The Scottish SPCA is urging people to think very carefully before buying a rabbit following a 40% rise in the number of abandoned bunnies.
The national animal welfare charity is highlighting the plight of the popular pet as part of Rabbit Awareness Week, which runs from June 1-9.
It has reported a “worrying trend”, with the number of abandoned, unwanted and neglected bunnies coming into their care increasing.
So far this year, the charity has cared for 66 at its centre in Aberdeen, compared to just 39 at the same time last year.
Graeme Innes, Aberdeen Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre manager, said: “This worrying trend demonstrates why we need to raise awareness of the hardships many pet rabbits face.
“Some rabbits arrive in our care in a terrible state having been denied basic nutrition and veterinary attention. Others are sadly forgotten pets children have grown tired of. “We’d be delighted to welcome potential owners along to our rescue centre to meet the 15 rabbits we have waiting for a fresh start in life and loving new homes.”
For more information about rehoming a rescue rabbit, call 03000 999 999 or visit www.scottishspca.org/rehoming.