UPDATE AS OF MARCH 27TH 2013:
Information has been coming in quickly since we took in the remaining 22 rabbits from Jellystone Park yesterday afternoon. Below is the summery of the conditions the bunnies were found in as well as the initial report from Dr Colby at the Windward Animal Hospital.
As stated in our last update, we rescued 15 females bunnies, 3 males and 4 baby buns from the Bremen, Georgia RV park. They were immediately transported to Windward Animal Hospital for care and evaluation. Sadly, all were found to be malnourished and severely underweight. By this morning, we learned that one bunny, named Babette, had passed away. Though everything was done to save her, she could not overcome her weakened condition. Upon examination it was found that she had died of starvation and malnutrition. Our only consolation is that she had one night of warmth and food before she passed over the Rainbow Bridge.
9 of the female rabbits underwent their spay surgery early this morning. Though 5 of them were found to be pregnant, it was determined by Dr. Colby that the rabbits were too weak and too compromised to bring their pregnancies to term. To save the females, their pregnancies were terminated and each of them are recuperating at the Animal Hospital. It is believed that the few that were found not to be pregnant had recently miscarried because of their ill health and lack of food and water. The remaining 6 females were far too ill to undergo spaying. They are being cared for at the Animal Hospital and will undergo the operation when they are deemed strong enough to undergo the procedure. The 3 males that were rescued have all been neutered and are recuperating.
Needless to say, the volunteers at the GHRS are all brokenhearted over the condition of these bunnies and the treatment they had been receiving up until our intervention yesterday afternoon. We vow to make certain they get the care and attention they deserve from here on out!
Your support is critical for this rescue mission to succeed! This is a huge undertaking for our organization and it has created a considerable strain on our resources. Donations will help us continue to care for these 33 bunnies we have taken in! Monetary donations can be made via Paypal by finding the “donate” button below. Foster homes and the use of exercise pens and large dogs crates are still needed as well. We also ask that you help spread the word of this rescue and direct anyone who has been considering adopting a bunny to the GHRS, as we have an unprecedented number of buns we need to place in loving forever homes.
The GHRS would like to thank Dr. Colby, Heather, Anita and Jocelyn at the Windward Animal Hospital for the time they devoted to these bunnies and the compassionate care they have and will continue to provide!
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 26TH 2013:
We posted yesterday of our plans to travel to Bremen, Georgia to take the female bunnies from the RV Park. Once there, we were gravely concerned over the condition of the rabbits and the environment they were kept in. The GHRS took in ALL OF THE BUNNIES housed at the park this afternoon and as of this update, they are at the Windward Animal Hospital receiving needed medical attention.
Rescued from the park were 15 females bunnies, 3 males and 4 babies. All were malnourished and had varying injuries.
We are in dire need of donations and foster homes for these rabbits. Though they will be briefly housed at the Animal Hospital while under observation, we have only a couple of days to find them foster homes! If you are willing to care for one of these rabbits on a temporary basis, please contact us! We are also looking for exercise pens to or x-large sized dog crates to house the bunnies. Monetary donations are also need to help cover the medical expenses for these 30+ rabbits.
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The Georgia House Rabbit Society
2280 Shallowford Rd
Marietta Ga 30066
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Original Post March 25TH 2013:
The Georgia House Rabbit Society has been working hard this past week to secure the safety of the rabbits found at the home of the Dunwoody, Georgia hoarder. We have made considerable progress thanks to the efforts of our volunteers and are happy to share the newest update with you!
Working in conjunction with Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park owner, plans are in place for the GHRS to travel to the Bremen RV park tomorrow to start rescuing the Dunwoody rabbits that the park took in. Once there, the GHRS will be separating the male and female bunnies located at the grounds and will be taking all the females under our care tomorrow afternoon! They are set to arrive at the Windward Animal Hospital tomorrow evening for check ups and spay surgery. Many thanks to Dr. Colby at the Windward Animal Hospital for agreeing to see these rabbits on short notice and for working with the organization to help see to their medical needs.
Jellystone Park has also agreed to hand over the remaining Dunwoody rabbits to the GHRS after their advertised Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, March 30th. The GHRS will be on hand to supervise the event which will ensure the rabbit’s safety. Though we don’t yet have an exact count of the rabbits we will be taking in from Jellystone, we expect to prepare for more than 20 rabbits.
Separating the female and male bunnies was a priority in this situation! Though we understand there is currently one litter of baby bunnies at the park, we are thankful for our chance to intervene before the population had a chance to grow any greater in number.
In total, the GHRS will be rescuing more than 30 rabbits from the Dunwoody hoarder’s home. This has put our shelter under considerable strain and we will be counting on the community’s help to see us through this rescue operation. We are asking for monetary donations, donations of exercise pens, and for foster homes! With Easter season upon us, our busiest time of year is fast approaching. We need to secure foster housing for these rabbits so we can be prepared to intake the unwanted Easter rabbits that we see in the weeks following the holiday. We also need adopters! Please spread the word, adopt don’t shop!
If you would like to foster a bunny or have exercise pens or items you’d like to donate, please email our Foster Home Manager, Shelley at email@example.com or call our Chapter Manager, Edie Sayeg at 770-826-2732
To donate funds to help us care for these bunnies, follow the Paypal link below.
The Georgia House Rabbit Society would like to thank all the compassionate individuals who have contacted us with concern for these rabbits. We would also like to thank Officer Fecht and those at the Dunwoody Police Department for working with the GHRS to reach a resolution in the case.