Published: 09:00, 21 October 2021
The RSPCA rehomed 96 rabbits in Kent last year as the charity saw a 101% increase in searches for small companion animals following the first year of the pandemic.
However, some are still waiting to find their perfect home.
RSPCA rabbit welfare expert, Dr Jane Tyson, said: “Rabbits and small furries are very misunderstood, they have complex needs and need a lot of care and attention.
"However, they are also very rewarding pets and given the right housing, socialising, diet and care they can become much loved members of the family.
“Adopting may take more time than just buying but it is more rewarding as often you are rescuing that animal from a history of mistreatment of neglect.
"It also means we are freeing up space in our centres so more needy animals can move in to receive the care they need.
“We have lots of information on our website to help support new owners and we also have the newly created The Good Practice Code for the welfare of rabbits.
“It’s really positive to see so many people are now searching for rescue animals as they become more aware this is an option and hopefully we can help find those less popular animals in our care the right home too.”
Kent rabbit, Loki, is one of those still needing a home.
The two year-old brown male is looking for a new home as his owner could no longer keep him.
He is very lively and will need lots of space and enrichment with his new family.
When he first arrived at the RSPCA he was suffering from a respiratory infection but this seems to have responded well to veterinary treatment and he has subsequently been castrated and vaccinated with no problems.
Loki is a friendly boy who is quite confident with people.
He has lived both indoors and outdoors, the main criteria are that he must have a minimum of 60 sq foot of safe predator-proof housing to which he has access at all times.
Please contact the RSPCA Kent-Folkestone branch for more information.
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit their website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.