Friday, 31 August 2012

Rabbit Interactive

We're all off to our Mad Hoppers Tea party and Conference today, so we will not be around to answer e-mails or take calls today or tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing some of your there. If anyone would like a rabbit-tastic free day out on Sunday don't forget you can come along to Wood Green Animal Shelters, Godmanchester, and look around the arena. There will be trade stands, including our Bunny Bazaar shop, Burgess Pet Care, Runaround, RSPCA - official (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and Galens Garden plus advice in the arena, and you can also have a look around Wood Green's rescue centre.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

RWAF conference - come and visit us at Wood Green Godmanchester this weekend

Why not come and have a great day out, you don't have to be a delegate to have a look around the arena which will be fu ll of information and goodies for all rabbit lovers. We will be there, ready to give help, information and advice for all your bunny queries. Why not take a tour round the many Trade stands in the arena on the day, displaying a huge range of products for your favourite rabbits and their friends. You can also visit the rescue shelter & see the work they do and the animals they care for. Even better all the stands are under cover and it is free to get in to the arena, so not even the weather could dampen your day! We hope to see you there :-)

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

If I were a rabbit... We've teamed up with the lovely people from Runaround again to make another video that shows 'A hutch is not enough'. This one is shorter and we hope that it will be appealing to rabbit owners across the board, and inspire them to provide the very best they can for their rabbits. Please share, and help the thousands of rabbits who have not been able to enjoy the sunshine, the grass under their feet, nor the pleasure of a companion all because they are condemned to a solitary life in a hutch.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Hop to it - RWAF guide to rabbit care

We firmly believe that education is the key to improving rabbit welfare. Very often people are unaware of the correct way to properly care for companion rabbits and we want to get the right information out to as many people as possible. Sometimes we have to be a bit 'in yer face' and pass leaflets on to people, as not everyone will look on line. Every year we give away thousands of our educational leaflets which cover most aspects of rabbit care, health and welfare. We have just updated these and compiled them into a new booklet which covers all the basic information every rabbit owner needs to know. If we can give these booklets away free of charge we will be able to get them in to more pet shops, rescue centres and vets - so can you please help us with the printing and distribution costs? If you can help towards the booklet costs, please text as follows: To donate £1 text RWAF12£1 to 70070 To donate £2 text RWAF12£2 to 70070 To donate £3 text RWAF12£3 to 70070 To donate £4 text RWAF12£4 to 70070 To donate £5 text RWAF12£5 to 70070 To danate £10 text RWAF12£10 to 70070 You will get a text back asking you about Gift Aid. If you are a UK Income Tax payer, then please declare it, and we will be given 25% extra by the Treasury at no cost to you. If you aren't a taxpayer then please don't say you are. If you prefer, you can make a donation at our brand new online shop, Bunny Bazaar, where you can also buy anything your bunnies might need

Thursday, 2 August 2012

The Bunny-lympics - don't have a hutch potato

The government is promoting fitness for all in this Olympic year, and because so many rabbits suffer health problems because of bad diet and lack of space to exercise, we are joining in with a call for fitness for rabbits. So are your bunnies world-beating athletes or hutch potatoes? These are the events where we think your rabbits should be aiming for their own medals. Long jump, Triple jump and High jump – given the right conditions, your rabbits will be able to show you their own interpretations of these events! Sprint and Hurdles – don’t expect your buns to stay in their lanes though! Distance running – in the wild, rabbits cover an area of up to 30 football pitches in a day, so give them as much room as you can. Relay - because, of course, your rabbits are in neutered pairs or compatible groups, aren't they? Football and Volleyball – give them something to knock around their enclosure, they’ll love it. Gymnastics – they’ll get top marks for artistic impression if you give them what they need! And their very own event, most importantly, in which all rabbits can excel, Digging and Tunnelling. So...are your rabbits fit enough? Check our Making it Right page for some ideas on how to let them show their Olympian natural behaviours! None of the Olympic athletes got as fit as they are in a day. For them it takes years of training. Please remember that if your rabbits aren't used to having lots of space, don’t throw them in at the deep end. Increase their area gradually with a partition within a larger enclosure over a period of weeks. An overweight, unfit human can't take to the running track, and neither can your rabbit. Do it slowly and carefully - but it!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

August's rescue bunnies

We are featuring three rescues for August. On our Featured Rescues Page is Little Paws Rescue which is based in Leeds. The owner, Laura, is willing to travel (within reason) to find just the right home for the rabbits in her care. We also want to show you Marley and Friends rescue which is at Saltburn in Cleveland and Agatha's Annex which has just moved house to Leighton Buzzard Marley and Friends has been operating in an unofficial capacity since January 2012. The small set-up is managed from the family home by Sophia, who is a full time student. The rescue is completely self-funded, with the exception of a £50 grant from the RWAF Rescue Fund, and a donation from a private individual. Lauren adopted Maggie Magpie from Sophia in February, about her she says "Sophia has taken in neglected, abused and abandoned rabbits, got them the veterinary attention they needed, cared for them and gave them one to one attention to help them over come their behavioural problems as a result of their past experiences. She educates people on rabbit welfare when she can and has set up a Facebook group dedicated to promoting the welfare of all small animals. Having adopted a bunny from her I can honestly say that what she does is truly inspiring" Our current resident is Hughie, a 9 month old English bun. On arrival he was extremely nervous and would flinch if anyone approached him. We believe he was mishandled and possibly picked up by his ears. He's starting to enjoy head rubs and showing signs of being an inquisitive young bun. Hughie needs a patient home where he can continue to gain trust in people. All rabbits are treated for fleas and worms and are vaccinated and neutered. For any further information, Sophia can be contacted via her [IMG][/IMG] Agatha's Annex has undergone a major move recently but is once again ready to adopt out rabbits to good homes. After a quiet 2 months due to relocating from Harpenden to Heath and Reach near Leighton Buzzard, Agatha’s Annex is up and running but with just 15 cages instead of the 34 that were occupied during last year. 8 baby guinea pigs are arriving next week too from a situation where a rogue male lived very happily with 10 females making them all pregnant! Thankfully the 15 year old owner had the good sense to ask for help before the situation got out of hand. I did tell him he was responsible asking for help as soon as he realised he had a problem, as of course some adults don’t until they have 50 + to care for. We were lucky too that as the girls were young, and just 1 was born to each female. I'll be sexing and sorting these now 4 week youngsters ready for new homes, I expect after the holidays now, as not many people rehome during August. The rabbits we have taken in recently are a family of Mum, Dad and 5 babies, 4 sisters 12 weeks old, and one brother just 8 weeks old, in with Mum for now. They are small rabbits and Mum and Dad have a lot of white but the main body colouring is Agouti. As you can see from the photos, they must have some Dutch in them as the 4 sisters are very multi coloured with Dutch markings. Jester is also arriving soon. He's 2 years old, and is neutered and vaccinated. All details are on Rabbit Rehome and Ruth, who runs the rescue, can be contacted there or on [IMG][/IMG]