DECATUR, Ga — A family and their beloved rabbit “Goldie” will soon have a place to call home.
They had fallen on hard times and were evicted last month. But thanks to an outpouring of support, their outlook is much brighter.
Channel 2′s Bryan Mims was in Decatur on Friday and learned how the community rallied around them.
Goldie is a seven-pound rabbit who is a big part of their family who recently hit a rough patch.
Cory Coleman, the dad of four little girls, was laid off from work.
Then came the eviction.
“It was devastating with the girls. we started to believe there wasn’t gonna be any home at the end of the tunnel,” Mother Shovonelle Leshore said.
She and the girls moved into a shelter for women and children.
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No men and certainly no pets were allowed.
So Corey and Goldie were on their own, sleeping on park benches out in the cold.
“He wasn’t gonna let her go. and it’s absolutely heroic what he’s done. So many people would have just said this is too hard,” Leshore said.
Jennifer McGhee is with the Georgia House Rabbit Society in Kennesaw. She heard about the family’s plight.
“I was like all right, I don’t know what we’re gonna do, but we’re gonna do something,” McGhee said.
She hopped to it, taking Goldie into the society’s shelter.
And the organization launched a GoFundMe page for the family, raising $74,000 and counting, which will pay for a rental home.
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“So we were just missing her every day. it just feels so good to have her back, and us as a family together again. she makes us whole.”
The family is staying in this house until the end of the month, then they’ll move into their own rental house or apartment.
Leshore has a full-time job, and Cory is interviewing for a job.
Click here to visit the GoFundMe.
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