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COVID-19 Update...

Following the latest guidance, we have made the decision to put a pause on our Adoption Days, but to continue with one-to-one adoption appointments. However, these will be outside (so please bring warm clothes!) and we will be doing as much virtually as we can. We will also ensure strict COVID-19 guindelines are followed. For more information, please click here.

Welcome to Furlock Holmes

Based in Whitchurch, Hampshire, Furlock Holmes (registered charity number 1179572) is one of the largest rabbit and small animal rescue centres in the county. With the dedication of volunteers and the support of people in the area, our work is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming domestic animals and we strive to inspire and educate others to improve the lives of animals worldwide. We are run by a board of trustees as well as a team of volunteers who are all dedicated to our animal welfare ethos. We aim to make immediate and lasting changes to animals in need and work with local vets and organisations to do so. Join us in our fight by learning more about our mission and supporting our cause.



Every year, there are over 67,000 rabbits handed into rescue centres across the UK and Furlock Holmes alone takes in around 200 rabbits and 150 guinea pigs annually. While some of these animals sadly require ongoing treatment and remain in the sanctuary, the majority, once rehabilitated, neutered and vaccinated (where applicable), are desperately searching for their forever families. We offer extensive viewing opportunities to find the right pet for you, and also offer life-long support once you get your new family-member home. To prevent impulsive decisions, we have carefully put together a thorough adoption procedure and we appreciate your patience with this process. Can you give any of our animals a second chance at a happy, healthy life?

Pet Services

To help fund the rescue, we offer boarding for small animals (e.g. rabbits and guinea pigs) while you go on holiday. All animals are housed in minimum 6ft hutches overnight with access to runs on grass in a secure paddock during the day. We also offer various dog walking and pet sitting services. We can easily adapt our care to suit your pet's needs and are happy to give medication, etc. We offer a variety of walk lengths and can either take your dog on a solo walk, or they can join our group walks and socialise with other dogs. We also offer pet sitting and can stay in your home while you are away, or visit your pet on a daily/twice daily basis. Our boarding spaces fill up fast - particularly in school holidays - so please get in touch soon!

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Animal Visits

We take our specially-selected team of rabbits and guinea pigs (and occasionally dogs, ponies, ferrets, bantam chickens, giant tortoise and more) into nursing homes, schools and other residential/day care places. During an animal visit session, participants are able to have a small animal on their lap for handling. They are encouraged to interact with the animal and groom/feed/talk to the animal and we find this is incredibly beneficial for all participants. As well as this, we offer educational visits to schools and groups.

During the visits, the welfare of our animals is always our priority and we will only do what we feel they can manage. The animals chosen have shown to particularly enjoy the visits and we feel they can benefit just as much as the human participants!


We are looking for homes...

Flopsy, Mopsy + Cottontail
Hazel 1
Gollum + Pippin
Maple + Waffle
Moana + Mulan
Sorbet + Brulee
Simon + Garfunkel

Your generosity and kindness allows us to continue our work

Thank you!

What People Say...

"We adopted Jasmine from Furlock over a year ago now as a friend for the boy we already had. Eleanor was really helpful with everything we needed to know, and with helping us find a bunny that Dude would get on with, was the right age, and would be happy as an indoor rabbit. She also bonded them for us over a few nights, which we really appreciated as we were worried about doing it ourselves! Jasmine was neutered and fully vaccinated when we got her, and was really healthy and happy. Would definitely adopt from her in the future and highly recommend them!"

— Sarah (adopted Jasmine), May 2020

Coming up...

Winchester Discovery Centre

Saturday 4th April 2020

The Furlock Holmes team are returning to Winchester Discovery Centre with some furry (and not-so-furry) friends for a morning of animal fun! Stroke the giant bunnies, groom the guinea pigs and watch the tortoise explore... More info coming soon!

Easter Workshop at Furlock Holmes

Tuesday 7th April 1pm to 4pm

Come along to Furlock Holmes for a fun afternoon of animal-themed activities! Help us give the tortoise a bath, walk the ferret, groom the ponies, collect the eggs, brush the guinea pigs, cuddle the bunnies, meet the gecko and feed the rats and degus!

Paws & Whiskers Family Fun Day

Wednesday 8th April 2020

Furlock Holmes will be returning to Whitchurch Silk Mill for their Paws & Whiskers Family Fun Day. There will also be lots of Easter activities, games and makes to get you in the mood and Nessy Messy will be there offering facepainting!

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Postponed due to COVID-19