VIDEO: Meet Sox, the rabbit left in a road who’s looking for a new home

Bournemouth Echo: CUTE: Sox, the unfortunate rabbit, with Elizabeth Ritchney CUTE: Sox, the unfortunate rabbit, with Elizabeth Ritchney

AN ABANDONED rabbit left on a road in Ashley Heath is looking for a new home.

Sox, so named because of the white patches on his paws, was found discarded with no food or any apparent attempt to ensure his safety by a member of the public last month.

He is being cared for by Elizabeth Ritchley, of Christchurch, who fosters rabbits for Wimborne-based rescue centre Waggy Tails.

The animal lover has become used to helping unwanted pets, but was distressed by the treatment of Sox, who was left behind a parked car.

The woman who found Sox contacted Waggy Tails and Elizabeth said he was lucky to have been found by such a good hearted person.

“To leave him with no shelter and with no water is just awful,” she added. “I can’t comprehend why people do this.

“If you can’t take care of your pet, take it to a rescue centre. Don’t just abandon it on a road like this.”

Elizabeth said Sox is in good condition and was told by a vet that the lionhead is between 12 and 18 months old.

The brown bunny joins 11 other rabbits being cared for by Elizabeth, all aged between six months and seven-years-old, who are also in need of new permanent homes.

Four more are being looked after by another Waggy Tails fosterer as well as 20 guinea pigs.

Elizabeth described how she began caring for rabbits when her children were little and they came across a stray. “They asked me if they could keep it and it just snowballed from there,” she said.

“There is no excuse for abandoning pets. There are animal charities that will help. It only takes a phone call.”

She added that she is eager to find good homes for her beloved rabbits and thinks they would make excellent pets for children.

Anybody wishing to adopt Sox or any other rabbit or guinea pig being fostered by Elizabeth should contact Waggy Tails on 01202 875000.

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8:39am Sat 31 May 14

RM says...

I realise times are hard & many people are being forced to give up their pets due to a change in their circumstances, however, please don't just dump them like Sox was - contact a rescue - they deserve better.
I realise times are hard & many people are being forced to give up their pets due to a change in their circumstances, however, please don't just dump them like Sox was - contact a rescue - they deserve better. RM
  • Score: 18

9:27am Sat 31 May 14

whataboutthat says...

Pie.
Pie. whataboutthat
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10:24am Sat 31 May 14

Rach70 says...

Thank God for kind hearted people like Elizabeth
Thank God for kind hearted people like Elizabeth Rach70
  • Score: 13

1:56pm Sat 31 May 14

burgerboy says...

RM wrote:
I realise times are hard & many people are being forced to give up their pets due to a change in their circumstances, however, please don't just dump them like Sox was - contact a rescue - they deserve better.
Don't bother contacting the RSPCA as they are not interested if they are not going to make any money out it...........
[quote][p][bold]RM[/bold] wrote: I realise times are hard & many people are being forced to give up their pets due to a change in their circumstances, however, please don't just dump them like Sox was - contact a rescue - they deserve better.[/p][/quote]Don't bother contacting the RSPCA as they are not interested if they are not going to make any money out it........... burgerboy
  • Score: 6

9:47pm Sat 31 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

If you are going to get a rabbit they really do need company so get 2 or a guinea pig makes a good chum for a bunny.
If you are going to get a rabbit they really do need company so get 2 or a guinea pig makes a good chum for a bunny. Sir Beachy Head
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1:50pm Sun 1 Jun 14

RM says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
If you are going to get a rabbit they really do need company so get 2 or a guinea pig makes a good chum for a bunny.
Like you Sir Beachy, I've always thought guinea pigs & rabbits were good companions for each other - although I've always had more than one rabbit so never tried it. However, looking on the PDSA website about guinea pigs for my granddaughter I was very surprised to find they said not a good idea
http://www.pdsa.org.
uk/pet-health-advice
/guinea-pigs/company
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: If you are going to get a rabbit they really do need company so get 2 or a guinea pig makes a good chum for a bunny.[/p][/quote]Like you Sir Beachy, I've always thought guinea pigs & rabbits were good companions for each other - although I've always had more than one rabbit so never tried it. However, looking on the PDSA website about guinea pigs for my granddaughter I was very surprised to find they said not a good idea http://www.pdsa.org. uk/pet-health-advice /guinea-pigs/company RM
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