Rabbits face second Christmas in shelter as no one applies to rehome them

If you’re hoping to bring some bunnies into your home, we urge you: consider going to a shelter and rehoming a rabbit rather than buying from breeders.

This choice could make the difference between rejected rabbits spending yet another Christmas alone and finally finding loving homes.

Just look at Fozzie and Scooter, a pair of Lionhead-cross rabbits who face their second Christmas in RSPCA care – because ‘no one ever applies to rehome’ them.

Perhaps you could be the one to welcome the duo into your family?

The buns were found with their mum and two littermates – who sadly died – living on a building site.

They were rescued by the RSPCA and Fozzie and Scooter went on to spend almost their entire lives in the rescue centre.

Staff at Southridge Animal Centre in Hertfordshire are appealing to find the rabbits a home, as they keep being overlooked by potential adopters.

Cathie Ward said: ‘We’ve rehomed 43 rabbits since this pair joined us in January 2020 from another RSPCA centre, but no one ever applies to rehome Fozzie and Scooter; they’re shy souls and it seems to be putting adopters off.

‘We believe their dad was a wild rabbit and the brothers are naturally quite skittish and nervous.

‘They’re not used to being handled so are looking for an experienced adult home with someone who can spend time getting them used to human interaction.

‘We’ve started the process here and they’re slowly getting used to us. Fozzie is happy to sit with us and always makes a dash for the food bowl at meal times, but Scooter is more nervous and will need more time.

‘They need a patient and calm owner and a large, safe enclosure where they can binky and play, with lots of enrichment to keep them busy.

‘They’ll never enjoy cuddles and getting too close to people, but improving their socialisation will be really rewarding for the right owner.’

If you think you could be the right owners for these sweet rabbits, contact the RSPCA team by emailing [email protected]

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