When Marleiah O’Neill met her first foster bunnies – sisters named Hershey and Kisses – the rabbits were infested with ticks, furmites and fecal pinworms after being left at a common dumping ground in Albany.

The Clay resident began volunteering with a local rabbit rescue organization last April. Since then she has fostered, rescued or temporarily housed 13 rabbits.

Local rescues ramp up outreach efforts around Easter, because of the annual influx of rabbits that are abandoned or surrendered after the holiday novelty from impulsive “Easter” bunny purchases wears off.

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