Rabbit Center Programs & Services

Founded in 1988, House Rabbit Society is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with headquarters in Richmond, California, with a mission of rabbit rescue and education. When our headquarters location opened in 2000, we were the first all-rabbit shelter in the country.

In September 2019, House Rabbit Society opened an in-house surgery suite and started performing surgeries for HRS rabbits after hiring a veterinarian and registered veterinary technician (RVT). House Rabbit Society is the first rabbit rescue in the U.S. to have a staff veterinarian.

House Rabbit Society rescues rabbits in partnership with municipal shelters across Northern California, particularly in cases where rabbits would be at risk of euthanasia whether due to injury, illness, behavior, or the shelter just having too many rabbits at once. After rabbits arrive at House Rabbit Society, their health is evaluated by our staff veterinarian, provided with the necessary medical or surgical care by our medical team, and then are placed up for adoption.

We’re proud to have launched several exciting initiatives
in response to the challenges facing both rabbit rescue and rabbit guardians right now.

By piloting programs like these at our facility, our goal is to take them to a national scale
as well as be a model for others to emulate.


At any given time, we have 30-50+ rabbits available for adoption at our facility. Whether you’re brand new to the world of rabbits or you’re looking to add a second one to your family, we have the rabbit for you!

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Fostering makes a huge impact! It gives a rabbit plenty of exercise, love, and attention and it also helps make space at our facility, allowing us to bring in more rabbits from shelters off the euthanasia list. We’re able to save more rabbit lives because of fosters.

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We have plenty of volunteer opportunities available, from brushing rabbits to cleaning kennels to packing Hop Shop orders to creating TikTok videos of the rabbits.

We’re always looking for more people to join our volunteer team! Remote opportunities are available as well; please inquire at rabbit-center@houserabbit.org to learn more. 

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Hop Shop

At our facility, we sell many rabbit supplies, food, treats, and toys in our Hop Shop. All proceeds benefit rabbit rescue and education.

We’re open for in-person shopping Thursday through Sunday. We also ship nationwide!

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Hop Shop

Whether you’re looking to adopt and have general questions about rabbit care or you’re looking to adopt a second rabbit, we have the virtual class for you!

We offer free Zoom classes on rabbit care and rabbit bonding open worldwide to anyone who wants to learn more about rabbits.

Since this initiative launched in 2022, we’ve already hosted well over 200 classes, with people joining from as far away as Belgium, the U.K., and Canada. For many people, particularly those who adopt from a public shelter, this may be the only education they receive about how to care for a rabbit. Watch for announcements about new classes soon!

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Going on a trip? We can watch your rabbit—board them with us! Discounted rates are offered to HRS members.

*RHDV vaccination required 

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Vaccination Clinic

Get your rabbit their annual RHDV vaccine at HRS! Protect your rabbit against this deadly virus. Offered monthly by appointment. We’re proud to share that we’re on track to have vaccinated over 600 rabbits through our vaccination clinics in 2023.

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To help address the staggering need for accessible spay/neuter services and to prevent more unwanted rabbits, in summer 2023, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries resumed at our facility. Since medical bandwidth is limited, appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first served basis. Our expert medical team has fixed over 200 rabbits in 2023—our goal is to fix over 300 in 2024! 

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Let us pamper your rabbit—bring them in to HRS for a spa day. We’ll get them looking fresh! Appointment required.

*RHDV vaccination required  

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Rabbit Essentials Pantry

In November 2022, HRS launched a food and supply pantry to help Bay Area rabbit guardians in need. The program is designed to help families who are facing economic hardship to continue to care for the rabbits they love and prevent these rabbits from the threat of rehoming or abandonment.

Each first Saturday of the month, we have essential rabbit supplies available to the public on a limited first-come, first-served basis, free of charge. Items that may be available include carriers, litterboxes, litter pellets, hay, food pellets, x-pens, and a limited selection of toys.

The pantry is open to Bay Area residents in need due to financial difficulties, no proof of household income required. We also welcome anyone who has found a dumped domestic rabbit in their neighborhood and needs the supplies to care for the rabbit while rehoming them.

The HRS rabbit essentials pantry has already become a vital resource to many Bay Area rabbit guardians. Since the pantry started, we’ve distributed an estimated 2,250 pounds of hay, 1,295 pounds of rabbit food pellets, and 1,365 pounds of litter.

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We have an outreach program where HRS staff and volunteers take rabbits to corporate offices and other event spaces to help raise awareness about rabbits as indoor pets and the public services HRS offers. We’re thrilled for the opportunity to talk more with people about the magical world of rabbits!

Email communications@houserabbit.org if you’re interested in HRS bunnies visiting your Bay Area workplace.

Crisis Companions

For those facing domestic violence situations, the Crisis Companions program offers families the option to temporarily surrender their rabbit to HRS until they’re in a safe and stable position and their rabbit can be reunited with them.

HRS will provide all necessary medical and housing care at no cost.

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