Buy a bunny a little time to find the right home

aka HRS   |   Richmond, CA   |

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EIN: 94-3061685


House Rabbit Society's mission is to save and improve domesticated rabbit lives.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Beth Woolbright

Main address

148 Broadway

Richmond, CA 94804 USA

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Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Animal welfare

Population served info




Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

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

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

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rabbits are often the third-most surrendered animal to many animal shelters in the United States and other countries, after cats and dogs. House Rabbit Society works to save the lives of domesticated rabbits through rescue, adoption, education, and awareness. HRS staff and trained volunteers endeavor to educate the public on up-to-date rabbit behavior, health, and care, as well as help rabbits receive species-appropriate care. Our goal is to provide rabbit guardians, shelters, and veterinary professionals--on a local and global scale--with the information 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

House Rabbit Society rescues rabbits in partnership with animal shelters and humane societies. Using our rabbits-only shelter and foster homes, we provide care, lifesaving veterinary support, spay and neuter, and adoption into life-long indoor homes.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups

House Rabbit Society is a San Francisco Bay Area-based nonprofit with a global reach. Our staff and trained volunteers educate the public about up-to-date house rabbit care, behavior, and health, primarily through our website and with the aid of remote volunteers. Through our anywhere in the world can attend our online classes. We produce a color-magazine called House Rabbit Journal. Additional materials are available for shelters to download and share. We also have programs and reference materials to assist veterinary professionals in becoming more rabbit savvy.

At our rabbits-only shelter/headquarters in Richmond, California, we offer low-cost spay/neuter for the public and other rescues; RHDV2 vaccination clinics; grooming and boarding services; a rabbit supplies shelter--available for online shopping; and a petfood pantry for families in need.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Low-income people
Children and youth

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

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

While House Rabbit Society chapters are all independent 501(c)(3) nonprofits, responsible for raising their own funds, HRS is able to provide some support through 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

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

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse, Victims of disaster

Related Program

Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of website pageviews

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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


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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue and Adoption

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 the 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.

For our goal of educating the public and raising awareness about rabbits as indoor companions, we maintain an up-to-date accurate and current information on rabbit care. We publish an annual magazine, House Rabbit Journal. We also offer online classes, available to anyone in the world.

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

House Rabbit Society focuses our efforts on shelter rabbits that, but for House Rabbit Society, wouldn't have a second chance. We often rescue medically needy rabbits that shelters do not have time to care for. Sometimes they have longer lengths of stay with us, but we work dilligently to find each of these special needs rabbits loving forever homes, as well

We operate a low-cost spay/neuter clinic out of our headquarters in Richmond, CA, preventing accidental litters and helping to keep rabbits in their homes. We also train veterinary students and veterinarians want to become more rabbit-savvy spay/neuter and other rabbit-sepcific care through our clinic.

We have completed a strategic plan, which is leading us through the next five years.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 43.55 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 13.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of HOUSE RABBIT SOCIETY’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $75,301 $121,505 $55,905 $75,890 $68,111
As % of expenses 15.8% 23.1% 9.4% 15.0% 13.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $66,997 $113,397 $25,638 $42,877 $43,381
As % of expenses 13.9% 21.2% 4.1% 7.9% 8.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $755,379 $644,021 $646,976 $580,417 $574,999
Total revenue, % change over prior year 24.2% -14.7% 0.5% -10.3% -0.9%
Program services revenue 12.0% 14.3% 10.4% 2.8% 3.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 7.0% 2.6% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 90.2% 78.3% 74.9% 85.0% 92.2%
Other revenue -2.2% 7.4% 7.6% 9.6% 4.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $475,317 $526,739 $593,996 $506,699 $507,103
Total expenses, % change over prior year 6.5% 10.8% 12.8% -14.7% 0.1%
Personnel 42.8% 44.8% 54.4% 61.5% 47.5%
Professional fees 3.0% 3.2% 2.1% 2.8% 5.6%
Occupancy 3.1% 1.5% 1.3% 5.4% 7.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 4.9% 2.7% 1.7% 1.2% 7.2%
All other expenses 46.3% 47.8% 40.5% 29.1% 32.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $483,621 $534,847 $624,263 $539,712 $531,833
One month of savings $39,610 $43,895 $49,500 $42,225 $42,259
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $43,231 $46,091 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $566,462 $624,833 $673,763 $581,937 $574,092

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 18.3 18.2 17.3 22.3 24.1
Months of cash and investments 18.3 18.2 17.3 22.3 24.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 14.2 14.5 14.0 18.1 19.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $724,802 $797,752 $854,173 $939,693 $1,018,055
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $10,755 $14,038 $11,438 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $402,854 $492,176 $492,176 $495,527 $498,030
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 32.8% 30.2% 36.3% 42.7% 47.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.8% 0.9% 0.6% 1.1% 1.6%
Unrestricted net assets $866,837 $980,234 $1,005,872 $1,048,749 $1,092,130
Temporarily restricted net assets $187,453 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $187,453 $183,230 $180,305 $178,133 $177,918
Total net assets $1,054,290 $1,163,464 $1,186,177 $1,226,882 $1,270,048

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Beth Woolbright

Beth is House Rabbit Society's new executive director. A founding and current HRS board member, she has had numerous roles at the national level including public information director; board secretary, vice president, and treasurer; as well as House Rabbit Journal writer and executive editor. Her career has been focused on the San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit sector. For fifteen years, she worked on behalf of such philanthropic foundations as the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Christensen Fund. In addition Beth has worked at the nonprofits San Francisco School of Needlework and Design and The SF Market.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 05/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Chris Beafore

Laurie Gigous

Beth Woolbright

Cecille Caterson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/6/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/06/2024

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.