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On the lead up to Rabbit Awareness Week, we've been asking members of the public to submit their favourite pictures of their rabbits in our ""I Kissed A Bunny & I Liked It!"" competition.

Winners will receive a 1-hour outdoor photo shoot, and their winning photo will be used in our adoption campaign posters.

Voting is now open and WE NEED YOU to vote for your favourite photos.

Visit NOW to view the entries and vote for your favourite.

Congratulations to Greyhound Rescue West of England who won the Petplan & ACDH Animal Charity of the Year 2013.

We are very honoured to have been considered for this award, and would like to thank those who have taken the time to nominate us.  Here is our runner-up plaque & certificate from the big night.

See our charity award video here too:

Rabbit Awareness Week is coming!  This year, it runs from 4th May - 12th May 2013.

We're planning various activities throughout Rabbit Awareness Week, starting with our online photo competition ""I Kissed A Bunny And I Liked It"".

During RAW we plan to emphasise the benefits and necessity for rabbits to be kept in pairs or small groups, demonstrating their playful nature and their desire for constant company.  We figured what better way to do this than to show off everyone's rabbits doing the thing they enjoy best - bunny kisses.

We want you to submit your photos of your bunny kisses - either you kissing your rabbit, your rabbits kissing each other, or even rabbits with other animals.

Entries can be submitted online NOW and until the end of 3rd May 2013.

During Rabbit Awareness Week, we'll then be asking members of the public to vote on the competition entries.

Winning entries will receive a free 1-hour photo shoot kindly donated by Robyn Lewis Pet Photography, and your winning entry will also be used in our literature and adoption posters.

For more details, and to enter for FREE visit

We are incredibly excited and very proud to announce that we have been shortlisted as a finalist in Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards 2013!

We have been nominated and shortlisted within the category of ""Animal Charity Team of the Year"".  For full details of all the awards and finalists see Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards 2013.

This is testament to the excellent team of volunteers who support David, Feona & Bunny in the running of the organisation.  We'd like to take the time to give them a huge vote of thanks and also to thank all those who nominated us for the award.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 2nd May 2013 at the Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards ceremony held during the ADCH Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon, so we'll let you all know how we get on.

David and his wife Feona with two of their pet rabbits.This Easter period, a local rabbit rescue charity encourages you to see past the cute baby bunnies of the season and learn more about the real issues affecting pet rabbits.

Recent research suggests that over 1 million of the UK’s pet rabbit population may not be receiving the five basic needs they require as specified within the animal welfare act, and rabbit welfare in particular is thought to be at critical levels as the rabbit appears to be Britain’s most neglected, abandoned and ill-treated pet.

Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care, a registered Scottish charity dedicated to the improvement of rabbit welfare through rescue and education services, are encouraging families, schools and community groups to join in their Easter campaign, “The Big Hop” throughout March and April.

David Bell, director of the charity, said, “Most people know that rabbits are the 3rd most popular pet, but when you start to talk about what rabbits need the majority of people start to make mistakes.  This is an issue of education and awareness, not cruelty or deliberate neglect”.

The charity, which has been in operation for just over two years, uses volunteer foster families to care for rabbits in need, whilst permanent homes are found.  Many of the rabbits that enter the service have significant health or behavioural problems.  The charity will work closely with each rabbit to bring them back to health and rehabilitate them ready for a family home.  Rabbits are of all ages too, with new born litters entering the rescue service just as regularly as older rabbits.

Their Big Hop campaign invites people to get actively involved, either through fundraising activities or by inviting the charity to attend local schools, nurseries and community groups to offer an interactive rabbit welfare talk featuring rabbit handling sessions.

“We’d love as many people as possible to hold their own sponsored hop event,” David continues, “It’s a great opportunity for some family fun during the Easter period, and can easily raise some much need funds for the rabbits in desperate need of help”.

With an estimated 67,000 rabbits in rescue services throughout the UK, and thousands more being rehomed privately through classifieds and social media networks, the message is clear to those who are considering a rabbit this Easter.

“Make it a chocolate one”, David says, “and if you still want a rabbit after Easter contact us or your local rescue centre and adopt rather than buy from a pet shop or a breeder.  As well as a healthy, loving pet you will get lots of up to date advice and support that is less likely to be available from commercial organisations”.

For more information on how you can get involved with The Big Hop visit The Big Hop website or call Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care on 0141 280 3272.  The team will also be holding a Big Hop event at the David Livingstone Centre on Good Friday and Easter Saturday as part of the National Trust for Scotland’s Easter Events.