New Mexico House Rabbit Society

New Mexico House Rabbit Society is a small collection of dedicated volunteers working to help rabbits who need homes in New Mexico. We are an official chapter of the House Rabbit Society.


We assist local animal shelters, especially Albuquerque Animal Care and Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society with their rabbit programs by:

  1. providing volunteers to help care for the rabbits at the shelter
  2. providing educational materials to provide to rabbit adopters
  3. taking in shelter rabbits when we have space in our foster program
  4. providing training to shelter staff on rabbit care and adoptions
  5. helping to publicize the rabbits at the shelter


We also hold monthly adoption events in either Albuquerque or Santa Fe with local shelter and NMHRS foster rabbits. We provide information to the general public about rabbit care and offer FREE nail trims to local rabbits at our adoption events. 



House Rabbit Society is an international nonprofit organization that rescues rabbits from animal shelters and educates the public on rabbit care and behavior.

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 foster parents 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.

In caring for so many diverse bunnies, our all-volunteer organization has learned a tremendous amount about their social, behavioral, and medical requirements. By sharing the collected information these rabbits have taught us, we are able to help other people improve their relationships with their rabbits. HRS provides educational materials to veterinarians and humane societies and helps individual rabbit people solve behavior and health problems, primarily through our web site,, and our quarterly publication, House Rabbit Journal.

Over the past 20 years, HRS has grown from 300 to more than 8,000 members, with local chapters and educators in over 30 states plus Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore. Our web site,, is accessed over 100,000 times a day by people in dozens of countries around the world.



House Rabbit Society Philosophy 

  1. The House Rabbit Society 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.
  2. In line with our mission, we are against the exploitation of rabbits.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. It is in the best interest of domestic rabbits to be neutered/spayed, to live in human housing where supervision and protection are provided, and to be treated for illnesses by veterinarians.
  6. Domestic rabbits are companion animals and should be afforded at least the same individual rights, level of care, and opportunity for longevity as commonly afforded 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).



Your support is crucial to our success! Please browse our page to see our upcoming events and ways you can donate to help us help the bunnies! 


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