THE Scottish SPCA is appealing to Ayr locals to rehome more rabbits this week for Rabbit Awareness Week.

The charity is urging people to think very carefully before buying a bunny following a 40 per cent rise in the number of rabbits coming into their care in the first half of the year, compared to the previous year.

Marion Hainey, Ayr Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre Manager, said: “So far this year we have cared for six rabbits at our centre in Ayr, compared to five in the same period last year.

“This worrying trend demonstrates why we need to raise awareness of the hardships many pet rabbits face.

“Some rabbits arrive in our care in a terrible state having been denied basic nutrition and veterinary attention, while others are sadly forgotten pets children have grown tired of. Rabbits are very sociable animals and can become stressed if they are left on their own.

For more information about rehoming a rescue rabbit call 03000 999 999 or visit