The RSPCA are marking International Rabbit day this weekend by highlighting how they take in hundreds of unwanted rabbits into its centres each year.
They include two bunnies who have been waiting for a new home for a year and eight months after they were abandoned by the River Mersey.
RSPCA inspectors regularly collect dumped rabbits, in 2017, the charity investigated 2,428 complaints of neglect about rabbits. 2,000 bunnies were rescued.
In the same year they received 874 abandonment complaints relating to rabbits - this works out as more than two complaints every day of the year.
The animal welfare charity say that often is down to owners not realising the responsibility they are taking on
RSPCA rabbit welfare expert Dr Jane Tyson said:
A pair of rabbits who were abandoned in the cold and wet on the bank of the River Mersey in January last year have been waiting for their forever home for one year and eight months.
The lionhead rabbits were soaked in their urine and left in a sodden box on the bank of the River Mersey in West Didsbury, Manchester. Luckily, they were spotted by a dog walker.