A happy ending for Viola and Alyssum.

Posted in Adoptions at 6:00 am by Jenn

alyssumviolaCongratulations 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 happy ending for Gerty and Diamond

Posted in Adoptions at 6:00 am by Jenn

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! — A followup

Posted in Events at 8:41 am by Jenn

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.


Rabbit Day 2010

Posted in Events at 6:00 am by Jenn

All Creatures Rescue & Sanctuary is proud to announce their participation in 2010’s Rabbit Day!  Rabbit Day is an educational event held in the Triangle area, geared towards showcasing adoptable rabbits, publicizing the rabbit overpopulation problem, and serving as a really awesome get-together from rabbit loving individuals from all over the state.  We would invite anyone interested in meeting our bunnies (we’ll have Leo & Winnie, Charlemagne & Fauntleroy, and Bonnie & Clyde there for all to meet), fostering, learning more about us, donating a couple of dollars to the awesome raffle, voting in the bunny picture show, or watching bunnies being clicker trained to stop by!

Rabbit Day 2010 is being held at Animall, which is located in Cary Towne Center in Cary, NC.

Please be sure to visit the Rabbit Day 2010 homepage for more info:

Rabbit Day 2010


A happy ending for Billie Jean

Posted in Adoptions at 12:05 pm by Jenn

Congratulations to Billie Jean for finding her forever home!  Billie Jean was left at a local animal shelter shortly beforeBillie & Springer Christmas (very near Frazier and Amelia).   She was initially very skittish and terrified of us, but once settled down became a favorite in her foster home.  She was athletic and spry, and was always leaping into hayracks and on top of her pigloo.

Springer had recently lost his little sow-wife, Maggie.  Maggie and Springer had been together for several years, and her loss had left him heartbroken.  When he met Billie Jean, he seemed to perk up immediately.  He was excited and thrilled to show her all of his fantastic hiding spots and running tunnels.

Bob and Sue, her new mom and dad, reported that she spent about a week pretty scared of the new setup — they’ve got a free-range piggie habitat — but once she settled in, she was running and leaping like an Olympic champion.  Thanks to repeat adopters Bob and Sue for offering this little girl a place to finally call her own with a big manly boar like Springer to keep her company.


A happy ending for Amelia!

Posted in Adoptions at 6:00 am by Jenn

Sophie and AmeliaAmelia is a 5 year old lady that was surrendered to the local animal shelter by her family just before Christmas.  They left a note saying that they had had her for five years, but could no longer care for her, and asked that she be found a good home.  ACR&S pulled her, as a senior, and set about looking for her perfect home.

It didn’t take long!  Alison and Ed saw her on Petfinder and fell in love.  They already have an older sow named Sophie who was alone. She’d been alone for most of her life (with out of cage playdates with other piggies), but they were open to seeing if the girls would get along together.

The introductions went very well, with the two girls mostly just sitting in opposite corners and calling each other names, but soon they settled down and agreed to have a snack together, with Sophie graciously allowing Amelia to reside in her piggie palace.  Thank you again to Alison and Ed for opening up your homes and your hearts to a piggie in her twilight years.


A happy ending for Frazier!

Posted in Adoptions at 6:00 am by Jenn

FrazierFrazier has found his happy ending!  Frazier was abandoned at the Orange County Animal Shelter all alone right before Christmas.  He was estimated to be around 1 year of age, and seemed lonely.  Joe and his family had just applied for a piggie to be friends with their piggie, Rocky.  I sent them pictures of Frazier and told his story and a date was set!

Rocky, an older 2 year old male, had never had a friend before, so I brought over my blanket and introduction fence, and we spent a few smelly hours watching the pair chase and mark each other.  Finally, tired, they flopped down and had a snack together — and that was the end of it!  Frazier and Rocky are now close friends, and both enjoy running laps and annoying each other like true brothers.


A happy ending for Parsley

Posted in Adoptions at 6:00 am by Jenn

ParsleyA hearty congratulations to Parsley (formerly Kris) for finding his forever home with Mehrunissa and her family!  Parsley went home to live with his two new brothers, Ariel and Apple, and though it was a long day, he’s now best friends with both of them.  Initially it was pretty rough — Parsley being a young energetic adolescent, and the older piggies wanting nothing more to do than to eat and nibble and snooze, but soon enough they were sharing salads and making piggie trains through their palatial C&C cage.

Thank you again, Mehrunissa, for offering this little man the perfect home, complete with big salads, good buddies, and lots of room to run and play!


Comet and Meteor go home.

Posted in Adoptions at 8:25 am by Jenn

Comet and MeteorA congratulations to Comet and Meteor for finding their new homes!  Comet and Meteor were returned guinea pigs — originally adopted out by South Carolina Guinea Pig Rescue (which has since merged with ACR&S), their family was unable to keep them after several major life changes.  The big (and we mean huge!) 3 year old boys returned to us.

Doug and his family were looking for the perfect piggies to live with their family, piggies who were used to kids and would not be spooked by their well-meaning caresses.  Comet and Meteor, having lived with kids their whole life, were much calmer than the average piggie, and after scant minutes in their new house were already wheeking for veggies and accepting cuddles.

Thank you again to Doug and his family for offering Comet & Meteor their forever home!


Goodbye to Pinball

Posted in Memorials at 10:54 am by Jenn

It is with a heavy heart that we wish Pinball the guinea pig a swift trip over the bridge.  Last Tuesday, January 19th, Pinball was back in for another tooth trim, in preparation for his new chin sling headgear.  The weekend before (5 days after his last trim) we had already noticed his incisors out of alignment, and knew that we were likely to find the same situation this time as we had last time.  And we were right.  When Dr. Munn got a good gander at his teeth, they’d already trapped his tongue again.

He prepared to start trimming and prodded the first tooth gently.  It fell out.  The one behind it was also quite loose and with gentle wiggling also fell out.  [Picture of the teeth can be viewed here]  We were both flabbergasted, but I asked him to trim what remained and we’d go from there.  He didn’t appear to have any trouble on the anesthesia while he was under, but showed some difficulty waking up.  He was brought home to be coddled and kept warm until he could wake.

Pinball spent most of the evening in a quiet room on his heating pad in his carrier.  Much later in the night, he started stirring regularly and we thought he was out of the woods.  I went to bed and left my husband to keep an eye on him (to make sure he didn’t get burned on his heating pad and in case he had trouble).  At 2am, Anthony woke me up to let me know that he’d sighed and breathed his last.

It was a staggering loss for us.  He’d only been here a month, but Pinball was so energetic.  He’d learned when feeding times were and would beg as adroitly as any of our other, normal piggies.  He loved coating himself nearly head to toe with Critical Care, and tolerated his sponge baths with much dignity.  We are still saddened by his loss, and we haven’t yet been able to bring ourselves to break down his little quarantine cage.

We would like to thank everyone who called, emailed, wrote,  and posted their good thoughts and good wishes to Pinball.  We told him every night how many people were pulling for him and how he’d never have to worry about anything again if we could only get through this.  We received donations and cards from all over the US, and even internationally.  Our sincere thanks go out to Sponsor a Guinea Pig for allowing Pinball to be January’s pig, and for helping organize all the good will going towards his recovery.  If nothing else, Pinball’s illness has been an important wakeup call that vet care is never optional for small animals, and that denying them this care can severely impair them for life.   If his suffering can help even one other pig to not end up in the same situation, it has not been in vain.

Thank you again, everyone, for your kind thoughts and for rooting for Pinball.  He was one of  a kind.

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