~*~ House Rabbit Society Needs Volunteers! ~*~
We need a lot of help taking care of the 35+ rabbits housed at the Rabbit Center. Volunteers get to help with, and learn about, all aspects of rabbit care and shelter management through hands-on learning at the international headquarters for House Rabbit Society. Volunteers enjoy time with our 35+ rabbits learning about: rabbit behavior and communication, bonding rabbits, basic and intermediate identification of rabbit medical issues, techniques of using the web to match-make homes for rabbits, shelter operations, humane education, and rabbit rescue.
Volunteers must be 16+ years old and willing to commit a minimum of 4 months to the marvelous rabbits at House Rabbit Society. Please use the following link for more details and to access the volunteer application. Thank you!
Here are several of the volunteer positions that we currently have available:
Bunny Transport Team Volunteers help transport Rabbit Center rabbits to and from veterinary appointments, local shelters, and foster homes. This position requires a car and has a VERY flexible schedule!
Mobile Adoptions Specialists will take rabbits to various mobile adoption events around the Bay Area on the weekends. Be a public representative for the Rabbit Center and help introduce the rabbits to people who might not otherwise have found out about House Rabbit Society or the Rabbit Center! Help educate the public on rabbit care, interview and screen potential adopters, and have a lot of fun!
Bunny Buddies spend time with shy rabbits to help make them more comfortable around humans and help increase their chances of being adopted!
Bunny Whisperers are more experienced rabbit people who work with rabbits who are especially shy, have special behavioral needs, or who come from abusive homes and need thus need the expertise of someone who can understand how rabbits communicate and know how best to relate to them to help them feel comfortable around humans.
Animal Care Volunteers help clean cages, habitats, and other parts of the Rabbit Center.
Humane Education Assistants help HRS Educators facilitate humane education programs for youth and adults both at the Rabbit Center in Richmond and at other locations throughout the Bay Area. This volunteer position would be great for anyone who has experience teaching and who enjoys working with kids!
Garden Crew Volunteers will help design, plant, and maintain our new vegetable gardens around the Rabbit Center. Harvested vegetables and herbs will be used to feed the 35+ rabbits at the Rabbit Center. If you are new to gardening, come learn the basics about gardening, find out what types of veggies are good for rabbits, and learn what role bunny poop can have in keeping a garden thriving! If you are an experienced gardener, we need your expertise to help plan and maintain the new bunny vegetable gardens; be a bunny garden manager!
Hop Shop Clerks help customers in our shop. Help answer questions about rabbit care, ring up customers when they buy supplies in the Hop Shop, and help keep track of inventory and restock the Hop Shop as needed. You need to be comfortable using computer software; we will train you to use Quickbooks. We especially need help on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Supervisors oversee the Rabbit Center on the weekends. They answer questions on rabbit care and help potential adopters (and their rabbits) find the right bunny. Supervisors must know how to perform basic grooming tasks (such as nail trims and anal gland cleaning) and be able to administer medications. Supervisors work one five-hour weekend shift per month. Because of the time involved in training supervisors, a long term commitment is essential!
Please contact us if you are interested in any of these positions or, if you have a skill or opportunity not on the list that you can offer.
The rabbits THANK YOU!
House Rabbit Society…
is a national, nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Richmond, California. Our mission has two parts:
- Through our fostering program, volunteers rescue abandoned rabbits and find permanent adoptive homes for them.
- 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.
In line with our mission, we are against the exploitation of rabbits.
Since HRS was founded in 1988, over 25,000 rabbits have been rescued through our foster homes across the United States. Many of these bunnies had run out of time at animal shelters and were scheduled for euthanasia; others had been deemed “unadoptable” because of age, health, or disposition. Because there is no time limit on our rescued rabbits, HRS volunteers are able to spend time getting to know each individual bunny and can then match him or her with an appropriate home. We neuter/spay all incoming rabbits, obtain any necessary veterinary care, and attend to their social needs.
House Rabbit Society 148 Broadway, Richmond, CA 94804 (510) 970-7575
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