The House Rabbit Society Adoption and Education Center

The Richmond Rabbit Center is located in Richmond, CA and serves as the international Headquarters for House Rabbit Society. Come and visit us next time you're in the area!

Adoptables' rooms

The Rabbit Center has four spacious habitat rooms, each housing 1 or 2 rabbits each. All pens are complete with a ramp and large shelf for tired bunnies to lounge on. We have been so fortunate to have had donated interior decor-both materials and labor. This included custom wall murals; wallpaper, installed by professional paperhangers and custom draperies throughout.

The Magic Hallway

The Magic Hallway connects all four rooms in the habitat area. During the day rabbits are rotated out into the hallway for playtime. Rabbits enjoy their day here as they run through tunnels, hop over ramps and practice their dance routines. When rabbits are in the hallway they also get a chance to socialize with the shelter cat, Maybelline and the shelter dog, Widget, both of whom seem to think they're bunnies!

Quarantine Room

The Quarantine room consists of twelve stainless steel cages that house incoming rabbits. New rabbits remain in Quarantine for a minimum of three weeks. During those three weeks the rabbits are spayed or neutered, their behavior is monitored and their health is screened. Sick and/or injured rabbits are treated and medicated. After the rabbits are cleared for adoption they are moved to available pens in the adoptable rooms; when space is tight and rabbits remain in quarantine beyond their three weeks' time, they are up for adoption at that time as well. If you are interested in volunteering at the Rabbit Center and would like more information please call (510) 970-7575 or e-mail

The Library

We use the library for video screenings for potential adopters and also house an extensive collection of rabbit books, videos and articles here. It may even be If you have reference books, videos, DVDs or articles that you think we might like, we welcome donations both of the materials themselves and of funds to buy new materials. This room also houses many educational books, videos and handouts on house rabbits ranging from bonding to medicating to potty training tips.

The Multi-Purpose Room

The multi-purpose room is a large area that is used to host educational events and fundraisers ranging from clicker training classes and T-Touch classes, to luncheons and holiday events. During the week when the room is empty we use it to exercise rabbits, supervise bonding sessions and more. Each weekend, rabbits in foster care homes are brought to the shelter to be shown for adoption and the multi-purpose room is used for this purpose as well. Here we temporarily house foster rabbits from all over the bay area. If you're in the area, stop by and join us for our next educational event or fundraiser. Upcoming events at the rabbit center can be found by visiting our events page (

Boarding Area

The Richmond Rabbit Center is fortunate enough to have enough space to offer boarding for local residents' bunnies while out of town. We have 9 boarding pens, some single story and others double story. During the day bunnies are rotated into exercise pens for playtime. Bunnies that are boarded here are given extra attention and love to make the time away from home easier for them.

The Hop Shop

The Hop Shop, our retail store, offers a wide range of supplies, food, toys and treats for your house rabbit. We can also special-order items for you. All proceeds directly benefit the rabbit center. The Hop Shop is open 12-5pm every day but Thursday.

Exam Room/Bunny Spa

The exam room is where rabbit health checks take place. Our wonderful veterinarian, Dr. Carolyn Harvey DVM, volunteers her time here to examine sick and/or injured bunnies. The exam room is also used to groom shelter bunnies as well as the bunnies of our patrons. The Rabbit Center offers customers the option to have their bunnies groomed by a qualified rabbit groomer for a small fee. Our grooming services include nail clipping, ear cleaning, anal glad cleaning, bottom cleaning and brushing/mat removal.

National Projects Room

The National Projects room houses our main computer server as well as several other computer workstations. Preparation for the House Rabbit Journal takes place here as well. This room is also used for file storage and other purposes.

Laundry Area

The laundry room is where all of our major cleaning takes place. Habitat rugs and towels are washed and dried here. Litter boxes are changed, cleaned and refreshed here as well. The laundry room also serves as a storage area for shelter supplies. Volunteers are always needed to help with the days cleaning. If you are interested in volunteering at the Rabbit Center and would like more information please call (510) 970-7575 or e-mail

The Kitchen

The Kitchen The kitchen is where we store all of the shelter rabbits' daily green vegetables and carrots. Animal care staff prepare the veggies here by washing and slicing them, ensuring that each rabbit gets a good mix and variety. Bales of hay are also stored in the kitchen. We are able to store 6-8 bales at one time. Flakes of hay off of the bale are available for purchase from The Hop Shop.

How Can You Support the Richmond Rabbit Center?


One of the easiest ways to help HRS is to donate. Donations are needed to help offset the costs of veterinary care, spay and neuter costs, animal care costs and maintenance costs. All donations made to the House Rabbit Society are tax deductible. If you would like to make a donation, you may do so online by clicking here or by visiting the Richmond Rabbit Center.

Become A Member

Become a member of the House Rabbit Society for only $18 per year. Membership includes a one-year subscription to the House Rabbit Journal. If you would like to become a member, you may do so online by clicking here or by visiting the Richmond Rabbit Center.


House Rabbit Society is a volunteer-based organization and our shelter could not survive without the work of our volunteers. If you live in the Bay Area and want to help out, just give us a call at 510-970-7575 or email us at or just drop by the Richmond Rabbit Center.

Donate Your Vehicle

If you'd like to donate your vehicle to HRS please call Car Donation Services at 1-800-686-4483 or visit Your car will be picked up, and once its value is established, you will be given a donation receipt and the DMV paperwork will be taken care of by a CDS staff person.

Why Do We Need A Shelter?

While House Rabbit Society has chapters (, educators and foster homes across the United States, two of the largest chapters, are in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the Bay Area alone, our foster homes have rescued over 1,000 rabbits from local shelters in the past two years.

Through the creation of the Rabbit Center, our rescue work has been radically increased, since the constraints that our fostering program experience-lack of space, time and money in individual foster homes have been alleviated.

The Rabbit Center also serves as the home office of HRS. Before the existence of the Rabbit Center, the day-to-day work of the national organization-including the production of the House Rabbit Journal, the maintenance of our website, the maintenance of the membership and health databases, the answering of HRS mail, and the coordination of the fostering and educational programs-all took place in various private homes throughout the country.

With this work centralized, more volunteers can help run the organization, and others can be freed up to focus on our program goals of rescue and education. Through both of these programs, House Rabbit Society has already reduced the numbers of rabbits being euthanized at animal shelters across the country. With the help of the Rabbit Center, which is limited-admission, more rabbits can be saved and placed into loving homes. If you are interested in volunteering at the Rabbit Center and would like more information please call (510) 970-7575 or e-mail

HRS Rabbit Center! from C Parshall on Vimeo.


Other Indexes