Volunteering

Jan 24, 2013 by

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The rabbits need your help! Here are some ways that you can help rabbits and get involved in the volunteer work of House Rabbit Society:

  • Visit your shelter! Socialize the rabbits, clean their cages, bring them hay and veggies, and do whatever they need to keep them healthy and happy and to make them more adoptable. You may need to participate in a training session with the shelter staff in order to be a shelter volunteer.
  • Photograph the shelter rabbits and create a Petfinder or other adoptable website for them, if the shelter doesn’t have one
  • Make up adoptable flyers with photos and descriptions of the shelter bunnies and place them on bulletin boards in your community (especially all the vet offices)
  • If you feel comfortable with your level of experience, tell the shelter you’d be willing to answer questions for adopters about the care of the rabbits once they’re adopted
  • Make sure the shelter is giving out good care information for the rabbits; go to our shelter forms page for forms that you can give to your shelter to use if they don’t have things like this; there are also posters and flyers and things that you can put up on this page as well
  • Visit pet stores that sell rabbits and ask them to consider ceasing rabbit sales in their stores and adopting out shelter rabbits instead. Go to our pet stores page to find out how to do this. However, we do not allow our own flyers to be used in pet stores that sell rabbits.
  • Talk to your shelter about setting up off site adoption days at Petco or Petsmart or other pet supply stores. Go to our pet stores page to find out how to do this.
  • If you have a local HRS chapter, foster home, or other rabbit rescue group in the area, consider bringing vegetables or hay to them to help out
  • If you have the time, the space, and the resources, consider fostering a rabbit for your local shelter
  • For those of you who have been volunteering at your shelter, or have already started a rescue group, we invite you to join us as an HRS educator (see application below)
  • For those of you with lots of experience, consider starting an HRS chapter (see application below)!

We’d love to have you help in any way you can. HRS no longer licenses foster homes outside of chapters, but there are plenty of other ways to help. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact your local chapter, or if there’s no chapter in your area, and you meet the qualifications, consider applying to be an HRS educator.

The bunnies thank you!

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