Wednesday, April 20th, we received a call here at the Georgia House Rabbit Society about an injured domestic rabbit on the loose in the suburb of Kennesaw. We dispatched one of our volunteers to investigate and soon found a case worse than anything we expected.
The search for the rabbit led our volunteer to a dusty, barren backyard where she soon spotted 3 thin and soiled rabbits. Along with the help of the concerned resident who placed the call, they gave a visit to the homeowners and found they were all to eager to share their stories. The information learned was heartbreaking.
These sexually mature and intact rabbits were part of the 4th generation they have seen born over the past year. Countless rabbits had died by various means, including illness, exposure, neighborhood dogs, cars and fights between the rabbits themselves. Several others had hopped away and were living throughout the neighborhood.
The rabbits lived outside year round with no housing or secure caging. With no vegetation growing in the yard their only source of food were the twigs and leaves that fell and the occasional cracked corn the family would provide. They could not afford pellets and didn’t know to feed them greens. Vet care was never a consideration. The rabbits were practically feral from lack of any interaction and all were filthy and obviously underweight.
Upon inspection, the volunteer found the smallest bun in desperate need of medical attention, suffering from a severely injured leg. Thankfully, the family agreed to hand the injured rabbit over to our care but wanted to keep the other two for their childrens entertainment.
The volunteer spoke at length with the family, giving them information on the proper care and housing the rabbits required and asked them to consider turning over those remaining to the organization. Fortunately, after some thought, they agreed to surrender them all.
A subsequent search of the neighboring yards turned up yet another rabbit sibling who was thankfully captured and is now also in our care. Sadly, there are a few still reported missing and on the loose, all of breeding age. We continue to keep our eyes open in hopes of spotting them.
Currently our shelter is full to capacity and we have no housing available for these 5 new intakes. Leaving breeding aged rabbits on the loose and suffering wasn’t an option though, so we took on the responsibility despite our circumstances.
Situations like these are why your continuing support and contributions are so important. The donations we receive allow us to provide the medical care and housing these neglected buns need. This particular case is shaping up to be a costly and lengthy undertaking. Though we are hopeful that these buns will grow strong and healthy under our care, it is clear that the smallest will be in need of continuing medical care and has already undergone one operation in an attempt to save his leg. In addition, all 5 will need to be spayed or neutered.
Below are pictures we took when the rabbits arrived at our Center. Be forewarned that a few are quite graphic and you may wish to avoid looking at them. We thought it important to share with you what we do here at the Georgia House Rabbit Society as well as the situations we come across doing rescue work.
We have created a special Paypal donation fund to help us care for this family of rabbits. We hope a few of our supporters will join our call to save them. Any donations received will go towards the medical costs we will incur and help provide for their food and housing. Foster help is also desperately needed. If anyone has experience in rabbit care and has safe and secure housing available, please consider hosting one of these cuties on a temporary basis. As we adopt out our healthy buns room at our shelter will become available for these new intakes. Until then, we continue to search for a few volunteers to take them in.
Let’s all collectively cross our fingers that these little guys and girls make a speedy recovery and quickly adapt to their new and improved surroundings!