House Rabbit Connection - Springfield Pet Shelter

The House Rabbit Connection, Inc. (HRC), incorporated in Massachusetts, U.S.A. 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 has about 105 members in 14 states. You can also find us on social media through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We are an official Chapter of the worldwide House Rabbit Society for Connecticut and Massachusetts in the United States of America. 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).

  • Shelter Address
  • P.O. Box 83
    Springfield, MA 01101
  • Phone
  • (413) 439-7HRC
  • Contact Name
  • Contact eMail
  • Website
  • Pet types
  • Rabbits
  • Location served

Adoption Process

If you are interested in adopting one of our rabbits, please call us at (413) 439-7472 OR email us at (You do not need to do both - it does not make things go any faster and can actually cause a delayed response.) Please read below for information prior to contacting us: When you call or email us, one of our volunteer Hopliners will get in touch with you to start the adoption process. This involves getting your contact information and asking questions regarding your household and level of experience with rabbits. These may seem like very personal questions, but they are necessary for us to ask them. We ask for your mailing address so we can send an adoption packet to you. We need to know about children or other pets in your home because not every rabbit responds well to them. We need to know if you own or rent your home because we do need proof from renters that they have permission from their landlords to have a rabbit in their home. Besides asking questions from you, our Hopliners are also happy to answer any questions you may have about rabbit care, especially if you have never owned a rabbit before. From there, our Hopliners give your information to our adoption team, and a team member will then contact you to discuss adoption in more detail. They may ask more questions about your household or about your level of experience with rabbits. This is so we can get a better view of who you are and if the rabbit you are interested in will be a good fit for your home. Our goal is to find forever homes for our rabbits; we want you to be happy with your rabbit, and we want your rabbit to be happy with you. If all goes well, the final step is the meet-and-greet (or bunny date). This can be done at the foster home of the rabbit, or at the home of one of our volunteers, or at another location that is convenient both for the potential adopter and for our rabbits being transported. For bunny dates, a neutral location may be chosen instead of the foster home to be sure that neither rabbit has already claimed that space as “theirs”. If everything is good and you, the adopter, are happy, you fill out and sign the official paperwork, pay the adoption fee ($60 for a single rabbit, and $110 for a bonded pair), and you bring your new rabbit(s) home.

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