Richmond animal rescue centre thanks supporters for help during pandemic

A Richmond animal rescue centre has thanked supporters who are helping it survive the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bunny Burrows, which is run by animal lover Gwen Butler MBE, takes in unwanted, neglected and abandoned rabbits and guinea pigs.

The charity faced an uncertain future after all its usual fundraising activities were suspended due to the virus.

But it is getting through the crisis thanks to the help of supporters and businesses.

Gwen said: “With our regular fundraising activities grinding almost to a halt and having fallen through the cracks for government funding, businesses and supporters have stepped in to help.

“Volunteers have been coming in one at a time to help ensure that the animals are cared for, fed and where necessary taken to the vets.

“Grants have been applied for and new online fundraising events arranged.”

The animal rescue centre has also launched a regular monthly auction held on their Facebook page, which has been a big hit with items even going as far as Serbia.

The next auction will be running from June 22 to 28.

Bunny Burrows has thanked all of those who have helped them during the pandemic.

“No donation is too small or unappreciated,” said Gwen.

The supporters include Harringtons pet food, based in Thirsk, which donated a pallet of rabbit and guinea pig food.

Tesco at Catterick Garrison donated items for them to sell on via eBay and Facebook.

Pets at Home have also donated surplus veg.

Gwen added: “Thank you to each and every supporter who has donated, be it money or treats for the animals from their Amazon wish list.

“Bunny Burrows has been part of the Richmondshire community for the last 24 years and despite the current circumstances we will fight to the end for the wonderful creatures in our care.”

For more details on the charity, including information on the monthly auction, click here.