Way back in the nineties I rescued a rabbit and through the House Rabbit Society learned how to help my new companion. this led to much education to become a Educator/Fosterer. through the years I had my rescue and was a member of HRS. Without them so many people would be without the education to keep a rabbit in good health and happy. My rabbits have lived as long as 15 years and I as an HRS Educator have been able to rescue and educate the public in my area on the health, feeding, housing and fun time for rabbits. this is all owed to the House Rabbit Society.
I have known about the House Rabbit Society since I was a kid with a bunny of my own. But it was not until after graduate school and 8 years after my rabbit died that I began volunteering for this organization.
The people who volunteer and work for the HRS are some of the most giving, kind, caring, intelligent, and conscientious people I have ever met. They truly care about the life and wellbeing of each animal that comes into their care, even if it has problems with aggression or serious health issues. They do not give up on a rabbit. And when the bunnies find their forever homes, they cry tears of both joy and sadness, because they will miss their bunny friends who have found new homes.
The House Rabbit Society in Richmond has the largest selection of adoptable rabbits that you'll find at any shelter in the bay area. On site they have about 30 rabbits available. They have even more bunnies in foster care. And every. single. one. was literally saved from euthanasia. They were all on the euthanasia list at a shelter because the bunnies were either too old, too sick, or the shelter was just too crowded. Some of the local shelters don't even put rabbits up for adoption at all (they only adopt out dogs or cats), even though rabbits are the third most common pet to end up in a shelter and be euthanized. So there is a huge need both locally and nationally for this type of service and resource.
The House Rabbit Society is also so much more than just adoptable rabbits. They are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. The retail shop here is amazing and they also offer grooming, boarding, and bunny bonding services to the public.
House Rabbit Society serves as a resource for education, adoption, and bunny-safe supplies - all while supporting a life-saving mission. The bare bones staff crew work so hard and are there day and night if a bunny is ever in need. Often times they take home the most sick or most injured bunnies to care for them 24/7. And I know they do it for the love of the animals, not for the paycheck.
In fact, the center depends on volunteers to even keep the place running, as they don't have enough staff to cover all of the hours they are open to the public. Volunteers like myself help out a few days a week to help cover shifts. Volunteers also help with socialization and care of the adoptable bunnies and even maintenance around the center to help keep the place up.
Bunnies really are the "underdogs" of the pet world. They are often misunderstood and care that would be criminal if the animal was a dog or a cat is considered acceptable and normal for rabbits. I feel so lucky to know a group of people and an organization that is so devoted to helping these creatures.
They are amazing! Very helpful, loving, intelligent, and have done so much to help bunnies and people out in a global scale.
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.
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,
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:
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.