Sponsor a Rescue

The RWAF is an educational organisation; rescuing and re-homing rabbits is not part of our charitable remit agreed with the Charities Commission. However, we recognise the plight faced by many rescue centres who do fantastic work to look after so many rabbits who are abandoned, neglected or the victims of cruelty. To help them, we run the Sponsor a Rescue Scheme.

Why sponsor a rescue?

Every year, thousands of rabbits end up abandoned in rescue centres which constantly struggle to find the resources to keep them running. The funds raised by the sponsor a rabbit scheme will go directly to rescue centres. Your support means that those rescue centres will be able to rescue and rehome more rabbits who desperately need your help and give them all the the love and care they need. Most of the rabbits cared for are found loving new homes, but some of them - because they are old, or have health problems - aren't able to be rehomed. The rescue centres look after rabbits like these for the rest of their lives. Many rescues are run on a shoe-string, so every penny we can raise really helps to give the animals a better life.

The purpose of the Sponsor a Rescue scheme is to allow RWAF members to support a chosen rescue with a small monthly donation, which can be as little as £1, or more if you wish, which will help the rescue to do what it does best; help rabbits! The best thing you'll get out of it if you do choose to become a sponsor, is the knowledge that you are doing something to help those rabbits who would otherwise be suffering.

Why Rescue Centres need your help

Four more rabbit rescue centres have been chosen to benefit from the generous donations members make to the Sponsor a Rescue scheme. Last year almost £3,500 was raised.

Please help by sponsoring the new rescues centres. They are: Buddies Bunny Rescue, Edinburgh: Pawz For Thought, Sunderland: Maria's Animal Shelter, Cornwall and Little Angels Rabbit Rescue, Essex

Many rescue centres face an uphill task every day just to provide food, fresh hay and medical care for unwanted bunnies. When new rabbits are taken in by a rescue, most will need to be neutered, vaccinated and have any medical problems treated. Some rabbits have too many health problems to allow them to be rehomed., so they need to be cared for in the rescue permanently.

Your regular donations, whether large or small, will make an immense difference to the rescue centres, which all face a constant battle to raise funds to care for the growing numbers of unwanted and abandoned rabbits. If you feel you'd like to sponsor one then please print out the standing order form and post it to the address shown. If you aren't able to donate financially then please look at the other ways to help below. On behalf of all the bunnies being looked after at these rescues... thank you!

Acomb Rabbit Rescue

Acomb Rabbit Rescue started in February 2012, in the garden of our home in Acomb, York.

As a small rescue, ARR has taken in over 100 rabbits since February 2012, and all rabbits are neutered, vaccinated and health checked before moving to their forever homes. Bunny dating and bonding are also provided to help rabbits find their hoppy ever after. More funds would enable us to begin using foster homes to help more rabbits in need. We raise most of our funds through holding stalls at local fairs, and the kind supporters who donate the profits from selling hand crafted items online.

Victor and Dusky
Victor and Dusky

Victor - Resident at Acomb Rabbit Rescue

Victor was brought in after he was found dumped in a graveyard with front teeth so overgrown he couldn't eat, a mouth abscess, and mites. He was treated for the mites and abscess, and had all of his front teeth removed. Victor has now gone to live in his wonderful new home in Darlington with his new buddy, Dusky.


Misty - Resident at Acomb Rabbit Rescue

Misty is a stunning 7 year old rex. She's blind and has arthritis in her hips and knee, which makes her prone to sore hocks. Misty arrived with her husbun Rupert, who sadly passed away from cancer. She's now found a wonderful new home as a housebun, where she can continue her acupuncture treatment for her arthritis, and a new husbun, Reggie.


Thurston - Resident at Acomb Rabbit Rescue

Thurston is a gorgeous 4 year old boy who arrived without a name. He arrived with a lump on his back, which had gone unnoticed by his previous owner. The lump was removed during his neuter, and sent to a lab for analysis. Unfortunately the lab results showed the lump to be a fibrosarcoma, which has already spread. Thurston will now spend the time he has left at the rescue with his two new friends, permanent residents, Barley and Stewart.

Danger and Daisy

Danger and Daisy - Residents at Acomb Rabbit Rescue

Danger and Daisy have been waiting for a new home since April 2014. They're very friendly buns who love a nose rub. Danger is a 5 year old male Netherland dwarf and Daisy is a 4.5 year old mini lop. They're very well litter trained and would make ideal house buns.

Barnsley Animal Rescue Charity

BARC was formed in 1995. It was a very small venture at first, run from the homes of its founders . At first BARC just took in one or two dogs and did car boots to fund their vet treatment and care.

Gradually the charity grew and extended to also taking cats and a small number of birds, then rabbits, guinea pigs and the occasional other small pets like hamsters. We now have kennels and a cattery, but the rabbits and guinea pigs are with myself at my home or with foster carers.

We pride ourselves at BARC for giving each animal in our care every possible chance of a happy life. We have a no kill policy, which means each animal that arrives go on to a new home or stays with us, unless of course that animal is so ill that the vet advises euthanasia.

Most of the rabbits we take in are strays or abandoned. Many need lots of TLC and sometimes vet treatment to get them fit enough to be rehomed. All our buns are neutered, vaccinated and heath checked before they leave us.


Edward - Resident at BARC

We recently took in a rabbit we called Edward. He had been taken in originally by an RSPCA officer, but because he had problems with his front teeth she struggled to find him a rescue space. We agreed to take him. He was very thin but has gained weight nicely. He is now neutered and vaccinated. By the time this goes to print he will probably have had his incisors removed. We hope to find Edward a new loving home where he can be bonded with a spayed female bun for company.


Ben - Resident at BARC

Not all bunnies that arrive here have problems. Ben was part of an unwanted litter. He is a lovely healthy boy.

Tinsel Cracker Ivy

Tinsel, Cracker and Ivy - Residents at BARC

Tinsel, Cracker and Ivy were also an unwanted litter. They arrived with their mum, dad and 2 older siblings.


Dasher - Resident at BARC

Dasher was a stray. He's perfectly healthy and is now ready to find his new forever home.

Sampson Braveheart

Matilda and Sampson Braveheart

Sometimes rabbits arrive with problems that we can't put right. We have had much heartache this last 12 months with rabbits such as Matilda and Samson Braveheart. These are just 2 buns that arrived with problems that could only be managed, not cured. They stayed with us in comfort until the end of their lives. We always have some long term bunnies at BARC. Some stay with us for years.

You can follow us on facebook under Barnsley Animal Rescue Charity and our website is barnsleyanimalrescue.org.uk

Thank you for reading

Angie Bell - BARC Rabbit Rehoming Coordinator

Bibblers Bunny and Budgie Sanctuary


Bibble made me fall in love with bunnies. He also caused me to do research and learn about rabbits and how to give them the best life possible. He lives with us still as a pampered free range house rabbit in a bunny safe room of our house.


Our first hands-on rescued was Vuvuzella in 2010 from an advert on Gumtree: "rabbit hutch (it was a terrible little ark) £25, rabbit thrown in for free, leaving the country Monday". It was Sunday. Vuvu was kept in that tiny ark, inside a shed with no windows, in filth. Vuvu opened my eyes to the sad plight of so many rabbits in the UK. Vuvu inspired me to want to rescue more rabbits.

We try to keep the number at the sanctuary at 20 or below for the permanent bunnies. It would be nice to have extra rooms as "hospital" rooms for the outside bunnies, but that is challenging when sometimes bunnies do not get adopted or if fosterers want them to returned to us. At the time of writing we have three who are living with us up for adoption and eight at foster homes.

We successfully adopt most of the rescues out and even transport them across the country ourselves when possible to the best home available at that time. I have lost count of how many we have rescued, but it is somewhere around 80.


I must tell you about our Maus, the most sensitive and caring creature I have ever known. If ever there is something upsetting any of the house rabbits or the outside ones, Maus knows and will thump until I investigate the problem. He will even jump on the bed and thump at my side if I am asleep.

The creation of a rabbit (and now bird) rescue sanctuary just evolved. I had to do something to help and there are so many bunnies in need.

Vuvu and Max

Lumpy Lodge Rescue Sanctuary

My name is Elle & my hubby Keith and I are both passionate about small furries. We run Lumpy Lodge Rescue Sanctuary from our home in Portslade-by-Sea, Sussex. Back in 2002, of course, we did not have a 'name' as such we just 'inherited' a beautiful bunny who was neglected and in desperate need of medical treatment. We called him Lumpy & it's here our story begins… More came as the months passed, and we came to realise that there was an ever increasing need for rescue places for small furries. We stumbled on the fact that bunnies in particular were not just being abandoned, but that people were 'surrendering' their furries for a catalogue of reasons, and that the list of those reasons was endless.Mainstream shelters were bursting at the seams. We knew the road was a learning curve for us too but we relished it in the knowledge that we had passion, commitment, time, & outdoor space.

In 2005 Lumpy lost his brave fight and his legacy now remains in Lumpy Lodge Rescue Sanctuary.

Every day is a new challenge, a new lesson to be learnt & maybe a new arrival of yet another unwanted furry. Here we aim to offer them a place of calm and safety, rehabilitation & top class veterinary back-up where necessary. All bunnies are vet health checked & vaccinated on arrival & eventually neutered. We then try to find them the best possible new forever home! Let's face it, they deserve it! Unfortunately some furries get overlooked because they have many medical issues and some families don't have the commitment or financial backup to help, so we offer them a loving home here at Lumpy Lodge.

We are blessed that we have gained the support & respect of our local community to help us maintain our self -funding causes. In return we aim to provide any support we can, be it bereavement of a furry soul mate, finding a new friend for their partner or assisting with re-bonding & A-Z tips of welfare & husbandry that we have picked up over the years, but ALWAYS ensuring that if YOU have a poorly furry GET to the VET! We have a team of supporters and volunteers who help us with the sanctuary fundraising (the latter is always ongoing) simply because of the ever escalating costs of veterinary care for our residents which, following a Christmas crisis, now stand at 87.

We are hugely indebted to everyone who has taken us into their hearts, our volunteers 8, supporters, businesses and organisations including the RWAF who all follow our progress, & even our new-found 'supporters' from around the globe following a most successful online auction to raise funds for our cause, we thank you! There is one person I need to especially thank & that is my hubby, Keith, for his selfless compassion time & commitment 365 days every year for the love of animals xXx

Elle Robins

Founder - Lumpy Lodge Rescue Sanctuary

Elle and Baloula
Elle and Dobbie
Gizmo and Scooby

The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund

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The RWAF is an educational and campaiging organisation, working towards long term aims rather than hands-on rescue. However, we often come across crisis situations, hoarders for example, or breeders who have been closed down and left rabbits in dire need.

We have had to take in some of these rabbits and give them our care whilst looking for homes. This has entailed a great deal of vet care as well as extra accommodation and supplies.

We are therefore putting ourselves up as a fifth rescue whilst we seek alternative funding for the rabbits in our care.

Why Rescue Centres need your help

Often, when people hear the term ‘rescue centre' they imagine purpose-built premises with paid staff and plenty of resources. This is mostly untrue, at least in the case of rabbits. Most rabbit rescue centres are run by people who simply love rabbits and want to help them. They give up their home and garden to make room, and give up their free time, social life and most of their money to care for the animals. They often face an uphill task every day just to provide food, fresh hay and medical care. On top of that they have a million other things to deal with, including cleaning out the rabbits, disposing of rubbish, vet trips and so much more. When new rabbits are taken in by a rescue, most will need to be neutered, vaccinated and have any medical problems treated. A donation will be asked for when the rabbit arrives, but many owners only give a few pounds, and sometimes nothing at all. Rescues are always keen to rehome the rabbits that they take on, but they will only do so if a home-check shows that the rabbit will be looked after properly. Some rabbits that enter rescues have too many health problems to allow rehoming, so they will need to be cared for in the rescue permanently. Sometimes the RSPCA will try to place a large group of rabbits that have been taken from terrible conditions and so it's a case of ‘all hands on deck' to find space for them, and to make sure all their needs are catered for. This gives you a little taster of the world of rabbit rescue, and an idea of how worthy a cause it is.

If you want to help then please print out a a Standing Order Form and send it to us at the address shown on the form. Every little really does help!

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