As some of you may know, as well as rehoming dogs and cats we also rehome rabbits and small furry animals. Recently our rabbits had been staying in a temporary area of the Centre which wasn't ideal long term and it had been our vision for a long time to build a new, specialised area for all our bunnies.
Unfortunately funds are limited as we have to raise all the money to remain open ourselves - currently at around £8,000 per week. Therefore to undertake any refurbishment work at the Centre we have to apply for grants and spend a lot of time raising the money required.
After extensive planning we decided that first on the agenda was a new cat intake room, which was finished last summer and has made an incredible difference to the care we are able to provide to new cats arriving at the Centre. We knew we wanted to create a purpose-built area for our bunnies but in order to do that, we had to update our dog exercise area, in order to create more space. Anybody who has visited the Animal Centre will know how short we are for space, so we have to make the most of every area possible!
Last year we were also very lucky to be awarded a £15,000 grant for our new rabbit area from Support Adoption for Pets. Although this will not cover the full amount of the build it is a great help towards it and we're so grateful for the support. Peticular Pens have helped us to design this new building and are currently creating it on site as you read this! Within the next couple of days the build will be completed. We're so excited to be able to move our bunnies across very soon. The picture at the bottom of the page shows the great progress made so far.
This new area means we can cater more fully for all of our rabbits' needs, and also increases our capacity for rabbits. As we are the only rescue centre in this area which takes in rabbits, you can appreciate how essential this is.
On May 16th and 17th, to coincide with Rabbit Awareness Week, we will be holding an open weekend at the Centre where we will officially 'open' the rabbit area. We hope to see lots of you there! It's a great opportunity to see first hand the work your local animal rescue centre does, and of course a chance to meet all of our wonderful animals.