There are currently no grants available via the rescue fund. We have allocated all £10,000 since the fund lauched November 2011, and helped in the region of 200 rabbits. We hope to secure more funding, and we will announce if it becomes available.
We have long supported the work of rescue centres and by the start of 2011 we have already raised over £12,000 which has been donated to UK rescues to support their good work and gone directly to the front line. We also support rescues by providing our educational leaflets free of charge and maintain a list of rescue centres. We are currently undertaking a rescue survey where we hope to update the well known figure of 35,000 rabbits through rescue each year, which we think is very out of date now.
We are now pleased to announce the launch of the RWAF Benevolent Fund, which has been made possible by a grant of £10,000 from the Support Adoption Scheme, and we hope this scheme will do 2 things:
Firstly, it can be of assistance in a crisis. Rescues often contact us to tell us that they have taken in a large group of rabbits in an emergency situation and they need additional help. We hope to be able offer the rescue direct financial support in times like this, by paying for neutering and vaccinations, to help get the rabbits ready for rehoming.
Secondly, we want to encourage owners of single rabbits to improve their accommodation and get them a friend. So, we will pay for the neutering costs of a single rabbit, provided the accommodation is suitable, and if necessary upgraded to accommodate a pair of rabbits, and the second rabbit is adopted from a rescue centre once the necessary home check is passed.
This is how it will work.
If you have a crisis situation that would benefit from financial support, then please get in touch. You will need to complete an application form which will provide details of the crisis, what help is required and some information and your general rehoming procedures. If agreed, we will pay the vet bill directly with your vet. We will also provide a 'rehoming pack' to accompany the bunnies we have helped which will include our leaflets.
If you have a single rabbit and are considering getting a companion for him or her then please get in touch. You will to go along to a rescue centre and reserve a rabbit for rehoming, and pass a home check. You will then need to complete an application form that provides details about the reserved rabbit, your home check and your ability to care for both rabbits on going. If successful, we will pay the vet bill for the neutering of the single rabbit, either direct with the vet, or on production of a recent invoice.