As well as all the rescuing, the RRR also takes in holiday boarders when their families are away. For the most part this is former residents, which gives us a great opportunity to catch up with our little fluffy friends.
Donations from this activity are part of what helps keep everything else going and lets us help more bunnies. So we suffer the necessary evil of moving some of our current residents into smaller areas during peak periods to make room for the boarders.
Bunnies like Fonzie and Rosetta, who would normally have a spacious aviary all to themselves, have to cope with living in just a shed for several weeks. If I'm honest, this does upset me to see them in smaller spaces, but I understand why it has to be that way. However, I found it particularly stressful this time as they started to revert back to their old grumpy growly ways somewhat.
It's hard to make bunnies understand that it is actually these boarders that are paying for them to live in such nice accommodation for most of the year. Fortunately, we do listen to and understand their concerns, so bunnies who struggle to cope are the first back when a space frees up. I am happy to say that in Fonzie and Rosetta's case, normal levels of contentment returned very quickly after moving back into their regular house.