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Increase in number of rabbits seeking new homes

Tuesday June 21st 2016

Record numbers of rabbits are looking to be permanently re-homed, according to the RSPCA. The animal charity says it has seen a near 50% rise in such pets during 2016.

The organisation has launched a new publicity drive to coincide with Rabbit Awareness Week (June 18-26) in a bid to attract more owners. The RSPCA is also offering advice on how to best look after bunnies.

It says that rabbits, being very sociable animals, should be paired up, preferably a male and female that are both neutered. The RSPCA is currently trying to re-home 258 rabbits - a 47% hike on the 176 in June 2015.

The RSPCA is finding homes for 6% more rabbits than they were this time in 2015. But the charity cannot keep pace with the huge explosion in bunnies needing homes. Jane Tyson, the charity's rabbit welfare specialist, says that rabbits need company and space in order to be happy.

Dr Tyson urges rabbit fans to get in touch with the RSPCA to see if there is a rabbit which takes their fancy. The RSPCA website features a list of rabbits in need of a good home.

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