Why We Need Your Support More Than Ever!

Although 2020 has been our most successful year to date, it hasn’t been an easy one and 2021 is going to become a make or break year for the charity. Our running costs are going to go through the roof and if we can’t meet them, we will have no option but to close the rescue and dissolve the charity.

I think there can be a general misconception that running a rescue catering solely for rabbits and/or rodents is in some way a ‘hobby’ rescue, and differs from dog and cat rescues; the time, funding and dedication needed to run a rescue catering solely for rabbits and rodents is less compared to dogs or cats. To some degree this may be true, as neutering costs for rabbits are generally lower when compared to dogs. But, in all other areas, catering solely for rabbits and/or rodents doesn’t make the job any easier. In fact, in many respects it makes it harder. Rabbits don’t engender the same passions when compared to dogs especially. An appeal for vet fees for an ill or injured dog will generate at least 5 times the amount in donations when compared to a rabbit. Across the board rabbits receive less donations, less interest in volunteering, less interest in adoption, and less interest in overall welfare. Before you even open a rescue, you've an uphill battle to fight against the general apathy received from the public. You regularly receive comments of 'Just put the rabbits in a pot', but you never hear 'Just send the dogs to a meat market'. Running a rabbit rescue is tough and has its own set of unique and difficult challenges.

For those of you reading this, you are probably as passionate about bunnies and their care and welfare as we are. You want to hold all rabbit rescues to the same high standards commonly afforded to dogs. You expect all of the rabbits to be neutered and vaccinated, to receive veterinary care for illness and injury, to be housed in adequate housing, fed a correct diet, and you expect the rabbits to be provided with a suitable level of day-to-day care. You want homechecks carried out for adopters and a back up for life policy in place. We totally agree with you! Rabbits absolutely deserve all of this and more, but to provide rabbits with this level of rescue care requires adequate annual funding and manpower.

Since opening in 2015, it's been a battle to keep the rescue open and we’ve had serious problems with funding and volunteer recruitment. Last year nearly saw the end of Nibbles with an inability to meet even the most basic care costs. This year it’s been more about the continued low volunteer recruitment and an inability to provide care to the animals and keep the administration side of the rescue running. So I will apologise now for what will become a lengthy blog post, but for those who really want to gain a deep understanding of our funding needs and why we have now reached the stage where our only option is to employ staff, please read on.

Costs of Keeping the Rescue Open

Basic Animal Care Core Costs

Each animal in our care costs on average £6.00 each month. Running at a 43 animal capacity will require a monthly budget of £258.

Making an annual total of £3,096.

Neutering Costs

Working on us rehoming a minimum of 22 rabbits annually, will require a budget of £1,540. In addition to this a provision for rodent neutering must also be provided and a budget of £700 should be allocated to these costs.

Making an annual total of: £2,240

Vaccination Costs

Working on our 22 adoptable rabbit placements and our 7 sanctuary rabbits, our minimum annual vaccination bill will be: £1,131

Other Annual Costs

These include insurance at £179.04 and Web Hosting at £122.00. Making an annual total of £301.04

Timothy Hay

To provide an annual supply of daily timothy hay requires an annual budget of £2,080

Non-Routine Veterinary Fees Reserve