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10 August 2012 @ 09:14 am
The Lush store on Princes Street is holding a fundraising celebration weekend in aid of Paws Here this coming Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th of August!

They will be selling pots of their Charity Pot body cream to raise funds for the shelter, and we are allowed to take some of our bunnies along and speak to their many customers about the work we do and try to generate some new forever homes for our animals.

It's a really FANTASTIC opportunity to spread the word about the work we do at Paws Here.

Several of our volunteers are coming along to help speak to the public and monitor the bunnies we'll be taking. Could you help them?

We'll be there all day on Saturday and Sunday and we're desperately looking for more people to be there as our supporters and help us to hand out leaflets and answer questions. You'll have any info you may need. You might be a regular volunteer, or just a supporter of our work.

If you're at all interested PLEASE do let me know, either by commenting here and leaving your email address or by emailing me at pets@pawshereedinburgh.co.uk so that I can send you the full details.

Hope to see lots of you there!
25 July 2012 @ 09:56 am
We are urgently looking for a foster home for sweet rescue bunny Lucy who comes home from the vet hospital this afternoon.
Lucy is an older bunny whose condition has never been good, and lately her health has taken a turn for the worse. She has had dental surgery, however x-rays have confirmed that there is probably another root cause for her ill health. Blood tests are being carried out as I type this to try to determine what exactly is wrong, however our vet fears that we could be looking at kidney or liver damage/failure. If that proves to be the case then Lucy's condition would be manageable but not curable - essentially we would be looking at palliative care to keep her as comfortable as possible until the time comes when her quality of life is affected to the point we have to have her put to sleep.

If ever a bunny could use a good, quiet home for a few weeks with some love and nurturing, now is the time. She is post-surgery and very delicate. We are desperately searching for someone prepared to foster Lucy for the next fortnight or so.

You would need to be experienced enough with rabbits or similar pets that you would feel comfortable giving her medicine and monitoring her condition.

If you're able to help you would be making a huge difference to this bunny who has had such a hard life, giving her somewhere safe to rest and be loved for at least this little bit of time while we get her stabilised.

Contact us at pets@pawshereedinburgh.co.uk for more info.

Thank you!
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17 July 2012 @ 01:25 pm
We're really struggling lately with volunteers just not showing up. On days when you as a volunteer don't come in to the rescue, it leaves either myself or Alasdair alone to look after all of the animals.

We cannot run this way.

Something must change.

I am asking all of our volunteers to renew your commitment to the rescue - to actually turning up, on time, staying the full time, and putting in your best effort. You can make a difference in the lives of rescue pets, but only if you are HERE.

It is not fair on the few of us that are actually showing up to have our lives and families suffer because we are called in to the rescue EVERY SINGLE DAY due to no one else showing up.

If this situation continues, the shelter will close. Please think about it.

09 July 2012 @ 09:35 pm
A very sad day today - permanent resident Basil passed away this evening in the arms of devoted foster mum Marie. When he arrived at the rescue two and a half years ago, Basil was one of the worst neglect cases we had ever seen. Foster carer Marie, along with the expert vets at the local animal hospital, worked tirelessly to save his life and treat the chronic health problems that the abuse he suffered had left him with.

Sadly, in the end, those same health problems that meant Basil was never a candidate for rehoming caught up with him, and today the decision was made that it would not be humane to go any further with his treatment. Basil passed away with incredible peace and dignity, in the arms of the person who loved him most. After so many months and years of fighting, he's finally at rest.

Basil touched so many lives, and meant so much to everyone involved in the work we do. Only this year he won the national Burgess Wetnose Rescue Story of the Year award - the first time the award had been given to a pet that wasn't a dog or cat. He embodied the work we do, and everything we are campaigning for. He was loved by everyone who knew him, from our supporters overseas who followed his story to the vets who treated him for his many health problems over the last two years. Jo, the vet who looked after him today (and so many times in the past), cried when she delivered the news - a testament to the impact he has had.

It's so easy for people to say that Basil was "just a rabbit", as if that somehow lessens the grief we feel at losing him. But Basil was a rabbit with character and personality, a rabbit who was loved, a rabbit who suffered because of the ignorance of the people who were supposed to protect him in his early life. Let me be very clear about this - if Basil had been correctly looked after in his early life, he would not now be dead. And we, as a society, as a species that domesticates other animals and makes them dependent on us, we all owed him so much more than that. Every single one of us shares some responsibility for what humanity does to these forgotten animals. And that is why Basil is the embodiment of the work we do - our feeble attempts to take responsibility for the awful, hideous wrongs that human ignorance inflicts on the innocent and voiceless.

Our thoughts going forward are with Marie and Andy, who have given so much for Basil. He knew he was loved, you guys gave back everything that was stolen from him in the first five years of his life and more. Because of you, Basil got to experience happiness, love, security, family. He got to take his first steps out on the grass in the sunshine. Because of you, he knew he would never be lonely again. And today you took all that love and made a really selfless decision. I hope we one day see a time when all pet owners are as dedicated as you are.

I'd like to finish this post with a few lines from a favourite children's book, the Little Prince:

"If you tame me, it will be as if the sun came to shine on my life. I shall know the sound of a step that will be different from all the others. Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music, out of my burrow. And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. But you have hair that is the colour of gold. Think how wonderful it will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat..."
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16 June 2012 @ 01:01 pm
Be an Animal Helper for a day!

If you've always wanted to help animals at a rescue centre like Paws Here but been too young to volunteer, then our fun activity day is for you! You can help us to feed and groom the animals, learn all about their care, and even decorate a special Animal Helper t-shirt of your very own to take home with you. It's going to be a great fun day for families, with lots of time spent with the cute rescue rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils.
Play with the rabbits and guinea pigs
Decorate an Animal Helper t-shirt to take home
Learn about pet care
Help with pet feeding and grooming times

Place: Paws Here Animal Shelter, 135 Comiston Road
Date: Sunday 15th July 2012
Time: 12-4pm (bring a packed lunch!)
Cost: £10 per child (other family members welcome free of charge)
Limited places available so booking is essential!
To book, call 07905240737 or email  pets@pawshereedinburgh.co.uk
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13 June 2012 @ 06:22 pm
We've so far raised an amazing £116 from our donate-a-pound campaign - THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Everyone who has donated so far, you truly have made an enormous difference to the lives of our rescue bunnies. Special thanks to Nyree Brunton who generously donated the entire cost of Micah's neutering operation - he is booked in for his surgery tomorrow!

Another big thank you goes out to Fiona Loftus, Paws Here supporter extraordinaire, who has organised a raffle on the Rabbits United forum to raise money for the shelter. Together they have raised over £100, which nearly doubles our total amount raised. THANK YOU FIONA AND RABBITS UNITED!

This means that so far we have raised £216 of our £300 target.

Only £84 to go!!

If you can spare just £1 to help rescue bunnies, please donate here today and help us to make our target.

If you've already donated, you can help us by spreading the message - blog, reblog, re-tweet, let people know about our campaign.

Thank you!
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01 June 2012 @ 04:04 pm
Hey folks,

This is an update to let you know that the rescue is in dire straights just now, fundraising both for food/bedding for the animals and for much needed neuter and spaying operations for some of our single rescue bunnies.

Many of these single rescue rabbits could potentially be paired up, giving them not only a higher chance of being adopted but also the invaluable gift of a friend to be their companion so they never have to be lonely again. Neutering and spaying is also essential for long term health, and helps to prevent many serious diseases including several types of cancer. I truly believe this is one of the greatest gifts we give to our rescue bunnies while they are with us.

We are ESPECIALLY hoping to raise funds for four single male rabbits to be neutered. To do this we need to raise at least £300.

I was worrying away about this today wile updating the @Paws_Here twitter account when I realised that, hang on a moment... we have over 300 followers on twitter! That means that if every single one of our supporters donates just £1, we will be able to afford these life changing operations!

Just £1!

How many of us spend more than that on the bus, or a cup of coffee? But your £1 here, now, today, could help us to save these sweet homeless animals.

If you feel able to donate £1 to Paws Here to help us to neuter Micah, Caleb, Antik and Oliver, please please do so here:

Your gift to them will literally change their lives for the better. On behalf of the four of them - THANK YOU!
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24 May 2012 @ 09:36 pm

We're having a celebration event at the local park on Saturday 2nd of June - and you're invited to join us!

Bring a picnic, bring your family, and have some fun with the rescue bunnies and guinea pigs. We'll be bringing some of the adorable rescue pets to the park to hop around (in safe enclosures) and enjoy the grass and the nice weather. They would love to meet you! They are great with children, and you can help to feed them their special picnic lunch! We'll have stalls, games and all sorts.

Ways you can help:

We're looking for helpers to put posters up in local libraries and supermarkets over this weekend. Can you donate an hour of your time?

We're also desperately looking for people who can lend us tables, or even a gazebo to provide some shade for the animals, on the 2nd of June. If you can lend us either of these things, please get in touch by emailing pets@pawshereedinburgh.co.uk

And finally, please come along and support us on the day! We are all working really hard to make this event a lot of fun, but we need your help to make it a real success. All money raised will go to help feed and house the rescue pets. We are currently in DESPERATE need of food and bedding. This fundraiser is for essentials, the basic day to day items like pellets, hay and vegetables that our sweet rescue animals can't survive without.

Food, bedding, housing, rent etc. comes to around £200 per week for the shelter, and we receive absolutely no outside funding.

Helping us to help rescue pets is as simple as turning up for a great fun time on Saturday. We hope to see all our supporters there - you folks make it all worthwhile!
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18 May 2012 @ 04:19 pm
To tell you more about gorgeous rescue bunny Micah, we made this video! Over the next few days we'll be putting up videos of several of our volunteers talking about different pets who they would like to shine a spotlight on and help to find a new home, the ones that have been overlooked or who are difficult to find a home for, the ones that have come to hold a special place in the hearts of our volunteers. I hope you enjoy them, please please share them with your friends both on and offline - the more people who see these videos, the more likely it is that these pets will find their forever families. Thank you!

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17 May 2012 @ 03:27 pm
Where to start with these two treasures. They are some of the most beloved bunnies by our volunteers, everyone knows and remembers Jake and Rosie!

Rosie is one of our special needs rabbits, she is almost entirely blind. Jake is her companion and they are utterly devoted to each other. You will most often find them resting in a big pile in the corner of their cage, just loving on each other.

Jake is a bunny with a whole lot of personality. He is SO incredibly friendly, and will follow his favourite people around the rescue and get sad if they go somewhere without him. He is a super affectionate guy who badly needs more attention than we can give him here. Seriously, if it was up to Jake he would be out of his cage 24/7 just following his favourite volunteers about. He's a sooty fawn dwarf lop and is between 4-5 years of age.

Rosie is a sweetheart too, honestly these are some of the friendliest bunnies we have looking for homes right now. She'll sit happily on your lap once she gets to know you, and loves to be hand fed veggies. Rosie is a fawn and white mini lop/dwarf lop cross, and is about 4 years old.

Because of Rosie's blindness, she has a tendency to miss out on the best food as Jake gets there and finds it first! As such, Jake gets overweight and Rosie underweight very quickly unless we feed them separately twice a day. We do this by letting Jake run around outside their cage while Rosie gets fed lots of pellets and vegetables, it takes 20-30 minutes.

Rosie's condition requires no vet treatment or other special care apart from the separate feeding at this time, and her quality of life and general prognosis is generally excellent. She should continue to do very well.

Jake initially came to us when his owner was tragically diagnosed with terminal cancer and could no longer care for him. He was cared for exceptionally well in his early years, and now his only issue is that he gets sad without regular attention.

Rosie and Jake were adopted last year but, sadly, they were returned to the rescue several months later through no fault of their own. It breaks my heart to think of them having that kind of rejection in their little lives.

If you have room in your heart and home for a bunny, please consider Rosie and Jake. They have so much to give the right forever family.
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