House Rabbit Society

Rating: 5 stars   33 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 148 Broadway Richmond CA 94804 USA

Mission: House Rabbit Society is an international volunteer-based, non-profit organization that rescues rabbits and educates the public on rabbit care.
Results: House Rabbit Society has rescued over 20,000 rabbits, has educated many thousands of people through our website, classes, outreach events, and literature, and has changed the world’s understanding of rabbits as pets. In 2000, we opened this country’s first public rabbit-only shelter in Richmond, California, and in 1997, we held the first ever rabbit-only veterinary conference.
Target demographics: Pet owners
Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of people per year and thousands of rabbits per year.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area

2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

After our elderly bunny lost his best friend, we contacted our local HRS chapter hoping to find a friend for him. After adopting two new bunnies to keep us all company, we decided to volunteer and bring the wealth of and knowledge and incredible kindness to others in our community. This organization can improve the lives of any concerned bunny parent and their rabbits.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek legislation to afford rabbits bred for meat the same rights as chickens and other mammals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is wonderful and has helped me and my rabbits in many ways. Whenever I need to quickly educate someone about rabbits, I have them read the HRS website for information. I first learned of HRS in 1995/96. I met a member of the Buckeye HRS and she taught me how important it was to get your house rabbit spayed (or neutered). I had not done this with my rabbit and was afraid to do so. In December of 1999, her vets could not figure out what was wrong with her and she looked like she would die. I talked to the Buckeye HRS and found a local rabbit-savvy vet they recommended. I took my rabbit to her and she quickly diagnosed the problem. My rabbit had advanced uterine cancer. Surgery was performed and all the cancer was removed. My rabbit lived another 5-1/2 healthy years after that. The vet that did the surgery told me that if the cancer had not been diagnosed when it was, my rabbit would not have lived more than a month or two. If it were not for the HRS and their help, my rabbit would have died!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We went into HRS looking for our third rabbit because we were having trouble bonding our two. Our thought was that if we changed the dynamic, we may have better luck. After only a few minutes, I had my eye on one rabbit in particular "Buzz". I asked to spend time with him and it was love. The next step was to make sure my female rabbits liked him. When we went back with our girls I was very worried that one of the three rabbits would get hurt. The staff reassured us that they could keep it under control and no bunny would be injured. We gave our trust and put all three together for the first time. It went bad within seconds, our two females waned to go at it. Just like they promised, the staff did not allow any fighting. We separated them and regrouped. It was suggested that we might try a fourth rabbit to change the dynamic yet again. I did have my eye on one other boy named Echo. So in went four rabbits into the X-pen. It went better this time, though not perfect. We were advised that it would take more trips and a huge commitment to bond them successfully but with their knowledge and support we were up for it. We carted our girls back for weeks until we were comfortable with the process and felt we could handle it on our own. They have been at their forever home with us for eight months now. They are so happy. Buzz had been found on the streets of SF and was very under weight. Even after being with HRS for two months, he was only four pounds. The other night I was laying on the floor with him and thinking about the journey he went on before HRS blessed us with him. I got weepy thinking about it because he now weighs 10 pounds! Echo was born into a shelter and our HRS took in three of the babies. He was almost a year when we adopted him. We changed Buzz's name to Teddy as it better suits his sweet nature. We love them dearly and would not have been brave enough to take on four rabbits without the help and support of HRS.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If Money were not an issue, I would love to see them in a better location.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization has shaped me through my teens by providing an opportunity to volunteer, learn, and expand my appreciation for the patience and understanding it take to care for rabbits. I can't express the way it has helped me in becoming the successful person I am. All the volunteers have the bunnies best interest in mind, and even the " unadoptable" can find homes,

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

House Rabbit Society is a world famous volunteer organization within the rabbit community. Their website is cached with oodles of information which has saved my rabbit's life in the past when I could not reach a vet.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't make any!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

We had a bunny with a distressing health problem. I asked many people, including our regular vet where a specialist could be found, no help from anyone. Then I came to this site and found a bunny specialist not 5 miles from our home. He performed the needed operation and now provides care to all our bunnies. We always cine here for tips, tricks and advice where our bunnies are concerned! This is an amazing public service that educates so beautifully and consistently!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

They are so fun and welcoming. You get into the gist of things right away!! They have very knowledgeable rabbit staff who arent afraid to share some of that knowledge. There are many different types of bunnies - Angoras, Rexes, Shy, and Friendly bunnies. There are calm bunnies and excitable bunnies. There's probably going to be a bunny you'll love there. SO much variety. They chop up fresh greens everyday and distribute nice orchard hay. They have AMAZING boarding services. They are just so helpful and I love it there C:

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I seriously can't think of anything..

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

HRS is the perfect place to find your bunny companion. Not only do they help you find a suitable match from their many candidates, they also teach you bunny basics, how to bond them together, and many other helpful things. They also have a great store to purchase your flake timothy hay (a must), litter, treats, and toys. All the things you could want for your bun. Their volunteers work tirelessly to care for the rescued rabbits and are always available for advice and a nail trim. Truly a wonderful place and staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a boatload of money to care for the rabbits.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love the House Rabbit Society! Just over a year ago, I wound up with a rabbit to prevent it from going to a shelter and learned all the ins and outs about housing and nutrition that a first time rabbit owner could. When I found out that rabbits were social creatures that benefit from being in groups, I bought another rabbit and the House Rabbit Society helped to provide me with the adequate information I needed to introduce them. They are now happily in love and spend all their time cuddled next to each other. As my two buns got older, a third bun was added to the mix and all the information on care, and food, and introduction was still there to help me make the best decisions for all my rabbits. My poor little Spook has stool problems every once and awhile and the House Rabbit Society helped me to address this problem as well. Not only do I appreciate what the House Rabbit Society has done for me, but also for providing this same information to other rabbit owners worldwide via the internet. I see how much they try to find rabbits good homes and I can only wish to see this continue in the future!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't think I would change anything, I would just make sure to always keep up to date information posted on their website.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The House Rabbit Society has saved and extended the lives of thousands of rabbits since it was founded 25 years ago. I was lucky to find them quickly after winding up with a pet bunny and no knowledge about how to take care of him. When I see the changes that have taken place in the 18 years that I have had rabbits in my family (hay in pet stores, advances in veterinary care) I know that the House Rabbit Society played a major role in rabbits being taken seriously as beloved family members, not just backyard pets.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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