Not just for Easter: Can Falkirk families help find new homes for abandoned bunnies?

The Easter Bunny might be living the dream at the moment but a large number of his fluffy pals are in need of new homes according to the Scottish SPCA.
Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

The charity is currently caring for 81 rabbits across Scotland and, since 2020, has taken in 1816 bunnies, with around 87 per cent of those arriving needing some form of veterinary treatment.

Many of the rabbits who find themselves at the Scottish SPCA are also pregnant. Since 2020, the charity’s centres have welcomed 299 baby bunnies born in their care.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Sadly, although these animals quickly arrive at the centres, they are often difficult to rehome and remain in the charity’s care for a number of months.

The Scottish SPCA is being overrun by abandoned bunnies (Picture: Scottish SPCA)The Scottish SPCA is being overrun by abandoned bunnies (Picture: Scottish SPCA)
The Scottish SPCA is being overrun by abandoned bunnies (Picture: Scottish SPCA)

Rachael Maclean, Scottish SPCA rehabilitation operations lead, said: “We currently have a lot of rabbits in our care. It’s hard to say why so many of these animals end up at our centres.

"However, we suspect that often they seen as an ‘easy’ pet and purchased for a child. In reality, rabbits are incredibly complex and social animals who need a lot of care, exercise and enrichment to stay happy and healthy.

“We would encourage anyone thinking of bringing a rabbit into their home to consider adopting. We have so many to choose from that we’re sure we can find the right fit for most homes.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“We have lots of single rabbits, some of whom are neutered, who could be bonded to an existing rabbit. Anyone looking to adopt a rabbit as a companion should make sure they follow proper introductions and have space available if the pair don’t get along.

“If you’re a new rabbit owner, and daunted by the prospect of bonding rabbits, many of our rabbits are already bonded into pairs or trios.”

Anyone who is interested in adopting a rabbit but has questions or concerns should give their local centre a call on 03000 999 999 or pop into centre reception for a chat.

All rabbits available for adoption can be viewed and applied for on the Scottish SPCA website.

People can also visit the website for advice on what to consider before rehoming a rabbit.

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.