Pictures & Fun
The North Georgia Chapter Needs Your Help!The North Georgia Chapter of the House Rabbit Society has recently assisted in a rabbit cruelty case involving approximately 156 rabbits. The state Department of Agriculture was initially alerted to a breeder who had supposedly “fallen on hard times” and was not feeding or caring for the rabbits. Approximately 20 rabbits were already deceased at the scene, with a few rabbits being humanely euthanized for progressed illnesses. Many rabbits were emaciated and appeared to have skin and ear infections, and advanced upper respiratory symptoms. These bunnies were being kept outside in breeder type cages, approximately 12” by 12”, with no protection from the harsh winter time mountain elements.
Volunteers with the area’s local SPCA and a local veterinary clinic were able to collect and treat almost 50 of the rabbits. They contacted our chapter of HRS and we are currently housing 23 of those rescued rabbits. A volunteer with the SPCA is able to hold the rest in a barn until we can work together to place them. An Atlanta area Animal Control Agency took the remaining 87 rabbits to be euthanized. However, the agency will try to care for them and place them for adoption as best they can.
We are working hard to place the rabbits that our chapter has been able to pull from this original group. They are currently being housed in temporary foster homes around Atlanta until transports can be coordinated. Our chapter will be keeping some of the rabbits that we now have from this group, but obviously we will need to move rabbits to other HRS chapters and screened rabbit rescues around the country. The more transport assistance we can arrange, the more rabbits we can save. Potential placements are just about everywhere and more potential locations are being added daily.
ATTENTION! If you are driving ANYWHERE over the holidays or in the next few weeks and would be willing to transport rabbits with you, please contact the North Georgia Chapter of the House Rabbit Society: www.houserabbitga.org, or call our hotline: 678-526-8884.
A few good destinations include:
St. Louis, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles, California
Asheville, North Carolina
If you are interested in adopting one of the rabbits, please contact us regardless of your location. Many different kinds are available, including Lionheads, Jersey Woolies, Holland Lops, Rexes, and Dutch breeds. All have been screened and are in good health. Many have been spayed or neutered. Please also let us know if you are willing to foster.
If you would like to make a donation to help in our efforts to care for and/or place these rabbits, you can donate through our paypal account on our website using this link: http://www.houserabbitga.org/volunteeropps.html
If transport cannot otherwise be arranged, a volunteer with the North Georgia Chapter of the House Rabbit Society has agreed to make a cross country trip to bring animals to Best Friends in Utah and the Colorado House Rabbit Society. Donations will be used for transportation and accomodation costs.
Please contact the North Georgia House Rabbit Society if you can help.
Direct Contact: Danielle Collins
HRS Educator and North Georgia Chapter Corresponding Secretary
Cell phone: 404-207-4064
House Rabbit Society is a non-profit rescue and education group.
We welcome your feedback and appreciate your donations. Please join today!