- Little Jo Wheek
PHS has around 40-45 Hollister pigs in the back private area which are Cavy Spirit´s responsibility.
PHS has around 8-10 or so (changes every day) of adoptable pigs up front in the public area - some are from the Monterey shelter that we had transferred up here.
PHS has 36 pigs being held in another area - the ones this thread is about - being treated for mites and held as evidence until they are released. They will probably be released by the end of this week. At that time, PHS expects them to go to "rescue." Cavy Spirit rescue will NOT be taking them. I am beyond my limits and saying no to any and all new pigs right now. WHEN I get back to down to the point where I can accept more, I will ONLY be accepting pigs from shelters from this point on. NO more private surrenders.
I currently have 43 gps for adoption in my home--a mix of the previous pigs I had, the Hollister pigs and the Monterey pigs.
Julian (Sharon) has about 45 or so Monterey pigs for adoption in her home--fostering for Cavy Spirit.
Karen just brought me 5 babies from foster who are ready to adopt out, and luckily she is keeping the 3 mommas! I just got back two fighting males from an adoption about 9-12 months ago. I got 3 adopted out today (net +4 in my home). So, Karen has no more fosters, but we probably still have around 12 or so in foster homes.
Cavy Spirit pigs:
43 Cavy Spirit
145 Cavy Spirit guinea pigs for adoption, minus the 5 or so I tend to count as long term residents = 140 CS pigs for adoption
+ 36 PHS pigs for adoption at PHS
+150 at Sharlene´s? That´s a guess
+10 at PHS for adoption
241 known for adoption in the immediate vacinity
- I GAVE, dammit!
I´m just curious on how many pigs you place in an average month, if there is such a thing in rescue.
I´m just boggled at the numbers, it seems amazing. It also seems amazing that Sharlene has 150. Her feed and bedding bill must be enormous, not counting vet care. I can´t imagine the amount of time it takes to care for all these animals.
I haven´t called Nancy in Pinole for an update. Ignorance is bliss.
The only reason the adoption rates are up a bit right now is left over press from the rescue and the trip. It´s normally 300 in a couple of years!!
I´ve never had this many before. A month can be zero adoptions up to 25. Before 9/11 and the economy, I used to average maybe 3-6 placements a weekend. It´s picked back up a bit, but for a while I was lucky to do 10 a month.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Guinea pigs of every shape,size and color have passed through here. People KNOW what they are getting and I DO charge an adoption fee.
Most, if not all, these homeless animals could be eliminated by some simple changes. It´s depressing how large scale the problem is and how many people bury their heads in the sand about it.
I´ve got to go clean cages, feed and give another round of Ivermectin to the fosters. A huge money sucking operation. Adoption fees don´t even make a dent in it. I had to stay out of a previous thread about shelter fee´s or I´d have blown my top.
Breeding and Pet stores are very REAL issues here and probably everywhere.
I´ll also be pet-sitting ( volunteer) all of Sharlene´s animals so that she can take a very hard earned and needed short vacation. Without help, none of this would be possible. We are ALL part of the solution if we choose to be.
Can you believe some people actually thought we were making money out of the adoption fees for the Hollister pigs? We had a couple of quite nasty phone callers who thought we must be making "a bundle", having got the pigs for free! Yeah right - I´m relaxing on a cruise ship enjoying my share of the proceeds right now!
Here are two more kind people with huge hearts: Kleenmama and Sandi Ackerman, both in Washington state, who have offered to take in ALL 36 of the pigs being held at PHS in a cruelty case. We are waiting to hear the outcome of the confiscation proceedings and are working on transportation plans. Thank you both for your outstanding generosity.
The pigs are feeling and looking better this week. They have filled out a bit and are not scratching so much, though it will be quite a while until they look like normal pigs again.