Best advice is to, er, stop them breeding like rabbits

THE Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare at Ringmer has been urging rabbit owners to get their pets neutered during Rabbit Awareness Week, which ends on Sunday.

Every day at Raystede, staff receive around three calls for help from people looking to re-home their rabbits. This can be anything from one rabbit which they can no longer care for up to an unexpected litter of kits.

Head of Small Animals Leigh Forbes said: “At any one point there are as many as 36,000 rabbits in British rescue centres, like Raystede. It isn’t uncommon for us to have a long waiting list of people wanting to sign their rabbit over to us for re-homing. Neutering your pets is the best way to prevent unwanted litters.”

Raystede will always re-home rabbits in pairs, as they do not like to live alone. The centre will re-home single rabbits to be a companion to another one currently living on its own.

Anyone interested in re-homing a rabbit, or in making a donation, should call 01825 840252 or visit www.raystede.org