult time of year for us to gain support, as many people forget about our ""Spring-time"" friends at Christmas.

FBRC is very low on available funds, and simply cannot afford the treatment the new residents require over and above the ongoing requirements of those rabbits already being cared for within the foster network.

We want to be able to do more.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - We raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

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 accept adoption requests for any of our rabbits between Monday 17th December 2012 and Monday 7th January 2013, although we will be happy to accept enquiries and home check appointments to reserve rabbits for rehoming on either side of these dates.

 

Our Christmas Adoption Pack

We do however appreciate that some families will still be able to adopt a rabbit at this time of year and be able to provide an excellent long-term home for their new pet. Considering the expense involved in setting up the right environment for your new pet we also appreciate many will like the ""excuse"" Christmas brings for spending all the necessary money on the hutch, run and equipment that will be required for adopting rabbits.

As an alternative, we are providing a ""Christmas Adoption Pack"", which allows you to include the adoption of your new pet within your Christmas experience, whilst disassociating the rabbit(s) themselves from the festivities of Christmas day. Our pack helps strengthen the message that rabbits are a lifelong commitment, and take a lot of care.

 

Included within our Pack:

  • Rabbit hand-puppet which can be given as a gift on Christmas Day (additional toys can be purchased - ask for details)
  • An Adoption Certificate featuring your chosen rabbit(s), which can be given as a gift on Christmas Day
  • ""For The Love Of Parsley"" book, containing rabbit behaviour advice & tips
  • RWAF Hop-To-It information booklet, with additional rabbit welfare & care advice.
  • Your chosen rabbit(s) reserved until an agreed date in January (no earlier than 7th January 2013).

 

Cost:

  • Single Rabbit, Fully Vaccinated & Neutered (to be adopted as a bunny buddy for an existing family rabbit). Minimum Donation of £60
  • Pair of Rabbits, fully vaccinated, neutered & bonded. Minimum Donation of £100
  • Understanding Cost & Minimum Donations

 

Interested?


All other aspects of our adoption process continue to apply. A home check must be completed initially to qualify for our Christmas Adoption Pack. Donations must be made in advance of adoption in order to receive the pack in time for Christmas. (Understanding Cost & Minimum Donations).

Help us make our November eBay Big Auction a success! 19th - 27th November 2012.

On the lead up to Christmas, there's not better time to clear out all your unwanted things and you can do it all whilst raising money for Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care.

Using eBay for Charity, you can list your unwanted items on eBay and opt to have some, or all of your profits from the sale of your items donated directly to the charity and the buyers can opt to Gift Aid donations to us too! Every time you list an item for Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care, you’ll get a fee credit on your basic insertion and final value fees equal to the percentage you donate. So if you donate 50% of your selling price to us, eBay will waive 50% of your fees. Why not donate 100% of your selling price, and have no fees?!?

We want as many people as possible to sell their items during the week of 19th - 27th November 2012, and as the month progresses we will promote our eBay Big Auction to encourage as many people to log on and buy too.

You can sell anything and everything on eBay - new or used. And it's a lot of fun.

So start gathering up your items for sale, and get ready to join in the auction fun!