Our Guardian Angels

Non-profits are only as good as their volunteers and supporters, and our rescue is no exception. Since the rescue’s founding, we have been blessed with so many guardian angels who have supported us by way of fostering guinea pigs, donating money and supplies, shopping regularly through our iGive link, volunteering their time, and so much more.

To say that we, and the animals in our care, are grateful for this support would be a gross understatement. There simply are not adequate words to express our appreciation. With everyone’s help, we have been able to rescue more than 700 guinea pigs.

Foster Homes

Our foster homes have done everything from caring for baby guinea pigs born into or surrendered to our rescue to permanently fostering older special needs pigs. Often covering the costs of care as an additional donation to the rescue’s operation, our foster homes spend significant socializing and handling guinea pigs of all ages to help prepare them — and, sometimes, rehab them — for life in a new forever home.

  • Becky and her family in Bristol
  • Laurie and her family in Hebron
  • Maura and her family in Guilford
  • Michelle and her family in Middletown
  • Dianne and her family in Wallingford


We have many supporters who regularly donate time and money to help maintain the high-quality care we provide to all the guinea pigs who come through our doors.

  • Ed in Fairfield, CT
  • Mandy in Northford, CT (with Cottontail Rabbit Rescue)
  • Jenn and Eric, in Waterbury, CT
  • Sue in Dracut, MA
  • Jennifer in Shrewsbury, MA
  • Ann in New Britain, CT
  • Ann in Washington Depot, CT
  • Bailey in Hampton, CT
  • Michelle in Higganum, CT
  • Laurie in Hebron, CT
  • Victor in Danbury, CT
  • Valerie in Enfield, CT

Many, many thanks to Kyleigh of Trumbull, CT, who asked attendees of her birthday party to bring donations of money and supplies for the guinea pigs in The Critter Connection’s care — instead of birthday presents for her. This remarkable young lady and her friends and family collected 55 pounds of food pellets, nearly two weeks’ worth of pine bedding for the cages, hay, treats, toys, hideaway houses, and cash donations for the piglets! We and the pigs are extremely grateful to Kyleigh and everyone who came out to help her!

Artistic Help

We are grateful to Aimee Belair for donating her time, graphic design skills, and artistic talent to numerous projects for the rescue, most notably the rescue’s logo, which has played a significant role in the second stage of the rescue’s evolution. Aimee helped us launch our Zazzle gallery, putting Cindy’s guinea pig photographs and the new logo on notecards, magnets, calendars, mugs, sweatshirts and T-shirts, stamps, and tote bags. She also created a custom piece for us, bearing the slogan “My Kids All Have Fur & Whiskers”.

We also thank Joanne Colangelo for the donation of her adorable guinea pig photographs (she calls them “pigtures”) to help with our fundraising efforts on Zazzle, and Ellen Falbowski for prepping and editing all the photos before they were uploaded on Zazzle. Ellen is also the founder and manager of our Flickr gallery.

Technology Help

Thanks to Whitney Potsus and her father, Robert, who created our first major Web site in Fall 2005, significantly expanding our online visibility, redesigning the home page for our PetFinder listings, and adding a resource of care information for owners and potential adopters.

Thank you to the volunteers at New England Give Camp 2010, who redesigned the rescue’s nearly five-year-old site and deployed it in the WordPress content management system. During this weekend event, held June 11-13 in Cambridge, MA, five enormously talented technology professionals navigated the rescue through a redesign and through a series of deployment and hosting issues. The team members were:

We also want to acknowledge the “part-time” members who provided so much WordPress expertise to our team during the three-day event:

  • Yilmaz Rona of Belmont, MA
  • James Coletti of Boston, MA

We are also grateful to Tom Johnson for helping us install and configure some additional plug-ins in the months following the launch of our new site.

Thanks to Char James-Tanny for redoing our Petfinder home page to match the template of our main Web site.