Welfare Check Team, Kirkintilloch

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If you think you have what it takes to help care for rabbits in our short-term facilities and to introduce them to their new owners, get in touch today.

Welfare Check Team

For volunteers aged from 18 years.

Our Welfare Check Team are responsible for doing our morning checks on the rabbits in our care at The Hoppy Hub in Kirkintilloch (G66).

As a team member you will be responsible for checking in on the rabbits and ensuring that their basic welfare needs are met - hay supply is topped up, water supply is checked and the health and welfare of each rabbit is checked to make sure everybunny is feeling good!

There may be a need to assist with taking rabbits to urgent or routine appointments with one of our local vet practices if required too.

Importantly, we invite our Welfare Check Team members to spend some time with the rabbits within our care.  Basic socialisation with the rabbits is a very important part of what we do to prepare rabbits for their new homes.

We are looking for individuals who can spare approx. 1 hour at least one morning per week, with flexibility around the timing to suit your other commitments as appropriate (visits should take place at some point between 7am and 11am).

Initial Induction Training

You will be required to shadow our evening shift (typically 6.30pm until 8.30pm) on at least two occasions to allow for necessary induction training for this role.

Ongoing Support

You will have access to a dedicated emergency reporting helpline during your shift.

You will also be invited to regular team meetings for important updates and training on an ongoing basis.

As with all our volunteers, you will also be invited to our volunteer collaboration system online to engage and chat about your role and rabbit welfare with the whole team.

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If you think you have what it takes to help care for rabbits in our short-term facilities and to introduce them to their new owners, get in touch today.

Rabbit Care Team, Kirkintilloch

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Rabbit Care Lead

For volunteers aged 18 years or over only

Supporting a team of young people whilst conducting a range of rabbit care duties and public appointments at our Kirkintilloch facilities.

Min. commitment 2 hours per week

Rabbit Care Asst.

For volunteers aged 12 - 18 years

Help us feed the rabbits, clean their environment, give medications and importantly socialise the rabbits as part of preparing them for their new homes.

Min. commitment 2 hours per week

Ready to find out more?

Want to chat about what's involved in volunteering with Beloved Rabbits?  Book a call for an informal and no-obligation chat.

Rabbit Care Lead

For volunteers aged 18 years or over.

PVG Scheme membership will be required, and is organised by Beloved Rabbits.

Our Rabbit Care Leads, working from our facilities in Kirkintilloch, Glasgow (G66), provide three core functions for the charity during their 2 hour shift each week:

  • Supervision, support, coaching and development of our young volunteers as they undertake rabbit care duties.
  • Meeting with members of the public as they meet the charity on an appointment basis for adoptions, bonding and surrenders.
  • Providing first level day-to-day care for the rabbits including feeding, cleaning environments, grooming, medication and socialisation.

As a senior member of the rabbit care team, you will help support and mentor our young volunteers as you work together to provide the full range of care needs of the rabbits visiting and within our care.

As a care lead you will help support the charity by conducting a range of appointments including rescue surrenders, adoptions, bonding services, care advice, grooming and nail clipping with foster carers and members of the public.

Each members of the PVG Scheme, they will offer the essential support needed for our Care Assistants to develop their knowledge and skills in rabbit welfare.  They will also have completed a certified Child Safeguarding course.

Full training & support will be given for the role.

Vacancies

Our current Care Lead vacancies are currently:

Sundays, 4pm to 6pm
(with option for 2pm - 6pm)
** Vacancy Available (1) **

Not For You?

If you are looking for something a little different, or your availability doesn't suit this role, why not consider our Welfare Check Team?

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Rabbit Care Assistant

For volunteers aged 12 to 18 years

This role is best suited to young people with an interest in animal welfare studies or careers after school

Rabbit Care Assistants provide all aspects of care needed including feeding, grooming, medications and treatments and socialisation.

Care Assistants work in small teams, with each team working closely with a Rabbit Care Lead and one of the charity's Management Committee during their shift.

In addition there will be an ongoing training and support programme ( that will support the Care Assistants to develop their knowledge and understanding of rabbit welfare as they volunteer, with recognition given at regular intervals of their development and hours volunteering.  As well as providing a strong background and evidence should the Care Assistant be seeking career or training opportunities within animal welfare, this will prepare them well for future opportunities within and outwith the charity.

Our Care Assistant volunteers aged 12 to 18, will be offered full supervision, support and direction from their Care Lead, who will be a verified member of the PVG Scheme (incorporating a Disclosure Scotland check) and will have completed a Child Safeguarding course.

Full training & support will be given for the role.

Vacancies

Our current Care Assistant vacancies are:

Wednesdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm 
** Vacancy Available (1) **

Fridays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm 
** Vacancy Available (3) **

Sundays, 4pm to 6pm 
** Vacancy Available (1) **

Education & Awareness Team

Why We Want You?

Rabbit Welfare Awareness is very low in the public domain.

We want to raise the public’s understanding of the appropriate care needs of rabbits, and highlight changes in care practice following recent research.

We are creating a new Education & Awareness Team who will work closely with our Education & Awareness Manager and the wider volunteer team to improve rabbit welfare awareness and education throughout Scotland.

Team members will:

  • Develop educational materials for public and volunteers
  • Conduct their own research in to rabbit welfare & rescue topics
  • Proactively seek to improve rabbit welfare awareness throughout the charity’s operational area.

Improve Rabbit Welfare Education Today

Does this sound like something you would like to be a part?

Submit your application today to get started!

What's In It For You?

  • Education experience
  • Hands-on animal care experience
  • Be central to the development of rabbit welfare care in Scotland
  • Part of a wider team of social volunteers

The Skills You Need:

  • A keen interest in rabbit and animal welfare
  • Ability to research topics via various formats
  • Ability to develop & structure written and verbal presentations in various formats
  • Ability of public speaking
  • Ability to adapt presentations to suit the audience

Where?

This is predominantly a home-based opportunity.  There will be occasional need to deliver training at planned events and utilising online presentation tools.

When?

As required.

Commitment:

Part-time equivalent, estimated to be a few hours per month.

Other Notes:

This role reports directly to the charity’s Management Team.

Improve Rabbit Welfare Education Today

Does this sound like something you would like to be a part?

Submit your application today to get started!

Appointments Team, Kirkintilloch

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Rabbit Care Assistant

For volunteers aged from 12 to 18 years.

Rabbit Care Assistants provide all aspects of care needed including feeding, grooming, medications and treatments and socialisation.   Care Assistants work in small teams of 2, with each team working closely with an Appointment Lead and one of the charity's Management Committee during their shift.

In addition there will be an ongoing training and support programme ( that will support the Care Assistants to develop their knowledge and understanding of rabbit welfare as they volunteer, with recognition given at regular intervals of their development and hours volunteering.  As well as providing a strong background and evidence should the Care Assistant be seeking career or training opportunities within animal welfare, this will prepare them well for future opportunities within and outwith the charity.

Our Care Assistant volunteers aged 12 to 18, will be offered full supervision, support and direction from their Appointment Lead, who will be a verified member of the PVG Scheme (incorporating a Disclosure Scotland check) and will have completed a Child Safeguarding course.

Appointments Lead

For volunteers aged 18 years or over only.

Our appointment leads will help support the charity by conducting a range of appointments including rescue surrenders, adoptions, bonding services, care advice, grooming and nail clipping with foster carers and members of the public.  Each members of the PVG Scheme, they will offer the essential support needed for our Care Assistants to develop their knowledge and skills in rabbit welfare.  They will also have completed a certified Child Safeguarding course.

Experience in rabbit welfare is required for the Appointments Lead.

Full training & support will be given for all roles.

Care Assistant Rotas

Our care assistant shifts are currently:

Mondays, 6.30pm until 8.30pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Tuesdays, 6.30pm until 8.30pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Thursdays, 6.30pm until 8.30pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Fridays, 6.30pm until 8.30pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Saturdays, 2pm until 4pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Saturdays, 4pm until 6pm ** VACANCIES AVAILABLE **

Sundays, 1.30pm until 3.30pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Appointment Lead Rotas

Our care assistant shifts are currently:

Mondays, 6.30pm until 8.30pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Tuesdays, 6.30pm until 8.30pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Thursdays, 6.30pm until 8.30pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Fridays, 6.30pm until 8.30pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Saturdays, 2pm until 4pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Saturdays, 4pm until 6pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Sundays, 1.30pm until 3.30pm ** No Current Vacancies **

Apply To Join Our Team Today

If you think you have what it takes to help care for rabbits in our short-term facilities and to introduce them to their new owners, get in touch today.

Project Administrator

Volunteering in this role will allow you to play a critical part in the ongoing development of Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care’s expanding service as we continue to grow to meet the increasing demand for rabbit welfare services throughout Scotland.

Project Administrators will predominantly work from home using our online systems and applications to access all the services and people they need to perform the role.  They will work on progressing some of our important projects, and it will include such things as producing newsletters, developing rescue services such as our new adoption pack, cage card designs, creating surveys and producing educational and guidance materials.

This is no typical administration role, as working under the guidance of the charity’s management team you will be involved in developing real change in how the charity operates and communicates.

This would be an excellent opportunity for individuals looking for experience in managing business change, office administration and/or publishing and communications.

Purpose

Providing support to charity management in the delivery of various aspects of the charity’s operations and publicity material.

Tasks / Activities

This role will be varied and will continue to evolve alongside the needs of the charity.

Example tasks may include:

  • Developing content and design of newsletters for volunteers and members of the public
  • Developing content and design of posters, leaflets and booklets
  • Establishing operational processes such as stock management, information sharing
  • Understanding customer needs through development and delivery of surveys to volunteers and members of the public
  • Production of video content, including information, guides, promotions and parodies
  • Development of educational materials, in print, presentation and interactive display

Person Description

The volunteer placement will work from their own home in their spare time, following clear work-packages issued via the charity’s management team.  They will have direct access to support from a supervisor, and will work towards agreed deadlines for delivery.

There may be occasional need to meet with other members of the volunteer team for specific tasks, which may require some occasional travel (telephone and video conferencing options are also available).

Familiarity and comfort with typical office applications is required, including word processing, spreadsheets, social media and desktop publishing.  Experience of graphic and video editing software would be considered of great advantage.

Enthusiasm is far more important than experience.  The volunteer will be given full support from the charity management team, and coaching on various tasks will be available.  Working within a team is essential, but the volunteer must also be comfortable with using their own initiative, and working solely on some tasks.

A strong desire to achieve, learn and develop is really essential.

A passion for rabbit or animal welfare is encouraged, but no prior experience with animals is necessary for this role as full training in these aspects will be given.

A driving license would be considered an advantage, but is not essential.

Working Hours & Commitment

  • Flexibility is essential in terms of effort and availability
  • Volunteers will be expected to manage their own time to meet agreed deadlines for work-packages
  • Location: Home-based, with occasional travel
  • Volunteers require access to their own internet-enabled computer.  All required applications will be provided by the charity.

Development Opportunities

The charity has grown rapidly and relies solely on volunteers who offer a small amount of their time towards the charity.

A number of additional opportunities to get involved with the charity’s activities will be available, including hands-on rabbit care, projects, administration, events, education, vet attendance, etc.

If you have career aspirations, the charity will strive to support your goals and will, where possible, present opportunities for you to develop appropriate skills and experience.

Whilst the charity is unable to offer any employment opportunities following the voluntary placement, we will happily support any application for employment and provide full reference on completion of the voluntary placement.

Benefits For You

  • Animal Welfare and Behaviours Knowledge & Expertise
  • Full 1:1 coaching in rabbit welfare & behaviour
  • Office Administration skills, including Microsoft Office, Desktop publishing, etc
  • Customer Service experience
  • Working in teams and as an individual, adapting to the requirements of the task
  • Social Media experience

Find Out More

This role was previously an aspect of our Rescue Services Assistant role, delivered in partnership with Project Scotland.  We have since separated the roles into separate opportunities.

Volunteer Stories: Bethie & Natalie’s views on Rescue Services Assistant (Project Scotland).

Rhona’s Fostering Story

Fostering Rabbits
The kids had now flown the nest and I was looking for something to occupy my time. Driving to work I noticed an ScottishSPCA van in front of me and decided working with animals would be an idea.

On my return home I scoured the web for something I could, and would like to, do for animals and found FBRC. I have now been fostering for 18 months and have fostered 7 rabbits.

Tyson
Tyson was a very inquisitive, intelligent, lively and friendly rabbit. He loved to be petted and cuddled. Tyson enjoyed exploring around his hutch and considered himself a stunt man jumping on and off the roof of the hutch.

He loved his toys; the tunnel, the flower pots and toilet rolls.

Tyson was not keen on sawdust and preferred to lie on hay or wood. I would put a substantial amount of sawdust in his
bedding and covered it with hay, but only put a slight covering of sawdust in the living area as otherwise he kicked it all out the hutch to lie on the wood.

Catriona

Catriona was a very destructive and aggressive rabbit when she first came to stay.

After an escape which my husband foiled she was nicknamed “Psycho Bunny”. She never forgave my husband for catching her and continually attacked him.

Her second attempt was scary as I could hear her but couldn’t see her. Eventually we decided to lift the hutch and there she was stuck underneath.

After neutering she calmed down and became a very docile and lovable rabbit. The change in her was enormous.

Coffee and Cream

Coffee was tiny but cute, loved to be petted and was easily handled. He enjoyed playing in the big run and was nearly always first into the run and last out. He loved to hide in the tunnels and boxes.

Usually you would see his nose or behind sticking out from a tunnel. Coffee had a very sweet tooth and proved difficult to feed initially but he loved broccoli and sweetcorn. He liked to sit on the patch of grass in his run.

Cream was much bigger than Coffee and was certainly the Boss. Often she would nip Coffee in the behind. If Cream and Coffee met head to head in a tunnel Coffee always came out backwards followed by Cream. Cream did all the digging but would use the small hutch when the weather deteriorated. Coffee hid in his plastic tunnels. Cream was more curious than Coffee and would investigate new toys first. Coffee would think and watch before interacting with anything new. Cream adjusted to the nuggets easily but also enjoyed the broccoli never touching the sweetcorn. She was more difficult to handle but would go into the carry case easily. Put the case on the ground and Cream would hop in especially if they had been out in the run all day. Coffee you had to chase as he never wanted to leave the run.

Marvin and Tammi

Marvin and Tammi only stayed with us for 2 days. Marvin hardly came out the hutch, Tammi was more adventurous.

Marvin had an ear infection and we had fun trying to put drops in his ears.

Two very large and cuddly rabbits.

Nadine

Nadine has been our most challenging rabbit yet.

A young terrified rabbit, who runs at the slightest noise. Catching her or persuading her to come out the hutch has been difficult. She did not interact with us at all. Progress has been slow but with patience she now eats from my hand and both my daughter and I have had cuddles. She has also been seen to be on top of the hutch. We took her indoors one night when the weather was really bad thinking she would be terrified. We gave her a cardboard box to play with and she hid in the box all night only coming out to eat and toilet.

A Varied Role

As far as I am aware Tyson, Catriona, Marvin and Tammi and Coffee & Cream have all found their forever homes. Nadine is still looking for theirs.

I love working with the different personalities and having to find new methods to care for each individual. My husband who was not keen on me volunteering for this now fully interacts with each rabbit. He can often be found out playing with the rabbits especially when we had Coffee and Cream. The fact that FBRC are always there to help or give advice makes it enjoyable and stress free.

Join The Team

If you would like to become a foster carer with Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care, please visit http://www.fairlybelovedrabbitcare.org/foster

Pauline’s Fostering Story

Melinda, Pauline's Adopted Rabbit

How I began

I Melinda, Pauline's Adopted Rabbitwas looking for a companion for my baby Continental Giant, so needed something a bit bigger than your average rabbit. After a chance meeting with an existing foster carer I had a look on the FBRC website and found Melinda.

Through the adoption process I found out more about the charity and the fact that there were many unwanted rabbits. As there is a network of support through Facebook I noticed a plea for more foster homes and decided that I could put what I had learnt from my own experience to good use and offer a temporary safe, caring home for rabbits in need

I started off with just one fostering placement, as many of the foster carers do. However for those who have the space and are happy to take on more placements you could foster more than one single, pair or group of rabbits at a time.

My Fosters

Snow White & Tianna

Snow White, who is blind & deafTiannaThese girls were my first placement. Although Snow White has additional needs (she is blind and deaf) their characters soon shone through. With the support from the charity I learnt how to do daily checks and was able to get assistance when I was concerned for their health. They both quickly settled in to family life and enjoyed exploring.

The girls recently were transferred within the network so that they could get spayed as part of the Glasgow University Neuter Clinic (FBRC currently provide all the rabbits for this neuter clinic). So instead of them travelling back to me they are now with new carers within the network.

This allowed me to get a new placement:

Mum, Dad & The Kids

Mum, Dad & The Kids

The family, Arthur, Bella, Maisie & Daisy. These guys came in as a group of 4 and as I had space to keep them together for now they joined my foster family. They are relatively new to the network, but are settling in well.

FredFred
Fred, I was lucky enough to have the space to take in dream boy Fred, this cheeky wee guy loves to jump out of enclosures so required a fully enclosed living area .

More Than Fostering
Well that’s the fostering side; there is also the opportunity to get involved in promoting the charity, rabbit welfare and fundraising. At first I was very nervous about doing local events but with support I gained confidence and even dressed as a giant rabbit to raise much needed funds.

Lynne: Why I Love Being A Volunteer

I started helping out at Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care a year ago as a Care Assistant and love every single minute of it. I have had my own bunny for 5 years and he is very much loved but I know he is one of the lucky ones.

A rabbit care assistant’s main role it to care for the bunnies who enter the network at our larger foster carer’s sheds in Lenzie or Falkirk, and look after them until they are either fostered or adopted out. The role is much, much more than cleaning out hutches.

Most of the rabbits that I have been caring for have often been neglected and shy away from human contact and even cleaning out can be a stressful and challenging time. I love spending time getting to know the bunnies, never rushing them and letting them come and trust me. There is nothing more rewarding than having a wee bunny on day one terrified and hiding in the corner of the hutch while you deal with them to seeing them poking their nose out the doors waiting for you and starting to play with all your cleaning tools, tossing them up in the air and sitting on your dustpan!!!

One particular case always warms my heart is Velvet. This bunny was the most nervous bunny I had seen. First day I met her, I spent time speaking with her and not touching her, within a few weeks she started to come forward and take an interest in what I was doing until she eventually let me touch her. I couldn’t stop smiling all night. This routine carried on until one night she jumped as I was cleaning the floor. I thought she had got a fright but oh no, every time I looked at her I was treated to a binky (an uncontrolled, excitable jump that rabbits do). For us rabbit owners, we know that this is a sure sign of one happy bunny. That is when I realised that I can make a difference to these bunnies lives. Patience and trust can conquer all.

Being a Care Assistant has allowed me to grow as a person and has challenged me in a lot of ways: learning how to hold bunnies, give them medicine and how to adapt all my silks to suit each bunny’s needs as every one of them is different and comes from a different background.

What I love about the charity is that I am not restricted to being a care assistant. I am a volunteer and I have been involved in a lot of different areas such as fundraising, awareness days, temporary foster of 6 baby bunnies (such a chore……..sigh), vet trips, clean up days……………the list goes on and on.

Most of all I have met a wonderful group of people who are dedicated to helping promote the welfare of these wonderful animals and I am proud to be part of the team

Would you like to join us? http://www.fairlybelovedrabbitcare.org/volunteer

Julie’s Fostering Story

Fostering rabbits is the best and a fantastic experience!

You get to care and love each foster rabbit while helping them on their journey to a new permanent home with the right owners. That’s the most important part and the happy ever after that makes fostering the best job in the world.

Rabbits are wonderful pets but need the right people to care for them.

Our first placement was Harley about six months old and very cute. He had his own personality and his own way of doing things. He didn’t enjoy being handled but with patience and daily interaction he got used to us and we got use to him.

Whenever we went on holiday Harley went to his holiday home at FBRC and we couldn’t wait to get him back when we got home.

Happily he was adopted ( well he was very cute) and we were so proud of him. Although sorry to say goodbye it wasn’t long until we welcomed Coffee and Cream, our first bonded pair of bunnies, and a new adventure began…..

If you love rabbits and have space please considering fostering the rewards are huge! Of course you will need all the details but if you want to know more you only have to ask.