04.26.10

Welcome Beatrice and Hero!

Posted in intakes, Sponsor A Guinea Pig at 10:09 am by Jenn

Beatrice and Hero are our newest intakes.  These two girls were left at a downtown library in Charlotte, NC.  The two were tied into a plastic Wal-mart bag and left in front of the library!beatricehero Luckily for these girls, the staff of the library kindly brought them in, and then bought them a cage and some provisions until they could find someone to take care of them.

We got a message about these girls, and Andrea, our Charlotte coordinator, was over there that afternoon.  We had expected literally anything when we got there — elderly guinea pigs in need of significant medical care, terrified babies that were barely handle-able, guinea pigs who had suffered a heat stroke…  and she arrived to two healthy, friendly girls who appeared to have been cherished family pets.

Their background is a mystery.  We believe they are between two and three years of age, but they could be as young as one or as old as five or six!  Although their nails were on the long side, they otherwise appeared to have suffered no neglect.

On that note, please never leave an animal outside in any location!  Most animal shelters will accept small animals.  Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Control does.  The people at the animal shelter are good people and go out of their way to try and find a home for every animal.  We watch the shelters routinely, and they call us when animals come in. Even if everyone is too full, and your pets end up euthanized, it is still a kinder death than the ones which happen outside.

Last year there were two guinea pigs abandoned in an office parking lot.  They weren’t as lucky — it was too hot.  One of the two died in my arms gagging and agonal about two hours after he arrived to the rescue (and that was with subcutaneous fluids, handfeeding, and a trip to the vet).  It is a miserable way for an animal to die, and abandoning or releasing an animal into the ‘wild’ (or even in an urban area) is a recipe dooming them to die of exposure to the elements, of becoming a snack to a lucky predator, or even of becoming the victim of a terrible person who would find it a ‘kick’ to harm a helpless animal.  Had these girls been a little less lucky or had someone not noticed them, they could have suffocated in the plastic bag they were abandoned in or died of heat stroke.

A domestic animal released outside does not live out a happy ever after.  It lives a shortened, frightening life before it expires or becomes food for another animal.

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