On the hop! My bunnies have a life worth living
PUBLISHED: 10:05 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010
THE OWNER of a rabbit rescue centre is appealing for help to re-home more bunnies. Caroline Collings, who runs the Rabbit Residence in Great Chishill, has been taking in large numbers of the animals over the last few months. She said: Unfortunately we ve
THE OWNER of a rabbit rescue centre is appealing for help to re-home more bunnies.
Caroline Collings, who runs the Rabbit Residence in Great Chishill, has been taking in large numbers of the animals over the last few months.
She said: "Unfortunately we've been getting more and more rabbits left at the centre over the last few months.
"I'm having to turn people down or keep them on a waiting list until places become available."
Miss Collings' comments come during National Rabbit Week, an event organised in association with the British Rabbit Council to help promote responsible rabbit ownership.
She said: "I hope this week will give me the opportunity to reach out to owners to help them give their rabbits a life worth living.
"It's hard to change people's attitude sometimes when they are so set in their ways.
"Many of us were brought up to believe that rabbits are easy-to-keep pets suitable for children, and that they live in hutches, when in fact they are normal family pets that need the same amount of care and attention as cats and dogs."
Rabbits are social creatures, and Miss Collings says it is important that they are not left on their own for too long.
"I often ask children at school talks to imagine if they were put in a small room with no toys or friends and made to eat and toilet and sleep all in the same place - how would they feel?
"Rabbits are the same. They need the freedom to choose whether to curl up somewhere warm indoors, or explore outside and most importantly display their natural behaviours and instincts."
The existence of the Rabbit Residence was threatened in 2007 when Miss Collings was asked to re-apply for planning permission after complaints from residents.
However, she says the future of the centre is now secure for the time being.
"We have to re-apply for planning permission on a yearly basis, and there have been several conditions of access put in place relating to volunteers, and when visitors can drop by," she said.
"But we've learned to work within these, and live to fight another day."
As well as seeking host families for her rabbits, Miss Collings needs volunteers to assist with the day-to-day running of the residence.
For more details, contact her on 07904 397 378 or visit www.rabbitresidence.org.uk