On the surface, Little Miracles Rabbit Rescue (LMRR) looks like a paradise for our fluffy, furry friends. Their website is impressive and professional. If you perform a google search on LMRR and you will find no less than 50 polished donation sites to raise funds and increase donations. These donation/charity event site span approximately 11 years. The earliest I was able to locate online was right around 2002.
Although the founding date of LMRR is subject to debate, Corson states more often than not that LMRR was established in January, 2000 when she was 18/19 years of age.
How did LMRR begin? That's up for debate also. In Corson's version it started when she bought a bunny from a pet store, only to bring it home and watch it die the next day.
A witness and close friends tell a completely version. This version is very different from her account. Kris Corson started out as a rabbit breeder. Back in April, 2000, she was adamant about being able to breed, even mixed breeds. She then started to work at a pet store. A few rabbits came in ill with coccidi. She took them on, with a plan to breed them, and in truth some of them did die, as was expected.
On Dec 22, 2000 in the time line, Corson stopped breeding and began "rescueing". The problem was, she was taking in rabbits at an alarming rate. (On 7/9, 2000, she had 26 rabbits, on 12/22, she had 65, it went up from there.)
Let's stop here and you decide how LMRR came to be. This may help you...The Better Business Bureau lists LMRR as 'Animal Insemination - Artificial'. Yes, a rabbit breeder. Which version do you find more plausable now? I could have told you, I was there. Corson has a funny way of twisting the facts and shifting blame. You needed to decide for yourself.
Time marched on and at some point volunteers, among others, couldn't help but notice that Kris may have a serious problem. Kris had collected 350+ bunnies by 2003. You read that correctly, the bunnies were counted and by more than one person. At the time when Corson was confronted with this concern, Corson's response was that "a very one-sided - hostile campaign" was being launched against her.
Another, more disturbing concern was that Corson claimed to be "moving" the rescue. She made floor plans, and begged for money to help pay for moving. Her floor plans didn't include enough places for the rabbits to exercise. The rabbits were to be caged most of the time. She never addressed peoples concerns at that time either. She has always asked for money, and always defended her right to take on as many rabbits as she pleased, claiming they were all "okay". She has claimed to have 20-25 adoptions happening per week, yet the numbers of rabbits there didn't drop.
The rabbits were never moved. The shelter was never built. Where did all that money go that she collected I wonder?
The situation reached a breaking point, July 24th. The NJ SPCA arrived at the Corson residence for further investigation. After the investigation, Corson's mother, called for help last minute and asked everyone/anyone to take as many buns as possible. They were warned that pasturella and EC present. People helped, good people stepped in and cleaned up that horror-show they walked in and saw. One rescue stated the bunnies they took in from LMRR in Voorhees were severely underweight, malnurished and had mild to serious health issues.
After it was all was said and done, her mother was left with approx. 90 rabbits to care for.
Did I not mention that Corson had left the state? Yup, she had left NJ and her collection of rabbits that lived in the outdoor shed and in the basement of her mothers home in Voorhees, NJ. (I know the story of her abrupt move, but we would be opening more issues than just the rabbits. Let's leave that for you locate on the internet if you so choose and stick with the LMRR issue.)
In later years, Corson has been confronted about what happened. Corson's response was that "a very one-sided - hostile campaign" was launched against her. She denied it all. She denied the number of rabbts. She denied the "sick room". She denied all the donation money she collected. She denied bunnies were ill and flea infested. In the tales she tells, Corson changes the history of what happened in Voorhees, NJ.
I and others were there, the truth haunts us still. Looking back, I am saddened that I helped. I thought it would be the end of Corson's behavior, I was wrong. By helping in Voorhees, it only helped to enable her to continue and make bigger, more dangerous decisions in the future.
You readup on Little Miracles Rabbit Rescue and see what you locate. Sadly there is much more to tell, but that will be for another day and another topic. I'll tell you this, LMRR resurfaced in Florida, this time in her garage.
To get you started, here are a few links: