Rescue News — 2009

July 2009

Rescue Pigs On Local News

NBC Connecticut 30 came out to interview Cindy on the evening of July 24. Reporter Ben Sosenko got lots of good information from Cindy, while Sedona, Bud, Minerva, Pogo, and Gracie hammed it up for Dan the cameraman. You can see the story on the NBC 30 Connecticut web site.

Upcoming Interview On NBC 30 Connecticut

NBC 30 Connecticut contacted us about doing a story from the rescue’s location in Durham after seeing the AP wire story. Cindy, our rescue’s founder/owner, will be doing that interview on July 24.

Our Interview With The Associated Press

We have been interviewed by Sue Manning of the Los Angeles bureau of the Associated Press about the likely impact the upcoming Disney movie “G-Force” will have on guinea pig ownership (by purchase or adoption). She’d found us by way of our blog posting last month on G-Force.

Sue’s article hit the AP wire on July 22. The Seattle (WA) newspaper was the first to pick it up; it’s titled “G-Force likely to put guinea pigs atop pet list.” In addition to being picked up by newspapers around the U.S., Sue’s article has also been picked up by the web sites of organizations like ABC News.

June 2009

The Rescue Urgently Needs Help

Since 2004, we have worked on several large cruelty cases and hoarder situations. Some of the guinea pigs that came out of those horrible conditions are not easily adoptable due to health reasons. Their quality of life is very good, but they have medical issues that make them less than desirable to many potential (and inexperienced) adopters. Because we are a no-kill rescue, we keep these guinea pigs with us and give them the best food and medical care available.

Now, with 24 permanent residents that include seniors and special-needs pigs, we are struggling. With the bad economy, some of the pigs we adopted out in 2004 and 2005 have returned as financially struggling families have had to make difficult decisions to surrender pets. Because these pigs are seniors (5+ years old), they will be difficult to place with new families and will likely become sanctuary pigs. The more sanctuary pigs we have, the less space we have for more easily adoptable guinea pigs; the fewer adoption fees we bring in, the less we have in available funds to care for all the pigs in the rescue. The rescue’s operation depends on donations and adoption fees; these funds are supplemented in smaller ways through other channels, including vacation boarding fees, iGive earnings, Zazzle and Squidoo royalties, occasional donations of supplies and fresh produce, and the occasional grant through corporate giving/matching programs.

As a result of our growing sanctuary and decreasing donations, the rescue’s bank account has been drained, Cindy is having to tap into her personal finances to care for the pigs, and the rescue’s board is fighting to find ways to keep the rescue open. We badly need donations of any size to help with the approximately $800 in monthly expenses for food, hay, cage bedding, fresh veggies and fruit, and medical care. We also need loving homes that understand 4- and 5-year-old guinea pigs can still offer loving, charming companionship for potentially 2-3 more years — and that whatever time you do have with these pigs is a precious gift.

There are several ways you can make a donation to the rescue, including PayPal. If you are interested in adopting guinea pigs, please check our adoptables list or contact us directly, as some of our pigs are not listed on our Petfinder page. All donations are tax-deductible, and gratefully received.

April 2009

The Critter Connection Marks 5 Years!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been five years since Cindy first opened our rescue. Time has flown — and we’ve seen a lot, been through a lot, and accomplished a lot as those days, weeks, months, and years have flown by.

The life of any animal rescue is always full of challenges that test the faith and commitment of all those who work in and with it. The last few months have intensified those challenges as the economy has taken the worst nose dive in decades. Non-profits of any kind always take a hit in down economies, as donors cut back on what they give — or stop giving altogether. In this recession, non-profits are facing “double whammies” as donations decrease and demand for services increase. Animal rescues are no different. Donations of money and supplies are dropping, costs are rising, and requests to surrender animals are increasing as financially struggling families are forced to make decisions they’d never thought they’d have to make.

Entering our sixth year, we’re unsure — as are people everywhere — just what the future holds for us. We are very grateful to the adopters who have found us; the foster families who have continued helping us; the folks who faithfully shop online using iGive; the fans who frequent our Zazzle gallery; and the donors who have continued contributing what they can, when they can, knowing that every little bit adds up to a larger pool of resources. You all play ever more critical roles in our success and survival. We hope we can continue to count on your support, and your help in spreading the word that all animals depend upon our compassion and stewardship.

March 2009

March Is Adopt A Guinea Pig Month!

It’s our favorite time of year, when the humble and lovable guinea pig has a month dedicated to extolling its virtues as one of the most perfect pets around!

We’ll be doing a lot on our Pig Notes blog and our Squidoo pages throughout the month, as well as publishing our article “More Guinea Pig Myths Debunked” in Pets Press.

We’ll also be appearing at the Rabbit & Small Critter Care Fest, sponsored by the Newington branch of the Connecticut Humane Society (see the event announcement below, under “February 2008″). The event is on March 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will spotlight rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, and rats. If you’re in the area that day, please stop by and see us.

If you or someone you know will be adding guinea pigs to the family, please choose adoption first!

You can support the rescue by registering for and using IGive for your online shopping — this month and all year long. Don’t forget to check out our Zazzle gallery too!

February 2009

Rescue Takes In Easton Pigs

You probably heard on the WTNH Channel 8 or the NBC 30 local news about the mess in Easton where more than three dozen rabbits and five guinea pigs were abandoned out in the cold in front of someone’s home over a three-week period. (It’s unclear why this woman’s home was picked.) While the sheer number of rabbits involved (understandably) caused the media to give them the lion’s share of the coverage, the guinea pigs got just a passing mention.

We were contacted by the local animal control officer (ACO) about taking in the guinea pigs. A couple did find a home before being transferred to us, but the remaining pigs came to Durham — PLUS a litter of babies born to a pet store pig owned by a friend of the woman in front of whose house all the animals were abandoned (for a total of eight pigs from Easton). The pigs who were abandoned outside will be kept on medical watch through early March so we can be sure they don’t display signs of respiratory illness, mites, or other health concerns. We are accepting donations toward their care.

Rescue Appearing At The CT Humane Society

We just signed on to participate in the Rabbit & Small Critter Care Fest being hosted by the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington. The event will be held on Sunday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be spotlighting rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and pet rats. The House Rabbit Connection (HRC) and the Ferret Association of Connecticut (FACT) will be in attendance, as will a local expert on the care of pet rats. Please come out to see all of us!

Follow Us On Twitter

For our supporters involved in all (or most) things Web 2.0, we’re now on Twitter as another way of reaching out to our adopters, donors, blog readers, iGive participants, Zazzle customers, and beyond. Limited to just 140 characters per update, Twitter is another way to keep up with what we’re doing. We’ll be using it to let you know when we’ve updated or added something here on our site, published something new on Squidoo, or just want to share bits of info that might not be long enough for a blog posting or a news item.

You can bookmark our Twitter page, “follow” us if you have a Twitter account (you can get one for free), or subscribe via RSS feed (same as the blog). Our Pig Notes blog also has been updated to include a Twitter widget (right side of screen) so that you can see our most recent updates.

January 2009

New Magnets On Zazzle

Thanks to the help of our volunteer, Aimee Belair, we have three new photo magnets available in our Zazzle gallery. Magnet designs #3, #4, and #5 feature photos of rescue pigs who found their new forever homes. Check them out!