Supporting House Rabbit Society
Did you know?
House Rabbit Society is the only rabbit rescue and education program that is international in scope and reach? We have 31 chapters in 21 states, plus Canada and Italy, and educators and fosterers in an additional 10 states plus Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. We also run a one-of-a-kind Adoption and Education Center in Richmond, California. How do we do all that? We owe our success to our volunteers, and to the generosity of our over 7,000 individual members who support this very important work. Without our volunteers, who without pay and on the side of their "regular" jobs, put thousands of hours a year into educational and rescue work, we would cease functioning. But equally important are our members, who support us financially from year to year. Because HRS receives no government support, nor do we accept advertising dollars, we count on the generosity of our members to keep our rescue and education programs alive.
An Incredible Value
Since it was founded in 1988, HRS has prided itself on being a one-of-a-kind organization dedicated to an animal who is among the most harshly exploited of animals. Most rabbits are either bred and slaughtered or kept in laboratories. Even as pets, rabbits bear a heavy load of abuse. Typically kept alone in a small outdoor hutch, these gregarious animals spend their lives in lonely isolation, deprived of exercise, medical attention, human or animal contact, and, often, appropriate food, or fresh water. Many other rabbits are dumped in parks, forests, and by highways when their humans tire of them; an uncountable number are euthanized in animal shelters.
Education and Rescue
House Rabbit Society volunteers work very hard to counteract these perceptions, and to elevate the position of rabbits in society. Without funding, our avenues for education—the House Rabbit Journal, this website, our classes, videos and handouts—would be eliminated. In addition, our volunteers spend countless hours on the phone and on Internet mailing lists, answering health and behavior questions for desperate rabbit people. Our rescue efforts are even more important, and costly. HRS fosterers have rescued over 20,000 rabbits since our founding twenty years ago. Every rabbit has been spayed or neutered, receives individual care including toys, medical care, healthy food and treats, and love. All of these efforts costs time-and money. That's why we rely on support from private individuals—people like you.
You have a whole host of ways to support the House Rabbit Society, through joining HRS, rabbit sponsorships, designating a gift for a specific purpose like our Emergency Rescue Fund, or joining House Rabbit Society Angels by leaving us a bequest. Finally, we ask that you support your local chapter directly, as HRS chapters are not supported financially by the national organization.
However you choose to support House Rabbit Society, you will be embarking on a partnership with an organization which has directly helped thousands of rabbits. Your gift can make the difference in the number of rabbits we can rescue per year; support the work of our educators by funding photocopying, mailing expenses, and phone bills; or help our chapters in their local, lifesaving work. There are almost as many ways of giving as there are programs, projects and priorities at House Rabbit Society that need your support.
Your contributions are vital to the success of House Rabbit Society. We urge you to give as generously as you can, to buy more bunnies just a little more time. For more information, write to us at:
House Rabbit Society148 BroadwayRichmond, CA 94804
Or, fill out our membership form.