Rise in number of unwanted rabbits

Lily is just one of many rabbits looking for a new home.
Lily is just one of many rabbits looking for a new home.

A worrying 40 per cent increase in the number of rabbits being given up by their Scots owners in the past five years has prompted the Scottish SPCA to urge people to think very carefully before buying a bunny.

The Scottish SPCA is keen to encourage existing and would-be owners in Angus, Tayside and Fife to consider taking on a rescue rabbit rather than buying a new bunny from a shop, with the number of abandoned, unwanted and neglected bunnies coming into its care steadily increasing over the last five years.

Lesley Clark, Manager of the charity’s Angus, Tayside and Fife Animal

Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Petterden, said: “In 2012 we rescued a staggering 766 rabbits across Scotland, almost a 40 per cent increase on the 548 rabbits we cared for in 2008.

“Here we took in 141 rabbits last year, which is a significant proportion of the overall amount.

“This year is proving to be very challenging as well and this worrying trend demonstrates why we need to raise awareness of the hardships many pet rabbits face.”

The Scottish SPCA’s Angus, Tayside and Fife Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information call 03000 999 999 or visit scottishspca.org/rehoming.