Chinese New Year is fast approaching on Sunday 22nd January. Where we will welcome the year of the rabbit. To commemorate this, we are sharing a story from our new partner RSPCA Essex South, Southend and District Branch.
Back in the summer the branch rescued 18 baby rabbits that were abandoned in boxes. The tiny bunnies were found in two cardboard boxes by Canvey Lake by a member of the public, who then took them home and called the RSPCA.
The finder called the RSPCA, and they shortly came to collect the rabbits which had been placed in two laundry baskets by the finder. The rabbits were all young and around four to six weeks-old when they were found. They were checked by a vet and did not have any health problems.
RSPCA Essex South, Southend and District Branch kindly offered to take on the large number of bunnies.
Sadly many RSPCA centers are already full with unwanted rabbits. Which makes it challenging for them to be able to take care of them for unprecedented periods of time.
The branch said: “I’m keen to hear from anyone who may know who is responsible for abandoning these rabbits in such an irresponsible way. They were so young and vulnerable.
“Sadly, rabbits are becoming an increasing problem across the RSPCA as we are seeing more and more coming into our care, many as a result of the cost of living crisis. Times are tough at the moment but please, please never abandon your pet but ask for help before things get so desperate. We would really urge people to do their research before taking on a pet and also to make sure you get your pet neutered at an early opportunity to prevent unwanted litters of animals. All of these rabbits will be neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before finding new homes.”
The rabbits were named alphabetically and called: Alfie, Benji, Coco, Delilah, Eddie, Frankie, Gladiator, Hattie, Iris, Jenny, Kevin, Louis, Milo, Neil, Ottilie, Patrick, Quinton and Rita.
Our charity partner works tirelessly to help animals in need. Making sure they are cared for and can go to loving homes.
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