Would-be bunny-owners in Deeside and Donside are being urged by the Scottish SPCA to consider rehoming a rescue rabbit during Rabbit Awareness Week (July 11 to 17)
The charity’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre opened last month at Drumoak and has already cared for five rabbits.
Centre Manager Graeme Innes said: “We’re always looking for new homes for the rabbits in our centre and our other centres across Scotland. Many people buy rabbits as pets for children but don’t realise they require a lot of care and attention.
“The novelty of having a cute bunny often wears off and lots of rabbits end up in our care as unwanted, stray or abandoned pets.
“We never recommend rehoming any animal on impulse but if anyone wants to take on a rabbit we would urge them to visit our rescue centre before going to a pet shop.
“It may be we have a rabbit that would be perfect for them and they’d be giving a rescued rabbit a new home.
“Our staff will offer advice to anyone looking to rehome a rabbit and ensure they are well aware of a rabbit’s needs.
“The Scottish SPCA never puts a healthy animal to sleep so all of our rabbits stay with us until we can find them new owners.”
The centre is open to the public daily between 10am and 4pm.
A selection of the rabbits available for rehoming are available to view at scottishspca.org/rehoming.
Anyone interested in supporting the Scottish SPCA or who would like to make a donation, should visit scottishspca.org or call 03000 999 999.