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Adoption Suspension: Monday 30th April 2015 until Sunday 12th April 2015

We do not recommend the giving of rabbits as presents at Easter.

Experience has taught us that the giving of pets as a gift is one of the largest contributing factors to the volume of unwanted pets shortly after the holiday period, as the families face the reality of owning their pet and decide it's not right for them.

We believe part of the reason is the ""gift"" process - particularly for children. Remember that pets are not suitable for children: no child should be given the full responsibility for their pet, but should be supervised at all times, with the adult taking the full responsibility for the pet. However, receiving a pet amongst all their other gifts creates the wrong level of emotional attachment, with the pet being likened to the chocolate, toys and other ""disposable"" gifts that don't need constant care & attention.

For this reason, we do not support the giving of rabbits at Christmas or Easter time, and we will not be able to accept adoption requests for any of our rabbits during the holiday periods, although we will be happy to accept enquiries and home check appointments to reserve rabbits for adoption on either side of these dates.

For Easter 2015, this means we will not progress adoptions between Monday 30th March 2015 and Sunday 12th April 2015 inclusive.

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.

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.

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!