Rescue News — 2013
Update Regarding Adoptions & Surrenders
We remain unable to accept surrenders until further notice as Cindy’s medical leave continues and our very few foster homes are full. (This suspension 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 are able to continue housing them until a new home can be found, we can put their photos and information on our Petfinder site, screen adoption applications, and put suitable applicants 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 with us, 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 only two other dedicated guinea pig rescues in the Northeast: Turtle Hill Sanctuary in Vermont and Have A Heart in NJ. Each one of us is usually close to capacity when all three of us are fully operational. With our rescue unable to take in many surrenders, people we have had to turn away are contacting the other rescues, especially when they have bonded pairs that they are trying to rehome together. If you do contact them and they are able to help you, we respectfully ask that you make a donation to them.
Important Notes About Adoptions & Surrenders
To accommodate Cindy’s medical leave, we will be unable to accept surrenders from April 1 through August 1. (This suspension doesn’t apply to former adopters needing to surrender guinea pigs they adopted from us.)
If you have guinea pigs you need to rehome, and are able to continue housing them, we can put their photos and information on our Petfinder site, screen adoption applications, and put suitable applicants in touch with you. We’ve done this for dozens of people and have a 100% success rate in getting guinea pigs rehomed this way. If you’d like to pursue this option with us, 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.
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! If you or someone you know will be adding guinea pigs to the family, please choose adoption first. Our adoptables list has a number of sweet little piggies looking for a permanent, loving home.
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. If you can help out with direct donations, they would be most appreciated as our monthly operating expenses are running about $800.
“How You Can Help” Pages Updated
At this juncture, we are most in need of donations and fundraising help. The recession has been hard on us (and all non-profits) and Cindy has been living under the near-constant stress of faltering funds. We would like to always be able to have 6-9 months of operating expenses in the bank from month to month. We’re constantly being approached about low-earning affiliate link schemes, donation programs for everything from printer ink cartridges to vehicles, and other ventures that have high payout thresholds and long timelines for actually putting money in the bank. While there may be some value to some of them, we simply need more consistent help in order to keep our doors open.