Courtesy Saint Francis Pet Foundation
01/19/2012 at 01:00 PM EST
Home. Some cats and dogs never have one to call their own. We want to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary homeless pet every week. Today, we'd like you to meet Gucci, an 8-month-old giant German rabbit that could be mistaken for a small dog.
Just a few months ago, this bunny's chances at having a pet's life were looking slim. The staff at the Saint Francis Pet Foundation
in Wood Dale, Illi., read an article about a breeder in Marburg, Germany, with a surplus of rabbits and reached out to him.
"We contacted the guy in Germany and said, 'Look if you've got rabbits you don't want, send them to us," says Tom Carroll, president of the rescue. "
The "extraordinarily large," neutered bunny weighs about 15 lbs. and could gain at least 10 more in the next year, so he needs ample space to roam, and a cool spot to hang out when the weather gets warm.
"He has a lot of character," Carroll says. "He's straight out of Alice in Wonderland
Litter-box trained Gucci lives a lot like a dog, too. He occupies an 8-ft. by 10-ft. dog run, complete with a doghouse and lots of dirt for digging. But he's not a lap dog just yet.
"If you can catch him, he'll sit in your lap, but it takes time to get friendly," says Carroll. "He doesn't bite, but he's aggressive in the sense that it follows you around."
Gucci's diet consists of kale, lettuce, carrots and a pellet protein supplement – and at least once a day he indulges in something sweet.
"He loves Fruit Loops," says Carroll. "We shake the bag and he knows it's Fruit Loops and he's very happy to have them."
If Gucci sounds like the perfect companion for you, contact the Saint Francis Pet Foundation at (630)766-4676.
to meet last week's adoptable pet, Felix.