Monthly Archives: May 2011

For Every ‘Peter Rabbit’ and ‘Benjamin Bunny’

Beatrix Potter, 'Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny collecting onions' © Frederick Warne & Co. 2006

The wonderful children’s stories by Beatrix Potter began with the Tale of Peter Rabbit, a mischievous little rabbit who went against his mothers wishes and ended up making himself sick by eating the wrong things and putting himself in danger by venturing too near the wrong people. These stories are often the catalyst behind a child’s declaration that they want to own a pet bunny! While the stories are simply that, the wonderous imaginings of a truly gifted children’s author, they have indirectly elicited an endemic of rabbits being kept as children’s pets.

For decades now, rabbits have been kept in hutches which in itself is not a bad way of keeping rabbits. This practice however dates back to times when rabbit was a cheap source of meat. Families would buy two live rabbits and allow them to breed creating a sustainable source of meat for the whole family. In these times, conditions in which rabbits were kept didn’t matter much. Thankfully, the idea of animal welfare has come on in leaps and bounds in the past few years and, thanks to some forward thinking people, so has rabbit awareness.

Rabbits are now no longer promoted as the disposable children’s pets which they have previously been though of as. Hutch sizes have increased dramatically and now, any pet retailer who knows his stuff will tell a potential rabbit owner which hutch is intended as a home and which is intended as a den. Rabbits are now known as social animals that need to interact with their own species in order to remain psychologically healthy. And, as Peter Rabbit found out, rabbits cannot survive on carrots alone and need a balanced diet high in fibre in order to remain physically healthy.

The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund is the leading advocate for rabbit welfare in the UK and this Monday (23rd may) marks the beginning of their campaign Rabbit Awareness Week 2011. During this week, veterinary practices, animal charities, pet shops and animal welfare organisations will all join forces to bring home the message of rabbit welfare and hopefully improves the lives of the millions of pet rabbit being kept in the UK.

Many vets practices are holding complimentary rabbit health checks during Rabbit Awareness Week which is well worth taking advantage off. Hundreds of rabbit charities around the country will be holding their own events too, and the Society for Abandoned Animals is no exception.

We will be holding a Rabbit Awareness event at Jolleys Petfood Superstore in Fallowfield on Saturday 28th May,  during which we will be helping new and prospective rabbit owners to set their pet rabbits off on the right track. We will also be on hand to help existing rabbit owners with any questions they have about their own rabbits.

As children are still so closely linked to rabbits and rabbit ownership we will be offering lots for kids to do during the day including face painting, colouring contests and a Name the Rabbit competition.

Even if you do not own a rabbit you will be able to do your bit for rabbit welfare by taking part in our ‘Buy a Bunny a Breakfast’ competition. For this competition you can feed one of the rabbits at our rehoming centre for just £1 and be entered into our free prize draw to win a fantastic rabbit hamper!

For further information feel free to contact us at the Society for Abandoned Animals on 01619735318 or by email direct to our animal care coodinator on helen.messer@saa.eclipse.co.uk

Paws for Thought

“Why was I so afraid of that vet?”

Last sunday (15th may) was the day of our first ever Cat Care Day here at the Society for Abandoned Animals and boy did the cats come out to play! We saw big ones, skinny ones, fluffy ones (but no bald ones) – all different shapes and sizes came to have a visit with our vets who donated their time from the Chorltom Animal Medical Centre Referral Services.

 
The whole event was geared around cats, something we have not attempted before at one of our event days. We were let down by the damp and dingy British weather but our army of volunteers still marched out to bring the words of cat welfare to the visiting public!
 
possibly the most rewarding part of the day was the fact that we microchiped 8 cats who may otherwise have gone un-chipped, risking being separated from their owners forever if they ever went missing. Microchiping is one of the most important things a cat owner can do, it ensures that no matter what someone else does to the cat, it can still be identified.
 
Collars can be removed, identity microchips can’t!
 
If you would like more information on how microchip implantation affects your cat then please feel free to contact us on 0161 973 5318.
 
When all of the monies from the event have been counted we will be announcing the grand total so watch this space!

The Cats Whiskers

“I wish we were tall enough to get to the phone!”

This sunday (15 th May) is our first annual Cat Care Day extravaganza! The day promises to be filled with all things feline from Cat health checks and low-cost vaccinations to fun feline-themed stalls fit for all ages! To book your cat a place with our vet please call (UK) 01619735318 and specify if you would like a health check, preventative health care, vaccinations or advice on any specific conditions that may be affecting your cat.

 
Cat welfare is obviously one of the highest priorities for us here at the Society for Abandoned Animals. We are continually trying to improve the level of welfare we set for our animals and would very much like to help cat owners to improve the welfare of their own cats.
 
Cat behaviour is a perplexing thing, cats are very difficult to read and often do not betray any of the emotions they may be feeling at that particular moment in time. I’m sure that you have seen your own cat doing something very odd like focusing so completely on one spot on the floor to the extent that everything going on around it is being ignored. Our fully trained staff will be on hand to tell you all you need to know about feline antics.
 
We will have our cat vet on hand to do health checks, microchipping, worming, de-fleaing and to issue vouchers for low-cost vaccinations. They will also be more than happy to discuss any issues you may have with your can and can advise on the next course of action on any potential medical problems.
 
There will be lots to do for all of our human visitors on the day too so why not pop down, buy your cat a little prezzie, try your luck at ourn raffle games and join us for a fantastic feline friendly day!