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Scotland's Rabbits Suffering in Silence

19 August 2015

SCOTLAND - The Scottish SPCA is concerned that many pet rabbits in Scotland are "suffering in silence" with families who have become bored of them and is appealing for loving owners to offer a rescue rabbit a second chance.

The SPCA is caring for a large number of unwanted rabbits and are highlighting the plight of the animals with our annual Rabbit Awareness Week, which ran from 10-16 August.

Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: "In 2014 we rescued a staggering 728 rabbits across Scotland and we've already taken in over 550 this year.

"Many of these rabbits were either abandoned or given up by their owners who no longer wanted them.

"One of the most common excuses we hear is that the children in the family, who asked for the rabbit in the first place, have become fed up now that the novelty of the new pet has worn off.

"Another reason is that the owner simply doesn't have the time to look after their rabbit.

"One of the biggest issues is rabbits being left in a hutch with no interaction other than a brief visit from their owner to bring food and water.

"These poor rabbits are literally suffering in silence, living a miserable and lonely life.

"Rabbits are highly intelligent and sociable animals who need company, either from another rabbit or their owners, as well as plenty of mental stimulation in the way of toys and tunnels to prevent them becoming bored.

"Many of the rabbits who arrive in our care aren't used to being handled and it takes a lot of time and patience for us to gain their trust."

The SPCA encouraging anyone interested in taking on a rabbit to consider rehoming from one of our rescue centres.

Chief Supt. Flynn added: "We have many rabbits looking for good, permanent homes where they will receive the care and attention they deserve.

"Anyone thinking of taking on a rabbit is encouraged to get in touch once they have done their research and ensured they have the time, commitment and financial ability to provide these wonderful pets with a happy and healthy life."

For more information please call 03000 999 999.

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