As mentioned earlier in the blog, ACR&S had an influx of baby rats due to an emergency intake from another rescue. These little ones have been very lucky to find forever homes with some of our most amazing adopters.
The first three ratties (named Cherry Bomb, Oreo, and Coffee by their new family) went home to Mike and family just as soon as they weaned. They had a brand new Martin’s cage to come home to and a little miniature human to call their own!
Our next pair, Bustopher and Casper (formerly Munkustrap), went home to our repeat rattie adopter, Frone. Frone has given many of our beloved ratties a wonderful forever home, and these boys went in to live with Zapp and Kif (adopted last year).
Finally, a trio of ladies went to live with another repeat adopter, Melissa, who has given many of our past rats a wonderful forever home. She chose Cheyenne, Dakota, and Wyoming to join her mischief!
Thank you to our wonderful rat adopters for continuing to give our little ones amazing forever homes!
Charlemagne and Fauntleroy had a rough beginning. They were picked up by ACR&S shortly after being neutered by an inexperienced vet. Both were in rough shape (going into stasis and in a lot of pain), but after several terse hours of nursing, they began to recover normally and we thought they were out of the woods.
Unfortunately, they weren’t. The next day saw their surgical sites hugely inflamed, and we were terrified that they’d herniated. The news was better, but still odd: Fauntleroy still had one testicle, and Charlemagne still had part of one. Nearly a month after their initial neuter, we’d finally got both bunnies healthy and well, and they were on the lookout for a new home.
Enter Jill, their new mom. She saw the boys on Petfinder, and was intrigued. As a new rabbit owner, she liked that the boys were young, healthy, and had pretty good litterbox manners. After a few weeks spent organizing caging, finding a vet, and doing a ton of reading at Rabbit.org, the boys got to come to their new home.
They arrived to a huge box of hay (which her cats also enjoyed — mostly the box), a brand new cage, a playpen, and lots of love. They figured the ramp out pretty quickly, and then managed to break out of their cage almost immediately, but now they are safely contained and having the time of their life!
Thank you Jill for adopting these sweet bunnies and giving them a second chance!
Gloria (sister to Ivy and Noelle, who went home ear
ly this year), remained at our rescue, awaiting her forever home. Alison, mom to Amelia and Sophie, contacted us soon afterwards. Sophie had gone over to the rainbow bridge (a dignified and well loved old lady at over five years of age), and Amelia needed a new friend.
When she saw Gloria’s picture, she knew that was the pig for her! Introductions went well (although Gloria immediately developed runny poo and had a brief course of antibiotics to clear it up). Amelia then had to undergo an emergency spay for a uterine cyst, but last week they were finally able to be put together, and now the two girls are roomates!
Thank you to Alison for giving two of our pigs now a wonderful home!
We lost Douglas last night. He came to us in September of 2008 after having been abandoned in an aquarium at a children’s camp – you can read the full story here. He came in with a giant tumor, and unfortunately our vet felt that it was of a type of tumor highly likely to return. Apparently these tumors pop up pretty quickly – Douglas received a clean bill of health from an excellent vet just a couple weeks ago, but last night I noticed he was drooling and found he had a large, hard lump under his chin. Aspiration revealed it was a large tumor that had started to necrotize in the center. The vet felt that removal of a tumor in this location and in this condition would be very difficult, potentially resulting in serious damage to his lower jaw, so we opted to euthanize rather than put him through that.
Douglas was a beautiful, friendly pig who has been a joy to all his cagemates as well as to every human who has known him. Goodbye, little guy.