About House Rabbit Society

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animatedLopRabbitHouse Rabbit Society is an international nonprofit animal welfare organization with two primary goals:

  • To rescue abandoned rabbits and find permanent homes for them and
  • Through education, we seek to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits — and to improve bunnies’ lives — by helping people better understand these often misunderstood companion animals.

We operate an adoption and education center at our international headquarters in Richmond, California.

Since House Rabbit Society was founded in 1988, over 30,000 rabbits have been rescued through our chapters across the United States. Many of these bunnies had run out of time at animal shelters and were scheduled for euthanasia; others had been deemed “unadoptable” because of age, health, or disposition. There is no time limit on our rescued rabbits. House Rabbit Society is able to spend time getting to know each individual bunny and can then match him or her with an appropriate home. We neuter/spay all incoming rabbits, obtain any necessary veterinary care, and attend to their social needs.

 House Rabbit Society’s Philosophy

The House Rabbit Society believes that ALL rabbits are valuable as individuals, regardless of breed purity, temperament, state of health, or relationship to humans. The welfare of all rabbits is our primary consideration.

In line with our mission, we are against the exploitation of rabbits.

Except for unique situations, in which wild animals are being nursed or rehabilitated, it is in the best interest of wild rabbits that human intervention be held to a minimum.

Domestic rabbits are not the product of natural selection, but rather of human interference by means of breeding programs, and the product is a human-dependent animal who needs protection. It is therefore a human responsibility that these animals be cared for in a manner appropriate to their needs.

It is in the best interest of domestic rabbits to be neutered/spayed, to live in human housing where supervision and protection are provided, and to be treated for illnesses by veterinarians.

Domestic rabbits are companion animals and should be afforded at least the same individual rights, level of care, and opportunity for longevity as commonly afforded to dogs and cats who live as human companions.

Rabbits are intelligent, social animals who require mental stimulation, toys, exercise, environmental activity, and social interaction (from, as appropriate, people, other rabbits, or other animals).

Join House Rabbit Society

Join House Rabbit Society, or join our monthly giving club the Bunny Brigade.

House Rabbit Society members receive the House Rabbit Journal twice a year.

Rabbit.org has articles on rabbit care, behavior and health, resources for rescues and shelters, back issues of the House Rabbit Journal, and links to House Rabbit Society chapters.

Sign up for House Rabbit Society’s email newsletter!

 

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History of House Rabbit Society 1988-2008
Opening of House Rabbit Society headquarters, 2000
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House Rabbit Society
148 Broadway
Richmond, CA 94804
510-970-7575