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Bunny Bulletin

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

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.

How I began

I was looking for a companion for my baby Continental Giant, so needed something a bit bigger than your average rabbit.   After a chance meeting with an existing foster carer I had a look on the FBRC website and found Melinda.

Through the adoption process I found out more about the charity and the fact that there were many unwanted rabbits.  As there is a network of support through Facebook I noticed a plea for more foster homes and decided that I could put what I had learnt from my own experience to good use and offer a temporary safe, caring home for rabbits in need

I started off with just one fostering placement, as many of the foster carers do.  However for those who have the space and are happy to take on more placements you could foster more than one single, pair or group of rabbits at a time.

My Fosters
  
Snow White & Tianna


These girls were my first placement.  Although Snow White has additional needs (she is blind and deaf) their characters soon shone through.  With the support from the charity I learnt how to do daily checks and was able to get assistance when I was concerned for their health.  They both quickly settled in to family life and enjoyed exploring.

The girls recently were transferred within the network so that they could get spayed as part of the Glasgow University Neuter Clinic (FBRC currently provide all the rabbits for this neuter clinic).  So instead of them travelling back to me they are now with new carers within the network.

This allowed me to get a new placement:

 

Mum, Dad & The Kids

The family, Arthur,  Bella, Maisie & Daisy.  These guys came in as a group of 4 and as I had space to keep them together for now they joined my foster family.   They are relatively new to the network, but are settling in well.

 

 

Fred
Fred, I was lucky enough to have the space to take in dream boy Fred, this cheeky wee guy loves to jump out of enclosures so required a fully enclosed living area .

 

 

More Than Fostering
Well that’s the fostering side; there is also the opportunity to get involved in promoting the charity, rabbit welfare and fundraising. At first I was very nervous about doing local events but with support I gained confidence and even dressed as a giant rabbit to raise much needed funds.

I eased myself back into rabbit ownership through fostering.

I had forgotten how individual and quirky they are. After fostering one, I ended up rescuing another 3.

Each having their own distinct characters and ability to teach each other bad habits!  There's the small, quiet genius who always plans the escape. The muscles who helps with the plan, then finally the beautiful but thick one who is always too slow and gets his bum stuck in the fence! They all love winding the dog up and gang up on him when he least expects it, and they are always up for a cuddle (as long as there is no food they might be missing out on!)

If you'd like to become a foster carer, or volunteer in another way, visit http://www.fairlybelovedrabbitcare.org/volunteer.

Sandra, a volunteer foster carer at FBRC, has put this video together to explain how she came to join the team here.

Our volunteer team has been given a special challenge as part of our New Year Volunteer Challenge.

Thanks to a donation from DWB Consultancy Ltd each volunteer participating has been given a £10 start-up fund for their own fundraiser.  They have been asked to invest the £10 in their own way in order to raise additional funds for the charity.

Throughout the month we will share some of our volunteer's activities and keep you all updated with how we're getting on.

In the meantime, if you'd like to learn more about becoming part of our volunteer team visit http://www.fairlybelovedrabbitcare.org/volunteer or contact us for more information today.