Kimpton animal shelter faces homeless bunny crisis

Chloe and Madison. Picture: Blue Cross.

Chloe and Madison. Picture: Blue Cross. - Credit: Archant

A Kimpton animal shelter is struggling to rehome rabbits and is desperately searching for their forever homes.

Floppy. Picture: Blue Cross.

Floppy. Picture: Blue Cross. - Credit: Archant

The Blue Cross rehoming centre in Kimpton is appealing for homes for six rabbits who have all been at the centre for a combined time of 373 days.

The bunnies are a pair called Floppy and Sprite, a mother and daughter pair called Chloe and Madison and two bachelors looking for separate homes with neutered females, Chester and Bugsy.

Floppy and Sprite came in to the centre more than 90 days ago on February 26.

They are four-and-a-half-year-old females, who are very inquisitive, friendly and laid back.

Sprite. Picture: Blue Cross.

Sprite. Picture: Blue Cross. - Credit: Archant

The pair love being stroked, and although they prefer to keep all four paws on the ground they might want a quick cuddle when they’re settled.

Madison, two, and Chloe, two and half years old, have been with the Blue Cross for the longest time, more than 235 days.

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The pair are very inquisitive so need lots of things to do to keep them busy and a home with lots of space to enable lots of exploring and running around.

Chester, who is nine months old, is a very active boy who would like a home with lots of things to do to keep him occupied and is looking to share it with a female companion.

Chester. Picture: Blue Cross.

Chester. Picture: Blue Cross. - Credit: Archant

Bugsy is also nine months old but has quite the opposite personality to Chester.

The little guy is shy until he gets to know you and will prefer to live with owners who respect this and will sit quietly with him until he’s comfortable to say hello.

He’s also looking to share his new home with a female rabbit to keep him company.

Matthew Pedley, animal welfare officer at Blue Cross Hertfordshire, said: “Rabbits can make wonderful pets and truly loving companions.

Bugsy. Picture: Blue Cross.

Bugsy. Picture: Blue Cross. - Credit: Archant

“We want to let pet lovers know we’re here to offer advice if they’re looking to adopt rabbits.

“The chaps we’re currently looking for homes for all have different personalities and quirks, but one thing links them, they’re all very loving, friendly and are desperate to find homes.”

Rabbits are naturally sociable, so they need companionship of their own kind. They will be much happier living in pairs or compatible groups, and will become very lonely if kept on their own.

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