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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

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Kathleen117

Client Served

Rating: 5

House Rabbit Society is staffed by kind people who are also incredibly knowledgable about bunnies. They showed us how to care for our new rescue bun, then a year later helped us find a life companion for her. They let her "speed date" almost ten resident shelter buns over the course of several months, helping us read the bunny social cues indicating which might be good matches and which were not. They gave us hints like "smear their noses with banana" and "she's grooming in front of him--a sign she's relaxed and likes him." The relationship that resulted from their guidance is going strong to this day; our two buns are rarely more than a few feet from one another. Plus they offer a tremendous number of critical bunny supplies such as fresh hay, chew toys, mats, and continuing advice on how to keep one's bunny-containing household harmonious. They're dedicated and a great resource for all rabbit lovers and guardians.

2 June13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Loving people who dedicate their lives and time (many volunteers) to help all bunnies, giving them all a possibility. It is a place of hope for bunnies, and humans

2 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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After a friend and I unexpectedly became caretakers of an abandoned bunny and then her three little ones, House Rabbit Society provided us with badly needed information about how to properly care for these little creatures. The bunnies are much better of as a result of us being able to find that valuable information quickly.

2 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.

1 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!

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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.

Nessyah G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My buns and I visited HRS and we were treated sooo nice. They showed so much love to the buns, gave me an excellent referral for a vet who is great with rabbits and answered all of my questions. Since I am new to having bunnies in my family I had several questions. And all of the buns at the HRS looked so happy and cared for while they await their furever family to adopt. ❤️

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love House Rabbit Society ! When I have question or concerns about my rabbit I have emailed or called and the staff has always taking the time to answer my questions . Also love all the items they have in the shop to purchase. Thank you House Rabbit Society for all the wonderful work you do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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.

Alessandra P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are amazing! Very helpful, loving, intelligent, and have done so much to help bunnies and people out in a global scale.

Jacob O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

House Rabbit Society have provided great information on rabbit care and welfare. I recently got a new rabbit and feel confident in ongoing support from them as well as all rabbit-kind!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing job! I'm fostering a bunny from HRS. I was given a lot of help, their facilities are clean, staff cares a lot, and they do a great job of getting bunnies adopted!

TraceyF

Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted our boy Dash from HRS as a partner for our feisty girl-bun, and after months of trying and plenty of advice from HRS educators, they finally bonded and are incredibly happy. Our boy had been saved from HORRIBLE conditions, and thanks to HRS, lived to love and binky another day. I've also been involved with HRS for several years, either by donating, or referencing their comprehensive rabbit-info website. Great nonprofit. Compassionate people who really make a difference in the lives of formerly-unwanted rabbits.