The Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue and Education Center (ESRREC), is based in Rock Hall, Maryland. ESRREC ensures the health, safety and emotional well-being of abandoned pet rabbits on Maryland’s Eastern Shore through shelter and care, with guidance to the families who adopt them as companion animals. ESRREC is a nonprofit corporation and has 501(c)(3) status. We are 100% volunteer-run, including our Board of Directors.
We do not do “same day” adoptions. The process generally takes three stages: Initial Meeting: The family meets and interacts with the rabbit at the ESRREC shelter or an adoption event. Families can fill out and submit the application form before or after the meeting. Screening: Be willing to have a home visit (in person or virtual), mainly for advisory purposes. If approved: Pick up the rabbit (must have all supplies ready, and bring a carrier), pay the adoption fee and digitally sign the adoption contract. We now accept credit cards for the adoption fee. Typically the preparation of supplies and scheduling of home visit requires about a week. If the adopting family has submitted an application and indicates they definitely want to adopt, we will put a hold on the rabbit(s). Since the habitat can vary according to the rabbit’s needs, we recommend you hold off any major purchases until after the adoption meeting. An ESRREC volunteer can advise on suitable habitat, as well as the type of carrier.