A rabbit from Rowley Regis was awarded by the PDSA for helping his owner through a very tough time in her life.

Ellie and Roary
Ellie Taylor with Roary the rabbit, winner of a PDSA commendation. Images: PDSA.

Three-year-old Roary was nominated by owner Ellie Taylor, 18, for supporting her through a family bereavement, issues at school and her battle with anorexia.

Something missing

Roary has been awarded a PDSA commendation for his devotion to Ellie, who said: “In 2011, I lost my granddad suddenly. I was also having problems at school and as a result I wasn’t able to cope with things. l became ill with an eating disorder – anorexia – and had to come out of school.

“I was getting professional help for my illness, but still felt there was something missing in my life.”

Ellie’s mum Joanne decided to get two rabbits, Roary and Tiger, in the hope that having responsibility for their care would help her daughter to get better. Tiger died in 2012.

“Because I couldn’t go to school, I spent every day with Roary and Tiger,” said Ellie. “They helped ease my pain and slowly I began to feel like myself again.

“It’s amazing that animals can make you feel like this. Roary, in particular, has changed my life. He’s my best friend, companion and happiness. Without him I don’t think I’d be the person I am today.”

Outstanding devotion

Ian Fleming, senior vet at the PDSA’s Marion and Christina Ionescu Centre of Surgical Excellence in Oldbury, presented Roary with his certificate at a special presentation on 25 February.

Mr Fleming said: “At PDSA we understand the strength and power of the bond between a pet, be it big or small, and their owner. The PDSA commendation recognises the outstanding devotion pets display and celebrates the amazing ways they enrich our lives. It is clear Roary has had a massive impact on Ellie’s life and is a worthy recipient of the PDSA commendation.”

Ellie said: “I am so proud of Roary and thrilled this award highlights how small pets can make a big difference to people’s lives. He will get some extra hay and lots of cuddles to celebrate.”

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar

wpDiscuz

related content

Zoetis' Trocoxil chewable tablets are back in stock following a "supply shortage", says the company.

2 mins

Clare Jones RVN, in the first of a two-part article, familiarises VNs with parrot handling, diet, environment and illness.

28 mins

BVNA council member Erika Feilberg takes a closer look at VNs in practice, including how they are used in the hospital she works in.

7 mins

Rory O’Connor offers practical advice for VNs to prevent mental health issues occurring – and to ensure you don’t suffer in silence.

19 mins

RVN Samantha Thompson advises on common festive-related items often within reaching distance of pets that can prove toxic if ingested.

23 mins

Six veterinary research projects aimed at improving areas of livestock and equine welfare have gained funding from the Animal Welfare Foundation.

4 mins