The House Rabbit Connection
Who are We and Why are We Here?!
The House Rabbit Connection, Inc. (HRC), incorporated in Massachusetts in 1997, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. HRC was founded by a committed group of individuals dedicated to the plight of abandoned rabbits. The organization now about 253 members in 14 states.
We are an official Chapter of the worldwide House Rabbit Society for Connecticut and Massachusetts.
HRC is made up entirely of volunteers — individuals who dedicate time, money, and energy to move HRC toward its goals. These individuals share a love of rabbits and the belief that rabbits should not be relegated to hutches in the backyard. Instead, rabbits should be inside the home, free to explore rabbit-proofed room, living in roomy cages (or cage-free), playing with toys, and interacting with all members of the household (human and non-human).
HRC educates the public and its members through:
* Frequent educational events at local pet supply stores and animal-related events
* Our quarterly newsletter, In Pursuit of Hoppiness
* School Outreach
* Distribution of rabbit care information packets
* Our website, the HopLine (413/525-9222) and email.
Why does the world need rabbit rescue groups?
Rabbits are a growing pet population in the United States; however, many people who purchase rabbits do not know the time and training involved in having a great pet.
People buy cute little bunnies for their children without realizing this animal will need care and attention for approximately ten years. As a result, these rabbits are abandoned in shelters, parks, and even woodland areas. Domesticated rabbits have very little chance for survival in the wilderness and most rabbits dropped off at shelters are euthanized. YOU CAN CHANGE THIS TERRIBLE TREND!
The House Rabbit Connection, Inc. is non-profit organization that is committed to changing this trend forever. Donations and volunteers are a critical part of the organization. Without either, we would not be able to save rabbits, adopt them out to loving families, and offer information to the public.
Donations are always needed. The money donated will go to spaying and neutering rabbits adopted from shelters, educating the public about rabbit ownership and rabbits in general, as well as many other programs sponsored by the House Rabbit Connection.
HRC Board of Directors
HRC is run by an all volunteer Board of Directors. The Board members are elected at HRCs annual meeting in June and serve for 3 years between elections. On any given year approximately 1/3 of the board seats are up for election. All of the work that HRC does is channeled through volunteer committees. And each committee is chaired by a member of the board.
The following members are currently serving on the board of directors for the House Rabbit Connection:
JUNE 2012 - JUNE 2013
Officers President - Marlene Wilhelm Vice President - Doreen Reynolds -Consolati Treasurer - Jessica Seybold Assistant Treasurer - Don Frigon Clerk - Georgia Blackwell Assistant Clerk - Diana Bosch
Committee Chairpersons Events - Lee Shaw Education - Doreen Reynolds -Consolati Foster - Joanne Kosiorek Adoption - Tracy Lotko Newsletter - Georgia Blackwell Development - VACANT
Board of Directors Deb Carron Diana Bosch Georgia Blackwell Jessica Cucka Doreen Reynolds-Consolati Don Frigon Joanne Kosiorek Tracy Lotko Jack Lotko Jessica Seybold Lee Shaw Lauren Sherwood Marlene Wilhelm
HRS Chapter Manager - Deb Carron
Web Manager - Paula Raposa
Founder - Deena Balogh
HRC Mission Statement
We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit corporation with these primary goals:
“To take in adoptable abandoned rabbits, provide foster care, have them spayed or neutered and find quality, indoor homes for them while also educating the public and other organizations about rabbit care.”
The Organization may cooperate with other individuals and groups having similar goals, philosophies, and concerns.
We cannot and do not take rabbits from the public.