Update: Roxanne, Isadora, and Cassidy

Posted in updates at 8:56 am by Jenn

I wrote Roxanne, Isadora, and Cassidy’s family to wish them a happy “1 year!” from their adoption.  Their new family wrote back:2533125095_7c15504eb5_o

It is so good to hear from you.  Yes, all three of the girls are doing great!  They are sooooo cute, and start squeaking at just the sound of mine or my daughter’s voice, then put their feet up on the cage begging for their veggie.  They all seem very happy.
The three girls were left at the Cumberland County Animal Shelter along with their brother, Ruxpin.  They were adopted by Melanie and her daughters approximately 1 year ago, and are happy, healthy, and above all — spoiled!


Goodbye, Piglet

Posted in Memorials at 2:29 pm by ACR&S

pigletalfalfa4On Friday, September 4, I came home to find Piglet had died in her sleep.  I’ve posted fairly extensively about her in the past – simply type her name into the search bar to read her complete history. She ended up being with us a little over a year and a half. If the information we had on her was correct, she would have been about 4.5 years old – not too shabby for a pig who was malnourished and nearly starved to death through ignorance of her former owner.

I don’t really have much to say about losing her, because as much as it was inevitable, it really stinks. I’m just very, very glad that we of all people got the chance to be Piglet’s happy ending.  Bye, you sweet little girl.

A happy ending for Indigo and Saffron

Posted in Adoptions at 8:47 am by Jenn

3481867528_36d591d585A hearty congratulations to Indigo (now Rosemary) and Saffron!  They have found their forever home with one of our amazing repeat adopters, Melissa.  Melissa offered a forever home to Dove and Crow earlier in the year, and when her beloved River passed, “gotta get more rat” syndrome struck again.   She was drawn to Indigo and Saffron, a pair of rats from the Charmeck Hoarder bust that were looking for their forever homes.  It wasn’t looking good for the girls — Indigo was very shy and prone to nipping, and Saffron was having ongoing dental issues that required a knowledgeable rat parent.

Luckily, Melissa had dealt with shy nippers before, and had also had rats that had dental problems!  The girls are now living together in one big happy, rattie family, and shy Indigo is coming out of her shell beautifully.  Saffron, never shy to begin with, is a ham for the spotlight, and was immediately involved in a daring theft involving an unattended smoothie!

Thank you as always to our adopters, without whom we could not accomplish half of what we do, and congratulations to Saffron and Indigo (Rosemary)!


Goodbye Avery.

Posted in Memorials at 8:46 am by Jenn

Avery was a beautiful satin abyssinian girl who was surrendered to us in August of 2008.avery She entered the rescue along with Alyse, Kevin, and Roger.  She lived with her partner, Alyse the entire time she was with us.  In June of this year, we added Gabriella to the pair after she gave birth to her adorable babies.  Though Avery was not very fond of Gabriella, she did tolerate her, and the three were adopted to their forever home.

Less than a month later, they were returned because they were “too much work”.  The trio came back to my house to await adoption again.  This Saturday, September 5th, we returned home in the evening after dinner to find that Avery had laid down and not gotten back up.  She had been fine during the morning feeding, and was fiesty and demanding as ever.   We’ll be consulting with our vet about a necropsy, which will be difficult because of the time elapsed (since it’s a holiday weekend).

Avery will be missed, and not only by her friends.  She was a bossy and enthusiastic pig, who frequently spent time scolding the cage next door for being too loud.  Her antics always brought a smile to our faces, and she will be greatly missed.  We’re only sorry that she never found a place to call her forever home.


Sponsor a Guinea Pig for September!

Posted in Sponsor A Guinea Pig at 1:19 am by ACR&S


September’s Sp0nsored Guinea Pig is Tagg, from the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue! Tagg is an adorable little guy who reminds me strongly of our first piggy Chuck. Tagg suffers from recurrent Myxosarcoma tumors on his nose (painful, but not cancerous). They have to be surgically removed every few months, causing both Tagg and the rescue great distress.

Each surgery costs $150 – SAGP and MGPR are hoping to raise enough money for two surgeries, $300. Financial contributions toward Tagg will be greatly appreciated! Please visit SAGP or MGPR today to make your September donation!


Goodbye, Gypsy

Posted in Medical, Memorials at 12:10 am by ACR&S

Gypsy was found dead in her cage on the morning of August 21. She came to ACR&S in late 2008, surrendered by her owner with two other pigs. She was thought to be about 5 years old at that time, and was very aggressive with the owner’s other two pigs. As a result she lived alone until she arrived at the Sanctuary in December 2008 and was successfully paired with Stinky.

Gypsy showed no signs of illness at all prior to her death; her appetite was good and her weight had been stable. A necropsy revealed that the proximate cause of death was pericardial effusion, which is an abnormal buildup of fluid around the heart. However, the underlying cause of this was unable to be determined. There was no overt evidence of infection or lymphoma, which are the two most common causes of pericardial effusion.

She was a sweet girl and will certainly be missed by all who knew her.


Sponsor a Guinea Pig for August!

Posted in Sponsor A Guinea Pig at 2:53 am by ACR&S

August’s SAGP piggy is Dunkin from the North Jersey Guinea Pig and Hamster Rescue!


Dunkin came via owner surrender. He’s approximately 2 ½ yrs old and super sweet. Because he seemed to have labored breathing, NJGPRH took him to the vet only to find out he had previous internal injuries and some type of heart condition. This was complicated by pneumonia.

His lungs improve everyday with a course of antibiotics, but his heart will require medication for the rest of his life. He loves to eat – everything! – and is a super friendly little guy. He has a great disposition and his condition does not seem to keep him from doing what guinea pigs do – squeak and eat!

He will require monthly vet visits as well as 2 prescriptions 3X/day for the heart and lung condition. He will need follow-up x-rays to see if the medicines are helping with the fluid around his heart. So far, his medical cost since late May exceed $358 in vet visits, x-rays and prescriptions. Monthly meds will be approx $80 as well as a monthly check up with the vet costing approx $40. Follow-up x-rays will be needed eventually at the cost of $124. Our goal is to fundraise enough for two months of meds and two vet visits, reaching a total of $240.

Visit Sponsor a Guinea Pig or North Jersey Guinea Pig and Hamster Rescue to donate today!


Bia is born into a happy ending.

Posted in Adoptions at 6:25 pm by Jenn

BiaA few weeks ago, we announced the joyous arrival of Gabriella’s five babies.  I’m pleased today to write about the happy ending of one of them, Bia.

Bia arrived fortuitously.  Long time friend of ACR&S Celia has been looking for quite a while for a friend for her grouchy pig Raindrop.  Raindrop beat Duncan soundly several months ago, and we were hoping that she would be more predisposed towards an itty bitty baby (most adult pigs can’t resist them).

I mentioned jokingly that whichever baby she picked, she could name her “Dewdrop”.  And then right in the middle of Gabby’s rainbow colored litter was a little black-eyed guinea pig with pristine white fur.  These are commonly called “DEW”s, or dark-eyed whites.  So our dewdrop was found.

Unfortunately, Raindrop also was not impressed with a baby (in Celia’s words, Raindrop ran one way and Bia ran the other, both screaming), but Clementine and her husband Ben were more than happy to add one more tiny mouth to their family.

From Celia:

Though quieter than I had expected, she has plenty of vim and attitude : the funniest moment (so far!) was when she became frustrated by Ben hogging the ‘best’ spot at the haypile.  She ran to the opposite side, climbed to the top, and performed a victorious nose rise over his head.  Uncle Ben just kept on munching, indifferent to the little mouse that roared above him.

So a heartfelt congratulations to Bia, and our deepest gratitude to Celia, who has been a friend of ours for so long, and who has given so many of our most needy souls their forever home that there will never be enough thanks!


A home for hammies!

Posted in Adoptions at 1:20 am by ACR&S

Odessa and Tic have been adopted! We had an inquiry from Abby, a very experienced hamster owner, about whether any of our WI hamsters were friendly. Cass is still a horrible screamer, but Odessa and Tic have really come around. Odessa can be touched but not easily picked up yet, but Tic is perfectly content to be handled as long as you still let her explore!

We scheduled a meet-and-greet for July 11 and I was afraid that neither would be friendly enough – Odessa too jumpy and Tic too frenetic about exploring. To my joy, Abby loved them both and so both of them have a wonderful new home where they can be spoiled rotten just like they deserve! Thanks so much, Abby!!




Sad days

Posted in Memorials at 9:19 am by ACR&S

Sorry for the lack of updates – the last few weeks have been filled with unexpected goodbyes, and that always makes me want to avoid writing about things.

On June 11 we lost Honi. We first introduced her here – she was a rescue transfer from the Wisconsin Guinea Pig Rescue – she came to them in late 2007 with numerous health problems, stemming from having spent most of her life having babies in a 12″x12″ opaque tupperware container. After her health problems got under control, we took her in to be a partner to our Sanctuary guy Stinky. They got along great and she seemed to be doing well on her medicine – she loved to try to steal the syringe and run off with it!

On June 10 she was a little more listless than usual, but there was no change in her weight and we assumed it was just one of her usual bouts with gas. We scheduled a vet visit for June 11, but literally 4 minutes from the vet’s office she just lay down and died in her carrier.  Fortunately, she went very peacefully, and showed no signs of distress either before or during her passing.

We got a necropsy done and found that she had extensive lymphatic leukemia – cancer. Literally her only normal organs were her intestines and her thyroid, EVERYTHING else was affected. The vet even remarked that he’d never seen such an extensive metastasis. I like to think that cancer is a win for us; these diseases of old age are not well documented in pigs as they typically don’t live long enough to develop them. I also like to think it speaks well of our standards of care that she had no symptoms and no chance to suffer up to the very end.

Honi was a wonderfully sweet, friendly pig despite everything she went through before she was rescued, and while we miss her, we’re mostly grateful that we got to care for and know her for even this brief time.

On June 25 we got the notice from one of our adopters, Cyndi, that her adopted bunny Dutchess had passed in the night. Dutchess was rescued from the Orange County Animal Shelter in late 2004. On her surrender form, her original owner wrote that she was 7 years old, and had been housed outside in a wire-floor hutch her whole life! She had damage to her toes from the wire, and was also found to have a persistant case of snuffles (an infection of Pasturella in the sinuses). Because of this we figured she’d never be placed, until our friend Cyndi came along in 2005 and wanted to adopt her! She lived an absolutely spoiled life like the royalty she was. She would have been nearly 12 years old if our original information was correct! She is sorely missed by her mom and by everyone else who ever knew her.

On June 26 we had to euthanize Elmer, our oldest and most long-term Sanctuary resident. He was our very first Sanctuary resident, having come to us in early 2003. I blogged about him back in April, when he started having some health issues. We assumed it was his age catching up with him, but his problems resolved and he seemingly went back to normal. In the months since then, however, the effects of his age have been evident. His fur was less soft, he did not groom himself well, and he was much less active. He reminded me very strongly of our first geriatric pig Chuck. They just seem like very old men after a certain point!

Late on June 25 Elmer didn’t want to move at all for his dinner. Normally I put his veggies and pellets right in front of his favorite house, and he didn’t even want to take the few steps to eat. I put pepper right in front of him and he ate it willingly, but it seemed like he was having a lot of trouble with his hind end.  I really expected to lose him within the next few minutes. We gave him some metacam and when still wasn’t moving within a few hours, I was afraid he would linger on without being able to move or eat on his own, so we took him in and the vet helped him go.  Necropsy revealed nothing to cause his weakness, so it was probably just his time. He would have been 10 years old this coming December. I think I might miss him most of any of my recent losses, just because he’s been with me for so very long – it’s hard to think of ACR&S without him.

Unfortunately this is the unavoidable cost of doing rescue when the animals you care for have such limited life spans.  It’s sad, but I’m sad for me, not for them. At least they all were safe and loved.

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