A core team of member volunteers have assumed management roles within the charity to lead our volunteers in our critical activities to meet our goals.
I have always been an animal lover and, like many people, had rabbits when I was young but didn’t realise the extent of what was required to meet their welfare needs.
I discovered the charity in 2014 and joined the team as a Care Assistant, where I was responsible for assisting with the general care of the rabbits within the rescue. This turned out to be just the starting point for me in learning about rabbit care and welfare, and I’ve since had several roles through which I’ve developed a wealth of knowledge, as well as adopting my lovely bunnies Jake and Juno.
In 2018 I took on the role of Adoptions Manager which involves managing a team of volunteers responsible for all aspects of the charity’s adoption and allocation process. Working with adopters to find their perfect match and secure homes for our rescue rabbits is incredibly rewarding, and although there are challenging times too, it’s all worth it to see them hop off to their forever homes.
I also became a foster carer shortly after finding the charity and have fostered over 80 rabbits so far. Giving the bunnies some much-needed TLC before they move on to new homes (apart from the odd foster fail!) is just as rewarding as Adoptions and vitally important as we rely on our foster care network to be able to take in more rabbits in need.
Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK but are also the most neglected, with their welfare needs often misunderstood or completely overlooked. I'm so grateful to be part of the amazing volunteer team at Beloved Rabbits and to have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of rabbits across Scotland.
Foster Care Manager
I’m a total animal lover and was looking for an opportunity to contribute more to animal rescue when I spotted the ad for fosterers with Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care.
Completely new to rabbit ownership and handling at the time, I learned so much from my fellow volunteers and was disappointed to hear how much we need to improve as a society to provide the right level of care and environment for Rabbits.
A few years later and I’m fully bought into all aspects of the charity, taking on Foster Care Manager (looking after our network of fosters and getting new recruits up and running), attend events and, more importantly, try to get along to all the social get-togethers.
It’s great to be part of charity that is 100% volunteer ran and where we are all encouraged to share our opinions and contribute towards the direction of the charity and day-to-day decision making.
Education Services Manager
We had rabbits as family pets when I was very young and I think that started an obsession! I had always said that as soon as it was practical I would have my own rabbits and that opportunity arose when my friend had to re-home her rabbit. My partner drove hundreds of miles to collect 10-year-old Podge and bring her home. Podge had several complex health needs that inspired me to do a lot of research about how to give her the best life possible.
When I lost wee Podge, I knew that I would welcome more rabbits into my home when the time was right. I stumbled across Beloved Rabbits and adopted a wee old couple (Sampson and Glee). I was so impressed with the support and guidance I received throughout the adoption process and Bonding Bootcamp process that I continued to follow and support the charity.
I applied to be a foster carer and had the most fulfilling time helping to get rabbits ready for their forever homes. I eventually took on the role of Rabbit Coordinator, overseeing and supporting a group of foster carers. I am still in the role and have recently taken on the role of Education Manager too!
The educational resources of the charity have been invaluable to me whilst caring for and endeavouring to understand my rabbits. My sweet old lady Glee had a number of complex health issues that the education team were always on hand to give me information and guidance on. After recently losing Glee I have adopted Rosie as a companion for Sampson.
The knowledge I have gained whilst being part of the Beloved Rabbits network will be invaluable in ensuring they live their best lives. I am excited to have the opportunity to help not only fosters carers in our network but rabbits owners across the country.
Education Services Manager
As children my sister and I had rabbits that lived and ranged in the garden, but it wasn’t until I moved in with my husband and his bunny that I was introduced to the idea of having a house rabbit. Living so closely indoors with rabbits we began to understand what complex, amazing animals they are, but as owners we often found it frustrating and difficult to find good quality care advice.
I first met the charity in 2016 when we adopted our much-loved Fred to be a companion for Maisie. I was impressed with the knowledge and passion the volunteers clearly had for what they do, so I decided to get involved.
Having worked as a trainer, I believe in lifelong learning, so it makes sense that I first joined the Education, Awareness and Training project. Since stepping into the role of Education Services Manager, I look forward to seeing how we can support the charity and the public going forward.
Social Media and Content Manager
I am the Social Media and Content Manager. My journey began when my partner started volunteering back in 2021. I would help out on the odd shift resetting environments, topping up hay, redoing water etc and I would help with foster setups.
My background is in digital marketing so it felt a natural fit to combine marketing and rabbits.
I joined the social media and content team in February 2022. I didn’t know much about rabbits before I joined and now feel empowered, as you pick up advice and best practices from the broader volunteers and the education team.
My day involves creating and scheduling the charity’s content for our social calendar.
It’s nice being a part of the bigger picture of pushing for better welfare standards for rabbits and you get to be a part of key decisions and your opinions are taken on board.
I started out foster caring with Beloved Rabbits, and although my family and I have always had bunnies growing up, and they all lived long & happy lives, I was surprised to see how much I still had to learn about proper rabbit care. I love looking after all the rabbits living with me until they find their forever home.
I work in Financial Services & have previous work experience in bookkeeping, so I’m excited to be using my knowledge to help out and keep learning about both the financial side of the charity and the best rabbit care - and all the bunny cuddles that come with are just a bonus!