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The RSPCA is urging animal lovers to think carefully before buying a small furry as a ‘starter pet’ for their children, as the charity reveals they are rescuing 340 of them a month.

Rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, ferrets, chinchillas and hamsters are often seen as an easy, first pet for children. However, it’s important to remember that small does not necessarily mean simple as they can have complex needs.

Across England and Wales last year, the RSPCA rescued 4,081 rabbits and other small furries from cases of cruelty, neglect, and abandonment – including 4 on the Isle of Wight.

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This Adoptober, the RSPCA is shining a light on rabbits and small furries in its care which are looking for homes. Last year (2018) the RSPCA rehomed 2,752 rabbits –  including 35 on the Isle of Wight.

While many of the 44,000 animals the charity rehomes every year, are snapped up by new families within just a few weeks, others can spend much longer patiently waiting for their fur-ever home.

Name: Honey and Rocket
Age: 2
Animal Type: Rabbits

A bit about: Honey is a female dutch rabbit and Rocket is a male crossbreed.
Why are they special: Their previous owner was not able to keep them but have been very well cared for and are very happy friendly rabbits.
Ideal home: They love each other and must go as a pair. They are very cheeky and love to play.

Name: Roo
Age: 3.5
Animal Type: Rabbit

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A bit about: Male, lop eared.
Why are they special: Roo becomes bored quickly- would really like a female spayed rabbit companion for him to stop boredom and to give company.
Ideal home: Roo is a big rabbit, used to having lots of space.

Name: Piggie smalls and Notorious PIG
Age: 4 months
Animal Type: Guinea pigs

A bit about:Came from a home where breeding has gotten out of control.
Why are they special: Easy to handle but quite nervous.
Ideal home: Need to be re-homed together.

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