The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund is Great Britain’s largest organization for owners of domestic rabbits. In existence since 1996, the mission of the RWAF is to improve the lives of domestic rabbits across the United Kingdom through education and communication; they endeavor to make the public aware that rabbits are intelligent creatures who require adequate space, exercise, companionship and stimulation, and are not pets to be purchased on impulse.
The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund’s ‘A Hutch is Not Enough’ Campaign is designed to assist rabbits and rabbit fanciers in three arenas:
First, they encourage retailers to consider the welfare of the rabbits when working with their customers. One way this is accomplished is through their Retailer Charter.
Secondly, they wish to assist individuals considering adopting rabbits by educating them as to the needs of rabbits and the proper way of caring for them. Lack of knowledge is one reason people continue to keep rabbits alone in small hutches; oftentimes these individuals do not realize this is cruel to the rabbit on several levels.
Finally, the RWAF is there to provide support and advice to individuals who already own rabbits. The RWAF has many ideas and suggestions on how to improve the lives of pet rabbits and provide the owners with a great deal more enjoyment from their pet rabbit. You can visit their Making it Right page for some great ideas for your bunny!
As the name of the campaign suggests, there’s more to keeping a rabbit than their accommodations, but rabbit owners who keep their pets in adequate accommodation are more likely to meet the rabbits’ other needs.
Retailers who sign up for the RWAF ‘Retailer Charter’ are listed on the RWAF roll of honor, assuring visitors to the RWAF that these retailers exercise ethical practices and proper care for their animals. As the RWAF website has thousands of visits per month from rabbit owners, the listed retailers will benefit from those customers’ support.
Additionally, a larger living space means customers are more likely to take on more than one rabbit (this is recommended as companionship is vital for rabbits),which means greater sales of toys, bedding and food for the listed retailers. If a rabbit’s welfare needs are met, it will live longer, which means a longer term customer of accessories and food.
In addition to being a responsible owner and doing the right thing for your pet, it is so much more rewarding to have a comfortable, contented pet. A solitary, lonely rabbit n a small hutch is no fun for anyone, but a bonded pair in a spacious accommodation is able to display their natural behaviors of playing and binkying and is simply a joy to watch.
Please visit the RWAF site for all sorts of useful information, There is a simple ‘test’ to determine your rabbit’s Body Condition Score (needs fattening or needs to lose a few ounces?), there are tips for seasonal care, health care, posters to download, great online shopping for both pets and owners (including notes from their conferences for the last few years), and you can even have a look at the gorgeous, glossy RWAF ‘Rabbiting On’ magazine online!
You can also join the RWAF online and further their efforts in educating others and promoting the well-being of domestic rabbits.
Are you seeking to adopt a bunny? You can see local adoptable bunnies in the slideshow. For more information on rabbits and their care, you can contact the RWAF or, locally, the following organizations:
- Dayton Area Rabbit Network
- Buckeye House Rabbit Society
- Ohio House Rabbit Rescue
- Columbus House Rabbit Society
The bunnies in the slideshow are all spayed and neutered and adoptable through the Humane Society of Greater Dayton!
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