information has been taken directly from the Bobtails Rabbit & Guinea Pig Rescue
We always have a large number of rabbits and guinea pigs looking for kind loving homes, they end up at Bobtails for many different reasons, some are strays, others are just abandoned, often dumped in boxes or even left behind when people move. But the majority are just unwanted pets, originally bought for children, and when the novelty has worn off, no-one else has the interest or time to care for them, so please think carefully when considering a rabbit as a children’s pet, they are not “cheap, easy, low maintenance” pets, as some people will tell you, a rabbit needs lots of space, regular cleaning and company, preferably from another rabbit. If adopting a rabbit for a child, mum or dad must be prepared to take responsibility when interest is lost or bunny becomes too difficult to handle.
We try wherever possible to neuter and vaccinate all our rabbits before they leave, and strongly advise new owners to consider neutering when we re-home babies, vaccinations should of course be given annually, or 6 monthly if you live in a high risk area.
Rabbits love company! They are social animals and really should not be kept alone unless you are with them a lot of the time.
We do not recommend keeping rabbits and guinea pigs housed together, sometimes it does work, but we have had many animals brought into Bobtails with often serious injuries (usually the guinea pigs) inflicted by an amorous or frustrated rabbit, even an accidental kick can kill a guinea pig. The best pairing is “rabbit with rabbit”, and “guinea pig with guinea pig”.
We offer a “blind dating” service, and can introduce your spayed or neutered rabbit with one of our bunnies looking for a home. The best and happiest combination is male and female for adult introductions, although if young enough, same sex pairings are possible.
We do this here at Bobtails in a large neutral pen, filled with interesting distractions, you would have to leave your rabbit here with us for at least 48 hours, sometimes a little longer to give the pair a chance to bond before returning to anyone’s territory.
We can also pair up your Guinea Pigs, again on neutral territory, although usually it is not necessary to keep them here for quite so long.
We are normally open on a Sunday between 1-4pm. Please feel free to come along and see us.
Maybe best to ring or email during the week before just in case we have to change the opening time for some reason.
**NEW OPENING TIMES FROM FEBRUARY 2009***
We are open on Sundays between 1pm and 4pm for people who would like to ADOPT an animal. No appointments are necessary on Sundays - just turn up!
If you need to REHOME an animal, please contact us.
Reg Charity No 1086345