Edie Sayeg still remembers Nino. He was an “Easter rabbit,” abandoned on the doorstep of Marietta’s House Rabbit Society last August. The six-month-old had a case of Cuterebra, in which fly larvae hatch under the skin. “We thought he’d been attacked by a dog,” recalls Sayeg, who helps run the organization. Many people buy bunnies for Easter, not realizing how much care the pets require. Sayeg expects the number of unwanted rabbits to rise this year due to Universal Pictures’ new animated movie Hop.
But the House Rabbit Society will be here to help. The local chapter of the national organization cares for abandoned pet rabbits and finds them loving homes. Last year the shelter itself needed rescuing after it moved into a residentially zoned house on the edge of a commercial district along Shallowford Road. Fortunately, a county commissioner proved sympathetic. The repurposed home now includes emergency medical facilities (for rescues only), boarding for fosters and pets with traveling owners, and a shop with toys and food formulated specifically for rabbits. The organization also offers frequent “Bunny 101” courses. 2280 Shallowford Road, Marietta, 678-653-7175, houserabbitga.org
This article originally appeared in our April 2011 issue.