Our Mission and History

Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1988

House Rabbit Society is an International Animal Welfare organization with its headquarters here at the House Rabbit Society SF Bay Area location. Our mission has two parts:

  • Through our foster program, volunteers coordinate the rescue of at-risk rabbits at the local municipal shelters and find permanent adoptive homes for them.
  • Through education, we seek to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits and improve those rabbit’s lives by helping people better understand these often misunderstood companion animals. 

In line with this mission we are against the exploitation of rabbits. 

The SF Bay Area House Rabbit Society Facility was purchased in 2000 and made possible by our wonderful donors, the fundraising efforts of our volunteers and the support of the rabbit community as a whole. Our facility seeks to further the advancement of rabbit medical care by providing low cost medical services, rabbit surgical training for veterinarians and medical volunteer hours for aspiring RVTs and Veterinarians. We also strive to provide up-to-date health, wellness and behavior by way of digital and in person classes. Through our adoption and foster programs, we aim to save rabbit’s from the threat of euthanasia, build their confidence and trust, and pair them with loving families. 


Our facility is located at:

148 Broadway in Richmond, California. 


Fridays 11am to 4pm

Saturdays 11am to 4pm

Sunday 12pm to 3pm

Volunteering, Fostering and Boarding are Mondays through Sundays by appointment only.

For infectious disease safety, personal rabbits are allowed onsite by appointment only. 

Our Transfer Partners

Our facility works with 35+ California municipal shelters and rescue groups. Through our partnerships we hope to increase the circulation of current rabbit health and wellness practices, help decrease the number of rabbits brought into shelters and improve their overall quality of life. Here are just a few of your local shelters that we partner with:

Animal Services of Elk Grove

Antioch Animal Services

Berkeley Animal Care Services and Animal Shelter

City of Sacramento Animal Care Services 

City of San Leandro Animal Control

Contra Costa Animal Services 

East County Animal Shelter

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter

Hayward Animal Services

Humane Society of Sonoma County 

Lassen County Animal Shelter

Marin Humane Society, 

County of Merced Animal Services

Monterey County Animal Services

Napa County Animal Shelter

Oakland Animal Services

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA 

Pets In Need

Placer SPCA

Radical Rodent Rescue

Rohnert Park Animal Services

Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation

Sacramento SPCA

San Francisco Animal Care & Control

San Jose Animal Care and Services

San Luis Obispo County – Animal Services Division

Santa Clara County Animal Shelter

Santa Cruz County Animal Services

Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority

Solano County Animal Care

Sonoma County Animal Care And Services

SPCA for Monterey County

Stockton Animal Shelter

Tri-City Animal Shelter

Ventura County Animal Services 

Yolo County Animal Services