Holly’s ‘tail’ has a happy ending

More than 30 cats and dogs rehomed by the big-hearted local people following Gazette article — but North Devon Animal Ambulance still has an abundance of rabbits...

ANIMAL rescue volunteers have had their faith in human nature restored after a flood of rehoming offers following an article in the North Devon Gazette.

North Devon Animal Ambulance appealed for help following a horrendous Christmas which saw it inundated to crisis point with abandoned animals.

One of these was Staffordshire bull terrier Holly, found tied to a Barnstaple railing just before Christmas and shortly after she had given birth. No one knew what became of her puppies.

Described as “sweet natured” by volunteers, Holly’s plight touched the hearts of Bideford couple Katie and Paul Moreton, who have given her a new home.

She was one of 11 dogs and 22 cats rehomed by the charity following its appeal for help through the Gazette:

“Due to the Gazette publicity and the caring North Devon public we have been able to empty the cattery and our kennels, making room those that were still outstanding on our waiting list,” said Diana Lewis of the Animal Ambulance.

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“We were run off our feet doing home checks for a few days, but it was extremely successful and a real joy to meet so many caring people willing to offer long term permanent homes to animals.”

Unfortunately the charity had few people come forward wishing to rehome rabbits and at present has more than 20 of the inoffensive animals being fostered by volunteer Pauline Bussell.

“Sadly we have found rabbits are the most abused of all domestic animals, simply because they make no fuss or noise when they are neglected,” said Diana.

“In the winter they sit in the hutch waiting for food, water or bedding, because people can’t be bothered to go out in the cold or wet and the rabbits can do nothing but wait. Many of those we collect are severely emaciated and in filthy conditions.”

Most of the rabbits fostered by the charity are rehomed in pairs, after being neutered and micro-chipped. Home checks are carried out.

“Providing they are socialised and have enough space – we insist on a run as well as a hutch – they make wonderful pets,” added Diana.

“Surely there are people out there who care as much about rabbits as has already been shown for the cats and dogs?”

If you wish to find out more about adopting a rabbit or other small animals, contact Pauline Bussell on (01271) 323740.

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