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Easter Bunnies Galore At Local Animal Sanctuary

PUBLISHED: 14:23 11 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:23 11 April 2014

Rosie Rabbit L-standing: Ferne Animal Sanctuary staff holding (L-R) rabbits Elsa, Peter and Bella

Rosie Rabbit L-standing: Ferne Animal Sanctuary staff holding (L-R) rabbits Elsa, Peter and Bella

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Ferne Animal Sanctuary staff at Wambrook, Chard, Somerset are celebrating Easter with fluffy ears, Rosie Rabbit - and some real, live bunnies!

Ferne Animal Sanctuary staff at Wambrook, Chard, Somerset are celebrating Easter with fluffy ears, Rosie Rabbit – and some real, live bunnies!

The Sanctuary is currently home to 21 adult Easter bunnies and five gorgeous baby bunnies. Sister rabbits, 18-month old Elsa and Bella (pictured) are now seeking a home where they can stay together.

Peter rabbit (pictured) is only 10 months old. Peter arrived at the Sanctuary with Elsa and Bella. He is now a very popular permanent resident.

Naomi Clarke, Head of Animal Care said: “Now is a perfect time to visit the Sanctuary. We are open all over the Easter holidays and would like to invite everyone to come and see not just our beautiful Easter bunnies, but all the other animals too.

“Although we don’t advise it, people are often give rabbits as Easter presents. If a rabbit is received instead of an Easter egg - or perhaps someone is thinking about getting one in the future - the main things to consider are that they need a good diet. This should be dry rabbit food as well as suitable fruit and veg. It’s commonly thought that rabbits like lettuce - but this can actually upset their stomachs!

“Also, not everyone realises that rabbits do need to be vaccinated. A local vet is the best person to give advice on this.”

Ferne Animal Sanctuary recently launched its “New Digs For Dogs”’ £1million project for 2014/15 to build a new enhanced kennel block, improved grooming and veterinary care room, information hub, social unit, offices, reception and purpose built rehoming centre at their site at Wambrook in Chard, Somerset.

Jenny Wheadon, Director at Ferne Animal Sanctuary said: “It’s fabulous to see everyone at Ferne having so much fun coming up to Easter! However, due to building work starting in March for our new rehoming centre, for safety reasons we’ve had to cancel our annual Easter Egg Hunt.

“But, along with our restaurant and coffee shop, the Sanctuary remains open and it goes without saying that we will be absolutely delighted to see everyone during such a happy time.

“I’d also just like to let everyone know a quick update on our “New Digs for Dogs” appeal – we have already reached £37,000 towards our goal of £500,000 which is amazing!”

“We’re doubly excited as some of our “New Digs for Dogs” promotional material is now ready. So, if there is anyone out there who could help by putting up a poster – for instance in a shop, pub or a business - we would be very grateful. Just give us a ring or pop in.”

Ferne Animal Sanctuary currently provides a safe and comfortable home for over 300 unwanted and abandoned animals. During 2013, Ferne Animal Sanctuary found homes for 343 unwanted dogs and cats, as well as foster homes for 13 horses. It receives animals and finds homes for them within a 40-mile radius of Chard, which includes Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Fundraising packs for the appeal and details of how to donate can be obtained by calling Ferne Animal Sanctuary on 01460 65214 or by visiting www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org

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