The HRS Emergency Grant Program



rabbits



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.

Following is the list of grants that HRS has made from 2007-2010.

2007
5/2/07 Animal Friends, Inc. of Pittsburgh to help with a rescue of over 50 domestic rabbits in Pittsburgh.
5/11/07 Bunny Bunch of Southern California to help with a rescue of over 500 domestic rabbits in Garden Grove, CA.
5/25/07 Wild Rescue of Texas to help with a rescue of 45 domestic rabbits in the Fort Worth Area.
9/7/07 Louisville Metro Animal Services of KY to help with a rescue of 100 rabbits from a basement breeder.
9/28/07 Idaho Domestic Animal Welfare Group to help with a group of needy rabbits.
10/18/07 Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue to help with a rescue of 30 stray rabbits in Plainfield, CT.
11/13/07 Chenoa Manor to help with a rescue of 40 meat rabbits in Chesterfield, MI.
11/21/07 Jackson County Humane Society to help with the care of 50 rabbits living in squalid conditions in W. Virginia.

2008
1/21/08 Linda Baley to help with the rescue of 30 rabbits living on an island park in Redondo Beach, CA.
1/24/08 The Rabbit Haven to help with the rescue of over 50 rabbits and 60 guinea pigs in Scotts Valley, CA.
2/29/08 Luv-N-Bunns to help with the care of 52 meat rabbits about to be slaughtered in Michigan.
3/18/08 Rabbit Rescue, Inc. to help with the rescue and care of 400 rabbits from a cruelty case in Ontario, Canada.
4/9/08 The Responsible Animal Care Society to help with the relocation of hundreds of feral rabbits in Kelowna, BC Canada.
4/9/08 Edmonton Humane Society to help with the care of 129 rescued rabbits from a neglect case in Edmonton, AB Canada.
5/7/08 Wild Rescue of Texas to help with neutering and spaying unaltered and breeding shelter rabbits in Texas.
8/10/08 St. Louis House Rabbit Society to help with caring for dozens of rabbits from a rescue of over 360 animals organized by the Humane Society of Missouri.
8/20/08 Bartlett Animal Shelter to help with caring for 119 rabbits from a cruelty case in West Tennessee.
8/20/08 Wild Rescue of Texas to help with caring for 30 of the 119 rabbits from the TN cruelty case.
8/20/08 Peeps and Creeps of Texas to help with spaying and neutering 50 rabbits and to start a low cost spay/neuter program at their local clinic, A-Z Veterinary Clinic.
8/28/08 San Diego HRS to help with spaying and neutering 56 rabbits seized in a big cruelty case.
10/7/08 Animal Friends, Inc. of Pittsburgh to help with a rescue of 46 rabbits in Ross Township, PA.
10/7/08 St. Lucie Humane Society of Florida to help with their rabbit care.
10/7/08 Critter Cafe Rescue of Michigan to help with the care of over 50 rabbits rescued from the yard of a foreclosed home.
11/19/08 Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary of Stockton, CA to help with the care of 50 dwarf rabbits abandoned by a breeder.

2009
1/8/09 Leaps and Bounds Rabbit Rescue of Rocklin, CA to help with the care of over 35 rabbits confiscated by Animal Control.
2/11/09 Bunny World Foundation of Los Angeles to help with the care of over 100 rabbits being bred in filthy conditions in the LA Fashion District.
4/20/09 Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue of Southern California to help with the care of dozens of rabbits.
6/1/09 Edmonton Humane Society to help with a hoarding situation with 120 rabbits, plus perhaps another 150 more.
6/1/09 Susan's Place of Oklahoma to help with 30 abandoned rabbits.
6/23/09 Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary of British Columbia to help with 200 feral rabbits, out of a population of perhaps 800 rabbits who have been dumped in the city of Kelowna.
7/25/09 Alabama EARS of to help with the care of at least 40 rabbits living under a shed in a backyard in Alabama.
8/7/09 The Rabbit Haven to help with the rescue of over 100 rabbits abandoned, and dying, at a school in San Jose, CA
11/2/09 Miranda Rescue to help with the rescue of 32 unadoptable rabbits in Fortuna, CA
11/2/09 Luv A Bun to help with the rescue of 25 adults and 8 babies found along with dead rabbits at a hoarder's house in Lake Worth, FL
12/12/09 St. Louis HRS to help with general operating expenses
12/18/09 Nevada SPCA to help with the rescue of 75 rabbits living loose at a college campus and psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas, NV

2010
01/21/2010 Bunny Bunch of Southern California to help with a rescue of about 400 feral rabbits at Long Beach City College.
03/10/2010 Gainesville Rabbit Rescue to help with a rescue of 24 rabbits from a local Humane Society, where they had been breeding.
3/22/2010 St. Louis HRS to help with a rescue of 133 rabbits from a breeder in St. Clair, Missouri.
3/30/2010 Red Barn Rabbit Rescue to help with a rescue of approximately 100 rabbits from a breeder in Salem, Oregon.
6/1/2010 Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary to help with a rescue of over 100 baby rabbits from a backyard breeder/hoarder in Martinez, California.
6/1/2010 Bunny World Foundation to help with a 146 rabbits rescued from the illegal sales of baby rabbits in downtown Los Angeles' Santee Alley.
6/21/2010 Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue to help with a high number of emergency surgeries and ongoing medical expenses for the rabbits at their local shelter in Santa Barbara, CA.
7/5/2010 Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary to help with over 80 rabbits found in a backyard of a woman in Phoenix, AZ.
7/18/2010 The Rabbit Haven to help with the rescue of over 143 rabbits found at the home of a backyard breeder in Santa Cruz, CA
9/18/2010 TRACS For Texas Bound Bunnies to help with transport costs for moving 600 of the UVic Bunnies from Victoria, BC to Wild Rose Ranch in Texas
10/26/2010 Ulster County SPCA to help with the care of 26 rabbits rescued from a convicted animal abuser.
11/4/2010 Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue to help with the care of 20 rabbits taken from a Burrillville, RI home where the owner has been charged with neglect. All the rabbits are underweight with mites and various wounds.

2011

  • 01/10/2011 TRACS For Texas Bound Bunnies to help with transport costs for moving more of the UVic Bunnies from Victoria, BC to Wild Rose Ranch in Texas
  • 2/10/2011 Ulster County SPCA to help with the care of 24 rabbits rescued from a breeding operation. The rabbits were found to be living in terrible conditions and many had open wounds, parasites, and lacerations. More information on the case, and a video, is available here.
  • 4/2/2011 Ulster County SPCA to help with the care of 64 rabbits rescued from a woman living in a trailer. Many of the rabbits had open sores, bites, hair loss and other injuries. More information on the case, and a video, is available here.
  • 5/2/2011 Bunny Bunch to help with the care of approximately 80 rabbits who were found living in a woman's home who cannot take care of them.
  • 05/12/2011 Bunny World Foundation of Los Angeles to help with the care of over 150 baby rabbits being bred in filthy conditions in the LA Fashion District.
  • 05/12/2011 Bunny Brigade volunteers of Ventura County Animal Services to help with the care of 34 rabbits, 26 of which came from a woman's backyard.
  • 5/20/2011 Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue of Southern California to help with the spay/neuter of 40 rabbits, thanks to the rabbits' eviction from the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society.
  • 6/14/2011 Cullen's Archangel Rescue of Columbia, South Carolina to help with the spay/neuter of a batch of rabbits rescued from a breeder along with hundreds of birds.
  • 6/14/2011 St. Louis House Rabbit Society to help with the care of 32 rabbits found abandoned in a wire mesh contained on top of a threatened levee in the flood area of Southern Missouri.
  • 6/24/2011 Indiana House Rabbit Society to help with the care of 17 rabbits from a confiscation and cruelty case in Dearborn County, IN.
  • 6/30/2011 Hop a Long Hollow to help with the care of an unknown number of rabbits set loose in a strip mall in Straford CT.
  • 7/1/2011 Rabbit Rescue, Inc. to help with the care of 400 rabbits rescued from a hoarding situation in Sudbury, Ontario; 200 of the rabbits have already been euthanized but Rabbit Rescue is trying to help the rest, many of whom are still giving birth.
  • 8/3/2011 Red Barn Rabbit Rescue to help with the care of a number of rabbits rescued from a breeder in Oregon.
  • 8/12/2011 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. Recently, a man was arrested and charged with cruelty for brutally killing 40 of those rabbits (see story here). Bunny Bunch needs funds but also volunteers and foster homes desperately.
  • 8/22/2011 The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast to help with the care of 38 rabbits who were dumped after Easter.
  • 9/14/2011 Tuscarawas County Humane Society to help with the care of 82 rabbits seized from a deplorable environment at a farm in Ohio. To read about the case, see story here), and you can see video here) The Humane Society needs donations and help of all kinds.
  • 10/7/2011 Rabbit Haven to help with the care of 34 rabbits seized from a breeder in San Jose, California, most of whom are most likely pregnant.
  • 11/10/2011 Rabbit Haven to help with the care of 116 rabbits seized from a breeder in Aptos, California, many of whom are in terrible conditions. To read about the situation, and how you can help, visit Rabbit Haven's web page on the crisis.


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