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Bunny Bulletin

Our regular bulletin board featuring blog articles, updates and advice from our volunteer team.

Volunteering for FBRC has been a fantastic experience for me.  I have learned a lot, met so many friendly people and have gained lots of furry friends.

Spending time with the bunnies is like a therapy for me.  Whenever I am in a bad mood or just feel homesick the bunnies brighten up my day.  They can make me laugh in more ways than I ever thought. There is no better feeling than holding a fluffy bunny in your hands.

I am really honoured to be part of a team that helps these amazing little creatures

Fostering rabbits is the best and a fantastic experience!

You get to care and love each foster rabbit while helping them on their journey to a new permanent home with the right owners. That's the most important part and the happy ever after that makes fostering the best job in the world.

Rabbits are wonderful pets but need the right people to care for them.

Our first placement was Harley about six months old and very cute.  He had his own personality and his own way of doing things.  He didn't enjoy being handled but with patience and daily interaction he got used to us and we got use to him. 

Whenever we went on holiday Harley went to his holiday home at FBRC and we couldn't wait to get him back when we got home.

Happily he was adopted ( well he was very cute) and we were so proud of him. Although sorry to say goodbye it wasn't long until we welcomed Coffee and Cream, our first bonded pair of bunnies, and a new adventure began.....

If you love rabbits and have space please considering fostering the rewards are huge!  Of course you will need all the details but if you want to know more you only have to ask.

I first started fostering in July 2012.

I had bunnies as a child but hadn't had bunnies for years.  My husband wasn't sure about having bunnies so we decided fostering would be a great idea: we could help bunnies in need and I could convince my husband we also needed to have bunnies of our own and that didn't take much effort!

Our first foster was a lop called Travis.  He had an amazing character bouncing round the house and doing crazy laps of the living room.  It was hard to let him go to his forever home as I loved him but it was a great feeling to know we had been able to make him happy before he left.

My husband loved having him to stay too so we fostered a few more bunnies after that.

It's such a great experience: you are doing something worthwhile and you get to cuddle loads of bunnies. What could be better?  I now have 2 buns of my own - one I fostered, Pumpkin, who I couldn't bear to part with and I got her a husbun also from the network, Woody.  Buns are best in pairs.


I love fostering.  I had to take a break for a short while, but FBRC were very understanding and supportive, and are happy to be flexible with their volunteers. I am hoping to get back to fostering soon!

Fostering Rabbits
The kids had now flown the nest and I was looking for something to occupy my time. Driving to work I noticed an ScottishSPCA van in front of me and decided working with animals would be an idea.

On my return home I scoured the web for something I could, and would like to, do for animals and found FBRC. I have now been fostering for 18 months and have fostered 7 rabbits.

Tyson
Tyson was a very inquisitive, intelligent, lively and friendly rabbit. He loved to be petted and cuddled. Tyson enjoyed exploring around his hutch and considered himself a stunt man jumping on and off the roof of the hutch.

He loved his toys; the tunnel, the flower pots and toilet rolls.  

Tyson was not keen on sawdust and preferred to lie on hay or wood. I would put a substantial amount of sawdust in his
bedding and covered it with hay, but only put a slight covering of sawdust in the living area as otherwise he kicked it all out the hutch to lie on the wood.
 
Catriona

Catriona was a very destructive and aggressive rabbit when she first came to stay.

After an escape which my husband foiled she was nicknamed “Psycho Bunny”. She never forgave my husband for catching her and continually attacked him.

Her second attempt was scary as I could hear her but couldn’t see her. Eventually we decided to lift the hutch and there she was stuck underneath.

After neutering she calmed down and became a very docile and lovable rabbit. The change in her was enormous.

Coffee and Cream

Coffee was tiny but cute, loved to be petted and was easily handled. He enjoyed playing in the big run and was nearly always first into the run and last out. He loved to hide in the tunnels and boxes.

Usually you would see his nose or behind sticking out from a tunnel. Coffee had a very sweet tooth and proved difficult to feed initially but he loved broccoli and sweetcorn. He liked to sit on the patch of grass in his run.

Cream was much bigger than Coffee and was certainly the Boss. Often she would nip Coffee in the behind. If Cream and Coffee met head to head in a tunnel Coffee always came out backwards followed by Cream. Cream did all the digging but would use the small hutch when the weather deteriorated. Coffee hid in his plastic tunnels. Cream was more curious than Coffee and would investigate new toys first. Coffee would think and watch before interacting with anything new. Cream adjusted to the nuggets easily but also enjoyed the broccoli never touching the sweetcorn. She was more difficult to handle but would go into the carry case easily. Put the case on the ground and Cream would hop in especially if they had been out in the run all day. Coffee you had to chase as he never wanted to leave the run.

Marvin and Tammi

Marvin and Tammi only stayed with us for 2 days. Marvin hardly came out the hutch, Tammi was more adventurous.

Marvin had an ear infection and we had fun trying to put drops in his ears.

Two very large and cuddly rabbits.

Nadine

Nadine has been our most challenging rabbit yet.

A young terrified rabbit, who runs at the slightest noise. Catching her or persuading her to come out the hutch has been difficult. She did not interact with us at all. Progress has been slow but with patience she now eats from my hand and both my daughter and I have had cuddles. She has also been seen to be on top of the hutch. We took her indoors one night when the weather was really bad thinking she would be terrified. We gave her a cardboard box to play with and she hid in the box all night only coming out to eat and toilet.

A Varied Role

As far as I am aware Tyson, Catriona, Marvin and Tammi and Coffee & Cream have all found their forever homes.  Nadine is still looking for theirs.

I love working with the different personalities and having to find new methods to care for each individual. My husband who was not keen on me volunteering for this now fully interacts with each rabbit.  He can often be found out playing with the rabbits especially when we had Coffee and Cream. The fact that FBRC are always there to help or give advice makes it enjoyable and stress free.

 

 

 

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A brief chat with someone led me to join up to be a foster carer.

My first foster was Frostie, and from the moment I set eyes on him I was In love.  I'm what you call a failed fosterer, 'cause within 2 weeks I had adopted him as my own.

My next 2 were Rosie and Jim, who I feel in love with again.  But I was brave and let them find a new home.

With the amount of rabbits looking for homes I feel great satisfaction helping them all find there forever homes.  I love going out and spending time with them.

Some are frightened and need reassurance, and I love sitting with them till you gain there trust.  There is nothing better than going out and they come running to greet you, and then you get nose rubs.

As well as the rabbits I have met some great people and made new friends.  There is always someone there to listen.  A great bunch of people.

My last foster was Princeton, who has just left to go to his forever home this week and I'm excitedly waiting on my next foster placement coming to stay.