Looking after a couple of rabbits in need has led to a Cottingley couple starting their own bunny rescue centre in their back garden.
Steph and Matt Langley of Cottingley Grove were asked to care for five rabbits last year and, unable to say no to their floppy-eared friends, they have taken more and more in ever since, opening Fluffy Tales rabbit rescue.
Steph said: “The rabbits weren’t in great shape and had never had a run. But after lots of care, we got them back into shape and rehomed two of them.
“We still care for the two others, but sadly lost one, Dippin, who died in my arms after giving birth prematurely shortly after they arrived.”
The couple’s love for the fluffy pets has lead them to turning their garden into a rabbit haven, giving their special guests all the feeding, watering, cuddling and freedom they need.
Steph, a customer service representative for a large bank, said: “We just kept taking in more and more. We couldn’t turn any of them away. People might have become bored of them or didn’t realise just how much work they were, so we take them in.
“We’ve spent the last few months getting them back up to health and have had a great response and help from the local community, which is lovely.
“Whenever I see a rabbit in need I have to help it. We had looked after and rehomed nine rabbits and decided to make a go of it.”
Fluffy Tales is now in the process of finding a vet to help them and are also looking for donations to help with the cost of neutering.
The centre is listed on website Saveafluff.com, which not only gives information on rabbits in need of being adopted, but also provides information on how to look after them.
Steph said: “If anyone wants to adopt a rabbit or would like more information, just email us a firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send out an application form and home checks will be carried out.”
Fluffy Tales is also in need of donations to help with their day to day care.
“My husband and I both work full time, so we appreciate all the help we can get,” Steph said.
Donations of items such as hay, straw, food, vegetables, water bottles, food bowls, toys and runs, would be gratefully received, just email or visit their Facebook
page, Fluffy Tales.