Sponsor a Guinea Pig for February!

Posted in Sanctuary Spotlight, Sponsor A Guinea Pig at 8:10 am by ACR&S

The January piggies, Jackie & Chester, exceeded their fundraising goal!! Thanks so much to everyone who supports Sponsor a Guinea Pig!

With a new month comes a new piggy – our very own MADDIE!


Maddie was found in a shelter in Lynchburg, VA. She had been surrendered by her owner with no reason or explanation. When our volunteer arrived to pick her up, she was panicked. She was screaming at the top of her lungs and smashing into her pigloo and the walls of the cage. In short, she was hysterical. The shelter didn’t realize anything was wrong with her, but our volunteer quickly did.

Maddie is a “lethal” guinea pig. A lethal is a genetic deformity caused when irresponsible breeders or ignorant owners allow dalmatian or roan guinea pigs to breed with each other. In a dalmatian or roan pig, they have one copy of the gene which makes their unusual color. When a guinea pig has two of those genes, they’re a lethal, and they have severe congenital problems from birth. More disturbing is that some breeders even purposefully breed this combination in order to have a higher chance of producing the pretty pigs with the markings they so highly prize.

In Maddie’s case, this means a variety of things:

  • she has small, deformed eyes (a condition called micropthalmia)
  • she is blind due to her undersized eyes
  • she is deaf
  • she is missing several teeth
  • her remaining teeth are constantly overgrowing and coming out alignment due to jaw malformation issues.

She may also have internal digestive issues. Other lethals, upon necropsy, have shown a variety of deformities and abnormalities in their digestive tract which contribute to a shortened lifespan, even with a doting and caring parent.

Despite her medical issues, Maddie has become a special friend to many. She is unusually friendly, and enjoys being held and petted. She is the loudest wheeker in her sanctuary mom, Andrea’s, household, and brings a smile to faces as she begs shamelessly for treats.

Maddie requires monthly trips to see her favorite vet, Dr. Powers, in Charlotte for tooth trims. These cost $70 ($50 for the trim, $20 for the anesthesia). We’d like to raise enough for two months of trims ($140), as well as pay for a three month supply of metacam ($30), a three month supply of critical care ($20), and a one month supply of veggies ($40)! In total we’d like to fundraise $230.

Read more about Maddie over at Sponsor a Guinea Pig, check out the upcoming March piggies Josh & Yetti, or donate to support Maddie now!!


Sponsor a Guinea Pig for January!

Posted in Sponsor A Guinea Pig at 9:12 am by ACR&S


A little late, it’s time for another month of Sponsor a Guinea Pig! Jackie and Chester are a bonded pair of special needs sweethearts in the Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue. Jackie is missing her top teeth, and requires some careful dietary considerations, an expensive monthly dental procedure, and her beloved parsley.  She recently lost her long time guinea mate, Claude, and at the same time began going blind in one eye, requiring further medical care. Meeting Chester helped her immensely.

Chester is three years old, and also needs expensive monthly dental procedures, as he has a painful mouth infection. The poor boy is on daily antibiotics and pain meds. This doesn’t stop him from being a complete snuggler and cuddler with people, and cheering up Jackie again after her loss.

Please donate to support these piggies today! Visit Sponsor a Guinea Pig to make a donation, or donate directly to:

Texas Rustlers
160 Cedarcrest lane,
Double oak TX 75077

Due to a rough month, we missed showcasing December’s piggie, Peaches, who was rescued by our friends and neighbors at Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue. Peaches is a five year old sanctuary guinea pig who wasn’t even supposed to live through her first night with the rescue! Each month Peaches’ medical care costs the rescue $134.50 – their December goal was to raise enough for two months of her medical care! That’s $269. This includes the office exam ($22.50) an incisor trim ($15), her Meloxicam ($23), critical care ($28), Cosequin ($11.50), Benazapril ($11.50), and Metronidazole ($23).


Although SAGP exceeded their fundraising goal for Peaches, we don’t want her to miss out! If you haven’t already done so, please visit Sponsor a Guinea Pig or MGPR to make a donation to her now, and to read the rest of her wonderful story!

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