It was shocking and disgusting. It was putrid and pathetic.
I stopped at the feed store on my way down and picked up a bale of Timothy. I should have bought Alfalfa. Grabbed two bags of carrots out of my fridge. Left my damn camera at home! Luckily I remembered just as I was leaving Kara´s house, and we dashed back to get her camera. The butt shot is me. One of the piggie transfer photos is Kara´s and her sneakers I think. (No faces! )
The story is on the album. This first album is really just the receiving. I´m going to go down again, tomorrow or Friday and do more work and try to get as many individual photos as possible. I´ll create a separate album for the individual pigs.
We expect well over 300 pigs after deliveries in the very near term. Fosters only right now, as the woman still technically owns them and they are needed for evidence as well.
The Hollister Rescue Story
All of us are shaking our heads in disbelief at the sheer numbers here. Why is it so bad right now? Is it related to the economy? Why is it so bad in our area? Or is it just as bad elsewhere but the pigs are not coming to the attention of the shelters and rescues?
We desperately need foster homes for these pigs, they are now in better conditions than they were, but still far from what they need. Please help by fostering a few pigs if you are anywhere near the Bay Area.
- For the love of my girls!
- For the love of my girls!
After all the pigs we in clean cages, had the hay T brought and the carrots you could hear, "Munch...munch...munch!" That was a great feeling to see and hear happy pigs. But the reality of the situation is over whelming.
- Carpe Cavies
Teresa and KK - You and the other people who help these poor animals are truly caring and dedicated individuals.
Good lord this is awful. I cannot even foster any pigs right now... I have a vehicle I was going to donate to the Monterey SPCA... I think I better just write a check.
That is just so horrible... I don´t know what to say. If I am needed for driving or cage cleaning etc... I can do that... or money...
UGH! Why are some people so horrible!
"(hmmmm... how bad was/is it?)..." From what I understand, pretty bad.
Susan scouts the shows and takes pigs the breeders don´t want: breeder culls. (Anti-breeding? Yeah right.) She has way too many pigs for what she can afford and the conditions are bad. She was going to rent an airport locker and move her rescues out there after animal control got on her case (confirmed from two sources). No one (except animal control) gets to go to her house. She comes to you. She does adoption days in the pet store chains that SELL GUINEA PIGS! Hello???
Did you notice she´s not listed on the rescue list on Cavy Rescue?
This was part of a completely unsolicited email I received from someone who ran into her at one of the pet stores:
I won´t repeat the physical description. And then there was also this:She had guineas in what reminded me of trapping cages. They were 8 - 10" tall about the width of a few guineas, metal, and she had them stuffed full of guineas.
They had no water no food, the shaving they were pine or some other light color wood chip, with a few strands of grass. I also noticed something that might be due to neglect, their poop was an odd color orange. I´ve never seen any poop that color come from my guineas. Also one was missing fur from it´s lower hind quarters. The other animals looked almost drugged.
I hope my call to the Humane Society will do some help. I will follow up with you and let you know what becomes of the inquiry.
Big surprise. I believe the trapping-type cages he´s referring to are the standard breeder transport and show storage cages. I don´t know their official term for them. Just go to one show, you´ll see what I mean.she didn´t give me her name, but she did bristle at the mention of your name and cavy spirit.
I could tell you more. Hopefully you get the idea. Heart in the right place. Bad execution. Of course, I feel the same way about myself the vast majority of the time.
Also, there are several breeders listed for Hollister, just FYI.
Like I said.... UGH!
Iris was one sick little girl. A few expensive vet bills, a long time syringe feeding... she is okay now. Susan never answered my e-mail.
Where is Susan now? Did they confiscate her pigs?