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HRS Philosophy

As a chapter of the international House Rabbit Society, San Diego House Rabbit Society (SDHRS) adheres to the following philosophy.

- The House Rabbit Society (HRS) believes that ALL rabbits are valuable as individuals, regardless of breed purity, temperament, state of health, or relationship to humans. The welfare of all rabbits is our primary consideration.

- Except for unique situations, in which wild animals are being nursed or rehabilitated, it is in the best interest of wild rabbits that human intervention be held to a minimum.

- Domestic rabbits are not the product of natural selection, but rather of human interference by means of breeding programs, and the product is a human-dependent animal who needs protection. It is therefore a human responsibility that these animals be cared for in a manner appropriate to their needs.

- It is in the best interest of domestic rabbits to be neutered or spayed, to live indoors in the home where supervision and protection are provided, and to be treated for illnesses by rabbit-experienced veterinarians.

- Domestic rabbits are companion animals and should be afforded at least the same individual rights, level of care, and opportunity for longevity as is commonly given to dogs and cats who live as human companions.

- Rabbits are intelligent, social animals, who require mental stimulation, toys, exercise, environmental activity and social interaction from, as appropriate, people, other rabbits, or other animals.

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Who We Are & What We Do

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and our federal identification number is 65-1262427. Please use our legal name, San Diego Companion Rabbit Society, Inc. and this ID number when making any charitable contributions to our organization. Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

San Diego House Rabbit Society (SDHRS) is a chapter of the international House Rabbit Society (based in Richmond, CA) and has been at work in San Diego and southwest Riverside counties for more than 20 years. We celebrated our 20th Anniversary in 2012.

Our Mission is to rescue abandoned domestic rabbits within our community and find them new homes, support our local shelters in the care of their rabbits, and educate the community on the proper and responsible care of domestic rabbit companions.

SDHRS is an volunteer-driven, nonprofit rabbit welfare organization that does the following:

Supports local shelters and humane societies with spay/neuter services for their rabbits

Provides medical care for shelter rabbits that is beyond the capability of that shelter's medical facility

Assists shelters by taking in rabbits for fostering when the rabbit has a medical or behavioral problem not able to be managed by the shelter

Provides equipment and supplies to shelters not having the funding to adequately provide for their rabbits' needs

Partners with local shelters and humane societies to promote rabbits for adoption and to educate the community and responsible rabbit care

Supports the general community through our hotline, Bunny Supply Store, and educational seminars to help them care for their rabbit companions

Provides referrals to lower cost spay/neuter services.

SDHRS has supported local shelters and our community for over 25 years!

Current Board of Directors:

President and Acting Secretary: Karen Gurneck,

Executive Director: Jennifer Lee, jennifer@sandiegorabbits.org

Medical Director: Linda Knox

Director: Amy Spintman,

Director: Alan Abrams, MD JD

Director - James Andrew Vaughn

Director - Leslie Klein

Director - Jon Larson

Director - Christian Zmasek

Director - Matthew Fry

Director - Shannon Twohig

Mailing Address: SDHRS, 4807 Mercury Street, Suite A, SD 92111

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