Things to consider before rehoming a rescue rabbit ……..
NANNA has no way of telling how old we are, we have come into NANNA for a new start in life. We are male and female pairs & we have to be rehomed in our pairs for companionship, the males are all neutered but the females are not, we come with 4 weeks free insurance which NANNA also strongly recommends you continue with. NANNA strongly recommend you do all the vaccinations needed for Myxomatosis and VHD, plus worm your rabbit on a regular basis.
We need the best home you can provide for us and NANNA insists we have a very large hutch, preferably a two tier hutch, and we must have a run attached to the hutch, this allows us to decide whether we sit in the hutch or run and we are not reliant on you. This also stops us being left out in a run when it is too hot or wet
We need to be cleaned out at least once a week, more during the summer or if it has been raining. This prevents us from getting fly-strike, (please look this up it is horrendous and could be avoided), do not feed us fruit and vegetables during the day during the summer months and make sure you have removed all traces in the morning, this again reduces the chance of fly-strike.
Did you know most rabbits are brought during the spring/summer seasons and most rabbits are dumped or taken to rehoming centres during the autumn/winter seasons?
NANNA has a steady run of rabbits coming through our doors each month and we run with 60-80 rabbits at any one time. They range from youngsters to older rabbits that have been with us since we started.
Did you know that most rabbits are only fed once or twice a week during winter because they are forgotten?
You must remember when sorting a place out for your rabbits that come the winter you are not going to want to go all the way down the garden twice a day to feed and check on them so make sure they are positioned where you can get to them come rain or shine and somewhere you can always see them so you don’t forget they are out there. Please don’t be tempted to bring them into the house when you get home from work and then pop them out again later, remember when you go out in the winter you put a coat on, they can’t do this so when they come into central heating and get all cosy you are then going to put them outside in the freezing cold!
Did you know that rabbits can live to 10+ years?
So when purchasing your rabbits for the children remember they could be leaving home before the rabbit has moved on to greener pastures, so you may need to be prepared to continue with their care long after the children have taken flight and left the nest!
Did you know that rabbits and Guinea pigs do not make ideal companions?
Rabbits bully and kick out at guinea pigs and this can cause broken bones; they also prevent their little companion from eating the food which in turn could cause the guinea pig to slowly starve to death.
Did you know that surveys show that out of all the pets this country has, rabbits live the worst lives?
They are forgotten, left to live in the filthy hutches, no companionship with other rabbits, overgrown teeth that eventually stops them from eating or causing abscesses that go untreated all ending with very painful slow deaths. NANNA only rehomed rabbits in mixed pairs the males are neutered and they have
Do you choose an older rabbit or a youngster?
Rabbits, as already mentioned, live a long time so you need to take a few things into consideration before picking the ones you want.
1. Rabbits don’t like being picked up, babies wriggle and can easily be dropped, resulting in vet bills!
2. Adult rabbits are at their size they are going to get too, no big surprises!
3. Baby rabbits may develop teeth problems if they have not been started off on hay.
So, are you sure it is a rabbit you want or have we made you think again?