Rescue News

June 2018

New Board Is Coming Together

We are assembling a new board, and have filled one of the two positions we need to fill. More details will follow in a couple of weeks.

Our Mailing Address Has Changed

As part of our reorganization, our mailing address has changed to P.O. Box 344, Shelton, CT 06484-9994. There was an inadvertent lapse in service with our former post office box in Durham, CT; if you sent something to us there and it was returned to you, you can resend it to our new address. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Closing of Our Durham Location Means We’re Focusing On Direct-From-Home Adoptions For The Time Being

While we scout out new foster homes to help us, our focus is on direct-from-home adoptions. We’ve done this for dozens of people and have a 100% success rate in getting guinea pigs placed. This also greatly reduces stress on guinea pigs because they’re moved once instead of twice.

If you need to rehome your guinea pigs, and can house them until a new home can be found, we will put their photos and information on our Petfinder list, screen adopters, and put approved adopters in touch with you. To pursue this option, email 2-3 photos, your piggies’ names, and descriptions of their temperament, their comfort level with kids, other animals they’re used to living in a home with, and so on. Also let us know what town you live in. Let us know if you will be sending their cage and supplies on to the new home, including the size of the cage. Put “Courtesy Posting” or “Direct from Home Adoption” in your email’s Subject line.

Need an immediate placement for surrendered guinea pigs? The two other dedicated guinea pig rescues in the Northeast — Turtle Hill Sanctuary in Vermont and Have A Heart in NJ — might be able to help. Each of us has been consistently close to capacity when all three of us were fully operational, so the other rescues have had additional demand as a result of our reduced operations. People we have had to turn away have contacted the other rescues, especially when they have bonded pairs that they are trying to rehome together. If you do contact Turtle Hill Sanctuary or Have A Heart and they can help you, we respectfully ask that you make a donation to them.

April 2018

Cindy Is Retiring & Transferring The Reins

After a great deal of soul searching, our rescue’s founder Cindy Kuester has decided to step away from the rescue and retire. Cindy poured her heart and soul, blood, sweat, and tears into the rescue for 10+ years before scaling back her responsibilities in 2013 to address health concerns and scaling back further in 2016 to care for her mother.

During the years that Cindy was at the helm, she cared for more than 1500 pigs, nursing them through everything from mite infestations to head injuries and everything in between. She brought more than a few piggies back from the brink, giving them the chance at lives that lasted another 4, 5, even 6 years after health crises that would have caused others to give up. She was — in a word— amazing to watch in action.

It’s difficult to imagine this organization without Cindy. And it took some soul searching to decide to carry on without her. In the end, it comes down to the guinea pigs. We can see the need for a guinea pig organization in Connecticut still exists, and we know from emails we’ve received that at least a couple of rescues in the Northeast took a hit on surrender requests when we went on hiatus. It just seemed too soon to pack up and close our doors. There’s still too much work to be done.

And, so, onward we go…

June 2017

We’re Back Online — Ramping Up Again

The Universe has dealt some heavy blows since last fall, with one of us losing a parent and the other one watching her parent slowly and painfully deteriorate. Once again, attempts at having a volunteer help us at least keep up with email failed and Whitney is now digging through a backlog of email. As long as guinea pigs need help, we need to be out here working. We will get our Petfinder adoptables list updated before the month is over.

We Are Resuming Direct-From-Home Adoptions

With our Durham location out of commission for the foreseeable future, and our foster network needing to be rebuilt, we’re still emphasizing direct-from-home adoptions. We’ve done this for dozens of people and have a 100% success rate in getting guinea pigs placed. This also greatly reduces stress on guinea pigs because they’re moved once (from old home to new home) instead of twice (old home to rescue to new home).

If you need to rehome your guinea pigs, and can house them until a new home can be found, we will put their photos and information on our Petfinder site, screen adoption applications, and put approved adopters in touch with you. The adoption fee goes to you.

To pursue this option, please email 2-3 photos, your piggies’ names, and brief descriptions of their temperament, their comfort level with kids, other animals they’re used to living in a home with, and so on. If you will be sending their cage and supplies on to the new home, please state that as well, including the size of the cage. Please put “Courtesy Posting” or “Direct from Home Adoption” in your email’s Subject line.

Need An Immediate Placement for Surrendered Guinea Pigs?

There are two other dedicated guinea pig rescues in the Northeast: Turtle Hill Sanctuary in Vermont and Have A Heart in NJ. Each of us is close to capacity when all three of us are fully operational. With our rescue unable to take in surrenders, people we have turned away have contacted the other rescues, especially when they have bonded pairs that they are trying to rehome together. If you do contact Turtle Hill Sanctuary or Have A Heart and they can help you, we respectfully ask that you make a donation to them.

June 2016

We’re Still Active — But We’re Evolving

If you’ve been following us for any length of time, it’s been pretty easy to see that we’ve had a really difficult go of it for the last 3 years. Cindy is pretty well knocked out of it all, confining her responsibilities to keeping our books and carrying for the “unadoptables” (or “not-easily-adoptables”) in our sanctuary. (We currently have 9 sanctuary pigs, and a pair of sweet boys who could be adopted into the right home, in Durham.) We’ve had a difficult time finding reliable volunteers, and a couple of them made it harder for us by not helping field emails and not telling us they weren’t.

So there’s been some soul searching as we try to figure out how to move forward. Reinvention is required. Focus needs to be shifted. We’re not sure yet what the exact details of our roadmap are, but we know the path goes through advocacy and expanded education. So we’re going to revive some things we’ve done in the past that worked very well for us and hope that they work as well (or better) for us this time around.

As long as guinea pigs need help, we need to be out here working. Stay tuned…and thank you for your continued support.

We Can Help With Direct-From-Home Adoptions

With our Durham location out of commission, and our foster network needing to be rebuilt, we’re emphasizing direct-from-home adoptions for the time being. We’ve done this for dozens of people and have a 100% success rate in getting guinea pigs placed. This also greatly reduces stress on guinea pigs because they’re moved once (from old home to new home) instead of twice (old home to rescue to new home).

If you need to rehome your guinea pigs, and can house them until a new home can be found, we will put their photos and information on our Petfinder site, screen adoption applications, and put approved adopters in touch with you. The adoption fee goes to you.

To pursue this option, please email 2-3 photos, your piggies’ names, and brief descriptions of their temperament, their comfort level with kids, other animals they’re used to living in a home with, and so on. If you will be sending their cage and supplies on to the new home, please state that as well, including the size of the cage. Please put “Courtesy Posting” or “Direct from Home Adoption” in your email’s Subject line.

Need An Immediate Placement for Surrendered Guinea Pigs?

With our location out of commission, and our foster network needing to be rebuilt, we’re not always able to easily take guinea pigs immediately into our care.

There are two other dedicated guinea pig rescues in the Northeast: Turtle Hill Sanctuary in Vermont and Have A Heart in NJ. Each of us is close to capacity when all three of us are fully operational. With our rescue unable to take in surrenders, people we have turned away have contacted the other rescues, especially when they have bonded pairs that they are trying to rehome together. If you do contact Turtle Hill Sanctuary or Have A Heart and they can help you, we respectfully ask that you make a donation to them.

May 2014

Appearing at Advanced Veterinary Care

We will be participating in Advanced Veterinary Care’s First Annual Celebrate Exotics Open House on Saturday, May 17. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be guinea pigs, ferrets, and rabbits — and we’re told there will be turtles, lizards, chickens, and more! Please come out and see us, ask any care questions you want, learn how to cut your guinea pigs’ toenails yourself (that’s our #1 request!), and more.

January 2014

Update Regarding Adoptions & Surrenders

With Cindy needing to go out on a second medical leave, we are unable to accept surrenders into our custody at this time. (This does not apply to former adopters needing to surrender guinea pigs they adopted from us.) In certain dire circumstances of neglect, abuse, or abandonment, we may be able to help but will have to assess on a case-by-case basis.

If you need to rehome your guinea pigs, and can house them until a new home can be found, we will put their photos and information on our Petfinder site, screen adoption applications, and put suitable adopters in touch with you. We’ve done this for dozens of people and have a 100% success rate in getting guinea pigs placed. To pursue this option, please email 2-3 photos, their names, and brief descriptions of their temperament, their comfort level with kids, other animals they’re used to living in a home with, and so on.

There are two other dedicated guinea pig rescues in the Northeast: Turtle Hill Sanctuary in Vermont and Have A Heart in NJ. Each of us is close to capacity when all three of us are fully operational. With our rescue unable to take in surrenders, people we have turned away have contacted the other rescues, especially when they have bonded pairs that they are trying to rehome together. If you do contact them and they can help you, we respectfully ask that you make a donation to them.