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She was all alone in a tiny tub, a small water bottle duct-taped to the side. There wasn’t a single piece of hay in sight, no place to hide, not even a soft piece of fleece to lay on. This young guinea pig was for sale, the ad said, because they bought it for their daughter but she “soon lost interest.” Her life could have gotten much worse, but instead the best thing happened.
Guinea pig friends/mom-and-daughter duo Bonnie and Christina Perry saw the ad and contacted PGPR for help. Unfortunately our foster homes are full and our wait list has a months-long lead time, so we were unable to jump in as we have in the past. A PGPR volunteer told Perry that if she was able to foster for a little while then we would add this guinea pig to the surrender list. “I do have a single neutered male,” Bonnie Perry said, “but I told myself no more pigs.”
Regardless of her resolution, the Perrys knew they had to help. They picked up the little pig later that night. If the guinea pig, now call Pixie, got along with her altered male, Skunk, then they'd keep her. If the new girl upset the current herd dynamics, PGPR promised to take her as soon as possible.
Pixie spent a few days settling into her new foster home, getting used to her big C&C cage, and enjoying delicious piles of hay, as well as finally being able to hear and smell other guinea pigs. In just a few days her life had completely transformed. When she seemed acclimated Christina let Skunk walk around her cage and Pixie “popped out of her shell. He slept next to her cage for an hour; something tells me they will be friends for life.”
It looks like foster will become forever!
If you'd like to see more of Pixie and her new herd (including PGPR grads Piper and Penelope), follow @thebestofpetz on Instagram.
At PGPR we want to help as many pigs as possible and it’s wrenching to say “No” to a pig or person in need. Thankfully this time Bonnie and Christina stepped in and took on the cost of rescuing, housing, feeding, and getting medical care from a cavy-savvy veterinarian for Pixie. Not everyone is able to, but the need is ever-present. Help us help pigs and people by donating to our medical fund. We can’t do this without you.