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Staff at Pets at Home in Irvine are celebrating with Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care after they raised over £2500 for the rabbit-dedicated rescue charity.

During December, Support Adoption For Pets held their annual Christmas fundraising appeal with Pets at Home stores where customers were asked to donate 50p to buy a Christmas dinner for a rescue pet in need. The kind-hearted Customers of the Irvine store donated over 10,000 dinners and in doing so raised over £5000, half of which was presented to Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care.

David Bell, the charity’s co-founder says “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Pets at Home in Irvine and are overwhelmed at the dedication of the staff and the generosity of the customers in the local area. Our volunteers were also in-store during December, including Christmas Eve, to raise vital funds and to answer rabbit related questions.  Donations like this are a welcome boost at what is traditionally a difficult time of year for fundraising.”

Lynsey Kermack, Pets at Home Assistant Manager says “The team here in Irvine are very proud of the work we do for Support Adoption and the amazing opportunities it provides to help local rehoming partners such as Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care. The charity do fantastic work raising awareness for rabbits and educating the public; but equally, the relationship that has developed between the store team and the charity is amazing. Everyone is keen to help out and get behind the work they do and this really showed during the Santa Paws appeal where we managed to raise over 10,000 dinners to help rescue pets. We look forward to the team at FBRC being back in store again soon and we at Pets at Home Irvine are happy to be supporting such a buntastic charity!”

Rabbits are the UK’s third most popular furry friend, but continues to be the most abandoned, neglected and misunderstood.  As a result Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care experience a very high demand for their services, which include rabbit rescue, adoption, bonding and care advice.

Today we had an unannounced visit from Scottish SPCA inspectors following a concern report that had been submitted to them about cramped conditions, smelly hutches and rabbits being forced to sleep in their own faeces.The inspectors are satisfied with the level of care at The Warren, and were pleased to see the level of security and the log/diary maintained to support the rabbits care provision. They have advised that there are no grounds to the complaint and no further action will be taken.

It is always upsetting and challenging when your hard work is challenged in this way. It's not clear if the report was an attempt to be malicious or following genuine concern for welfare of rabbits in our care.  However, whilst I am happy that we continue to provide adequate levels of care for all the rabbits within FBRC, I am always keen to hear suggestions for ways we can further improve the care we provide at The Warren and within the foster care network.

In recent years we have made significant adjustments throughout our services following feedback and suggestions from volunteers and supporters. I am committed to reviewing our care standards on an ongoing basis. We will always be constrained by funds and practicalities, but we will give all serious suggestions due consideration.

It is also worth remembering that the care standards within the rescue are a team effort, and all our volunteers share my passion and motivation to provide the best we possibly can for rabbits in need. With this in mind there is always room for improvement. With your help, support and encouragement FBRC can do amazing things for rabbit welfare in Scotland.

If you have any concerns about the level of care within any aspect of the rescue, or simply have some suggestions as to how we can make things better, please do not be shy to approach us – we will be genuinely grateful for your input.

It's Royal Highland Show week this week, with the event running from Thursday 23 June through until Sunday 26 June at the Royal Highland Show ground at Ingliston, Edinburgh. 

Over the past few years, Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care has hosted a stall in the lifestyle village area of the show and have met many of our followers during the event.  We have raised a great deal of cash for the charity, and helped spread the message about rabbit welfare to thousands of people each year.

However, we made the decision not to attend the show this year for various reasons.  Not only is the show a significant financial commitment that hinges on the hope of good weather and excellent attendance to reap the benefits, but there is a massive amount of planning and work involved in getting us there too.  As the stall is a busy and active one, it also takes a great deal of volunteer resource to manage it safely and effectively.  Due to various other commitments within the management and volunteer team, we therefore decided earlier in the year that it would be too much for us to commit to this year.

We were also very keen to grasp other opportunities that are being presented to us for 2016, and we are actively exploring alternative event venues and activities to attend in the hope that we will spread rabbit welfare awareness to new audiences throughout Scotland.

We know many of you liked to come to say hello during your visit to the Royal Highland Show, and so wanted to give you advance warning that we won't be there this year.

We'd like to thank the Royal Highland Agricultural Society and Show and all their visitors for their support in previous years, and wish you all the best for this year's show.

Dozens of local rescued rabbits are asking you to dig deep into your pockets as a new campaign for better rescue accommodation is launched.
 
Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care is ‘hopping’ for your support as they launch their new campaign this week, Bedrooms & Binkies.  The campaign seeks to raise enough funds to replace the aging and damaged hutches and runs throughout the rescue to make life for the rabbits a lot more pleasant.

The Glasgow based rabbit-dedicated rescue charity, with a number of foster carers operating within the local area and throughout Scotland, is urging animal lovers to get involved in a wide range of fundraising activities as they work towards replacing the equipment for over 40 foster carers throughout Scotland.

David Bell, the charity’s co-founder and rescue coordinator says, “The charity’s funds are focused on paying our vet bills every month, and so we have scraped by over the past five years by using the largest and best quality hutches we can from those that have been donated to us.  However, many commercially available hutches are simply too small and don’t meet our minimum size requirements so finding good quality large hutches and runs is incredibly difficult.”

As well as relying on donated equipment, the charity has found that many of the items offered to them are of a low quality and often need repaired or replaced after just a few months of use.

“Our volunteers always strive to offer the rabbits in the rescue the best possible experience as we prepare them for adoption.  It simply can’t be done using equipment that’s creaking at the seams and always needs patchwork repairs,” David continues, “The rabbits deserve so much better.”

Rabbits are the UK’s third most popular furry friend, but continue to be the most abandoned, neglected and misunderstood.  As a result Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care experience a very high demand for their services, which include rabbit rescue, adoption, bonding and care advice.

Since the rescue opened in December 2010, they have rescued over 800 domestic rabbits.  However, this number could have been significantly higher had the charity had more hutch space and foster carers available.  The demand for rabbit rehoming services is significantly higher than the available spaces within rescue services throughout the country.

Rhona Wilkie, Foster Care Coordinator for the charity, said: “I can’t wait to see happy hopping bunnies settling in to new hutches that are warm, safe and comfortable for them. Many of the rabbits entering the rescue have never known care like they will receive from their foster carers, and it will be great to see the standard of our equipment match that of our dedicated volunteer team.”

Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care are also looking for a number of local joiners to build the hutches and runs and deliver these to the foster carers’ homes.  The customised equipment has all been designed with the rabbits needs in mind.  Click here for our supplier's information pack if you are a supplier that would like to get involved.

The campaign, which is expected to run for a number of months, needs to raise around £16,000 to purchase high quality hutches and runs for forty of its current foster carers.

To get the campaign off the ground, the charity has launched its own JustGiving campaign page and is working on plans for various fundraising activities over the coming months including fun runs, family days and much more.

David encourages anyone with a passion for animals or rabbits to consider getting involved.

“Run a 10k for us, sell your unwanted items at a car boot sale, save your spare change in our home collection box or simply donate on our website.  Every penny helps and the rabbits will be incredibly grateful!”.  Click here to sign up for your own fundraising activity to raise funds for the Bedrooms & Binkies campaign.

Some typical examples of the standards of hutches donated to the charity below.  We often have to refuse the offers of hutches as they just would not suit the needs of the rabbits, and so the charity has to stretch our funds to purchase cheap hutches which at least meet the basic needs of our rabbits. 

Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care is going hopping mad this week with a focus on promoting their rabbits for adoption using a comical ‘dating ad’ format on their website to mark Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW).

The Kirkintilloch based rabbit-dedicated rescue charity, with a number of foster carers operating throughout Scotland, is urging animal lovers to logon to their website and check out the benefits to be had in keeping pet rabbits in pairs or small groups throughout the campaign which runs from 18 – 26 June to help raise awareness of rabbit welfare.

This year’s RAW campaign, organised by Burgess Pet Care, is focused on the importance of companionship for hutch animals, asking rabbit owners to pair up their pets with rescued rabbits from animal rescue centres. Local vets will also be offering free health checks for rabbits in RAW week. 

The charity, which has been offering rabbit welfare services throughout Scotland for over 5 years, also provides rabbit bonding services designed to help owners safely introduce their rabbits together.

“Bonding rabbits often looks violent and can be quite scary for those who aren’t aware of rabbit behaviour and social structures,” says David Bell, co-director of the charity and the rescue’s resident bonding expert.

“Once you understand the bonding rituals, and some of our tips and tricks to introducing rabbits together, it’s actually relatively straight forward.  The benefits of a bonded pair far outweigh the initial fur-flying that can happen when rabbits meet each other for the first time”.

Lhanna Frost, Adoptions Coordinator for the charity, said: “I can’t wait to see the joy on owners’ faces when they discover the satisfaction of seeing the compassion and care a rabbit can give to another rabbit when given the right conditions. It’s such an adorable side of their character.  So many single bunnies out there are just not getting the chance to be sociable.”

Suzanne Moyes, veterinary manager at Burgess Pet Care, one of the UK’s leading pet food manufacturers, said she was delighted at the number of events and activities taking place around the UK for this year’s RAW. 

“There’s a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding rabbit welfare so it’s wonderful to see so many people come out and support RAW and help put rabbits’ needs under the microscope,” she said. “The welfare of hutch animals often takes a back seat to other pets and we hope through this week’s activities we can improve and understand more about the diet, housing and behaviour of these highly intelligent, social, interactive and fun creatures. And, above all, ensure they all have a bunny buddy of their own. Let’s stop rabbits getting a raw deal!”

RAW is an annual event that brings together vets, pet retailers, welfare charities, manufacturers and owners to educate people about proper rabbit care. Official RAW partners include: Burgess Excel, Panacur Rabbit, RSPCA, PDSA, The Blue Cross, Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) and Wood Green The Animals Charity.

Find out more at www.fairlybelovedrabbitcare.org