Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue and Education Center, Inc. (ESRREC) was established as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Maryland in December 2014 and was granted retroactive 501(c)(3) status in March 2015.
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Our organization is 100% volunteer, including the Board of Directors:
Cora C. Dickson
Cora lives in a house in Rock Hall with 11 rescued rabbits of her own plus fosters. She founded ESRREC because she recognized the lack of resources on the eastern shore for people who want to adopt rabbits. The namesake for the store, Usagi (Japanese for “rabbit”), sadly passed away in October 2016 from old age, but her spirit lives on as Cora’s inspiration for ESRREC. Cora works in Washington, D.C. in the field of international relations for the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Kelly joined ESRREC’s team in 2018 while living in Talbot County after meeting volunteers at a PetSmart event. When she moved south to Salisbury, she took our mission with her! Kelly has 3 rabbits of her own- Milie, Jasper, & Daisy -and a rotating door of fosters. Kelly facilitates adoptions, coordinates volunteers, and organizes outreach events on the lower shore. When she isn’t snuggling bunnies, Kelly works as a firefighter/paramedic.
Deb lives in Lincoln University, PA with family roots in Eastern Shore’s Tilghman Island. Her love of animals began at a young age with her first dog Fawn and rabbit Snowflake. Since then Deb has been an active member in various animal organizations across the country. She shares her home with her love Ed, dog Bella and two adopted rabbits Fiona and Simon, who were rescued as strays by ESRREC. She works in Wilmington, DE in the field of financial banking.
William has been involved with ESRREC from the early planning stages. Not only does he volunteer at the shelter 1-2 times a week, he also helps his wife Cora manage the care of several foster rabbits at their house. William had rabbits as pets when he was a child and also as a college student, so when he and Cora moved to Rock Hall in 2009 they adopted two rabbits (Usagi and Coney, both since deceased). He works as a senior consultant for Red Hat and has a 20+ year career in the IT field.
Mark is a lifelong Maryland resident who has lived in Bowie, Maryland since 1995. His furry family includes 1 guinea pig and 6 rabbits. He happened to meet other ESRREC volunteers at a Rabbit Hopping Demonstration, and became a foster/volunteer. He joined the ESRREC Board in January 2019 and specializes in fostering some of the “harder to socialize” (i.e. grumpy) bunnies. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue. He currently works for the city of Bowie, Television Communications Department.