RSPCA records 101% rise in searches for rabbits and guinea pigs

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Two year-old brown male rabbit Loki Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA saw an increase in demand for pets during 2020, but today (19 October) the charity is highlighting those animals in Kent that need special care due to their difficult start in life. 

The charity saw a 101% increase in searches for rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters on its website’s ‘FindAPet’ search following the first year of the pandemic (March 2020 number 43,758 compared to Jan 2021 number 87,974.)

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The increase in demand means 96 rabbits in Kent were found new homes by the RSPCA in 2020, but some are still waiting to find their forever home.

RSPCA rabbit welfare expert Dr Jane Tyson said: "Rabbits and small furries are very misunderstood, they have complex needs and need a lot of care and attention.

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"However, they are also very rewarding pets and given the right housing, socialising, diet and care they can become much loved members of the family.

"Adopting may take more time than just buying but it is more rewarding as often you are rescuing that animal from a history of mistreatment of neglect. It also means we are freeing up space in our centres so more needy animals can move in to receive the care they need."