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Massive rabbit rescue leads to rehoming crisis

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

By GARETH BUTTERFIELD

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Massive rabbit rescue leads to rehoming crisis

AN appeal has been made for new homes for rabbits and guinea pigs, after a collection of nearly 50 animals were removed from a Derbyshire home.

People in Ashbourne are being invited to hop up and adopt one of 19 rabbits and five guinea pigs, which are now in the care of the local RSPCA branch following a large rescue.

The charity’s inspectors removed a total of 30 rabbits and 15 guinea pigs after the owner, who could no longer cope with the large numbers, called them in.

Although many have already been rehomed, the sudden influx is causing problems for the Derby and District branch and new owners are being sought.

Deb Peck, centre manager at RSPCA Derby and District said: “When the RSPCA inspector asked if we could take on these rabbits and guinea pigs we knew we had to help – but it has left us at fit to bursting.

“We have already had 18 rabbits in our care, some for a number of months and many have been the victims of neglect or abandonment – but all are deserving of a second chance at a loving new home.

“We just hope anyone who was considering taking on rabbits or a guinea pig – will visit us first as we have so many in all shapes and sizes ready to rehome.

“The RSPCA really needs the public’s help and we hope that they will come forward and help us.”

The charity says that, looking after just one rabbit costs it around £4 a day and, across the country, it is estimated there are currently some 400 in RSPCA branches and centres – which means that nationally the charity will spend over £500,000 caring for rabbits alone this year.

To find out more about offering the rabbits a new home either visit the centre at Derby & District RSPCA Animal Centre in Abbey Street, Derby or call 01332 344620.

Alternatively the branch’s website has information and can be seen at www.rspcaderby.org.uk/animals---rabbits.aspx

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