Abandoned rabbits: Bristol buns on the run

Abandoned rabbits: Bristol buns on the run

Bristol’s largest rabbit and guinea pig rescue centre claims that the numbers of abandoned rabbits is increasing in the city.

The Littlest Rescue‘, in Kingswood, alleges that breeders, as well as families, choose to dump their animals rather than take them to rescue centres.

This comes after nine near-identical English Spot rabbits were found by members of the public on Rosemary Lane, Eastville.

Sue O’Reilly, Fundraising and Events Coordinator, thinks that the rabbits were left there by a breeder who was unable to sell them and decided to cut their losses.

Three baby rabbits at the centre. Image credit: Daniel Hibbard
Three baby rabbits at the centre. Image credit: Daniel Hibbard

“It upsets me, and it makes me really angry,” Sue said.

“We don’t know if there were more than nine. There’s obviously predators, there’s busy roads, there could have been more.”

Three of the rabbits are currently in quarantine, on ‘pregnancy watch’ and awaiting vaccinations, before they can be re-homed.

Recently, Sue rescued 41 rabbits from an abattoir in Clevedon, North Somerset, where she described what she saw as horrifying and cruel.

Top photo: rabbit at the centre. Image credit: Daniel Hibbard Bottom left: rabbit at the centre. Image credit: Alice Homewood Bottom centre: one of the recently rescued rabbits. Image credit: Daniel Hibbard Bottom right: sign at entrance. Image credit: Alice Homewood
Top photo: rabbit at the centre. Image credit: Daniel Hibbard
Bottom left: rabbit at the centre. Image credit: Alice Homewood
Bottom centre: one of the recently rescued rabbits. Image credit: Daniel Hibbard
Bottom right: sign at entrance. Image credit: Alice Homewood

The Littlest Rescue’s waiting list is growing longer month by month, meaning they have had to find alternative accommodation for many of their animals.

“We always say ‘adopt don’t shop’ because if you’re supporting the breeders they’ll continue breeding. Remember your local rescue centre.”

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