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

In 2020, ESRREC ceased operations of Usagi’s Place, the gift shop on premises, and expanded the shelter to house more adoptable rabbits. ESRREC fundraiser merchandise with our logo (t-shirts, coffee mugs, magnets etc.) is still available for purchase.

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 or find your local rehabilitor on the Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitors Association website.