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Thursday 24 August 2017

Easter bunnies with a difference as charity seeks good homes for a dozen cute carrot-munchers

Some of the rabbits looking to be rehoused by the DSPCA
Some of the rabbits looking to be rehoused by the DSPCA
Some of the rabbits looking to be rehoused by the DSPCA
Some of the rabbits looking to be rehoused by the DSPCA

These adorable bunnies are seeking good homes.

Staff at the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) are busy caring for an unusually large number of rabbits at its premises in the city.

"We've got rabbits galore," said DSPCA spokesperson Gillian Bird.

"We've got 12 rabbits here at the moment and they're really cute and adorable."

All the bunnies have been neutered and are ready to be adopted by members of the public.

The big-eared guests arrived from several different sources at the DSPCA premises, and staff are keen to ensure they find loving homes.

Rabbits are not always the easiest of pets to mind as they need a lot of stroking and handling.

"But they can wander around the house just like a cat and can use a litter tray too," she said.

"We don't recommend them as pets for children under the age of eight years old as a child might drop a rabbit if it scratches them.

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Some of the rabbits looking to be rehoused by the DSPCA

"So it's best that children are slightly older when getting their first rabbit," Ms Bird added.

Rabbits can be wonderful household companions.

Owners state they are easy to litterbox train, they are neat, they get along with cats, small animals and well-trained dogs.

Vets recommend that a pet rabbit's diet should consist of grass hay, combinations of leafy green vegetables, and some commercial pellets, with carrots in moderation.

Rabbits kept indoors may have a lifespan of eight to 12 years.

Each year it costs €2m to run the DSPCA Animal Shelter, and 95pc of this comes through fundraising.

The money raised will go directly to helping the thousands of animals that come into the charity's care including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, birds, farm animals, all domestic animals and wildlife that are sick or injured, cruelly treated or abandoned.

Already this year, more than 700 animals have been helped by the shelter.

Meanwhile, the DSPCA is seeking volunteers to participate in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin to help raise much-needed funds for the animal welfare charity.

Members of the public are invited to contact the DSPCA to register as fund-raising runners.

The race date is on the June Bank Holiday Monday. All DSPCA runners will receive a running shirt.

Runners can register at www.dspca.ie and a sponsorship card will be sent by post.

Closing date for the marathon is mid April.

aokeeffe@herald.ie

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