‘Adopt before buying a bunny’
ADOPT before you shop was the message from the GSPCA after a big increase in rabbits saw it reach its capacity with nearly 40 animals looking for a home.
The charity has been trying to raise awareness about the issue on social media and has delivered posters to pet shops, but it feels more needs to be done to encourage the public to adopt.
GSPCA keeper Beckie Bailey said: ‘People seem to buy rabbits on impulse and also underestimate the amount of work a rabbit is. They need injections annually, just like dogs and cats, they can be quite costly to keep and I don’t think a lot of people realise this.’
Ms Bailey believes that when buying a rabbit it is much better to adopt from a charity than it is to buy direct from a pet shop.
‘Our rabbits will cost £45, which is about £5 more than the average rabbit in a pet shop, but our rabbits have been neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped and that comes in the package.
‘The vet also visits every Tuesday, so all new rabbits who come to us will be professionally health-checked.
‘Also rabbits can have very different characters and they are very sociable animals, so really shouldn’t be kept on their own. We spend a good amount of every day down here socialising so we know them all really well and would be able to tell a potential adopter which rabbit would suit them best.’
Some of the rabbits have been at the animal shelter for more than six months. Brothers Danny Boy and Billy Boy have been looking for a home for over a year now and remain unadopted.
White rabbit Rupert has been at the shelter for the past seven months and has developed a strong bond with his keeper, who will be sad to see him go.
‘As I said before, we much prefer to pair our rabbits because they are so sociable and really it is cruel not to give them the opportunity to interact with each other. I would say just make sure that they are sexed correctly or you are going to end up with lots of little bunnies running around,’ said Ms Bailey.
n To find out more or to adopt a rabbit, call 257261 or visit www.gspca.org.gg.