A woman contacted me today looking for a guinea pig. She found me on PetFinder but said that she had also looked for me on 1-800-Save-A-Pet but didn't find me there.
I had not heard of this site before, but if the public is looking for guinea pigs there, then rescues should register there as well. In fact, they have a ton of rescues indexed in my area.
There are only a few guinea pigs listed on there right now but the site is much more accessible than GPAN (plus it allows pics and GPAN does not).
All I had to do was fill out a rescue application and list my vet's phone number. So, people like Paravati who can't get their vet to take the time to write a letter may find this system more helpful.
So here is the site address:
- I GAVE, dammit!
As a side note, I did ask my vet to write that letter and she said yes - But I haven't reminded her to do it and I know she's very busy. I don't want people to think she's been unwilling; it's more my fault for not keeping on her about it. But thanks for the thought.
Do you screen your fosters? Not all know what they should be looking for or are real uptodate on what constitutes a good diet. Do you have a simple one page instruction form that would include contacting you or bringing over the pig (or something) if it showed signs of illness?
Right now, I'm drawing up a contract that specifies which supplies I will provide, the extent to which the foster home will participate in adoptions (ie. can people come to their home?), and what vet they will use.
For now, I use the foster contract from The Home for Unwanted and Abandoned Guinea Pigs:
Here are my piggies:
I've gotten a lot of applications from this site too.
Pets911.com is another one I'm listed on. I list there even though it is sponsored by Petsmart.
[Lynx, I'm waiting to hear from you on how much you REALLY want me to put on that sticky! Maybe this thread can serve as a growing database]
One of the ways that I have begun supporting the "hay habit" is by making C & C cages for people. If you know someone with a reseller's license (The Bunny Bunch has one so other nonprofits may as well), you can have them purchase coroplast for as little as 8$ a sheet--which includes the cutting fee. Or, you can plead your case to sign stores across town, buy a large quantity, then you mark it up.
I have found that A LOT of my adopters prefer to have me make their cage. Even though it's easy, they quickly give in when I matter-of-factly mention that I could just "throw it together and have it ready when we meet for the adoption." I tell them what colors I have and let them choose either plain cubes or multi-colored.
I take a C & C cage with me to events, along with some enlarged pictures from the CavyCages site and a laminated reprint of the instructions to show people how easy it is.
Now, this has burgeoned into something even bigger. The Bunny Bunch has asked me to put together a few cages, in different "styles" and they are going to sell them from their Boutique on the website. So far I'm working on a "fun" colorful cage for kids and a "deco" cage for adults.
I've even going to offer a variety of hay racks, most of which I found at Wal-Mart, Cost Plus, or Ralphs. They cost anywhere between 1$ and 5$ but of course I will sell them for more.
I don't keep rabbits in cages. Most of them are too small. So my rabbits, whether mine or foster (I have one and 2 more are fosters) live in large x-pens.
Here is a long view of the front of Chip and Witherspoon's home in my kitchen. That is a heavy fireplace screen in the front and the xpen is a few feet behind it. The floor is a seagrass mat which is safe for chewing.