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.
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.
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.
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.
Whops 2020 has seen us neglect our website!
Watch this space while we revive and update it.
We would like to let you know about a campaign our friends at Cottontails are running – Treat Rabbits with Kindness. The campaign is to raise awareness on how rabbits should be looked after and help educate owners.
It would be great if you could also sign their petition A Hutch is not a Home.
Right now the world is in chaos. Schools are closed. Adults are working from home. Routines have flown out the window.
Given the unprecedented nature of the times that we are currently living in we would like to remind our followers that now is not the time to be buying a rabbit.
Yes you may think that you’ve got plenty of time to spare. That it would keep the children occupied while you’re working from home. But a rabbit is a life long commitment. What happens in the weeks and months down the line when schools and work places reopen?
The average life span of a rabbit is 8-12 years though some have been known to live beyond 15. We have lost three of our long term residents this year. All had underlying health issues. The youngest was nine and a half!
What happens if your income falls? Who will you prioritise? Your family or your pets? Rabbits are classed as exotic animals and have the vet bills to match. A seemingly healthy rabbit can suddenly become ill costing you hundreds if not thousands of pounds. What will have to your rabbit then?
Rabbits need two vaccines a year to protect them against common rabbit diseases myxo and VHD. Due to the nature of how these diseases spread rabbits need the vaccines regardless of whether they live inside or out. You can easily be looking at £100 a year for vaccines and that is just for one rabbit! Rabbits are social animals and need a partner of their own kind. They will need vaccinating too.
We are just weeks into this pandemic and already we have people ringing up asking us to take in their rabbits and giving us abuse when we say no.
So please think before you buy – is now the right time to add a rabbit, guinea pig or any other pet to our family?
Due to the current situation with Covid 19 we have taken the decision to cancel this years Hot Cross Bunny day.
Please bare with us at this time as many of our volunteers are having to keep their distance meaning extra work for Gwen.
What a year so far!
With the year starting badly having a very annoying unpleasant dose of the flu, 28 tablets a day feeling my end is nigh, I am back to tell the story and use the opportunity to say how very lucky Bunny Burrows is to have such an amazing team of volunteers, absolute troopers. Goodness knows what would have happened without them!
Spring certainly arrived here 2 weeks ago when all 10 of the hibernating tortoises woke at once. After 5 months of being asleep they have all come out fighting fit. Nights are too cold so they are unable to go outside yet. They are driving me mad chomping around the tortoise tables under the heat lamps eating like food has gone out of fashion. Maybe they are worried about Brexit and the food supply! Lucky for them they have slept for 5 months.
Easter is great for me to see all the rabbit themed goodies for sale. The downside is the amount of these wonderful creatures that will be purchased and given up in such a short time. The past few weeks have been unbearable with the amount of emails and phone calls from the public wanting to give these adorable animals away. I have to say the amount increases each year and this is before the Easter shopping …
We are saddened not to have had the annual Hot X Bunny Day this year – it would have been our 18th!!! This was no fault of ours, rather Richmond Town Hall and Council let us down. Never mind! No rest for the wicked though as we are spending time at Pets @ Home Catterick Garrison fund raising with tombola and talking to the public about the pleasures and pitfalls of Bunny parenting.
THE invitation came through the letter box last week – The Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, 21st May. I am practicing my curtsy but still shopping to find an outfit. The invitation says one can wear uniform or national dress but the gang here say that wouldn’t mean my Bunny Burrows tops or my fleece lounge suits. Hey Ho! Will keep on looking …
Thank you to one and all that continue to support Bunny Burrows – I so appreciate your help!
Hoping you all enjoy Easter and that we can indulge in a warm summer!!!
Wishing you all a Bunny-tastic Easter!!!