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With effect from 1st February, all Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care adopted rabbits will come micro-chipped, as well as vaccinated and neutered (or neuter voucher for younger rabbits).

Why Do We Microchip All Rabbits?

Rabbits continue to be the most neglected, abandoned pet in the UK, with over 67,000 rabbit entering rescue services every year and probably hundreds of thousands more rehomed privately through classified and online services.

The number of stray rabbits as a result has also increased in recent years.

We want to emphasise the importance of ownership of your pet rabbits by ensuring that they are registered to you.  This means that, should your rabbit be found after it was lost or stolen, there is a better chance of them being brought back home to you.

Does it cost extra?

Microchipping is included with all adoptions and is included within our suggested donation fee.  Note however that the Petlog database service may charge you in future for any changes made to your registration details. 

We are taking the opportunity to review our suggested adoption fees at the same time as introducing this service.  As a result of the additional cost to the rescue, plus added pressure of veterinary bills, we will be increasing our suggested donation fee to £60.

Remember, that a suggested donation of £60 for each single or bonded pair of rabbits!  Each rabbit is vaccinated, neutered, microchipped, and health checked prior to adoption, so this is still excellent value for money. Compare our suggested donation costs to the costs of buying a rabbit from a pet shop or breeder.

Can I Choose Not To Have My Rabbit(s) Microchipped?

Due to our internal procedures it will not be possible for you to request your rabbit(s) not be microchipped.

More Questions?

Check out our FAQs, or feel free to get in touch.

Meet Winnie, our 500th rescued rabbit since Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care started back in December 2010.

As we approach our 4th birthday, we are totally astonished at how the charity has grown and the excellent work that our team of volunteers have done to help our beloved pet rabbits throughout Central Scotland.

When David & Feona started the rescue service they didn't dream that it would ever become what it is today.

""When we started we imagined we'd rescue around 10 rabbits per year,"" says David.  ""But when we had 8 rescues on our waiting list within 1 week of advertising we realised pretty quickly that the demand was going to swamp us and we immediately started planning for bigger things.""

The demand continues to grow as the charity becomes more and more recognised throughout the community, and the management team are planning some exciting changes throughout the coming year to help make the service stronger and more capable of addressing the desperate need of Scotland's unwanted rabbits.

""Funding is always the part that will hold us back,"" Feona explains, ""We have an excellent team of volunteers and more waiting in the wings keen to join us.  We are planning to put a big focus in to funding and grant applications this year in that hope that if we are successful we will be able to grow the volunteer team and rescue more rabbits off our waiting list.""

To celebrate, the volunteer team are meeting up today to share their stories and memories of the rabbits that have been in the rescue over the past 4 years as they prepare for the challenges ahead.

If you would like to help, please consider joining the team or making a contribution.

In our latest online competition, we're inviting you to get creative and design artwork to feature on some of our clothing merchandise.

We currently have a range of promotional items available at featuring our charity colours and logos.  We want to expand this range to offer  more effective campaign message for the rescue service, and more importantly for promoting positive rabbit welfare messages.  An example of the kind of thing we're looking for is our latest design featuring Cotton & Bobbin.

The charity receive a commission on all sales from the website, so this is an excellent way to support the rescue's work.

We want you to submit your designs throughout June, and our Facebook community will vote for their favourite designs.

Designs can be digitally created, or hand-drawn (no larger than A4 size).  If you can save your artwork or scan it electronically you can enter the competition online at

You can also mail your entries to us at Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care, T-Shirt Design Competition, Enterprise House, Southbank Business Park, Kirkintilloch, G66 1XQ.  Make sure you include your name, address and contact details with your entry!  Once we receive your entry we can upload it into the competition for you.

Entries and voting both open from 1st June 2013, so get your design up quickly to be in with a chance of attracting the most number of votes.  The competition closes for entries and voting at midnight on 30th June 2013.

The 5 most voted for designs will then be converted in to clothing designs, and will be available for sale on our clothing website.  Winners will each receive  free t-shirt featuring their winning design.

It's absolutely free to enter, and you can enter as many design as you like, so you've nothing to lose!

All artwork submitted must be original, and you must own the images included in the artwork or have written permission to use the artwork specifically for the purposes of this competition.  Full competition rules and terms & conditions can be found here. 

We hope you enjoy the competition, and wish all entrants the best of luck!

We've just finished setting up our stall for this year's Royal Highland Show, and now we're just waiting to see you there.

The show runs from Thursday 20th June through to Sunday 23rd June 2013, and we will be there every day with our updated stall.  Each day we will have a number of rabbits with us (different rabbits every day!) and for periods throughout the day there will also be the opportunity to handle some of the rabbits.  Come and meet our resident Giant Continentals and some of our rescue rabbits still waiting for their permanent, forever home.  We also have our updated Lucky Dip with a prize every time for only £1, including our new range of prizes and merchandise.  Lots of information and things to do and that's only our stall!  You'll find us  In Avenue 2 of the Lifestyle Village this year (a move from last year). 

The Royal Highland Show offers an excellent day out for all the family.  With loads to see and do from livestock displays and judging, the world famous food hall with loads of free food samples, agriculture displays, interactive educational events and live music, many people say that you just can't fit it all in to a day.

You can purchase tickets online or at the gate on the day.  All kids 15 and under go free with a paying adult. 

We hope to see you there!


During Rabbit Awareness Week, we asked members of the public and our supporters and followers to vote for their favourite photos in our competition ""I Kissed a Bunny & I Liked It"".

The competition ran with two categories:

  • Best Bunny Kissing Bunny photo
  • Best Bunny Kissing Human/Other photo

We are delighted to announce our two winners:

Carol Boxall's photo of two of her rabbits, Eddie & Haribo, was voted as the winning photo featuring bunnies kissing each other.  Grooming in this fashion is very natural and common with bonded rabbits.  Recent research has also shown that a bonded pair can spend up to 90% of their time in body-to-body contact with each other.

As well as Carol's prize, her rabbits will now feature in some of our future promotional posters for adoption and most importantly promotion of the importance of keeping rabbits in pairs or small groups.

Carol got Eddie & Haribo from her local rescue service in the south of England.  They live in the house with a ""rabbit flap"" that leads out to their warren outside.



Our other winner is Eleanor Griffin, pictured here with her rabbit Jack.

Eleanor's photo will also be used in our adoption promotions, and will be used alongisde other materials to remind people that their rabbits need attention, love and interaction.

Jack, who was an 8 year old rabbit, sadly passed away the week after the competiton closed.  Eleanor was keen that we continue to use his picture as a fitting tribute to the love and care she lavished him with during his time with her.  It was Jack that gave Eleanor a passion for rabbits, and she now has a number of her own rabbits and fosters for Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care too.





Thank you to everyone who submitted photos to the competition and took part in the voting throughout Rabbit Awareness Week.

We will very soon be launching a new competition inviting you to design some promotional merchandise for us.  More details to follow, so watch this space for your chance to take part and win.