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With Christmas coming up, many families will be considering pets as a family gift at Christmas time.

Experience has taught us though that the giving of pets as a Christmas gift is one of the largest contributing factors to the volume of unwanted pets shortly after the holiday period, as the families face the reality of owning their pet and decide it's not right for them.

We believe part of the reason is the "gift" process - particularly for children. Remember in particular that pets are not suitable for children: no child should be given the full responsibility for their pet, but should be supervised at all times, with the adult taking the full responsibility for the pet. However, receiving a pet amongst all their other gifts at Christmas creates the wrong level of emotional attachment, with the pet being likened to the toys and other "disposable" gifts that don't need constant care & attention.

For this reason, we do not support the giving of rabbits at Christmas time, and we will not be able to progress adoption requests for any of our rabbits between Monday 18th December 2017 and Sunday 7th January 2018, although we will be happy to accept enquiries and adoption applications to reserve rabbits for adoption on either side of these dates.