About a month ago, a woman named Pam was walking in a park in Worcester, Massachusetts, when she came across three guinea pigs near the path. We don't know how long they'd been left in the woods, but it was purely by the grace of God (or whoever you believe in) that Pam found them at all, found them together, and was able to catch them. Not able to take care of them, she brought the three girls to Marilyn at NEADY Cats. Marilyn fostered them for a while, and posted an adoption notice on Petfinder for them, until we had room to put them.
Reba, Rita and Rosie came to Connecticut on Saturday afternoon. Remarkably, their weight was good, they showed no fear or shyness, and there were no fleas, mites, or lice to be found in their coats. They are, in fact, quite healthy. It would seem that although they'd been abandoned, they hadn't been in the woods for long. They have bright, engaging, affectionate, immensely sociable little personalities. It's difficult to understand why anyone would want to give them up.
Marilyn did not mince her words in her adoption posting: "These 3 little guinea pigs were found in the woods. Guess some people have no sense of guilt to leave these three little cuties to fend for themselves."
This isn't the first time we've taken in guinea pigs who were abandoned outside. We've had guinea pigs who were found under front stoops of apartment buildings, on playgrounds, on baseball fields, and in the woods. I can't comprehend turning a domesticated animal loose in the wild to fend for itself. I can't imagine what people were thinking -- other than that they just had animals that they no longer wanted, and probably feared they'd be hassled if they took the animals and surrendered them to a shelter or a rescue.