Main aim of the charity
Stichting Konijnenopvang Hillegom has been sheltering rabbits in Hillegom on a small scale since 2005. All rabbits that are renounced are welcome. After castration / sterilization by a vet, the necessary injections and coupling to a friend, we release the rabbits to a forever home. In addition, we provide advice on how to take care of the rabbits e.g. what and how much to feed them and how to play with them.
How the employee got involved and why
I started 2 years ago. I have two adopted bunnies myself, the first picture is me and my two bunnies. I think that bunnies are still considered a playmate for children and I want to help change this perspective. I want to show people that bunnies are much more than that. They are smart, playful and cuddly animals.
What work does the employee do for charity?
I volunteer at the rabbit shelter every week on Wednesday since 2 years. We clean the shelter, care/cuddle the bunnies and give them food. Also all the cages are steamed so the bunnies do not get sick. We also take care of bunny dates, so an external rabbit will meet one of our rabbits. Sometimes the first meeting can be rough. A bunny chooses their mate, we only provided them with different choices. :-) I also try to create awareness around how to keep rabbits at home. For example bunnies should not be alone, they are group animals and need to take care of each other. Since I have a teddy rabbit myself, I also advise people on how to take care of long hair rabbits. These rabbits are super cute when they are little, but often buyers don't realize that this kind of bunny needs extra care e.g. twice a week hair brushing and special food. Often we receive teddies with very tangled hair, very said to see because it hurts them.