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Rogue
27-09-2006, 12:18 PM
I feel like I'm not making any headway in finding my bunny at all :cry:. So far I have:
Phoned Police
Phoned all local vets
Phoned all local pet shops
Phoned Missing Pets Bureau
Scanned papers every day for "Bunnies for Sale"
Phoned local newspapers with an appeal
Phoned radio stations with an appeal (they said no :? )
Put a "Stolen" note on work's intranet message board
Printed up 60 colour posters

And it's the posters I seem to be having problems with... So far there are posters around the yard I keep my horse at, in the windows of pet shops and vets, and in a couple of friend's shops. I can't find anywhere else suitable to put them :( . Most shops have said they can't or won't display them (the library weren't sure, so I left a couple just in case), or charge a fee. The problem is that if I start paying all these display fees, they're going to add up to a fairly hefty amount, I don't have any spare cash, and there's still no guarantee she will turn up. A friend said I should just go out with a roll of sellotape and stick notices all over the place, lamp posts, trees, etc, but I'm concerned that I could be fined for littering :?: . The posters have my telephone number on, so it would be fairly easy for the Community Wardens to track me down, and it's a £50 fine... I don't know if that would be £50 for every poster, or just for the lot. Even so, I don't have £50 knocking around in the event that it might happen.

What should I do? My other option is to go around every house in our town and the two local villages and put a flyer through every door and on every car. You could almost guarantee that the one I missed would be the one she is at! :cry: Am I missing anything? Is there anything obvious I can try to get her back?? I thought about phoning the BRC since she has a BRC ring on, and I started thinking that if I found a lost rabbit (as she may well have just been "released"), I would find out what the BRC was and tried contacting them. I have reunited a few racing pigeons with their owners from their ring details. Is it worth contacting them?

Any help appreciated!

NicolaB18
27-09-2006, 12:26 PM
i would put posters thru all the doors in ur town, i hope u find her soon, Im so sorry. xxx

Azraelm
27-09-2006, 12:28 PM
what about calling rescues?

Rogue
27-09-2006, 12:29 PM
I phoned the BRC anyway, and they were lovely. I explained that I'm not a member but my bunny is wearing a BRC ring and they took the details and said if anyone calls they will be in touch.

Rogue
27-09-2006, 12:30 PM
I don't know if we have any rescues locally... I will have a look!

Apache
27-09-2006, 01:01 PM
I'd definately try your local RSPCA's, and any other rescues, as lost rabbits often end up with them.

Good luck

Jx

Rogue
27-09-2006, 01:18 PM
I called our nearest RSPCA rescue, and they also gave me the numbers for their Lost and Found helpline and for a Bunny rescue not too far away. I've left my details with both in case Bram should show up. I miss her so much :cry: My gran had just bought her a new harness and some toys the morning we found out she was gone :cry: .

Rallybunny
27-09-2006, 01:44 PM
What about an ad in the local paper? They are often free to place.

BirdieBun
27-09-2006, 01:49 PM
Awww hun I really hope you hard work pays off your lil bun will be very proud of you work you so deserve to find her :cry:

Rogue
27-09-2006, 02:13 PM
Thanks everyone for your support and kind words.
I have widened my search radius and phoned every pet shop within about 40 miles! I just feel totally stumped. Everyone seems to think that she has been taken home as a pet, which means I need to be getting the message out to Joe Public that she was stolen and hope that a parent whose child, or someone whose friend has brought home a "lost" or "abandoned" rabbit sees it and calls me. Of course, they may be the sort of person who doesn't really care :cry: . The Police seemed to think I'd get more luck from kids, and that Little Johnny would probably tell us that his mate Little Mickey has a new pet rabbit, and then the police would check it out, but so far there's no leads whatsoever. I feel like I should phone the Police and make sure they're still doing something, but I suppose a stolen bunny is going to be pretty far down their list of priorities. I can't stand waiting (I am incredibly impatient), and everywhere I go, I keep expecting to see a little black shape hopping around the streets. Even in the office I have to do a double take at the shadows under all the desks incase they turn out to be a black loppy bun. I keep thinking that every person who passes me in the street might be on their way to feed my bunny, or saw her the day before, or was telling a friend about another friend's new pet.... It's completely unbearable!

NicolaB18
27-09-2006, 02:15 PM
how about taken a wee sneak peek in some gardens.

Azraelm
27-09-2006, 02:17 PM
Aw, im so sorry about your little bunny :(

How about posting on all the freeads sites you can think of?
www.freeads.co.uk
www.petsclassifieds.co.uk
www.adtrader.co.uk
www.classifieds.co.uk

theres more as well.

Ie) Stolen rabbit in Cleveland, please help

And also your local freecycle- ive seen people put ads on there before for things like this.

www.freecycle.org

Rogue
27-09-2006, 02:20 PM
I don't know where to start :? . I really have no idea where she might be. Close to where she was taken is a footpath that leads through to the next village. I keep imagining that it was either teens or lads in their twenties who were passing late at night on their way back from the pub or something, and on foot. However, if they'd had a car and had gone out with the intention of stealing, they might have been from anywhere. I will be going out putting up posters all around the area (don't they say that a criminal always returns to the scene of the crime?) and will shove a few through doors as well. All it takes is one person to get in touch, and if needs be, I can get the Police to go around and check things out.

Spacegirl
27-09-2006, 02:22 PM
How about going into local schools and asking if you could put up posters? My childrens old primary school would put notices in the weekly newsletter for a small donatin(£5 or so), so some might be willing to do that too.
Also you could try village/church halls or simialr where cubs, brownies etc mught meet.

kayjay
27-09-2006, 03:11 PM
When my sister's pedigree cat went missing they put flyers through every door in the area and it paid off, a lady rang who had seen him and they tracked him down.

I really really hope you find him, I can't imagine how terrible it must be, sending you really big hugs

Adele
27-09-2006, 03:59 PM
Hiya, firstly I am so so sorry to hear your bunny has been stolen, that is awful :(
If you click on Rabbit Rehome link above you will see that Tamsin Lists lost bunnies, and if you PM me the details via the forum, I will add the details to Tamsins web site. ( I run the lost and found pages for Tamsin)
PM details of location where bunny was lost from, date, all details you can think about your bunny, description, age etc, and perhaps you could offer a reward for any information as to the whereabouts of your bunny and /or reward for safe return.
Please PM if i can help, as Tamsins web site has over 10000 hits a month I believe :D

Best wishes

BirdieBun
27-09-2006, 04:09 PM
wow 10,000 per month that is fantastic! :thumb:

rabswood
27-09-2006, 05:29 PM
Don't know if anyone has mentioned Ebay?
I once read an 'ad' on there about someone's missing cat.

Rabswood

sparklefairy
27-09-2006, 06:17 PM
awww, i'm sorry i can't be much help :cry: but I really hope you find him safe and well soon

Rogue
27-09-2006, 10:49 PM
I made it clear tonight that my intention, should Bramble find her way home, is to have her as a house rabbit with a neutered boyfriend for company when we are out. I will just have to make things work with our owl and ensure that the ban on her going into/out of the front room is enforced. However, I'm not sure how to sort things out. Should I get an indoor house for her set up now, in the hope that she will come back to me or am I likely to be building my hopes only to have them dashed? The last thing I want is to be unprepared for her if she is found, but I know seeing a little empty bunny home every day will break my heart :cry: . My friend suggested I get a boyfriend for her to "fill the void" temporarily and then if she never makes her way back to me, he won't really be a "replacement" and I will be able to give him a cuddle and a fuss when I miss her badly, but I will feel like I'm being disloyal and moving on already. She's not even been gone a week yet. What should I do?? :cry:

kayjay
28-09-2006, 06:54 AM
Oh god, my heart goes out to you. I wouldn't get an indoor set-up ready if I was you, I think I'd find it too upsetting. Why don't you give it a month or so and lets hope Bramble's home. If you know for certain that if Bramble doesn't make it back home you'll get another rabbit in time, you could always buy a dog crate ready in case she turns up, then it wouldn't take much time to get her home ready should she turn up.

Another bunny might fill the hole in your heart, but I'd give it time to see if you find her.

Sending hugs

NicolaB18
28-09-2006, 07:32 AM
have u tried havin a look in some back gardens, incase someone has taken her home as a pet and hot a hutch outside for her. its worth a try.

Rogue
28-09-2006, 07:54 AM
Thanks for those. It's not easy to see into people's back gardens around here.. A lot of people have yards with six foot brick walls around them. :? I think knocking on doors might get a better reaction (unless someone is trying to hide her). I'm a wheelchair user, so might get the sympathy vote, or I could borrow a friend's small child to take around and burst into tears on cue :wink: . My newspaper piece goes out on Friday, and I will keep putting up posters.... all I can really do is wait...

lynda_m
28-09-2006, 08:02 AM
Good luck with the ad.

When I was younger, one of my bunnies went missing. We put up an ad in the local shop and luckily she was found.

Fingers crossed you get your Bramble back x

SOAD
28-09-2006, 08:06 AM
Yeah Good luck. XXXX

Rogue
28-09-2006, 08:11 AM
I've just found this advert (http://household.uk.freeads.net/%28free%29_CAN_YOU_OFFER_ME-316251.htm) which is dated Sunday... I almost can't bear to look it at. Do you guys think it could be my bun? They seem awfully precise about the age though, and they're only about 20 miles from where I live. :?

lynda_m
28-09-2006, 08:14 AM
I'd think it would be highly unlikely that someone from 20 miles away would have her to be honest?

If you think it will put your mind at rest though, call them and ask some questions.

Rogue
28-09-2006, 08:18 AM
You're probably right. I've got myself into a real flap over the whole thing. Realistically, I think she's probably within walking distance of where she was taken. Might be worth a call anyway just to put my mind at rest... what sorts of questions should I ask?

Gem
28-09-2006, 08:53 AM
Just a thought, have you been out round the streets maybe close to your garden, rattling her food tin, she may appear from somewhere at the sound of foood

bunnyloopy
29-09-2006, 08:34 AM
This must be heartbreaking for you - you are doing everything that you can xxx