HOUSE RABBIT SOCIETY

aka HRS   |   Richmond, CA   |  www.rabbit.org

Mission

House Rabbit Society, is an international, animal welfare organization based in Richmond, California. Our mission has two parts: Through our adoption and fostering program, we rescue abandoned rabbits and find permanent adoptive homes; through education, we seek to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits -- and to improve bunnies' lives -- by helping people better understand these often misunderstood companion animals. Since 1988, over 40,000 rabbits have been rescued through foster homes across the USA. We neuter/spay all incoming rabbits, obtain any necessary veterinary care, and attend to their social needs. There is no time limit on our rescued rabbit care.

Ruling year info

1993

Interim Executive Director

Beth Woolbright

Board President

Dawn Sailer

Main address

148 Broadway

Richmond, CA 94804 USA

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EIN

94-3061685

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rabbits are the third-most surrendered animal to animal shelters after cats and dogs. House Rabbit Society works to save the lives of animals who would otherwise be euthanized in shelters. We partner with our local chapters , allied rabbit rescue groups, and local shelters to help support rabbit adoption programs and humane education. We also work to educate the public on rabbit care, to help rabbits receive species-appropriate care, and to support rabbit guardians with the knowledge to successfully keep rabbits in indoor homes and become beloved members of their families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rescue and Adoption

HRS rescues rabbits in partnership with animal shelters and humane societies. We provide lifesaving surgeries and vet care, spay and neuter, and adopt them into permanent indoor homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

HRS volunteers educate the public about house rabbit care, and promote the idea of rabbits as indoor companions. We also offer education to humane organizations. Our education is through our website, rabbit.org, the House Rabbit Journal, and other publications, classes and materials. HRS Licensed Educators provide rabbit education through their local rescues and shelters in the US and internationally, and support to rabbit guardians over the phone/email/social media. Our rabbit rescue conference provides continuing education for HRS licensed Educators to help shelters and rabbits in their communities in the US and internationally.

Population(s) Served
Adults

House Rabbit Society operates a monthly low-cost rabbit spay/neuter clinic, open to the public.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Every year we hear about a number of emergency rabbit rescue situations around the country that involve anywhere from 15 to 1500 rabbits. In order to help, we have the Emergency Rescue Grant program.

All donations coming to HRS that specify “Emergency Rescue Fund” will go towards these grants. We are using those funds to make targeted grants from $250 to $1,000 to animal shelters and 501c3 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.

Learn about our Emergency Rescue Grant winners here:
http://rabbit.org/hrs-emergency-grant-recipients/

Population(s) Served
Adults

While House Rabbit Society chapters are all independent 501c3 organizations, responsible for raising their own funds, House Rabbit Society tries to provide support to our chapters in cases where they need extra help. In order to do this, we have the Chapter Grant Program.

All donations coming to HRS that specify “Chapter Grants” will go towards these grants. We are using those funds to make targeted grants (ranging from $250-$1500) to HRS chapters to fund specific veterinary needs or projects with clear goals and objectives, including capital projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of website pageviews

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families

Related Program

Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of websites and organizations (outside of our organization) that share our resources and information

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is a rough estimate from google analytics about external sites that link to our education materials. In addition, we hope to track downloads of our shelter resources in the future

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

House Rabbit Society's goal is to improve the lives of domestic rabbits by elevating their living standards, quality of care, and legal status as indoor animal companions through education, rescue, and awareness.

For our goal of rescuing abandoned rabbits and finding permanent homes for them, we strive to increase our adoption rate and reduce our length of stay for rabbits at House Rabbit Society. We recruit foster homes to allow us to increase our capacity to care for additional rabbits and find them homes without the need to take in additional rabbits at our headquarters facility. We promote the rabbits for adoption, and take them to off-site adoption events.

In 2019, we hired a part-time vet and RVT, and built an on-site surgery suite to facilitate fast spay/neuter and fast surgical and medical care for House Rabbit Society's rabbits, allowing us to help the medically neediest rabbits receive the highest level of care, and to help rabbits to be ready for adoption as quickly as possible. Our surgery suite is the first rabbit-specific surgery suite at a shelter in the world. While this was paused in late 2021 after the tragic death of our vet, we are actively working to reopen our surgery suite by the summer of 2022.

For our goal of educating the public and assisting humane societies, twice a year we publish The House Rabbit Journal, which is mailed to all of our members. We also operate rabbit.org, which provides rabbit care and health information to an average of 3,000 unique users a day. Our staffed headquarters is available for the public to call and ask questions, and we have a calling list on rabbit.org of local House Rabbit Society licensed educators across the country (and internationally!) that the public can call. We offer classes to local animal shelters. We present educational presentations at rabbit events and table at veterinary and sheltering conferences to connect professionals interested in helping rabbits with our educational resources.

We have 28 licensed House Rabbit Society chapters in 19 states as well as three international locations that each have their own own local rescue, adoption, and education programs . We have over 300 licensed educators that work with shelters, rabbit caregivers, and the general public to share our huge repository of quality house rabbit education materials through print, web, social media, webinar, and most importantly in-person hands on events.

We have a talented team of volunteers and staff - we have capabilities that include graphic design, education, pedagogy, photography, writing, publishing, rabbit care, exotic veterinary care, animal chiropractic and acupuncture, grant writing and fundraising, animal sheltering, retail management, and social media communications.

We have over 300 licensed educators that work with shelters, rabbit caregivers, and the general public to share our huge repository of quality house rabbit education materials through print, web, social media, webinar, and most importantly in-person hands on events. We have 28 licensed House Rabbit Society chapters in 19 states as well as three international locations that each have their own own local rescue, adoption, and education programs.

House Rabbit Society, together with all of our 35 chapters, has rescued over 40,000 rabbits since our founding in 1988.

HRS Headquarters rabbit adoption numbers:
2015 129
2016 141
2017 120
2018 168
2019 167

We focus our efforts on shelter rabbits that, but for House Rabbit Society, wouldn't have a second chance. Many medically needy rabbits have longer lengths of stay, but we are very successful in getting these rabbits healthy and finding loving adoptive homes for them.

We opened a low-cost spay/neuter clinic out of our headquarters in Richmond, CA in 2014, and have spayed/neutered over 650 rabbits, preventing accidental litters and helping to keep rabbits in their homes. We were able to train 5 veterinarians new to rabbits in rabbit spay/neuter through our clinic.

In 2019, we opened an on-site surgery suite and hired a part-time vet and RVT, so we can perform needed rabbit surgeries every week.

We have operated rabbit.org since 1995, which provides rabbit care and health information to an average of 4,000 unique users a day as of March, 2022.

We have over 300 licensed educators that work with shelters, rabbit caregivers, and the general public to educate and rase awareness of house rabbits and the importance of spay neuter. We have over 70,000 users of our Facebook rabbit chat group.

In January of 2022 we have begun to design and implement a 3 year strategic plan. Those strategies and goals will be shared here, on our website, and in our other communication channels when it is complete in late June 2022.

Financials

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HOUSE RABBIT SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 04/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dawn Sailer

Eli Lilly and Company

Laurie Gigous

BAE Systems

Beth Woolbright

Joy Gioia

Hope Animal Hospital

Dawn Sailer

Eli Lilly and Company

Edie Sayeg

Start Smiling Dental – Atlanta, GA

Paige Parsons

Paige K Parsons Design

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/3/2022

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Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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