SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Hundreds of rabbits are being cared for at a Lackawanna County animal shelter after being rescued from a reported hoarding situation.
Staff members and volunteers at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter are working around the clock to care for nearly 200 rabbits.
Ashley Wolo, the executive director of the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter tells Eyewitness News it’s a first for Griffin Pond, which is the largest shelter in the area.
“This, for us, is one of the biggest rabbit hoarding situations we’ve ever dealt with,” said Wolo.
Crates filled with rabbits are packed inside the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter in South Abington Township.
It’s been transformed into rabbit headquarters after nearly 200 of them were rescued Monday from a reported hoarding situation.
“We didn’t expect to take on this situation yesterday. This is a huge undertaking. We really didn’t have the space, but we made it work,” said Wolo.
Wolo says many rabbits need medical attention, and some are in critical condition.
“It’s going to be a challenge every day. We have a ton of cages to clean, we have a ton of rabbits to take care of, we have vet appointments, and we’re just gonna do our absolute best to make sure that they’re receiving the best care,” said Wolo.
Two local businesses stepped up to help the shelter during its time of need.
Corky’s Garden Path donated a truckload of straw and the Scott Township Weis Market donated fresh fruit and vegetables.
“We’re happy to help any of the local community, but especially animal-related charities. We’re animal lovers here,” said Cory Kashuba, Owner of Corky’s Garden Path.
“I mean, giving back is always an important part of playing an important role of being a good neighbor in the community,” said Jim Paolucci, Store Manager of the Scott Township Weis Market.
Wolo is thankful for the support of the community.
“We get a call for help, we have an obligation and we did our best to step up and do what we had to do for the sake of these rabbits,” said Wolo.
The Humane Society Police Officer tells Eyewitness News charges will be filed against the former owner of these rabbits.
Griffin Pond is asking the public for both monetary and supply donations.