Fliss has been out and about fund raising again, this time at Pets at Home. As you can see she is doing all the hard work herself while Gwen is busy gossiping…
Bunny Burrows are pleased to announce Gwen has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Gwen has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to improve the lives of small animals; both through rescuing and education. Run from her home, Bunny Burrows was setup in 1996 by Gwen and her late husband John. Together they have rescued many animals and given them a new chance of life, either as permanent residents or through re homing.
Over the years Gwen and Bunny Burrows have received several awards and nominations. Last year she was recognised for her work rescuing Hans, an abandoned dutch rabbit who needed major surgery and nursing – although Hans did take all the credit. 3 years ago she received the CEVA award for volunteer of the year, giving her an excuse to buy a new dress and let her hair down for one night (and getting to meet Brian May).
Bunny Burrows has a new enclosure for the wild bunnies to play in. Unlike the domestic bunnies which can be trusted to run ‘free range’ around the garden and are easy to get back into the garage at the right time, the wild bunnies need to be exercise in runs and large cages due to their nature.
In fact there have been a few occasions when one has escaped while being transferred from runs to carry cases at the end of playtime and Gwen has had to mount a military operation to corner them and get them back safely before they can escape the fortress like garden.
With the building of the new enclosure they have more room to run and climb, and it is easier and safer to collect them up at bed time.
It is bunny cuddle time in the colony with Dotty, Walter White, Coco and Smarty Marty all snuggling up together to keep warm.
We’ve also got a few new faces at Bunny Burrows, in the shape of 6 gorgeous babies. Mum came to Bunny Burrows a few weeks ago after being found abandoned in an empty house. She seemed healthy and showed no signs of pregnancy until the day she gave birth. Incredibly none of the babies look anything like mum.
Mum and babies are all doing well and getting up to all sorts of mischief!
Last week we received a call from Aire Veterinary Centre in Headingley, Leeds, asking if we could rehome a bunny for them which had been found by a member of the public as a stray and taken to the vets. Upon inspection it was found she had a mammary tumour, and they operated to remove the mass and spay her.
Cases like this are sad but unfortunately becoming more and more common. More of the rabbits coming to us as strays have health problems, and it is possibly due to owners releasing them when the realise they can’t afford the vet bills. What is more frustrating is the risk of this type of cancer could have been greatly reduced had she been spayed. Again this probably wasn’t done due to cost. People still see rabbits as a cheap pet, but caring for any pet properly is never going to be cheap.
The little bunny, named Hope, has fully recovered from the operation and is full of life, spending her days trashing her new home.
We have a brand new shiny email address – email@example.com. Please update your address books. You will still be able to reach us on the old email address for the next few months before it is turned off.
The baby wild bunny is still going strong. He has been living with some poorly guinea pigs, first Pumpkin who has a chest infection and more recently Nellie who has a poorly eye.
A big thank you to everyone who attended yesterdays Hot Cross Bunny Day, and a huge thanks to everyone who helped out in any way. Everyone had a great time (except Fliss, who wasn’t too sure about dressing up!)
Is it really almost Easter with all of this snow? It feels like it should be Christmas!!!
We are fast approaching our annual fundraising event, Hot Cross Bunny day, and as ever my home is now full of bags, boxes and numerous items generously donated for the various stalls to be set up for the day! Along with all of our furries, you can imagine there is hardly any room left for me or the volunteers who so freely give of their time to help for which we are sincerely grateful – thank you volunteers!!! This ‘minor’ challenge is certainly all in a good cause!!! Hot Cross Bunny Day is to be held on Sunday 25th March 2018, at Richmond Town hall. You can find more about the day on our website (please see the details below) – we look forward to seeing you all there!
Talking of furries, let’s bring you up to date on the furry happenings here at Bunny Burrows!
Fliss the Bunny Burrows pooch has settled in well with all of her new family. She has become a true and loyal friend and companion to me which is absolutely wonderful! I do have some minor worries though, it appears she has also taken a liking to the diet of her bunny family and has shown a particular taste for green stalks and carrots …!!!
2018 has seen us continue to home both our beloved bunny rabbits as well as a high number of guinea pigs. Both get on well together with many making firm friends of each other. Meal times are amazing to experience with the guinea pigs being so vocal and calling their bunny friends to eat as well as their fellow guinea pigs!!!
We had a minor scare with three of our tortoises recently when we noticed that even for tortoises being in hibernation, three of the older tortoises where completely still and motionless. Fearing the worst, we quickly heated them up under their special heat lamps to which they successfully responded. I am happy to report that they are all well and thriving (although they cannot return to hibernation now), and as I write this Easter message, I can hear much noise from the tortoise room, in fact, I need to check there are not baby elephants in there!!!
Fundraising has been going well this year so far, especially Ebay. I thoroughly enjoy the whole process, from receipt of the goods, to the research, to the photographic presentation and upload of item to Ebay and of course the eventual sale! Without all of the donations so kindly and generously donated to our Bunny Burrow charity, we would not be able to continue to provide the care and services that we do – from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!
Finally by way of update, if you haven’t already taken a look, we have revamped our website although all of the old favourites are still there including Charlottes Diary. Head over to https://bunnyburrows.co.uk
We welcome any of your stories, feedback and comments – thank you!
Wishing you all a Bunny-tastic Easter!!!!!
Gwen Butler and all at Bunny Burrows
Gwen (and Fliss) have been looking after a new baby wild bunny. Originally part of a group of five who had been dug up, this little cutie was the only one to survive before they could get to Gwen.