Monday, 30 April 2012

Binky Day - 1st June 2012

http://www.examiner.com/article/rabbit-welfare-and-association-fund-binky-day-2012 1st June is our first official Binky Day and word is spreading! Please keep sending the binky photos to rae@rabbitwelfare.co.uk and we will use as many as possible on the day. A hutch is not enough - let your rabbits binky!

Friday, 27 April 2012

PAH VIP trial

We, The RWAF, recommend rabbits to be kept in neutered social groups eg pairs, to provide companionship, enrichment, and enable natural social behaviours. Many reputable rescue centres neuter their youngsters before rehoming them, and this is ideal, as it enables them to be successfully bonded, and avoids many of the problems that domestic rabbits face, such as being kept alone, or being mis-sexed and producing an accidental litter adding to the rescue burden, as well as the the health and behavioural problems that entire rabbits can face. Our own guidance about neutering can be found here: http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/two_heads.htm We are aware that Pets at Home have taken steps to address these issues, and make it possible to acquire 2 already neutered and vaccinated rabbits in selected stores via their VIP trial, However we do have several questions surrounding the early neutering procedures, and their long term effect, as well as weaning, socialisation, transportation and vaccination. We are aware this issue is causing a great deal of concern, and we are giving it our full attention. However we need to be in possession of the full facts, before we can comment further, and we are awaiting these. We are also aware that this trial is being ceased and that no further rabbits will be imported to be sold in PAH stores.

Put your money where your heart is.

We have been working hard with lots of retailers, bringing rabbit welfare to their attention and working with them in several ways, ie improving the information on their website and hopefully improving the products that we sell. The retailers who have signed up to our retail charter, have pledged to help us make a difference to rabbit welfare in some way, so please shop with them when you're buying supplies for your animals. http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/walloffame.htm We know how passionate about rabbits our supporters are, so please investigate any other companies fully and if you don't feel comfortable giving them your hard earned cash, keep your conscience clear and shop elsewhere. Companies that feel it in their till when they do something consumers dislike are likely to rethink their practices.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

A hutch is not enough

Yuk - this weather is awful and it's like winter again. It's a good time to remind everyone that 'a hutch is not enough' and this type of weather is just one of the reasons why we recommend that a hutch should be within a safe enclosure, or attached to a safe exercise run, so that the rabbits can chose when they shelter, and when they exercise. It is unfair to keep rabbits locked in their hutches in bad weather, because they are not able to behave as rabbits, to run, jump and dig for example. It is equally as unfair to keep them in a run with no access to their hutch. Please make sure that out door bunnies have the opportunity to exercise every day. Tarpaulins can be used to make shelter from the rain, snow and hot sun and allow some year round protection. Please check out our tips for a basic outdoor set up here: Please share this, and help us spread the word - a hutch is not enough.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Binky Day!

Binky Day is fast approaching. We'll be celebrating it on 1st June. Since mentioning it a while ago, you have sent us photos and videos that have brought smiles to all our faces. Many can be found on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151041372075301&set=o.191449507147&type=3&theater

We've uploaded a great video into our YouTube account too. You're bound to love this one. http://www.rwaf.org.uk/binky

Please spread the word to everyone you know, rabbit people or not, about binkies, and what this joy this bunny dance expresses.

If you have any more photos or videos to share, please send them to hq@rabbitwelfare.co.uk so we can upload them for you, or share your own links on our Facebook page. http://www.rwaf.org.uk/fbrwaf

Friday, 13 April 2012

Myxi outbreak in Leeds

We've had reports of a myxi outbreak in Leeds. Please make sure your rabbits are all vaccinated. If you know of any other outbreaks please let us know - if ppssible share on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Rabbit-Welfare-Association-and-Fund/191449507147

Give as you live.

When you go shopping online, please continue to go to the stores via Give As You Live, naming the RWF as your chosen charity. Their special offer to charities bringing in new shoppers is extended until June, so while you won't be charged a penny extra, the stores registered with them will pay the RWF, and Give As You Live is still making a donation for every new customer to register with them on our behalf until June.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Spring your rabbits this Easter


http://www.pressdispensary.co.uk/releases/c993368/Spring-your-rabbits-this-Easter-%E2%80%93-A-Hutch-is-Not-Enough.html

It's easy to see why rabbits are the perfect symbol to celebrate spring, beautiful to look at and bursting with life. They are a common sight in our fields and verges; munching on grass, running, jumping and digging. And, according to a UK charity, these behaviours are what we should be looking for in our pet rabbits.

The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) is the largest UK charity with the aim of improving the welfare of domestic rabbits. This Easter the charity is urging owners to spring their rabbits from the confines of the hutch, into a large secure exercise area of course!.

"What you see in the wild and what you see in the garden is very different," said Richard Saunders, Vet expert advisor for the RWAF. "A lot of people keep a rabbit in a hutch, alone and with no space to exercise. This simply doesn't let them act as they would naturally. Rabbits need to run and jump, and they'd never live alone in the wild."

The charity is promoting its A Hutch is Not Enough campaign, which aims to educate rabbit owners and pet retailers on what rabbits need to lead full and contented lives. It stresses the importance of a large secure enclosure in which the rabbits can run and jump freely. "A Hutch should be a shelter as part of a bigger enclosure, never the sole accommodation," said Richard. "People get much more pleasure from their pet rabbits when they make a bit of effort to give them the life they deserve. And if you’re thinking of getting a rabbit but can’t commit to meeting their needs fully then you should think again.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

April's rescue page - have you got room?

Our rescue page has been updated for April and features two rescues, Windwhistle Warren in Gloucestershire and Little Angels Rescue in Essex http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rwf/?section=rescues.html In addition, we feature two further rescues in this message, and a further case where a private person has come to the rescue of bunnies about to be dumped.

We start with a request for a very special personor family to adopt a special needs bunny and his bondmate.

The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary has a rabbit section and recently two rabbits were handed in, one of them, Rory, had a problem which affected his movement, which the vet later confirmed as a broken back. This has been confirmed by a second veterinary opinion. Because of this, as you can guess, Rory is a special needs rabbit, and needs a home where people will be able to offer him the time and commitment he needs, and will also be able to offer his friend Rosie a home, as they are both very attached to each other.

We know that because of his special needs, Rory will need a special home, and know that this will be hard to find, but as he is such a lovely rabbit we think that he is worth all the effort that it will take, and hope that there is someone out there who will feel the same, who will welcome this pair into their home and hearts.


Photobucket

If you feel you are the right person to take on Rory and Rosie, then please contact Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary 01865 890239, email contact@oxfordshireanimalsanctuary.org.uk or via their website http://www.oxfordshireanimalsanctuary.org.uk/

...............

Freshfields Animal Rescue is an independent rescue based in the north west. We have a non-destruction policy and prioritize stray, abandoned and abused animals. Our small animal unit houses on average 30 rabbits, 15 guinea pigs and other various small animals. All of our rabbits are neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped and health checked before they are rehomed.

We have rabbits of all ages, colours, sizes and types. Unfortunately some are harder to rehomed than others. We particularly struggle rehoming older rabbits (3+). For example Fifi and Zac are a fantastic pair of rabbits with no health problems and great personalities but because they are aged 4 and 5 they always get overlooked.

Photobucket


We also struggle to rehomed larger rabbits as most people who come to us want dwarf rabbits. An example of this is Jamie and Sylvia. They are French lops and have a really lovely temperament and cheeky attitudes and this all adds to their charm. Unfortunately because of their size many people are not willing to build a pen big enough for them and they are overlooked.
Photobucket


For more information on our rabbits and all the other animals at Freshfields Animal Rescue visit our website www.freshfieldsrescue.org.uk.

...................

And finally, we were contacted recently by a lady who had been told by a man that he was going to turn out two 'Nethies' onto the street. She took them in, to find that they are in fact young large dwarf lops, harlequins. It's likely that there's a lot of French lop in them, given how big they already are at such a young age.

They're only 4 or 5 months old, but because they weren't neutered when she took them in, they began to fight and are now having to live apart from each other. The lady says

' They are now separated (since a couple of hours after we took them in) as they were fighting and we put them in the big runs, which meant we had to give up two runs for 2 of our bonded pairs. I would like to rehome them as house rabbits.

I have named the boys Jack (Calico) and Henry (Harlequin). Henry has amazing blue eyes. He is the gentle soul and Jack is full of energy and very friendly. Henry is also friendly but more of an introvert.'

Both are being neutered this week and they will have their VHD vaccinations next week. They are in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Photobucket
Photobucket

If you feel you can offer a home to either Jack or Henry, then please contact hq@rabbitwelfare.co.uk and your mail will be passed on to the rescuer.

April's rescue page - have you got room?

Our rescue page has been updated for April and features two rescues, Windwhistle Warren in Gloucestershire and Little Angels Rescue in Essex http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rwf/?section=rescues.html In addition, we feature two further rescues in this message, and a further case where a private person has come to the rescue of bunnies about to be dumped.

We start with a request for a very special personor family to adopt a special needs bunny and his bondmate.

The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary has a rabbit section and recently two rabbits were handed in, one of them, Rory, had a problem which affected his movement, which the vet later confirmed as a broken back. This has been confirmed by a second veterinary opinion. Because of this, as you can guess, Rory is a special needs rabbit, and needs a home where people will be able to offer him the time and commitment he needs, and will also be able to offer his friend Rosie a home, as they are both very attached to each other.

We know that because of his special needs, Rory will need a special home, and know that this will be hard to find, but as he is such a lovely rabbit we think that he is worth all the effort that it will take, and hope that there is someone out there who will feel the same, who will welcome this pair into their home and hearts.

[IMG]http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p85/roslynlamb/Work/538327_423160867701122_270178866332657_1887783_1776525977_n.jpg[/IMG]


If you feel you are the right person to take on Rory and Rosie, then please contact Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary 01865 890239, email contact@oxfordshireanimalsanctuary.org.uk or via their website http://www.oxfordshireanimalsanctuary.org.uk/

...............

Freshfields Animal Rescue is an independent rescue based in the north west. We have a non-destruction policy and prioritize stray, abandoned and abused animals. Our small animal unit houses on average 30 rabbits, 15 guinea pigs and other various small animals. All of our rabbits are neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped and health checked before they are rehomed.

We have rabbits of all ages, colours, sizes and types. Unfortunately some are harder to rehomed than others. We particularly struggle rehoming older rabbits (3+). For example Fifi and Zac are a fantastic pair of rabbits with no health problems and great personalities but because they are aged 4 and 5 they always get overlooked.

[IMG]http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p85/roslynlamb/Work/FifiZack.jpg[/IMG]


We also struggle to rehomed larger rabbits as most people who come to us want dwarf rabbits. An example of this is Jamie and Sylvia. They are French lops and have a really lovely temperament and cheeky attitudes and this all adds to their charm. Unfortunately because of their size many people are not willing to build a pen big enough for them and they are overlooked.
[IMG]http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p85/roslynlamb/Work/SylviaandJamie.jpg[/IMG]


For more information on our rabbits and all the other animals at Freshfields Animal Rescue visit our website www.freshfieldsrescue.org.uk.

...................

And finally, we were contacted recently by a lady who had been told by a man that he was going to turn out two 'Nethies' onto the street. She took them in, to find that they are in fact young large dwarf lops, harlequins. It's likely that there's a lot of French lop in them, given how big they already are at such a young age.

They're only 4 or 5 months old, but because they weren't neutered when she took them in, they began to fight and are now having to live apart from each other. The lady says

' They are now separated (since a couple of hours after we took them in) as they were fighting and we put them in the big runs, which meant we had to give up two runs for 2 of our bonded pairs. I would like to rehome them as house rabbits.

I have named the boys Jack (Calico) and Henry (Harlequin). Henry has amazing blue eyes. He is the gentle soul and Jack is full of energy and very friendly. Henry is also friendly but more of an introvert.'

Both are being neutered this week and they will have their VHD vaccinations next week. They are in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

[IMG]http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p85/roslynlamb/Work/2salt.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p85/roslynlamb/Work/2pep1.jpg[/IMG]

If you feel you can offer a home to either Jack or Henry, then please contact hq@rabbitwelfare.co.uk and your mail will be passed on to the rescuer.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Last FAQ

There were various questions about calcium levels in the diet, but we think an earlier post covers them all:

http://rabbitwelfare.blogspot.com/2011/06/calcium-content-and-diets.html

We are getting calls and e-mails about the new vaccine but feel that some of these questions would be better answered by the vaccine manufacturer themselves; so we hope to bring more FAQ in the next issue of Rabbiting On.

Monday, 2 April 2012

More FAQ about Hay

Q12) Are rabbits more at risk from myxi from farm hay than processed hay?
A12) Wild rabbits don’t tend to have mites. It is possible that fleas or ticks could be present in the hay, and go on to bite and spread disease, but this is a pretty insignificant risk.

Q13) Is there any proof that readi grass can lead to bladder issues?

A13) It’s higher in calcium than timothy, and lower in water than grass, so in susceptible rabbits those foods would be preferable, but it is not a significantly greater risk in itself.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Hay!

Q11) Can readigrass be fed instead of hay as the sole source of fibre? (Not advisable perhaps, but for owners of fussy buns or those who are overly concerned about mites in hay)
A11) Timothy hay best, but if they won’t eat any of these various timothies and other specialist hays, then it is better than nothing. The Oxbow etc has been packaged and stored and shipped and we’d be surprised if any invertebrates were alive in it.