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The abandoned Hull pets no one wants this Christmas Day

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Each year, thousands of animals spend the holiday season in shelters across the country after being sadly abandoned by their owners.

The pandemic in particular has resulted in a huge increase in the number of abandoned pets, as many were purchased during the lockdown and then took too long when restrictions were relaxed.

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The RSPCA Hull & East Riding Branch welcomes and rehabilitates animals referred to it due to injury, cruelty, neglect or abandonment.

They care for rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, dogs and cats that have often been abandoned, abused or neglected, helping them to recover in the hope of finding them a new home forever.

Here are the animals that are still looking for a family of their own who will be spending Christmas at the shelter this year:

Clifford



Clifford, a four year old Lurcher (approx)
Clifford, a four year old Lurcher (approx)

Clifford, a four-year-old Lurcher, arrived in RSPCA custody with three other lurchers who were taken from their owners by police.

Although a little shy, he enjoys human attention and appears to be good with other dogs displaying perfect dog manners.

The RSPCA said: “As we don’t know anything about Clifford’s story, it’s hard to say how he would behave with young children, so an active home with teenagers or an adult-only home would be preferable.

“Clifford had clearly never encountered any stairs before arriving at the center.

“He climbed tentatively but had to be brought back down and while he may not be used to living in a family home, we can safely say that he really appreciates the comfort of a sofa!

“Clifford enjoys the zooms in the center field but hasn’t shown much interest in toys, however, this could be due to not knowing what the toys are for.

“Due to his breed and high prey count, Clifford cannot be greeted with cats or furry pups.”

Chief



The leader is a four-year-old Lurcher (approximately)
The leader is a four-year-old Lurcher (approximately)

Chief is a four-year-old Lurcher who also arrived in RSPCA care with three other lurchers who were taken from their owners by police.

He enjoys human attention and appears to be good with other dogs.

The RSPCA said: “Since we don’t know anything about the history of the chefs, it is difficult to say how he would behave with young children, so an active household with teenagers or an adult-only household would be preferable.

“Outside of the occasional ‘zooms’ session, the chef seems to be a pretty relaxed guy, although he gets excited when the lead role pops up.

“He hasn’t shown much interest in toys, but it could be because he doesn’t know what toys are for. The chef appreciates his food which will be useful for any further training.

“Due to his breed and high prey count, Chief cannot be accommodated with cats or furry pups.”

Gnole



Hooch is a large two year old cross breed
Hooch is a large two year old cross breed

Hooch is a two-year-old large crossbreed who was placed in the care of the RSPCA when his previous owner could no longer care for him.

He is described as an incredibly happy and spirited boy who loves people and lives for toys and a relationship game.

The RSPCA said: “We have a feeling that Hooch may not have had any toys in his old house because he doesn’t like to give them up (however, he will swap them for another toy).

“He also likes to carry a toy or a ball with him on his walks.

“Ideally, we would like Hooch to go to a house with a lot of experience in bull breeds. He already knows the basic controls but can be strong in the lead.

“We think an adult-only house would be preferable, purely because of its size and awkwardness. Hooch is not a fan of other dogs, so a pet-free house is a must.

“Hooch is clean in his kennel and although he enjoys shredding toys, his bed etc. has remained intact during his stay with us.”

Rizzo



Rizzo lost his mate during their placement
Rizzo lost his mate during their placement

Rizzo is a young rabbit (6 – 12 months) who came to the RSPCA after being abandoned in an outhouse when its owner moved out.

Unfortunately, the person who found Rizzo had already relocated their partner soon after finding out about the abandoned couple, so he found himself in a new environment without his companions.

After initially being quite worried and reluctant towards people, he has gained self-confidence and will now spend time with people he knows.

The RSPCA said: “He is still a little uncertain when taken care of (although it has improved considerably during his time with us) but is easy to handle and will sit calmly in your lap for a while. little attention, but he’s happiest with all four feet on the ground so he can explore. “

“Ideally, we would like to find a home for Rizzo where he could be introduced to a sterilized woman after a few bonding sessions.

“He will need spacious accommodation and exercise space to stay comfortable, but would be happy to live indoors or outdoors in a suitable setting.

“While with us, we worked hard to earn Rizzo’s trust and build his confidence through daily socialization and manipulation sessions.

“We spend time in his pen so he is able to investigate us at his own pace and is handled daily to get him used to being picked up and petted, he has taken it all well, and his confidence continues to increase day by day. day by day. “

Loki



Loki is a shy bunny but gains self-confidence
Loki is a shy bunny but gains self-confidence

Loki is a three year old bunny who is shy and nervous around people, although his self-confidence grows, he tends to be left alone and will wander away if approached by someone.

Loki got lost at the RSPCA, unfortunately he didn’t have a microchip and no one ever came forward to claim him despite their best efforts to reunite him with his owner.

Recently, he has started approaching RSPCA staff to investigate as they spend time with him in the garden.

The RSPCA said: “Ideally, we would like to find Loki a home where he could be introduced to a calm but confident neutered rabbit to help him come out of his shell.

“Since he is so shy he would not be suitable for living with young children as he will need a calm and quiet environment to help him settle in and will need all interactions to be calm to avoid frustration. worry more.

“He could live indoors or outdoors if he had adequate housing and exercise space.

“Loki had a hard time arriving at the animal house and for several days after arriving he refused to eat, which is very worrying for a rabbit.

“We had to supplement the minute amounts of green vegetables he ate with a syringe diet that he didn’t like but which was vital to keeping him healthy.

“After a visit to the vet, it was discovered that he needed dental treatment which has since been completed and made him much more comfortable and willing to eat.”

Fozzy



Fozzy is a confident bunny with a great personality
Fozzy is a confident bunny with a great personality

Two year old Fozzy Rabbit who is very confident with a huge personality, he is extremely friendly and is always eager to interact with people.

He is easy to grab and pick up as he will gladly come to greet you when you enter his enclosure, however, he does not like being held too long and will bite you to let you know he wants to be shot.

When he is spending time with him, he will happily climb onto your lap to let you know he wants attention and will pester you until he gets it.

The RSPCA said, “Ideally, we are looking for a home for Fozzy where he can be gradually introduced to a neutered female to provide her with the social interaction that is so important to rabbits.

“We recommend all the children in the house to be over 8 years old as they will need to understand that Fozzy does not want to be picked up but still needs a lot of ground level attention.

“He would be happy inside or out, but will need a lot of space and lots of activities to keep him busy and entertained.

“When Fozzy arrived he was in good health and was clearly well socialized, so he didn’t need special care, but we spent a lot of time getting to know him and inventing new ways to occupy him, including candy balls and puzzle feeders. “

Jazz, Jive and George



Jazz, Jive and George seek their forever home
Jazz, Jive and George seek their forever home

Jazz, Jive and George are a friendly, affectionate and playful group of ferrets. They are a confident group who seek attention and enjoy spending time with people.

Jazz tends to be the most relaxed of the bunch and will happily sit on your lap for attention, but has playful bursts of play, Jive is always the first to greet people and loves to play.

George is the oldest (around three years old) in the group but still enjoys chasing and playing with the two youngsters, but he is just as happy to curl up on his knees for cuddles.

The RSPCA said, “Jazz and Jive arrived together and were then introduced to George. Since then they have been inseparable, eating, sleeping and playing together, so we are looking for a house that can accommodate all three.

“They are very active and will therefore need large living quarters and lots of space to exercise.

“Due to their friendly and relaxed nature, they would be ideal candidates for a family looking to venture into ferret property as they are good at handling and enjoy lots of interactions with people.

Fortunately, when Jazz and Jive arrived, they were in good shape despite their previous living conditions, even though they were hungry for human interaction.

“They were given daily socializing sessions where they were handled, stroked and played with them. Unfortunately George was not that lucky, he was very underweight and his demeanor was very manic whenever people were around. .

“During his stay with us he reached a healthy weight and is now in good physical condition.

“His demeanor is much calmer as he receives daily social contact from staff and volunteers, which satisfies his need for attention. In addition, he now has ferret companions, which means he has a some form of 24-hour social interaction. “

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For more information on the above rescues, you can visit the RSPCA Hull and East Rising branch website here.

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