Sponsor a Rescued Guinea Pig for May!

Posted in Sponsor A Guinea Pig at 4:18 pm by ACR&S

opiesmallMay’s Piggy-of-the-Month is Opie from Orange County Cavy Haven! Opie is an absolutely adorable guinea pig who has a serious impaction problem. Impaction is very painful and dangerous, so during May SAGP is going to try and raise the money to treat Opie’s severe impaction by getting him neutered.

Opie’s impaction is so severe that he needs his anal sac needed to be cleaned out every day. This can happen when a pig lives a lifetime of poor low-fiber diet and no exercise-the male’s sac sags over time as muscle tone is lost. However Opie (at age 3 or 4) is too young for the severity of his condition.

While many pigs’ conditions will improve with good diet and exercise, in some extreme cases the male has to be neutered, which removes the excess skin. It also prevents a dangerous condition from forming–unrelieved gas in a guinea pig can lead to gastric torsion, a situation that is almost always quick and fatal. Opie is already suffering from a repeated bacterial infection called enteritis, for which he has to take medication. His entire medication regimine (Metacam for pain, Reglan for G.I. motility, Charcoal for the gas, and Flagyl for the bacterial infection) costs $60 a month, but could be largely eliminated after Opie’s neuter. Opie’s neuter will also leave him much more comfortable, as he’ll be able to pass his fecal pellets without aid.

The goal for Opie is $246 broken down as $68 for the neuter, $15 for pain meds, $100 for Isofluorane, $12 nursing care, $15 fluids, and $36 exam, as well as some painkillers and antibiotics to take home.

Please visit SAGP or Orange County Cavy Haven to donate for Opie today!


Update on Santiago

Posted in Adoptions at 12:46 am by ACR&S

One of the most rewarding aspects of rescue is knowing that an animal whom you rescued, rehabilitated, and placed is having a wonderful life with new family! We don’t always get to follow our adopted animals for very long, so it’s a rare treat when an adopter of many years past sends us an update on their pet. This week we got an update on one of the two cats ACR&S has ever placed – Santiago Many-Toes, who was adopted way back in 2005! His adoptive mom writes:

We adopted Santiago in 2005. He is a wonderful cat and is loved very much!  We moved to Columbia, SC last year. Santi has adjusted well. I still love to tell the story how we got him. Thank you so much for our wonderful cat!

Santiago was a very unusual placement.  We were contacted by an internet friend in St Louis, Missouri, who needed to rehome her cat and was seeking out reputable rescues to help her advertise him. It was a long shot that he’d be adopted by someone in NC, but it was a shot worth taking, and after on a few weeks of being listed on our Petfinder page, the Simmons family contacted us about adopting him – they had been looking for a polydactyl cat and were very interested despite the distance! His former mom was thrilled with his new home, and they arranged to have him flown down on an airline as pet cargo from St Louis to Raleigh. We then drove him to his new family in Greensboro, where he immediately settled into the kingly life he deserved!santiago-adoptedWe are so grateful to Santi’s family for providing him with such a wonderful home and for letting us know he’s still doing great!

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