Snow Day, What’s A Snow Day!

What a winter it has been so far. We’ve not had one like this for 10 years. Plans keep having to be changed due to snow but the animals here do not understand the concept of a snow day!

No matter how much snow has fallen the animals in our care still need feeding, medicating and cleaning out.

We are very grateful to our dedicated volunteers who have been braving the elements and walking to Bunny Burrows to offer their services. Especially on days where the road has been impassable! Without them we would be sweeping Gwen up off the floor.

Guess the Name of the Bunny

Who would like to win this gorgeous hand knitted rabbit? We will even include free UK postage.

Guess the name of the bunny competition is open to our world wide supporters too.

All you need to do is guess their name. There are 100 names to choose from; listed on the chart below. It is £1 a name to be paid by PayPal. List of names sold can be found on our Facebook page.

Our PayPal link is paypal.me/bunnyburrows or our PayPal email is gwenbigbunny@hotmail.com please add your name, email address and the name/names you would like to guess in PayPal comment section.

Prize has been kindly donated by @knotyourknanasknits – check out her Facebook and Instagram pages, her knitted creations are fabulous

January’s Auction

Unfortunately we have decided to cancel January’s auction. Due to high levels of COVID 19 in our small area of North Yorkshire; it is unfair for us to ask our volunteers to take so many parcels to the post office. We will review the situation for February’s auction nearer the time.

In the mean time watch this space for our next online fundraiser … coming soon to a screen in your home.

Nature’s Own Hay

We are now one of Nature’s Own affiliated charities.

When you buy their products using our referral link they donate hay back to us. This is a wonderful scheme designed to help small charities like ourselves.

Although we buy the majority of our hay direct from the farmer. The rabbits and guinea pigs always appreciate fancy feeding hay. After all everyone appreciates a little treat every now and again.

Too Cold for Tortoises

Brrrr it’s cold outside; much colder than what we are used to even here in North Yorkshire! Its causing a few unexpected problems. Eleven problems to be exact!

Eleven tortoises have been hibernating in the shed. Nothing unusual there, they’ve been successfully hibernating in there for several years. It is their home for half the year. However with no sign of this cold snap ending and temperatures dropping well below zero the shed is now too cold for them to safely hibernate.

So what to do with eleven hibernating tortoises?

They need somewhere cold but not too cold, dry and sheltered to continue their hibernation. Somewhere that is easy to access. Not to mention somewhere big enough to keep all eleven!

The answer – the conservatory!

Much to Gretel’s disgust Gwen has turned the heating off in the conservatory and barred her access. The tortoises are all neatly stacked with their names on their boxes, sleeping the winter away.

A little reminder

So 2021 hasn’t got off to the best of starts. Here in England today is the first day of our third national lockdown. It may not be how we wanted to start the year but it is what it is.

We would like to take this time to remind you of the message we posted back in March. A rabbit is for life not just for lockdown.

A rabbit like any other pet is a lifelong commitment. They should be a member of the family not an impulse buy.

With an average lifespan of 8-12 years these complicated creatures require a specialist vet which does not come cheap and at the moment vet care is not easy to access.

So please remember a rabbit is for life not just for lockdown.

A Little About Donations

Bunny Burrows couldn’t survive with out the generous donations we receive from our supporters. If you’re having a post Christmas clear out or have any unwanted presents please think of us.

Along with our monthly auction we also sell items on Facebook market place and eBay.

We weigh in clothing (when the weigh in places are open – until then we store it in the attic!).

Unwanted CDs, DVDs and books are sold using websites such as music magpie and We Buy Books.

We make and sell gift hampers using unwanted and unopened toiletries.

Got something you don’t want? Chances are we can use it to help keep Bunny Burrows running.

For more information on how we fund Bunny Burrows and to keep updated on future planned events please visit our fundraising section. Thank you.

A Christmas Message From Gwen 2020

2020 What a Year!

2020 has been a memorable year for all the wrong reasons. COVID 19 turned the world upside down and even our little bubble wasn’t left unscathed. COVID 19 made me rethink about how the charity is run.

Long gone are the days of braving the elements to take the rubbish to the tip replaced with two industrial sized bins that are emptied on a weekly basis. The tombola drum is gathering dust in a far corner of the attic where it is likely to stay. Fundraising is now an online thing. eBay sales are still going strong and Facebook sales have taken off over the last 12 months and that is without the auction that is run every month on our Facebook page. What started off as a one off during lockdown 1.0 gained more popularity than I ever imagined with people messaging wanting to know the date of the next one.

As a small animal charity run from the comfort of my own home we were not entitled to any government support for the COVID 19 pandemic. However it is safe to say that due to the generosity of our supporters and volunteers not only have we survived while bigger charities folded; we have thrived.

Baby Bunnies Everywhere

2020 has also been the year of hand rearing baby rabbits, both domestic and wild. I was able to successfully rear ten baby wildies and release nine of them back into the wild. The tenth, named Flash for the white blaze on her forehead hid under the volunteer’s skirts and refused to go. In the twenty four year that I have run Bunny Burrows this was a first for me! I have never seen a rabbit so happy to come back!

Ying and Yang my lockdown babies were abandoned at a vets just a few days old after being attacked by their rabbit parents. Seeing the wounds on their tiny bodies was heart breaking. If that wasn’t enough it soon became apparent that all was not right with Ying. Her back right leg had no feeling and although it caused her no pain it hindered her moving. At three months old and weighing just over a kilo, Ying had it removed. Since then there has been no stopping her!

Thank You All

Thank you to everyone who has donated goods, money or time; Bunny Burrows would not be here without you. Every donation is much appreciated regardless of its size. The support received in Christmas cards this year has been amazing. I apologise for not sending every donator a Christmas card but you know what life here is like – chaos. I frequently wish for several more hours in the day and a lot more energy too!

In the twenty four years I’ve run Bunny Burrows, 2020 has got to be the most challenging year yet. But we have survived. Let’s hope that 2021 is a quieter year.

Merry Christmas, Gwen x