JOSEPHINE AND HER RESCUE
Reprinted with permission:
Everyone has their own story. Mine started from a love of cavies, years of showing, breeding, raising, and taking in unwanted cavies on the side. Now, I'm ready to take the "major" plunge. Rescue work is not always easy, but I feel that I have a lot to give, given my experiences and accessibility to veterinary services (fresh out of Tech school). For years, I have advised people on cavies and the veterinary adage "A sick guinea pig is a dead guinea pig." Not true, of course.
Rescue work is full of time and love. That is what these animals need: clean homes, fresh/nutritious food, and your attention. The medical problems are important, but usually secondary. Rescue includes many late nights, all-nighters, and around-the-clock nursing. Worrying and waiting. Vet bills (no matter how much money or what kinds of resources you have). Phone bills, driving miles to place/pick up pigs, and filing police reports when necessary (for the humane society). Seeing cavies in all sorts of situations--from the best to the very worst. Hearing about animals that you can not/could not save. Only being one person (thereby limiting the number of pigs that you can help without compromising care)!!!
There are the rewards also.... Watching sick and scared pigs turn into healthy and happy pets, adoptive piggy parents who dote on their pets as much as you do, and the fuzzy little faces and squeals that wake me at five o'clock every morning!!! The pain and despair that comes with rescuing can be shared with the happiness and fulfillment that accompanies the successful rescue. One pig at a time....
[P.S. There are never enough rescues. Every day I hear of those that were lost that could have been saved had there been someone there to do so. I do realize that rescues can't save every single one, but we can make a dent. As long as cavies (and other animals) are homeless and abused, there will be a need for people to rescue them]!