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Last Post by Sarah Jones at 6/14/2007 12:31 PM (7 Replies)
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User is Offline ea hurse
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6/09/2007 9:22 AM

I brought home a new addition to the household today from a rescue - 'Ethel' (at least for now!) came via the RSPCA in Ponteland (i dont expect anyone to know where that is though!)  Ethel was probably an escapee - found wandering around someones garden, they dont think she was mistreated thank God.

Anyway,after visiting there i wondered what experiences have people in the U.K had of rescues? My impressions of what i've seen of the more well known ones is that although there are always fundraising adverts for them they seem to be largely left to fend for themselves and don't see that money.  It's so sad that they're doing such good work on the ground level when they don't get any support. it makes me cross!

User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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6/09/2007 3:49 PM

My experience in rescues - here in the US though not in the UK - has been mixed.  I have met quite a few people and heard of a lot of celebrities donating to some animal rescues - but at the same time, one of the rescues I work with does not even have enough money to get two of our girl buns spayed.  I think the bigger animal activism organizations - like PETA get a lot more than the tinier ones.  Its tough trying to fundraise for a somewhat unknown rescue organization - especially here in LA people are very wary of people asking for money!!

User is Offline ea hurse
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6/10/2007 10:27 AM

The RSPCA is such a big organisation here, they get a lot of money through high profile fundraising, they are THE recognised animal rescue / welfare charity in the UK.  The girl at the rescue where i got my new bunny was telling me that although their rescue comes under the label of RSPCA they aren't given much funding from what is raised by the organisation and basically have to somehow raise their own funds to keep the centre open.  So the money i gifted in return for adopting a bunny doesn't go to that centre, it goes straight to headquarters.  Not only that BUT (i'm on a role now!) the RSPCA have withdrawn their 6 weeks free insurance certificate (that was given with newly adopted animals) and no longer neuter female rabbits as it's too expensive - though they do neuter males (which costs not much more than about 15 pounds less if that). 

I suppose i'm thinking that it's turned into a money making machine and left it's grass-roots. tut / rolling eyes....  the state of the world today eh??!

Rant over!


P.S MooBunnay i checked out your website - VERY well done, it's a great site!

User is Offline Sarah Jones
London, UK
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6/14/2007 4:46 AM
I got my boy bunny from a garden centre as a baby, and I wanted to get him a friend once he was neutered and because I live in London I couldn't find any centre willing to trust me or see my house. Also, despite being house bunnies, and having free reign once acclimatised, my "cage" wasn't big enough. It was massive, and I even split it into two and made it bigger so they could bond through the bars. But would any "rescue centre" give me a bunny? No! In the end I managed to find one in Kent, willing to trust me. I took Dougal down to her center, and he was put in a run with Ermintrude and then I was allowed to take her home.

To be honest, whilst some rescue centres have my respect, I find most are shooting themselves in the foot. To not be able to get a bunny friend for Dougal unless I go to a petshop - well why do people think we go to petshops!? And most in the UK can only have viewings by appointment AFTER you fill in a sheet discussing your entire history!

I have a perfectly acceptable layout and even offered a home to one bunny but was told the "foster owner" liked looking after it for now.

Sorry to rant, but I thought I'd give another point of view. Also, they put to sleep in the RSPCA so I would never adopt or donate with or to them. When I got my bunny I gave a generous donation, and would be happy to do more - but they make it so hard for anyone to adopt now!

I am now buying a bigger flat with a garden. Solely for my bunnies. They have me under their little claws! If only the rescue centres knew!

i like to think that our families blue cross doggie / 2 guinea pigs / 2 rabbits and 3 budgies find their life luxurious and interesting. We love them all dearly, and rescues need to stop assuming EVERYONE is the enemy.

On the flipside of course, I understand the awful people who are cruel to animals and why they do it, but some common sense about me bringing my bunny down to find a friend should show I'm serious about my bunnies having a happy and fulfilled life together and with me

User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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6/14/2007 6:33 AM
Hi! Thanks Loopy-Lop! The website was actually a lot easier to make than I had thought, I'm not so technologically inclined, so I apreciate the compliment

Sazemoo - I can definitely understand the frustration, I have had first hand encounters with this as I work in a rescue, and there are some people that are over the top! I think it is largely due to the rescue people becoming "jaded" (right word?) because they see so many awful things happen to bunnies! I am very trusting of people for the most part, but even I am guilty of being paranoid from time to time From time to time we receive applications from people saying that they "refuse to fill out" the bunny questionairre as they think it is "over the top" and so unfortunately, even when they seem suer nice we have to refuse them, as we have known of circumstances of people adopting bunnies as snake food - adopting bunnies to put them out in the wild - adopting bunnies and then feeding them nothing but potato chips - the list goes on and on, and I think a lot of times we forget all the NICE adopters.

Also, I think a large problem is that we feel soooo relied on by the bunnies, that we would feel just horrible if we ever put them in a bad situation. But I do agree that in your specific situation, they were being to tough, especially if the bunnies are faced with being put to sleep

Anyways, if an adopter told me they were on Binky BUnny I'd give them 5 extra brownie points!

User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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6/14/2007 6:36 AM

Moobunnay- I have Brian's mirrored female! Fergie looks just like your Brain!



Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline osprey
Los Altos, California
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6/14/2007 7:23 AM

Part of the problem you are seeing is that the foster families get very attached to the animals they are caring for, and are extremely picky about the homes they will adopt to.  At The Rabbit Haven we are fortunate that we do so many adoptions (usually 15 or so a month) that we are pretty good at picking out who the good adopters are.  We still mess up though, and get bunnies back, or even worse, get called from a shelter when an adopter dumps one of our rabbits.  Once a bunny is rescued by The Haven, they are a Haven bunny for life.  We will take them back at any time, and our adoption contract does not allow our bunnies to be transferred to third parties.

I have seen complaints about cat and dog rescues too, on other pet boards.  For dogs, the issues are usually you must own a house (no apartments, no rentals), must have a backyard that is fenced in for the dog to run, etc.  Many also require that you have owned a dog before.  Some even forbid having kids!  By cutting off families with kids, you are really shrinking your pool of adopters.

User is Offline Sarah Jones
London, UK
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6/14/2007 12:31 PM

phew - i was actually worried that i'd get a slatting from you guys, so it's really nice you see my point of view as well

i've never actually been to the rspca out of principle, if i didn't get a bunny and they put it down i'd be very sad. i'm even sadder as they put cats and dogs down too. i assume they still do this, i know they used to.

i'm sure i'm not the perfect bunny mummy - but i try my hardest - in fact my current flat is too small and the rabbits were starting to eat everything in sight whilst i was trying to sell (funnily enough, noone put an offer in whilst it was covered in bun poo!) so i moved them to my mums for a bit (big garden / grass / living in big animal shed) they'll never want to come home

i hope to purchase the flat i'm seeing on sunday though which has a garden that also leads onto a communal garden and i'd lovvvve to perhaps get three. but i'll need to think about it i guess - because i want it doesn't necessarily make it the right thing to do. i've just got a sudden urge to get a french lop. and i've seen one in a rescue centre i've fallen in love with, but we're not sure if it is a german / french or even something else...

i may have to think more on that!

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