12.09.09

Homer — coming to a house near you.

Posted in intakes at 6:00 am by Jenn

HomerMeet Homer.  Homer is a homing pigeon.  Homer is apparently not a very good homing pigeon, though, because he ended up at the local animal shelter.

Homer has a band on his leg, and when the shelter contacted his owner, they were told that he’d been released on a homing mission sometime in 2008, and had never returned.  The owner refused to pay a $10 impound fee on a bird that couldn’t home, and Homer was left at the shelter to await his fate.

Unluckily for him, pigeons are not a very common pet, and he did not catch anyone’s fancy.  His euthanasia time inched closer and closer, and soon ACR&S was notified about him.  So we pulled him and installed him in a large flight cage, and so far he seems happy as a clam.  He is really unsure about all the crazy people who want to pet his feathers, but he’s very tolerate and only stalks off with offended dignity.

If you, or a pigeon afficiando that you know, would like to adopt Homer, please contact us for more information!

12.08.09

Prison Bunnies Get Approved for Parole

Posted in intakes at 10:31 am by Jenn

In early October, right in the midst of my own thrilling move, ACR&S took in five bunnies that were originally inmates at a local prison.  These rabbits were part of a rehabilitation program for the inmates, which focused on them helping animals which, like they, had been down on their luck.  Thanks to the wonderful SPCA of the Triad, these bunnies’ plight was brought to our attention, and we took in a group of five.

These bunnies are all spayed or neutered, and are reported to be around six years of age.  All of them have clearly been well loved, and beg for attention and treats (mostly treats — they are still rabbits!)  Their litterbox manners are not the best, but we’re working on it, and Bonnie and Clydette are doing particularly well.

Below, from left to right, are Dillinger, Sundance, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie & Clydette.  Each picture links to their Petfinder profile for more information about them!

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11.19.09

Happiness and Sadness

Posted in Adoptions, Memorials at 1:58 pm by Jenn

It’s been a very mixed month for us here at ACR&S.  Some of our close friends have lost pets, and have welcomed nAlyseew friends into their homes.

Clementine, first talked about here in the blog crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge.  It’s likely that her initial bout with such severe neglect had long term complications that we originally could not forsee.  Even though she had such a short time here with us, she lived in spoiled abandon, frolicking with her adopted buddies Ben, Bia, and Raindrop.  In her memory, Alyse and Gabriella are going to their forever home with Celia, her mom.  They leave tonight for a happy Thanksgiving!

PeteyClementine was followed by Wayne, a senior piggie belonging to friend of ACR&S Blair.  Wayne was an elderly guy (estimated to be around 7 years of age), so his passing was not unexpected, although it brought Blair & family a lot of grief, especially in the wake of the loss of their dog Rocco to aggressive cancer despite a hard fight with chemo.  In his memory, Blair adopted Petey from us, who was neutered, and who will live with her youthful harem of young ladies.

We also lost Picchu, one of our pair of chins nearly two weeks ago.  He was fine during first morning checkup, and bounced energetically to the side of the cage for his afternoon hay refresh, but when I went up in the night to tuck everyone in and do one last refill, he was prone in his hammock and cold.  He was an amazing chinchilla that loved chin scratches more than anything, and we were devastated by his loss.  His unusually friendly antics and clownish showboating are greatly missed in our little zoo.

10.15.09

Laboratory Guinea Pigs Rescued in TX

Posted in Other Rescues at 8:28 am by Jenn

Texas Rustlers, the biggest guinea pig rescue in all of Texas, recently took in a group of guinea pLab Guinea Pigsigs that had been used as laboratory test subjects.  This is the second time they have been flooded with these animals!  The University of Texas used guinea pigs in studies again last year, and then was going to euthanize them if they weren’t adopted.  During the first intake, they assured the rescue that they were “no longer using guinea pigs”, and then this year there were more guinea pigs on the “chopping block”.

The last group were extremely terrified of people and skittish to no end.  They were afraid of their big cages, and of food and toys, and were in a sad state indeed.  If you’re in the Texas area and have some room in your heart, these little ones are in need of homes that will be patient with them as they learn to live the lives of spoiled guinea pigs.

Keep up to date on these brave little piggies on Texas Rustler’s web site or check out more of their story on Guinealynx’s Placement Forums.

10.01.09

Sponsor a Guinea Pig for October!

Posted in Sponsor A Guinea Pig at 3:02 pm by ACR&S

sagp-octOctober’s Sponsored Guinea Pigs are Bandit and Silverado from Wee Companions in California! I can’t do their story justice so you’ll have to go read it here. They made it through a terrible beginning to land in an amazing rescue. Please donate generously to these two poor boys and super big thanks to Sponsor a Guinea Pig for featuring these two!

09.17.09

A happy ending for Paulo and Icarus!

Posted in Adoptions at 6:00 am by Jenn

A congratulations to Paulo and IcarusIcarus & Paulo who found their forever home this past Sunday!  Laura and her family decided to add guinea pigs into their familiy, and after meeting Paulo and Icarus they decided that these guys were perfect for them!

Icarus really impressed them with his overall bravery, and within seconds of being put into his brand new C&C cage, he was dragging veggies around and begging for food like a pro.  Paulo, being shyer, spent some time hiding in his pigloo before he decided that if Icarus wasn’t scared, he probably would be ok.

Their new mom says:

At first, they stuck close to the pigloos, so we left them alone for a few hours. After dinner, we brought them out for some lap time with lettuce and parsley. The boys enjoyed holding and petting the guinea pigs, and the guinea pigs didn’t mind too much as long as there was food. After Icarus finished eating, he decided he needed to visit Paulo, so he trotted across the couch. After we put the guinea pigs back in their cage, I was reading a book out loud on the couch. Apparently, the guinea pigs figured that we were too far away to be scary and they came out of the pigloos, ate, drank, and trotted and jumped around. We pretended we weren’t watching while enjoying the show.

Thank you to Laura and family for offering these boys their “forever” home and a second chance!

09.16.09

A new intake — Buddy Holly.

Posted in intakes at 6:11 am by Jenn

ACR&S welcome in it’s newest intake with a flurry.  Last Thursday, we were contacted by a local shelter about a guinea pig who had been surrendered by his owner.  His name was Buddy, and he was 2 years old.  He was by himself, and seemed to be in good health and very friendly.  When we received him yesterday evening, it was quickly apparent that Buddy was a very sick little guy.

Buddy weighed in at a skeletal 1 lb.  He was only 50 grams bigger than Cookie, a neglected pig from the Jax breeder dump who was missing all four front teeth, had a respiratory infection, and suffered throughout his life from a chronic condition similar to volvulus in humans. Buddy Holly In addition, he was nearly bald on his underside (most likely from scurvy or poor living conditions) and his teeth were in bad condition (most likely causing his starvation).

We made a hard decision for Buddy.  Without dental surgery, he would be unable to eat properly and unlikely to recover.  But without gaining more weight, surgery in his emaciated state was risky.  We decided to try and have his teeth corrected in a desperate gamble to give him a second chance.

Miraculously, this little guy came through his surgery with flying colors.  His front incisors were out of alignment in addition to his back molars have multiple points on them preventing him from eating.

He’s recovering and bulking up now, and on a regiment of antibiotics, liquid vitamin C, probiotics, Critical Care, and metacam to help with any pain he may be experiencing.  Buddy may need ongoing dental surgeries and/or x-rays if he does not continue to recover at the same rate, any donations are welcome and appreciated.

09.15.09

Welcome Fudgems and Petey

Posted in Day-to-day at 10:54 am by Jenn

fudgemsPetey

A big welcome to Petey and Fudgems!  The two boys were surrendered to ACR&S by loving parents who were having problems with a chronically ill child.  The boys were kept in spacious C&C cages with a superb diet.  The two boys, however, do not get along well, so they’re available for adoption to be friends with other pigs more suited to their personalities.

09.13.09

Welcome Drustan and Callum

Posted in Day-to-day at 10:54 am by Jenn

Drustan & CallumWelcome to Drustan and Callum, our newest adoptables.  The two boys were privately surrendered to ACR&S when their owner became unable to care for them due chronic health problems coupled with an upcoming surgery.  The two boys are fairly skittish, but sweet, and have quickly learned about the joys of veggies!

09.10.09

Update: Pumpkin and Niblet

Posted in updates at 9:01 am by Jenn

Happy 1 year anniversary to Pumpkin and Niblet!Pumpkin and Niblet

Their mom writes:

Thanks. I’ve been meaning to send you an update. The girls are great. I’m amazed at how different their personalities are. Pumpkin is bold – she comes up to her bowls every night for a chin scratch and a good pet when its salad time. She also loves cucumber which Niblet doesn’t like. Niblet is still very quiet and shy but she is a hoot to watch since she moves her igloo all over the place so it can face the bowls at dinner time and then face away from the cage front when she’s not eating. She eats the salad from the top down – happy with whatever she gets, while Pumpkin sniffs and digs to pull her favorite stuff out first.

Anyway, they are doing great and they really helped our son get through this spring when we lost our 16 year old dog.

The two girls were originally surrendered with their owner’s daughter became ill, and her chemotherapy treatments weakened her immune system to the point that they felt like it was inadvisable to keep the piggies.  The girls came to us, plump and well loved, and Carrie and her family fell in love with them in an instant.  They road tripped all the way from SC to meet the girls, and it was love at first site!

Thanks for the updates Carrie, I’m glad the girls are doing well!

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