We need a lot of help taking care of the 35+ rabbits housed at the Rabbit Center. Volunteers get to help with, and learn about, all aspects of rabbit care and shelter management through hands-on learning at the international headquarters for House Rabbit Society. Volunteers enjoy time with our 35+ rabbits learning about: rabbit behavior and communication, bonding rabbits, basic and intermediate identification of rabbit medical issues, techniques of using the web to match-make homes for rabbits, shelter operations, humane education, and rabbit rescue.
Volunteers must be 16 or older.
Here are a few of the volunteer positions currently available:
General Volunteer:Groom (nail trims, combing, cleaning glands) our shelter rabbits to prepare them for adoption. Feed rabbits, clean litterboxes, and tidy rabbit habitats. Bag hay. Help keep House Rabbit Society tidy, helping to vacuum or sweep.
Adoption Counselor: Help match families with the right rabbit, educate on rabbit care, assist with adoption paperwork, assist with rabbit-to-rabbit introductions. Help keep House Rabbit Society tidy, helping to vacuum or sweep. (Saturdays & Sundays)
Office Assistant: Answer phones, open the door & greet visitors, help with mailings, assist in Hop Shop ringing up customers, restock store, help with filing and typing. Help keep House Rabbit Society tidy, helping to vacuum or sweep.
Handyperson: Help with building maintenance, repair, gardening, cleaning, and heavy lifting.
Hay Helper: Break hay bales in our hay shed into 2-flake chunks, bag them, and bring them into the building for use. (We’d love a weekly volunteer who will come bag hay for an hour each week!)
Volunteer Driver: Drive rabbits to and from veterinary appointments, pick rabbits up at shelters, and transport to off-site adoption events. This position requires access to a car.
Foster Home : Care for a foster rabbit in your home. We provide the set-up supplies, you provide the salads and love! Foster rabbits must be brought to an adoption day once a month at House Rabbit Society or Hayward Animal Services. Email our Foster Application to firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
Rabbit Adoption Promotion Team: Create online & print listings for adoptable rabbits and upcoming events at HRS, graphic design for fliers and handouts, distributing flyers. Here’s an “Adopt a Rabbit” flyer you can print out and post on bulletin boards in Bay Area coffeeshops, libraries, supermarkets, pet supply stores, and vet offices – no official volunteer status/training needed to help House Rabbit Society by posting these fliers!
Volunteer Requirements (Volunteers must be 16 or older.)
Step 3: Attend a House Rabbit Society Tour (1 hour) You can attend the Tour and the Volunteer Training in either order. After receiving your online volunteer application, we will email you upcoming tour & training dates.
Step 4: Attend a Volunteer Training (1 hour, hands-on training)
Step 5: Commit to a weekly scheduled volunteer shift (minimum 4 months)
Drop-in volunteer days can be in addition to your regularly scheduled shift, but we ask for a weekly shift commitment.