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Regular followers of Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care, or any rabbit welfare organisation, will know we always bang on and on about the importance of successfully bonding rabbits for companionship and their emotional wellbeing.

It is with this in mind that we happily announce our very own successful bond in the shape of the marriage of our organisation’s two founding directors: David Bell & Feona Lawrie became Mr & Mrs Bell on 6th August 2011 at their ceremony & reception at Seamill Hydro.

Never missing an opportunity, David & Feona included a “Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care Donation” option on their wedding gift list!

After a short honeymoon in Malta, its very much back to business now as they continue to recruit more volunteers, and find homes for the rabbits on our waiting list. Now that wedding plans are out of the way, their attention turns to planning our next big events at Kirkintilloch Canal Festival (28th August 2011) and LovePets Scotland (3rd & 4th September 2011).

If you would like to include Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care within your gift or donations list, please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss options that may be available to you.

We are very excited to announce that we will be attending the LovePets Scotland exhibition this September.

The LovePets Show is for people and families who are passionate about their pets.

LovePets is the pet exhibition that brings you everything you and your pet are likely to need together under one roof. Come and meet experts from the pet industry. Talk to them about your pets, get useful information and advice; and take a look at the wonderful products available to buy for your pets.

Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care will be forming an awareness & fundraising display as part of the Petting Zoo area. Visit some of our pet rabbits, including Giant Rabbits, as we talk about the various issues that make Britain’s 3rd most popular pet its most neglected. Help save the rabbits by taking part in our Lucky Dip too – with a prize every time!

The exhibition is at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh on Saturday 3rd September 2011, 10am – 5pm and Sunday 4th September 2011, 10am – 4pm.

Following on from my earlier blog, I just wanted to share with you the report from the day's other Press Officer, Chiara Clark, from the local Primary School:

An interesting, informative and fun event was held at Carrington village hall in aid of the RWF. They are drawn to attention to the fact that people are buying rabbits for presents and are not prepared to look after them.

It was a lovely day there were lots of stalls up in the hall like Tombola, craft face painting, information tables, free samples competitions and a jumping Demonstration! There were three rabbits on show all rescue rabbits.

At the end of the successful day everyone participated in a very sad DVD Water-Ship Down.

I'm very sure everyone thought is was a successful day!!!!!!!

Monday sees the start of this year’s rabbit awareness week in the UK, which runs from 23rd May 2011 until 29th May 2011.

Each year RAW picks a specific theme, and this year focuses on Rabbit Behaviours.

This year we’ve not planned any major events around RAW due to conflicting diaries (we’ll hopefully be in a position to become more actively involved next year), but we do intend to support the campaign online with a daily blog running throughout the week and lots of tips & advice on Facebook & Twitter.

In our experience, we so often meet rabbits that sadly don’t get the opportunity to fully display their natural behaviour because of the conditions they’re being kept under – no company, no space, no stimulation, wrong diet, limited exercise. We’re looking forward to another opportunity to share some advice and experience of the flip-side of this and help you all get the best out of your pet rabbits.

If you have any questions or topics you’d be particularly keen for us to cover during the week, email them to us or post them onto facebook and we’ll do our best to pick them up during the week.

In the meantime, checkout the Rabbit Awareness Week website for further details, including events that may be happening in your area. Participating vets will be offering free health clinics and various pet stores are getting involved with information and fun days.

On Saturday 9th April, David & Feona attended a Rabbit Awareness day held in Carrington Village Hall, near Gorebridge in Midlothian, where they assited by running the RWAF information stall. It was a highly successful event, with much to see & do.

Two local school children had been assigned as ""Press Officers"" for the day. Today we wanted to share with you Hana Hyslop's report of the day.

The Rabbit Welfare Association Fund

On the 9th of April 2011, there was an event in Carrington hall called The Rabbit Welfare Association Fund where you got to bring your rabbit in, enter a competition for the cutest rabbit, find out more about rabbits and the food they eat, watch a film called Watership Down, get your face painted and eat homemade food! I interviewed some of the people at the stalls.

The first person I interviewed was Jackie Gibb and she was helping people make bunny masks and then colouring them in!

The next stall was the Paws Here Small Pet Rescue, the woman who was operating the stall had brought a rabbit called Basil and surprisingly he liked basil. I found out that Paws Here take in small animals and re-home them. They take animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and gerbils.

The third was a show jumping group and you got to see a rabbit called Rowan jump over hurdles three or four bars high and there is only 9 people in the U.K that are in the group. The rabbits aren’t being forced to do it they do it because they enjoy it! The rabbits train once a week and the do competitions five times a year, some of the rabbits can jump as high as 60cm but the really impressive thing is that Swedish rabbits can jump as high as 1METRE!

The last stall I went to was the RWAF and spoke to David. They had brought Starlight and Marius (two rabbits) in and Starlight was bred and Marius was rescued. It is shocking to think that 35,000 rabbits in a year are neglected or mistreated. The biggest problems are that pet rabbits aren’t given enough space or because they need a balanced diet - they can’t have carrots all the time when it should be hay they eat. SECS is short for Space Exercise Companionship and Stimulation and that is what rabbits need so if you ever decide to get one you should speak to a rescue centre first. You can find out more on the RWAF website: www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk .

It was great to see everyone trying to prove that... RABBITS AREN’T JUST FOR EASTER!!!