Atalya Mather-Zardain with Pascal the rabbit. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Atalya Mather-Zardain with Pascal the rabbit. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Sanctuary has run of rabbit calls

TWEED'S bunnies are in urgent need of help.

After the closure of Tweed Heads RSPCA, hundreds of surrendered pet rabbits have had to be transferred to the Rabbit Sanctuary in Grafton.

Kim Cooney, from the Rabbit Sanctuary, said the centre had been inundated with more calls and rabbits than they could cope with.

"Lost rabbits, found rabbits, abandoned rabbits, and adoption inquiries have meant our phone has been ringing off the hook."

The Rabbit Sanctuary has put a call out for Tweed-based volunteers, like Atalya Mather-Zardain, of Hopkins Creek.

Mrs Mather-Zardain is part of a network of carers who looks after rabbits at home and also transfers them to the sanctuary or adoptive 'parents' as needed.

Ms Mather-Zardain said the experience was both rewarding and fun.

"I didn't realise rabbits had personalities, but it turns out they're all pretty different and even have complicated relationships.

"They can be very sweet - one of my bunnies always wants a pat and a cuddle.

"I didn't realise that they were so much like dogs."

The Rabbit Sanctuary is also in desperate need of hutches and play pens. You can adopt a rabbit for $25. This includes a low-cost voucher for desexing. Go to http://rabbitrescuesanctuary.blogspot.com.au or 0416 062 947.

Remember, keeping pet rabbits is illegal in Queensland and there are heavy fines for doing so.



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