This year’s Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) is set to be the biggest yet, with more than 3,400 vet practices, retailers, rescue centres and schools signed up to take part.

Organisers claim the annual initiative, which kicked off on May 10, has exceeded all forecasts, with 2,650 vet practices supporting this year’s “One Small Hop” campaign – a 19% increase on 2013’s RAW.

The RAW initiative highlights the health and welfare needs of the nation’s third most popular pet. The aim of this year’s campaign is to encourage the one million rabbit owners in the UK to make “One Small Hop” of change to the care routine of their rabbits.

With this in mind, organisers are urging vets, retailers and rescue centres to offer a helping hand in helping to highlight the importance of preventative healthcare and welfare advice for rabbits by signing up to the 2014 initiative at

Participating practices will offer free health checks throughout the month of May, not just the week of RAW.
A spokesman said: “By offering these free health checks over a one month period, we can ensure pet retailers and veterinary practices can health check more rabbits than ever before and provide those who sign up to the service with more opportunities to speak to potential new clients and customers.”

Also joining the fight for better rabbit welfare this year are 110 rescue centres (an increase of 20% since 2013), 635 retailers (up 9%), and 69 schools (41% more than last year).

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