Pookie or, as she is more commonly known, “oh my gosh! Look at the size of that rabbit!!!
Pookie has been in our care for a few months now after she was discovered sitting in the middle of a road late one evening. Despite being posted on our lost and found page no one came forward, so after her “stray time” Pookie was booked into Briarhill Vets for mandatory spay, chip and vaccination. We have no way to determine Pookies age, only to note, she has actually grown since she arrived
Pookie weighs in currently at 5.5kg and we believe she is possibly a New Zealand mix with a Flemish Giant thrown in for good measure. Pookie isn’t a standard rabbit, she is much larger and much stronger. She enjoys being in your company but, like the majority of female bunnies, affection is given on her terms. She is not “cuddly” or suitable as a pet for young children. Rabbits are trainable, fun and affectionate animals who require far more space, exercise and attention than most people realise and they are probably more work than a dog or a cat when cared for properly. They can also live up to 12 years.
Our rabbits, like any of our animals, are only homed to the most suitable home one that meet their specific requirements and not as gifts. Despite being found on a road, Pookie is very fond of indoor living and will require a home where she will live indoors as part of the family. Pookie has met other animals but prefers to avoid them if possible. She enjoys the company of respectful children but Pookie is not the type of rabbit who enjoys cuddles.
Pookie likes to sit and watch the resident children and will even lay beside them when relaxing. She enjoys being hand fed her veggies and a scratch on the head but like all rabbits Pookie is happiest with all 4 feet firmly on the ground. Pookie does enjoy foraging outdoors on nice days but she will need a fully secure garden or fully enclosed area where she can be supervised! Pookie likes to dig! She will tunnel out of most standard enclosures. Pookie like all bunnies loves to eat! Grass, hay, pellets and veg and with eating there comes poop and Pookie poops a lot! There is no point in pretending otherwise
Pookie is looking for a predominantly indoor home where she can have access to a secure garden on nice days and also be allowed enough space indoors to behave naturally and that includes running at speed and binkying to her hearts content. Pookie is relatively calm indoors, she does like to explore and is fond of perching on top of shelves which she will clear if you don’t have time to. Once settled in a new territory she should revert to using a litter tray very well, an XL cat litter tray is best. Pookie will not fit in even the largest of “standard rabbit hutches” and can jump over the majority of puppy pens, so a commitment to rabbit proofing “her space” is required. We know Pookie is not for everyone but we also know that for the right person she will be amazing! The reality is that rabbits, when treated properly are amazing members of the family and despite long lived misconceptions, require as much space and exercise as your average dog.
Pookie is vaccinated, microchipped and spayed. She is unphased by respectful dogs and cats. Pookie is fine with children once they do not expect her to behave like a cuddly toy and allow her time to get to know them. If you feel that you can offer Pookie the home she most definitely deserves please complete an exotic animal online adoption application form.
Pookie’s Microchip number available on request.
Homechecks and adoption fees will apply. In compliance with DAFM Legislation, the GalwaySPCA unique certificate number is GPT200022C.