Over the past 3 years, the rescue has worked on several large cruelty cases and hoarder situations -- including the pigs from the Catskill Game Farm and the Pennsylvania seizure. The pigs who came out of these situations had serious health issues upon their arrival. Happily, many were treated and rehabilitated to a full recovery and adopted out to good homes.
Some pigs, though, had tougher conditions to treat. Their quality of life is now very good, but they have chronic health issues that will require careful ongoing attention for the rest of their lives. These health issues, though entirely manageable, make the pigs difficult to adopt out to permanent homes. It's unfortunate, because these pigs are all sociable, affectionate, and adorable -- in spite of the living hell they've been through. As Cindy often says, "they're really great pigs". They're all living, breathing testimonies of what love and great care can do for animals.
Because we are a no-kill rescue, we keep these guinea pigs with us and give them the best food and medical care available. In absence of finding other homes for them, they will remain with us for the rest of their lives.
As we approach the milestone of 600 guinea pigs rescued, we are running out of room in the rescue and are seeing our financial resources being drained as we care for adoptable and sanctuary pigs. Some of the sanctuary pigs would benefit tremendously from living in a private home where they would get a lot of one-on-one attention and affection. We do our best to give each pig "snuggle time" on a daily basis, but with 24 sanctuary pigs and varying numbers of adoptables, it gets difficult.
The ideal situation for some of our special friends is for them to go to homes as permanent foster pigs. This means that the rescue will take care of any medical bills that might (we stress might) arise as a result of their health conditions. The foster homes must be located close to or be willing to travel to our veterinarian in Middletown, CT.
Some of the guinea pigs currently available are Sedona (pictured here), and Moxie and Trax (pictured earlier). Several others will be added in the near future. If you'd be interested in becoming a permanent foster home, please e-mail us at info[at]ctguineapigrescue.org (replace the [at] with the @ symbol when copying the e-mail address into a mail message). Be sure to include "permanent fostering" in your Subject line.
If you'd like to help the pigs, but fostering just wouldn't fit into your household routine, donations of any amount will be very helpful and greatly appreciated. You can make donations through the PayPal button on our Web site or by sending checks to The Critter Connection, Inc. at P.O. Box 371, Durham, CT 06422.
The rescue pigs thank you in advance for your help!