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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

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

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Emma G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I hesitantly became a human companion for a rabbit last year, and completely fell in love with these animals. The House Rabbit Society website has been an endless source of information and reassurance. I feel that they only publish the work of knowledgeable and rabbit-savvy veterinarians and other specialists; I really trust the HRS and think they do a great service to all of us bunny devotees.

1 Jodi33

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Even though I've had house rabbits for years, the HRS is a valuable source for me. They keep me current on the newest information on health and care for my bunny babies.

Tabitha6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The house rabbit society has been the most useful port of information for me in looking after my lovely rabbit Chance. I used information from them in rabbit proofing my bedroom, and since then I have found countless pieces of useful advice that have helped me to keep him happy and healthy. A wonderful organisation and I would recommend to anyone who is caring for a rabbit for the first time!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had always wanted a pet rabbit but my dad said it wasn't fair to keep an animal in a cage. Through the years I had heard anecdotally about people who had litter box-trained a pet rabbit but I never met anyone who had actually done it. Finally, when I was working in Colorado, a co-worker who bred rabbits gave me the runt of the litter. That was my first pet rabbit. Eventually, I moved to Anchorage, Alaska and had the great good fortune to meet an excellent exotics vet. I began to correspond with a volunteer of the House Rabbit Society in Seattle who helped me understand that house rabbits needed to be neutered and fed and raised in a specific way. I became a member of the House Rabbit Society in 1991 and have been grateful to have their expertise, knowledge and help in raising seven house rabbits over the years, several of whom have lived to be 10-11 years old. I am particularly grateful for their excellent publications and their groundbreaking work in training several generations of veterinarians in the health care of house rabbits. My rabbits have been an important part of my life and I credit the House Rabbit Society and it's local chapters with advancing the cause and education and spreading the joy of having a house rabbit share your life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We got a bunny as our first pet and we were embarrassingly unprepared. I started to google bunny care to educate myself. House Rabbit Society turned out to be most helpful and its information very comprehensive. Later I went on to adopt a second bunny and again I referred to HRS for bunny bonding tips. I've found them to be one of the world's best organizations for pet bunny rescue and care.

Marie Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have received so much great information about rabbits from hrs. When I first got into rabbits years ago they were so helpful and I have learned so much about these sweet creatures and their health.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They've got great, helpful articles on their website.
Plus they are helping shelters to care for bunnies too.

Lindsay U.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate all the help and love they give all those sweet buns! I also love their website! Great rabbit care information! I've owned rabbits over 10 yrs and still love checking the website out for information on safe veggies, and just bun stuff in general.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

La S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!