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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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!

Charissa2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Jessica141

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a rabbit caretaker for almost six years and in that time I've leaned on the House Rabbit Society's website for most of my rabbit care questions. I've done a lot of research and have found the HRS site to be the most comprehensive, up to date, and user friendly sites on the internet. I found the site great as a beginner rabbit owner 6 years ago and I find it to be a great refresher and fantastic source of new research as an experienced rabbit owner.

I've also emailed HRS volunteers for questions on a variety of topics from how to make moving halfway across Canada in a car easier on BunnyFace, to questions on rabbit rescues in Eastern Canada and,once I had adopted, how to do at home physiotherapy with my new bun. Each time that I have emailed HRS I've received top-notch advice quickly and their experts take the time to understand your situation.

The organization's commitment to rabbit welfare and public education is outstanding; I am particularly fond of the HRS' campaign to prevent parents from buying Easter rabbits for their children. I also find that the commitment they have to informing the public about what type of pets rabbits can and should be is life changing -- both for the humans that they reach and the rabbits who live with them. Holly Golightly went from her pen at a rescue (she had previously been smushed into a tiny cage with six other rabbits and injured, leaving her with a permanent disability) to a cageless life -- and her freedom comes, in large part, from what I read on the HRS site.

Because of HRS Holly is my friend and partner, not merely a caged pet. Thanks.

Izzy Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have always been interested in owning a rabbit, now more than ever, and I had absolutely no information about what to do, where or how to get one, or really, nothing at all. I came across this wonderful organization, the House Rabbit Society, and, lo and behold, there was WAY more information than I ever thought possible. Best of all, it allowed me to see that rabbits are also up for adoption, which was a complete surprise. I'm still doing research on how to have the perfect home for a new bunny-friend, but I'm definitely going to adopt one from this organization as soon as everything is perfect.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I Have owned two rabbits for 8 years.. Ewey, a Dutch, and Al, a Lop..Both Rescued! They can be tricky.. But to this day,they are very happy and healthy!! Their age's are approx 8-9 years old.
I have relayed on HRS to inform me on a number of issues: health, fun toys for rabbits, housing, litter, food, general Care, bonding rabbits, emergency situations.. all that, and more, and not necessarily in that order!
I visit the web site frequently, and share this site and info, with new rabbit owners or people who have not a clue what to do for their rabbits welfare.

They are my go to pro's on Rabbit health and care!!! A++++++
Thank you for being there!!

Kelly102

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I look at their website all the time for information about rabbits, what a wonderful resource of information they provide in addition to the amazing work they do to find homes for rabbits. Their compassion toward these often misunderstood animals is greatly appreciated.

Andrew61

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my fiancee found that someone in her graduate program needed to give her rabbit a new home I had never owned a rabbit before and decided to do some reasearch. I found the HRS website and they had completely invaluable information there including a great reference directory for veterinarians and many articles and resources to ensure that our rabbits have a good home and life. After that I became "the rabbit guy" who knew everything there was to know about rabbits. I have also visited and taken a rabbit health basics class at the center in richmond which was very useful. The resources available also helped me tremendously in bonding my now 3 rabbits together. I would say their greatest strength is education of people about house rabbits.

Robin87

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have learned valuable and important information from the House Rabbit Society that has helped me numerous times with the health and care of my two buns. They are a wealth of awesome and interesting information, as well as useful and funny tidbits that make owning rabbits easier and more fun! Please help support this wonderful non-profit that gives a fighting chance to so many abused and abandoned buns! Nobody deserves it more than these hard-working volunteers and their precious buns!!