Richmond rabbit rescuer recognised in Queen’s Honours

Gwen Butler pictured in 2015 collecting a volunteer of the year award at the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards.

Richmond rabbit rescuer Gwen Burrows has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Gwen has worked tirelessly for the last 22 years to improve the lives of small animals; both through rescuing and education.

Bunny Burrows was setup in 1996 by Gwen and her late husband John.

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Together they have rescued many animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises, and given them a new chance of life, either as permanent residents or through rehoming.

Gwen said this morning that she was honoured to receive the recognition.

“It’s surreal to be honest.

“I’m a very luck person as I do something that I really love –  I love making rabbits better, and I love hand rearing the wild rabbits that we get in.

“It’s a great honour and really good for Bunny Burrows.”

Gwen said she could not do what she did without help from others, which she was very grateful for.

Over the years Gwen and Bunny Burrows have received several awards and nominations.

Last year she was recognised for her work rescuing Hans, an abandoned dutch rabbit who needed major surgery and nursing.

Three years ago she received a Ceva Animal Welfare Award for volunteer of the year.

Gwen was told she had received the award five weeks ago but had to keep it quiet.

She is looking forward to attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace next year.

To find out more about Bunny Burrows click here.