The HRS Emergency Grant Program


To make a donation to this fund, be sure to include "Emergency Rescue Fund" in the description field of the online donation form (donations via snail mail are also gratefully accepted).

Every year we hear about a number of emergency rabbit rescue situations around the country that involve anywhere from 50 to 1500 rabbits. In order to help, in 2007, we started the Emergency Rescue Fund.

All donations coming to HRS that specify "Emergency Rescue Fund" will go towards these grants. We are using those funds to make targeted grants (usually ranging from $250 to $750) to animal rescue organizations who are involved in a large rescue of many rabbits.

Funds can be used to purchase cages, litterboxes, food, hay or toys, or can be used to fund spay/neuters and other veterinary care.

To apply for these funds, rescue groups and shelters please Click Here.

Click Here to see the groups that have benefited from this grant from 2007-2011. In 2012-2013, we have sent grants to:

  • 1/8/2012 Bunny Bunch to help with the rescue and care of hundreds of rabbits who are living on the grounds of a car rental location in Ontario, California. Bunny Bunch has rescued about 100, but there are still more to go.
  • 1/15/2012 Rabbit Haven to help with the care of over 70 rabbits who were dumped in a field in Salinas, California, and are now being cared for through the Monterey County shelter, which only has space for 6 rabbits. Foster homes are desperately needed, as well as additional donations to cover spays!
  • 2/15/2012 House Rabbit Network to help with the care (specifically spay/neuters) of 105 rabbits found in a filthy shed in Lempster, New Hampshire. The rabbits were thirsty, covered with parasites, and had a number of injuries. HRN needs more help, especially with adoptions!
  • 2/22/2012 Earthanimal Humane Education and Rescue Society (EARS) to help with the spay/neuters of some of the 600-800 Canmore rabbits who are in danger of being killed by the town of Canmore, Canada.
  • 5/25/2012 Animal Friends Rescue Project to to help with the care of 78 rabbits dumped in Marina, California, many of whom were injured.
  • 9/20/2012 Cottontail Cottage Rabbit Rescue to help with their brand new rescue program in Maine.
  • 9/20/2012 Rabbit Haven to help with two new major cases of rabbits being dumped in both Watsonville and San Jose, California.
  • 11/30/2012 Bunnyluv to help with almost 50 rabbits rescued from a situation where there were hawks and coyotes preying on them.
  • 12/7/2012 Ventura County Animal Services to help with the care of 39 rabbits brought in during the month of November, bringing the shelter's numbers up to 61, which is far more than they can handle.
  • 1/23/2013 Humane Society of Greater Dayton to help with the care of 36 rabbits brought in from a hoarder's home, along with pigeons, chickens, and a ferret; twelve of the rabbits are pregnant, and others need medical care.

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