The Rabbit Residence Rescue near Royston in the UK has way too many rabbits. Its founder, Caroline Collings, has taken in so many unwanted rabbits that ten of them are housed in her bedroom. As Lucy Ross-Millar reported in the Cambridge News, Ms. Collings is hoping to attract more volunteers to help look after her rabbits as the holiday season nears.
She has 10 rabbits on the floor in hutches in her bedroom as well as some in her office and 150 in the rescue centre – although it is only designed for 100.
She said: “I am working 12 to 14-hour days, seven days a week and am seeing my own health suffer as well as my poor parents’ who I live with.
“The last few years have been the scariest and the toughest ever. The pressure to help unwanted rabbits has seen our numbers soar.
“I always try to take them in as, if I don’t, I may be condemning them to death but I am now concerned for the welfare of the rabbits that we are looking after.
“I share my bedroom with Mary, Joseph and all of their babies. We rescued them from awful conditions so I had to put them somewhere.”
The 34-year-old, who set up the shelter when she was just 16, says some of the rabbits are extremely cramped because so many are brought in.
Keeping all the hutches clean has also become a nightmare.
Caroline added: “The shelter has so many rabbits we almost need rescuing ourselves.
“I am so grateful to the volunteers we have, but if we don’t get more soon to help with things like cleaning and hutch repairs, our rabbits will really suffer.
“We will have to say no to every single desperate rabbit and owner which is terribly hard, as they would then be abandoned with no hope of surviving.
You can read the full article online at http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Royston/Rabbit-sanctuary-in-crisis-as-pets-take-over-bedroom-04122012.htm
Hoppington Post sends our good wishes to Ms. Colling and her Rabbit Residence Rescue operation. This is a very busy time of year for many people in the UK, and we hope some volunteers will come forward to give the gift of their time and energy in support of neglected rabbits.
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