Rodent center and animal house full of rabbits: “They are hurled en masse’

“The shelter is really full,” says Audrey Clausen, director of the rodent center at IJmuidense Heerenduinweg. This means that anyone who wants to donate a rabbit or a rodent will be put on a long waiting list and must be patient. Stray animals are still taken care of. But with about forty rabbits and so many rodents, there is hardly any place for them.

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Rabbits are group animals.© United Pictures Pictures / Toussaint Kloers

He wasn’t too busy at the IJmuiden rodent center. Clausen thinks there are several reasons. Many rabbits may have been received during the Corona pandemic and owners are now discovering that this was not a good idea. According to her, it is also possible that children are tired of their pets; The hare or rodents turned out to be less stuffed than expected.

Zandvoort

In Dierentehuis Kennemerland, on the outskirts of Zandvoort, there are also waiting lists for donation. The shelter housed 26 rabbits on Tuesday afternoon, but there is a good chance that number will increase in the meantime. Elaine Kuanger, director of the coastal resort’s animal shelter, says Animal Ambulance regularly brings in rabbits that have been released into nature. “They were dumped en masse,” she experiences. It has happened in the past, but not on a large scale. In Dierentehuis Kennemerland, they warn: “Rabbites await certain death in the woods.” A few were found and placed in the shelter. Sometimes vagrants are sick and put the organization at a cost.

There are now five rabbits on the waiting list in Zandvoort that the owners would like to get rid of. The kennel is already full of rabbits. At IJmuiden, the queue with fifty animals is longer.

Rabbit month

Every reason for the “August Bunny Month”. At the IJmuiden Rodent Center, adoption animals – rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats and gerbils – can be seen during the afternoon on August 27 from 1-4pm. Animal shelters emphasize that adopting an animal can save an animal’s life and create space for rabbits in need.

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An afternoon information session will be held at IJmuiden on 27 August.

An afternoon information session will be held at IJmuiden on 27 August.

That afternoon, all experts and business people will be present to provide information on caring for a rabbit or rodent. Angeline “KonijnenKenner”, for example, talks about rabbit behavior, toilet training and everything related to saying goodbye to a rabbit. Chanty’s Place is there for feeding advice, and Jessica Sluis of Rabbit Advice answers questions about coat care. Anyone interested in hamsters can also rely on the information. Even rat swings are on sale that day.

On August 27, visitors will be introduced to what’s involved in caring for rabbits or rodents. By careful placement, the Rodent Center and Animal Shelter hopes to reduce rabbit shedding.

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The rodent center provides shelter for all types of rodents.

The rodent center provides shelter for all types of rodents.

“It’s sometimes underestimated,” Clausen says of rabbit breeding. For example, not everyone knows that it is unhealthy for this pet to live alone. “They are collective animals.” They also need space to hop and jump outside of their pens. “Otherwise, you may end up with a frustrated or depressed pet,” warns the director of the rodent center.

A rabbit is not given this way. Sometimes this is preceded by several conversations. And if someone already has a rabbit, it is pre-checked to see if it matches a new rabbit. “We direct the connections. We have decades of experience in what works and what doesn’t.”

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Charlie from Zandvoort is still looking for a new home.

Charlie from Zandvoort is still looking for a new home.

In Zandvoort, a hare may come only if someone already has at least one congener in the house, only after the “speed date” has been set. Or someone should take several rabbits at the same time. Animals are always vaccinated and checked by the vet when they leave the Zandvoort shelter. Rattles are neutered if they are provided shelter elsewhere.

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Sheep also love to be adopted.

Sheep also love to be adopted.

Rabbit Photo Contest

During “August Rabbit Month” rabbits can be shredded in Zandvoort for five euros. Anyone who already has a rabbit and comes to get a boyfriend or girlfriend can cut the animal for free. The Kennemerland Animal Shelter also held a “Rabbit Photo Contest”. Whoever takes a cute picture of an adopted rabbit has a chance to win a prize.

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Houdini currently resides at the Kenmerland Animal Hospital.

Houdini currently resides at the Kenmerland Animal Hospital.

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