After many years breeding Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, my family was increasingly being approached by pet owners in Tameside, asking if we could help find new homes for their unwanted pets.
Wanting to make a better life for as many unwanted rabbits and guinea pigs as we could, we therefore decided to stop breeding, and concentrate on trying to find these animals in need a new and loving home.
We opened the doors of the Tameside Rabbit and Guinea Pig Rescue in 2002, and since then, have helped rehome many hundreds of these adorable pets.
We accept referrals from local people and organisations with rabbits and guinea pigs for rehoming. Very occasionally we have also taken in chinchillas and hamsters.
Some animals who arrive at the shelter are very poorly, so with the help of a local veterinary surgery, they are nursed back to health before they are offered for rehoming.
If you would like to offer a home or find out more about adopting an animal in need, please refer to the adoption conditions section below. Thank you.
In order to improve rabbit and guinea pig welfare in the Tameside area, one of our local veterinary surgeons visits schools to talk to children about the importance of caring properly for these small animals. Snow White (here) often goes along with them, as she is very gentle and loves attention. She is a British Giant who weighs about 24lb and, although she is a permanent resident with the rescue and not looking for a new home, she enjoys meeting all our visitors.
To help cover the costs of shelter, feeding and veterinary care for our rabbits and guinea pigs while at the shelter, there is an adoption fee to be paid before you can take your new friends home.
New owners are also asked to sign an Adoption Agreement, confirming that they will provide proof that they have had their rabbit neutered and vaccinated.
Baby rabbits will not be rehomed under 8 weeks of age.
To arrange to visit the rescue please telephone 0773 883 1872
When visiting the rescue with children, please note that as undue stress can severely affect the health and well-being of the small animals our care, that accompanying children must be quiet and well-behaved at all times. Due to the recent misbehaviour of a small minority of children visiting the centre with their parents, we reserve the right to request families to leave if children do not respect the animals they have come to see.
If you are unable to offer a home to a rabbit or guinea pig, but would like to help small animals in need, we now offer a sponsorship scheme, which includes a quarterly newsletter, Twinkle’s Diary and other benefits. You can find out more by downloading our information leaflet and sponsorship form here.
To see details of some of the pets who are permanent residents at the shelter, please click here.
To see what a huge difference you too could make to the life of an unwanted pet, please see the stories of some of our adopted ‘Happy Ending’ pets, by clicking here.
Thank you for taking interest in the Tameside Rabbit & Guinea Pig Rescue. We look forward to seeing you soon!