Project information

Rabbit Awareness Project

Rabbits have been identified as the most neglected pet in the UK. We aim to educate existing and potential rabbit owners in all matters pertaining to the proper care of rabbits. We hope to change public attitude towards rabbit ownership and reduce incidences of abandonment and neglect of rabbits.

Ongoing

Charity information: Camp Nibble - rabbit and rodent rescue shelter

Camp Nibble - rabbit and rodent rescue shelter logo
  • Need

    Need

    Rabbits have been identified as the most neglected pet animal in the UK. At least 35,000 rabbits enter UK rescue shelters each year. Although, it is suspected that this number is a gross underestimation and the real numbers are significantly higher. Of these rabbits around 60% have been abandoned/surrendered during the first year of ownership. Research suggests that of the pet rabbits that have not been abandoned a high number are living in conditions in which their welfare is not being met.

    Solution

    We aim to help educate and change public attitude towards pet rabbits and increase their status within the household. We want new owners considering taking on rabbits to understand that they are complex animals with complex welfare needs.

    We aim to educate potential and existing rabbit owners on all aspects pertaining to the proper care of rabbits.

    Through our proposed project we aim to increase the effectiveness/number of rabbit awareness events that we perform throughout the year.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To educate the public on all matters relating to rabbit welfare.

    Activities

    » Perform regular rabbit awareness events.

    Success will be reduced incidences of abandonment and neglect of pet rabbits.


    Aim 2

    To reduce incidences of rabbit abandonment and neglect

    Activities

    » Perform regular rabbit awareness events.

    Success will be reduced incidences of abandonment and neglect of pet rabbits.


  • Impact

    Impact

    We hope to change public attitude towards rabbit ownership. We hope to play a role in increasing the status of pet rabbits in the UK. We would like to help modernise the currently very out-dated standards that many people deem acceptable in rabbit care. As a result we hope to reduce the incidences of suffering/neglect and abandonment of pet rabbits and reduce the strain that these rabbits place on the resources of rescue shelters.

    Risk

    We have not currently identified any risks associated with this project.

    Reporting

    An annual report will be emailed to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Eco banner stands 2 x eco banner stands (including design work) promoting our key welfare messages.
      £200 Literature stands 2 x Environmentally friendly literature stands/educational literature.
      £300 Other promotional materials Signage, literature etc.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Marler Haley £300 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Awareness events will be held throughout the year at a variety of public places/events throughout Yorkshire. Examples include our local Pets at Home superstore, veterinary open days, fundraising events etc.

    Beneficiaries

    Our project will help the public make an informed choice as to whether they can provide what is required to responsibly own rabbits before taking them on. It will also help existing rabbit owners improve aspects of their rabbit’s care. Most significantly our project will protect future rabbits from becoming victims of abandonment and neglect.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Rabbits have been identified as the most neglected animal currently in the UK. However, there are very few rabbit rescue charities operating in the Yorkshire area. Our rabbit care experience and passion for animal welfare make us ideally placed to carry out this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Hannah Potts

    Trustee