Friday, 27 January 2012

Rabbit Interactive - RWAF Conference 2012

We are excited to announce that this year's Conference is taking a new turn. We are hosting it with our friends Wood Green in Cambridgeshire on Saturday 1st September 2012 and their great facilities mean it will be much more hands-on and practical than we've ever been able to achieve in the past. We will be offering master class work shops with our experts as well as lectures.

Even better, we are having a 'mad hoppers tea party' on the Friday night (also at Wood Green) because there never seems to be enough time to catch up with like minded friends on the day of conference, and it's also a good excuse for a party!

Although we are still finalising the agenda, we thought you may want to make a note in your diary, because you certainly won't want to miss this.

Watch this space for more details.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Jaffa's happy ending

Christmas is a distant memory for most of us, but we are sharing Jaffa's thank you letter to Santa - things have improved for him since he sent his Christmas wish list off! Don't you just love a happy ending, or should that be a hoppy ending?

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Not too late for a 2012 resolution!

How is everyone doing with their New Year resolutions?!

A few weeks back we suggested some resolutions that could help improve rabbit welfare, and we'd love to hear if you have managed to do any of them. If not, it's not too late, how about starting off by finding a retailer on-line that you think is selling hutches that are too small for rabbits, and politely e-mailing them and telling them. Remember that a rabbit should be able to take 3 hops in its hutch and rear up fully (so that they do not develop painful spinal deformities) - for an average sized rabbit (remember of course they should be kept in pairs so this should be a minimum) this will be 6ft long and 2ft high. Watch the link below. It will only take you a few minutes to send an e-mail, and could really help to make a difference.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Any old stamps?

Postage stamps are fast becoming a thing of the past, with so many letters being franked, so many people using email instead. However, at this time of year, you may have salvaged postage stamps from Christmas cards. If you have, please remember to collect them together and send them to us. Please trim off paper but be careful to leave a wide enough border round them so that perforations are still intact. And foreign stamps are great too.

Please send them to our HQRabbit Welfare Association and Fund. P O Box 603 Horsham West Sussex RG13 5WL. Please also write 'stamps' on the corner of the envelope, just to help Anne when she's sorting the mail

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Dexter's story - how to make it better

It's welfare wednesday again - we want everyone to feel welcome on within the RWAF - there is a lot of advice and experience amongst our members and supporters that everyone should have the benefit of.

This week we are asking you to share Dexter's story - to give some ideas to anyone who has a small hutch, or a single rabbit.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Rescue Fund

Please remember our Rescue Fund. We have money still available to help support the adoption of rabbits from rescue centres. Those with single rabbits who wish to adopt can apply for funding to have their existing rabbit neutered, if they have passed a homecheck by a rescue and have suitable accomodation for 2 rabbits, so they can then adopt a partner for their rabbit. Funding will be paid directly to the owner's vet.Rescues that have a crisis situation can also apply for support from the fund. We will pay towards vet fees for neutering and vaccinations. Funds again will be paid to the vet.We've already given out grants totalling over £5000 to rescues and to individuals, since the fund was launched in late November. We want more of you to apply, so that more single buns will have a partner, and space will be freed up in rescues so that they can take in more needy rabbits. We want to help rescues in need.Details of how to apply can be found here

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

A reminder about RESCUE BUNNIES

This week we're reminding everyone about RESCUE BUNNIES - there are thousands of bunnies patiently waiting for a second chance and a forever home. If you have a single bunny please think about getting him or her a friend, or perhaps you have room to take on a pair of bunnies? Rescue bunnies are often vaccinated and neutered already, and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you have saved a bunny and that the rescue will be able to save another one in its place.

The 2 rabbits in the photo are Mr Sniffles and Lexi. They have been at the Huntingdon Wood Green centre for just over a year. This is what Wood Green has to say about them: 'They are full of character, ideally looking for an adult home as Mr Sniffles does have a little attitude. Lexi loves her magazine rack which we fill with hay, she will often jump into it and settle down for an hour or two'

All rescues need you to adopt, but as a start, we're featuring these three across the UK. Please look at their rehoming criteria as they often differ slightly:

We have a database of rescue centres. If you're looking for one near you, please get in touch.

If you're not able to take on a rescue bunny or two this year you can still help! Please spread the word about rabbit rescue. Not everyone is aware that rabbit rescues exist, and you can help a rescue on a practical level by offering to help muck out, or donating food, toys or hay. Why not find out where your local rescue is and get in touch, to see if you can help?

Monday, 2 January 2012

Cleaning protocol

We have been asked about a cleaning protocol that would prevent rabbits from contracting Myxi or EC from their accommodation, for example in boarding or rescue establishments, and suggest the following:

Thoroughly clean the area to remove any scale or residue. Use Ark-Klens , which is a benzalkonium chloride disinfectant and as such it should be effective against EC and myxi, to routinely disinfect the housing. Periodically use Virkon (as an inorganic peroxygen compound) to kill any other viruses.

Note: Other benzalkonium chloride disinfectants and inorganic peroxygen compounds may be available, in addition to those named above.