Highlighting UK's most misunderstood pet

Date: 
Friday, May 31, 2019
Source: 
RSPCA

On Rabbit Awareness Week we're highlighting the plight of the UK's third most popular (and widely misunderstood) pet -  the rabbit.

Our dedicated team have helped rescue more than 11,000 rabbits over the last three years.

Many of these rabbits were rescued as a result of abandonment with more than 1,690 calls being logged by our 24-hour cruelty line relating to abandoned rabbits in 2018.

Our rabbit welfare expert Dr Jane Tyson said:

"Sadly, rabbits are still one of the most misunderstood pets, which means we rescue thousands of neglected rabbits each year. Unfortunately, rabbits are often bought as a child's first pet with the assumption that they are easy to care for but these pets have very complex needs.

"The image of a lone rabbit in a small hutch at the bottom of the garden should be consigned to the past and hopefully more and more owners are realising this. Rabbits are social animals and need to be kept in pairs, they also need to have a large sized hutch or shelter with an attached run so that they can exercise.

"It's also important that owners take their rabbits for regular vet checks and ensure that they are vaccinated against potentially fatal diseases which are easily preventable. This is especially important given the ongoing rise in cases of the killer virus RVHD2, which can be prevented by an additional vaccination."  ...follow the link to read the article in full on the RSPCA website