A rabbit was discovered abandoned outside a house in Surrey, sparking a RSPCA appeal for information.
The animal, a white female adult who the charity have named Rita, was found at around 8pm on October 5 in Guildford Road, Woking by a member of the public who then contacted the RSPCA.
Rita was left inside a pink plastic cage that contained some bedding, but no note or evidence of where she came from. The member of the public that called the RSPCA had no idea how long Rita had been there.
Chloe Wilson, Animal Rescue Officer (ARO) who attended and rescued the rabbit, said: “This poor rabbit had been abandoned out in the cold and left in someone’s garden. She was very lucky that she was found when she was and not left to the elements overnight.
“The member of the public who found her lives quite close to one of our animal centres, RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre and so they believed someone had left her there mistaking their property for the RSPCA centre. Whatever the reason, there is never an excuse to abandon an animal like this.
“We understand that people’s circumstances can change which may mean they can no longer care for their pets but we’d urge anyone who is struggling to please reach out for help from friends or family, or charities like ourselves.
“We have seen a huge surge in pet ownership during the pandemic and the last thing we want to see is pets being abandoned like this because people can no longer cope or don’t have the money or time to care for them.
“Pets are a huge commitment and despite rabbits being typically thought of as ‘easy’ pets, this is far from the case and they are actually very complex animals to care for properly.”
Following her rescue, Rita was taken to RSPCA Patcham Animal Centre in Brighton for care. She will be rehomed by the charity if nobody comes forward as her owner.
If anyone has any information about Rita’s abandonment, please contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
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