Another rags to riches story from the annals of ACR&S.
Carnelian began life as a feeder rat. We don’t know anything about her life before coming to us. She was left at a wildlife rehabilitation center by a mean spirited woman who had brought her (along with six other rats) to feed to the animals there. The compassionate staff did not feed live animals to their wards. When the woman threatened to take them home and “run them through a blender”, they kept the rats, but contacted us for help.
Unfortunately, two of the rats were male. We split the five girls with another local rescue, keeping two girls and both boys. Carnelian was spayed, as we feared she was in the early stages of pregnancy, but it turned out she was not. The other rat, Onyx, did not appear pregnant, but surprised us with a hearty litter of 13 soon afterward.
Lauryn contacted us looking for a friend for her rat, Ebony. Ebony’s partner, Ivory, had recently passed due to complications from a tumor (not unusual for rats, sadly). She said she could tell that Ebony was lonely, even with the hours of attention that she lavished on her. So we decided to make it a date. The meeting was pretty laid back — both rats peed on each other and then started heartily ignoring each other. (Which is actually a good sign — ignoring is much better than fighting!)
And a few days later, we got some great news:
I thought I would give you an update. Everything is still going great! They are already sleeping in the same cage! It kind of happened by accident, but we have not had any issues! I think Carnelian is the dominate one. She gained confidence after becoming familiar with the sights and smells of the room. As an extra precaution, I am not leaving them in the same cage when I am not here. I really don’t think we will have any issues.. I’ve only heard a few squeaks of protest when someone is grooming another too forcefully. And as I type they are both sleeping under a pillow!
Sometimes the best parts of adoptions are getting to meet people’s animals, and this was definitely one of those times. I’ve rarely met a rat as friendly and sweet (and spoiled!) as Ms. Ebony, who immediately tried to crawl into my shirt and make herself at home. Thank you so much Lauryn, for offering one of our sweet rats a forever home!
Ivy and Noelle had an especially long and drawn out happy ending. Pulled from the Charmeck Animal Control shortly before Christmas (along with one other sister, Gloria, and a brother, Kris), they had immediate interest from Sunshine, David, and family. Because of their extremely young age, we felt like the chance of them being pregnant was very small. They were taken to the vet for an exam, and we couldn’t feel anything at that point, either.
So we sent them to foster for another month, promising the patient family that their piggies would be ready to adopt soon. When we went to the foster’s house to pick up Noelle, we had a shock — she was definitely pregnant! We called the poor adopters to let them know that she was in a teenaged motherly way, and they graciously agreed to let her reside in the maternity ward until she gave birth. (Which she did, with no problems, to Petal, Leaf, and Bud).
The babies finally weaned and the girls were able to go home this past Friday, where they were treated as small queens with their parsley trees and each given a celebratory carrot (which didn’t last long). Thanks again to David and Sunshine (and their wonderful girls) for building their new family members an amazing cage and being so gracious and patient when the unexpected happened!
Bella and Amaranth, who were some of our longest-kept fosters (and officially the smallest!) found their forever home last week. Their new mom Erin wanted hamster friends to share her life with, and she was committed to saving a little life in need! She contacted ACR&S, and we had to be up front — Bella and Amaranth were older, and being dwarves, had a tendency to be a little nippy. That was ok, she said, if they wanted to hang out and enjoy themselves and not be handled, they had the right!
The adoption was a great success, and the girls immediately went to work on their food. (They were barely phased by the car ride). Afterwards, they spent a charming evening running loudly on the wheel until poor Erin had to remove it so she could get some beauty rest!
Thank you Erin, for giving these older girls a place to live out their lives where they can be appreciated for the marshmallow puffs that they are!
Congratulations to Russell and Royce, who have found their forever home with Sharon and family! Sharon had an older boar named Woody who had recently lost his friend. She wasn’t really sure who he would like to have as a friend, so we loaded up Russell, Royce, and Audrey to do some dating. Audrey turned out to be a fourth wheel! Russell and Royce ran to Woody like a long-lost dad and spent the entire time cuddling up to him and hiding under his expansive hair. Woody, for his part, seemed intrigued and charmed by the minature guinea pigs currently using him as a hidey house.
We’re happy and excited for the two boys, who can provide much needed companionship to an elderly and well beloved boar, and provide much happiness to a family who loves piggies!
Spring is the season of romance, and it’s been no different this year for ACR&S! Though we have been unusually lucky in the past and received few animals in mixed sex groups, this year has been a veritable lotto of wayward teenaged rodents with accidental pregnancies.
We first took in a group of four baby guinea pigs who were in a mixed sexed group. We believed the guinea pigs (Noelle, Ivy, Gloria, and Kris) to be young enough that pregnancy wouldn’t be an issue. However, nature does find a way, and on Friday, February 26th, Noelle delivered three baby guinea pigs to much fanfare in the house (but not much fuss on her part).
Roughly 2 months after the Charmeck group came in, we took in 6 more guinea pigs from a private party who was keeping them in mixed sex pairs. Ruth arrived already huge and barely able to waddle. In early February, she proudly produced three babies of her own:
(These are the culprits at exactly 3 weeks of age, having just been weaned).
Around a week after Ruth’s birth, ACR&S accepted a group of “all female” rats. 2 were adult males, and we split them up so that we could do emergency spays since none appeared to be visibly pregnant. Visibly being the key word, because less than 12 hours before her spay appointment, Onyx produced a robust litter of 13 babies:
This is their 2 week picture, and they’ve just recently opened their eyes!
And then finally, Ms. Wanda the guinea pig gave birth to her litter on March 12, 2010 (a thankfully small group of two!)
Congratulations to Elmer and Toby for finding their forever home, and thanks so much to Jenn for offering it to them!
Jenn saw Elmer on Petfinder and fell in love with him. She was adamant — she understood he was an older rat, and somewhat lazy, and (dare we say it) a bit of a fattie. But she didn’t care. We’d recently had an older guy named Toby come in, so we paired Elmer and Toby and they began their their trip to Jenn!
The two boys are now lazing around in a palatial ferret cage covered in fleeces and pillow and toys. Jenn reports that Toby spends a lot of time sleeping, and is prone to be let out for exercise time only to be found underneath desks and boxes snoozing away. Old man rats do tend to be a bit on the lazy side…
At any rate, thank you Jenn for offering these two older fellows a comfortable and loving place to retire. Score one for retirement rats!
Congratulations to Viola and Alyssum for finding a forever home! Mary and her family contacted ACR&S because they had a single older lady, Nermal, left after her cagemate had passed away. Nermal was depressed and sad (as happens all too often with small animals when they lose bondmates) and they were anxious to get Nermal a new friend ASAP!
The introductions went pretty well. Nermal, like most distinguished matrons, didn’t have a lot of patience for the madcap insanity of two infant rats, but after a few sharp corrections and scoldings, things seemed to be falling into place. We left the introduction feeling good, and with a plan in place for ongoing socialization. Mary reports that Nermal and the girls are living together now, and though there are still a few squabbles here and there, things have calmed greatly.
Thank you again, Mary and family, for offering these itty bitty babies a wonderful place to grow up and call their own.
A belated congratulations to Gerty and Diamond as they travel to their forever home with Tracy and her family. The two girls were originally abandoned at Charmeck Animal Control just before Christmas, along with Audrey. Though they were all three in a cage, it was pretty clear that Audrey was not well bonded with the other two and they were squabbling.
Gerty and Diamond quickly won over Tracy’s heart, and she spent much time preparing for the arrival, before they finally landed in their forever home the weekend after Rabbit Day.
Thank you so much, Tracy, for offering a pair of our piggies a wonderful forever home!
Rabbit Day 2010 was a huge success, and we’re thankful to all the hard work of the volunteers of the Triangle Rabbit Group and the other rescues. It was a wonderful turnout and we had a great time!
The ACR&S booth looked unusually professional, considering it was us that did it. Bonnie and Clyde are on the left, and Leo and Winnie are on the right!
Andrea and Leo pose for a picture. Leo is angry.
A view of the other booths and Dr. Dan’s table.
More pictures can be viewed in the Flickr set, located here. Thank you everyone that stopped by to wish us well! It was wonderful to see old adopters, new faces, and bunny lovers from all over the Triangle at our booths. Special thanks to Oxbow Animal Products, Phydeaux Pets, and Ursula Vernon for providing wonderful raffle prizes to help out our bunny friends.