Our Mission

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.

Our geographic coverage focuses primarily on five Maryland counties to the east of the Chesapeake Bay: Kent, Queen Anne’s, Cecil, Talbot, and Caroline.  (see map)  In 2019, we expanded our activities in the Salisbury area.

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We began operations in April 2015.

Activities will include:

  • Manage a shelter (10-12 rabbits) & any related medical care
  • Conduct educational programs at the ESRREC premises and other locations
  • Partner with animal welfare organizations on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
  • Arrange with local animal hospital to spay/neuter rabbits before adoption
  • Manage a local foster network
  • Manage adoptions
  • Organize and manage volunteers
  • Conduct fundraising activities
  • Conduct outreach at local animal shelters, pet stores
  • Manage sales and inventory of Usagi’s Place, a store on the premises, open Saturdays and Sundays 12-5pm.  100% of the proceeds from Usagi’s Place will benefit ESRREC.

NOTE: We cannot accept wild rabbits.  We are not licensed to rehab injured wildlife.  If you have an injured wild rabbit, we recommend that you contact Department of Natural Resources.