HELPING CottonTails

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SHOP AND ADOPT-A-HUTCH

Do have a look at our shop where you will find various items for sale, all profits going to the charity, thus helping CottonTails!  Also, we have now re-started our adopt-a-hutch scheme after a gap of several years, and again all money raised will go to CottonTails.

ADOPTION

If you would like to adopt any of the rabbits or guinea pigs that we have at the moment, call 01373 864222 for an appointment. You will need a very large hutch (at least 5’x2’x2′) with a secure run permanently attached so the rabbits can go in and out as they want to safely 24 hours a day. Double storey hutches are not suitable for rabbits as they are usually too small and the ramps unsafe and dangerous.  All our rabbits are re-homed in neutered, vaccinated pairs, but we also have single rabbits to use for match-ups for your lonely bunny. We charge a minimum donation of £45 for males and females (£90 a pair) as the neutering and vaccinating is very expensive, and this charge does not even cover the basic costs. As an example for you to compare, neutering carried out privately (2014) will cost on average £80 for males, and £90-£130 for females, vaccination costing about £25 – £40 per rabbit per vaccine. From these figures it is clear that rabbits adopted from CottonTails are very good value for money, in addition to the reassurance of help and support should there be any problems in the future. The new combined vaccination now covers the rabbit for both VHD/RHD and Myxomatosis for one year, repeated annually. Guinea pigs are £10 each or £20 for a neutered male, and are re-homed in pairs. We sometimes have single guinea pigs available for matching with lonely guinea pigs. Please note that rabbits and guinea pigs should not be kept together.

CottonTails® does not receive any official funding so the money for food, bedding and veterinary care has to be raised by us.  In addition to the adoption donation, any extra donation, no matter how small, is always welcomed to help our much-needed charity to keep going.  You are welcome to use our Paypal link, and gift aid details are below, and remember that as we are a registered charity we can claim gift aid on all donations that are eligible, and this brings the charity around £2000 a year so is a very important part of our fundraising.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for vet runs

We are currently needing volunteers to share the transportation of our rescued rabbits and guinea pigs to the vets in Bristol (RSPCA Clinic). One volunteer picks up the animals from us in Westbury at 6.40am and takes them to the vets in Bristol for 8 – 8.30 a.m., and another volunteer makes the return journey in the afternoon, picking them up at about 3.30p.m. Petrol expenses are paid. We try to have enough volunteers so that each one only has to make one trip every two or three months. Can you help? If you can, phone me on 01373 864222 for details. Thanks!

We also need someone who is good with DIY!  In the better weather, things like re-coating aviaries, sheds and hutches with quality wood treatment is always needed, and a variety of other tasks that appear unexpectedly.

WICKER/STRAW BASKETS WANTED, also NEWSPAPERS!

Our rabbits really love to sit on/destroy/generally play with old wicker and straw baskets and items of furniture, so if you are reasonably local to us and have a basket or other wicker or straw item  you don’t want any more, do drop it in to us!  For video proof of how much rabbits enjoy baskets, have a look at the following:

TEMPORARY FOSTER CARERS

If you are local to Westbury and have a large hutch with a run attached that is not being used and would be willing to look after a pair of rabbits or a litter on an occasional basis if an emergency arises, then contact me for details.

EASYFUNDRAISING – link

CottonTails has now registered with  easyfundraising.org.uk so do have a look at their site before you order goodies off the internet as you may be able to raise some funds for us without it costing you a penny more!

EVERYCLICK – link

CottonTails has registered with http://www.everyclickltd.com so do have a look at their site before you order items off the internet as you will be able to raise some funds for us without it costing you anything!

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DONATIONS

As CottonTails® is a relatively small charity, we often get overlooked by people when they are deciding which charity they are going to support, whether they are sending a donation, placing a standing order, or leaving a legacy in a will. As a result, we depend on our good reputation to enable us to attract the much-needed funding necessary for us to continue our work. If you are able to help CottonTails® in any way financially, even if it is only a small amount, we will be very pleased to hear from you. Below you will find a standing order form and also a Gift Aid form for you to use if this would be appropriate. Gift Aid is a scheme whereby we can claim back 25p in every pound donated if the person gifting the money is a tax payer (details on the form).

CottonTails® does not receive any official funding so the money for food, bedding and veterinary care has to be raised by us.  Any donation (in addition to the standard fee if adopting), no matter how small, is always welcomed to help our much-needed charity to keep going.

Remember that as we are a registered charity we can claim gift aid on all donations that are eligible, and this brings the charity around £2000 a year so is a very important part of our fundraising.

We now have the option of accepting donations by Paypal, so where you see the yellow Donate button, that is the link to lead you into Paypal!

If you would like to send a donation direct to us, the address is: Sherbourne House, 47 Station Road, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 3JW. Should you wish to visit, however, an appointment must be made by phoning 01373 864222 beforehand. In order for CottonTails® to benefit from a legacy, it is strongly recommended that a will is drawn up by a solicitor to ensure that your request is carried out, as homemade wills can be vague and open to misinterpretation. If you wish to specify that a donation goes specifically to help with the vet and neutering costs, a donation can be given directly to the vets which would be held on our behalf and used as required. Vet details are available on request.

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GIFT AID DECLARATION

CottonTails® rabbit and guinea pig rescue is a registered charity 1078850. Our mission is to re-home unwanted rabbits and guinea pigs within suitable new homes. We neuter and vaccinate every single rabbit, and re-home all our animals in pairs. Our overheads are low, but it still costs around £20,000 to care for over 400 unwanted pets we help each year. Your donation will greatly help our work. Please help us by signing this Gift Aid declaration. We will then be able to claim back an extra 20p or more for every pound you donate from the Inland Revenue (at no cost to you). Please visit our Gift-Aid page to download a printable PDF for you to fill in and send back!

STANDING ORDER FORM

If you would like to set up a standing order with your bank in order to donate on a regular basis to help cover the costs of CottonTails® please click the link below, print and fill in the form to help us.  Alternatively, you can arrange the standing order directly through your bank.  Due to fraud, I am now unable to give our bank details and sort code openly on the site, but if you send on the standing order form to me, I will then fill in the appropriate details and forward it on to your bank.  Alternatively, contact me for the details directly.

CottonTails® – Printable PDF Standing Order Form

IMPORTANT – these forms, when completed, should be returned to the address below for the purpose of record and forwarding to your banker. CottonTails® is a registered charity No. 1078850

CottonTails®,
Sherbourne House,
47 Station Road,
Westbury,
Wiltshire,
BA13 3JW,
Telephone Number 01373 864222

Finally …

  • Do not buy a rabbit on impulse.
  • Do not breed from your rabbit.
  • Have the sex checked professionally, especially if keeping two together.
  • Never buy a rabbit as a gift for someone.
  • Have your rabbit neutered.

AND REMEMBER

  • Rabbits rarely make good pets for young children.
  • They are the most complicated and often the most expensive small pet you can keep.
  • Most rabbits do not like being handled.
  • Rabbits can inflict a very nasty scratch, especially to a young child.
  • Some rabbits growl and may bite, and some spray urine at you if they are not neutered.
  • A rabbit’s hutch must be permanently attached to a safe run, and both should be cleaned daily.
  • Cost of vaccination can be about £40 a rabbit for the combined VHD/myxomatosis vaccination.
  • Rabbits do not make good companions for guinea pigs and can molest them.
  • Rabbits dig holes in your lawn and eat your plants.
  • Children usually get bored with a pet rabbit within a month.
  • Rabbits need mental stimulation, so you should provide toys such as soft toys, cardboard boxes, plastic plant pots, kitchen tissue inner rolls, cat toys.
  • Baby rabbits are not what they seem – you will not know their true nature for good or bad until they are 5 – 6 months old, regardless of how they are handled or how often they are handled.
  • Most rabbits should be kept in neutered pairs for companionship.

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