Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Hay!

Hay! Rabbits benefit from a variety of hay or grass in their diet. Different types, and cut from different places and at different times of year all offer different nutrients and textures. Hay (or grass) should be the cornerstone of their diet and not just a bedding! Hanging baskets, toilet roll inners and plant pots stuffed with hay all make foraging fun. If your bunnies have a favourite please share.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Binky Day 2012

Last year we had a spur of the moment Binky Day and lots of us shared our binky photos - this year, we want to do another one, but plan it better and hopefully be able to make a bigger thing of it so that we can all share binky joy on our walls and make rabbit binkying mainstream! What better way to show that a hutch is not enough? So, this year Binky Day will be Friday 1st June. We'll make a poster and do a press release, so we need lots of photos of binkies before hand. Please feel free to share them on our wall, but also please e-mail any good binky photos to rae@rabbitwelfare.co.uk so that we can use them.

Please remember that rabbits that have been kept in a hutch for long periods of time may need to have their exercise area increased gradually so that they can build their fitness and get used to exercising. Many hutches are not tall enough to allow a rabbit to rear up properly, and this can cause them to have spinal problems. Please make sure your rabbits can stand on their back legs without their ears touhing the roof in the area that you confine them in, ie their hutch, indoor cage, or hutch and attached run. As a general rule, this should be no less than 60cms for an average sized rabbit.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Valentine Press Release

Bunny girl living alone too long seeks bunny boy to snuggle up with on cold nights, enjoy romantic meals together, and go running, jumping and foraging. Looking to share my spacious love-nest, in well appointed large and secure grounds, well furnished and spotlessly clean. Will nuzzle your ears if you nuzzle mine.
The Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund (RWAF) is the UK's largest charity dedicated to improving the lives of pet rabbits. This Valentine's Day the charity is urging owners to find a companion for their rabbit.
RWAF Vet Advisor Richard Saunders had this to say. "In the wild, rabbits live in large social groups and depend on each other for security, comfort and grooming. Keeping a rabbit alone is cruel. It's as simple as that. Rabbits should be kept in neutered pairs or groups and have access to a safe exercise area at all times."
So whilst we think about our own romantic needs this Valentine's day, we should spare a thought for the lonely bunnies out there…
To see what else rabbits need as well as companionship, go to www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk.




http://www.pressdispensary.co.uk/releases/c993328/Lonely-Girl-Seeks-Valentine-to-Share-Life-With.html

Friday, 10 February 2012

Give as you Live - you can riase £5 at no extra cost to you!

Did you know you can support The RWAF every time you shop online – at no cost to you?
With Give as you Live, thousands of brands including Play.com, John Lewis and Expedia have signed up to donate a percentage of every purchase you make online to us. All at no cost to you and at no cost to us.
Simply visit http://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/rabbitwelfarefund and discover Give as you Live today. If you sign up by 31st March 2012, Give as you Live will donate an additional £5 to us when you spend £10 or more.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Every bunny needs some bunny to love



Valentine's day is just around the corner, and as we all know, every bunny needs some bunny to love....

Friday, 3 February 2012

Text donations

We hope you've got over the shock of Christmas and its effects on your bank balance enough to start thinking again about texting a donation to RWAF, to help support our work in ending the manufacture, sale and use of tiny hutches, putting an end to ignorance and giving rabbits a more natural, happier life.If you want to support us, please text one of the following, and if you're a UK taxpayer, please remember you can increase your donation at no extra cost to you via Gift Aid (a message will be sent after you text, asking you to register). Text to 70070
If you want to donate £1 you should text RWAF11£1
If you want to donate £2 you should text RWAF11£2
If you want to donate £3 you should text RWAF11£3
If you want to donate £4 you should text RWAF11£4
If you want to donate £5 you should text RWAF11£5
If you want to donate £10 you should text RWAF11£10

Rescue bunnies - can you help?

This week we want to reminnd you about rescue bunnies. In particular, support rescue shelters which do such a valiant job, taking in rabbits whose future is uncertain, caring for them and trying to find them the right home. One of these is Pawz for Thought which is based in Sunderland. Vicky from Pawz has 2 rabbits JAck and Vera looking for a new home says,

These two are very much like an old married couple! They were brought into Pawz as a bonded pair and have fantastic personalities. Vera is approximately 1-2 years old, she likes to think she is the boss but Jack will put her in her place if she gets too carried away! Vera needs to know who is boss especially when it comes to the hair brush- but as you can see from her picture, the brushing pays off! Jack is of similar age to Vera and is a typical 'Jack the lad', he loves exploring and is very curious about the world around him. He's very friendly, enjoys a stroke and doesn't mind being picked up and handled. These two are a great bundle of fun, you could sit and watch them for hours. They are currently in an indoor foster home but could adapt to a large outdoor space. If your interested in adopting Jack and Vera please get in contact rabbitspawzforthought@gmail.com or visit our website http://www.pawzforthought.org.uk/index.php for rabbits, small animals and even cats and dogs! Pawz for Thought is based in the North east of England and does not have a rescue centre, it relies on the good nature of fosterers."And this heartfelt plea from an owner whose changed circumstances mean that she is moving to Australia and is unable to take her beloved rabbits with her"Sadly, we will be unable to take our two buns with us to Australia. It's all really come full circle, as we took in our first bunnies following the relocation of some friends and then a rescue bunny, and years later, we now have to find homes for our bunnies... :((I know I am taking a chance, but you wouldn't happen to know of anyone who would be interested in two gorgeous house dwarf lops (6 and 3 years) that are in perfect health (no illness, no dentals, full vaccinations). I have piccies galore that would steal your heart!"If you are able to help with Jack and Vera, or with the lops whose family is moving away, or can offer a home to any rescue bunnies, then please get in touch with the rescue (or with hq@rabbitwelfare.co.uk) and offer your help. You may not be able to adopt nor to foster, but there could be other ways you can help...and it needn't be financial if times are tough for you too. Rescues appreciate practical support too...people who will fundraise for them, people who will clean out bunny homes. If you can do anything at all to help rescue bunnies, then please let the rescues know