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House Rabbit Society

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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 TraceyF


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.



Rating: 5

The House Rabbit Society has done so much to raise rabbit awareness and help end the suffering of bunnies everywhere. They also provide many resources for rabbit owners to help keep their bunnies healthy.



Rating: 5

I have been a member of the HRS since their inception in the 1980s, when I got my first house rabbit and they were the only ones I could turn to for help. This was when you had to ask questions by regular mail....and the HRS answered my letter with a hand-written response. Many years and a few housebuns later, the HRS is still my primary source for information to keep my rabbit happy and healthy. There is no other rabbit-focused organization that has the depth of knowledge that the HRS does. If I lived in CA, I would undoubtedly volunteer at their shelter. But I do what I can for them from Virginia by promoting their website and social media page and, of course, sending them some money every year. I have no doubt that every penny is going to help rabbits.