17-25 June 2017 is Rabbit Awareness Week throughout the UK: a week where various animal welfare charities, rescues, pet stores and vet practices all get together to highlight rabbit welfare issues and promote these much loved and yet very much misunderstood pets.
RAW 2017 is all about #HopToHay, promoting the need for all rabbits to have an unlimited supply to fresh, quality feeding hay.
Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care, a Scottish Registered Charity dedicated to providing rabbit rescue, adoption, bonding and care advice throughout Scotland are firm believers that every rabbit needs the right diet, and we regularly see the impact of poor diets on rabbits as they enter the rescue.
Causing numerous conditions including dental disease and misalignment, digestion disorders and issues with underweight and overweight bunnies, there is a surprising number of rabbits entering the rescue described as “not keen on hay”. The reason is often that other part of their diet mean that they have no room for the healthier food. For us, as they enter the rescue then, we have the difficult job of rehabilitating the rabbits on to a more suitable diet and often a series of expensive vet bills to correct the damage that’s been done!
Following the success of last year’s RAW T-Shirt campaign, we are launching two designs for this year’s Rabbit Awareness Week: Bunny Cuddles and #HopToHay, the RAW campaign hashtag.
All the money raised from the sale of our t-shirts throughout the RAW 2017 campaign will be used directly to support the charity’s funds to help pay our ongoing vet bills. Each rabbit in the rescue typically costs us around £100 to prepare for adoption: vaccinations & neutering costs. However, many of the rabbits also have additional care needs costing the charity much more.
We therefore do not make any profit from any of our rabbits, and your support through this campaign will ensure we are able to continue the work we do, and help towards ensuring rabbits in Scotland get their chance to #HopToHay.
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