People living in Coventry and
Warwickshire are being urged not buy pet rabbits as Easter presents as
animal centres are being swamped by an influx of bunnies.
The RSPCA’s branch in
Coundon Wedge Drive, Allesley has been inundated with unwanted rabbits
in the last few weeks.
And officers are worried that
if people buy bunnies as Easter presents even more unwanted pets could
RSPCA Superintendent Tom
“Some people do not
realise what a commitment it is to look after a rabbit. They can
live up to eight years and need daily care and attention.
“They cannot just be into
a hutch in the back garden and forgotten about.”
Rabbit care experts are
warning would-be owners that certain rabbits have specialist care
requirements. Long-hair rabbits have to be groomed for up to an hour a
day, for example.
Linda Dykes of the British
House Rabbit Association said: “If a long-haired rabbit is not
groomed properly than it can run into serious health problems.
“Owners must think very
carefully about whether they have the time and commitment to look
after a rabbit properly.”
RSCPA animal centres are
desperate for loving new homes for the rabbits in their care. The
Coventry branch can be contacted on 024 7633 6616.
Details of other branches of
RSPCA animal homes on 0870 444 3127.