Guinea Pigs Rescued Despite Earthquake, Hurricane
The same day, word went out that there were a pair of surrendered guinea pigs that needed to be picked up immediately from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. One was pregnant and had a cloudy eye that was presumed blind. Because she was underweight, it was hard to tell how far along she was in the pregnancy. MGPR was treating the situation as though she could give birth at any moment. Arrangements were made for MGPR volunteer Julia Folsom to pick them up and bring them to the next adoption meet the following Sunday at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
Unfortunately, volunteers were dealing with the threat of Hurricane Irene which was building in strength and slowly moving up the eastern shore. Within a few days of the pregnant piggy pickup, The shelter asked MGPR to cancel Sunday’s adoption meet at their location.
MGPR Director, Becky Wilson had left her home in Maryland to attend BlogPaws, a social media conference for pet bloggers, at the Sheraton Premiere in Tysons Corner, Virginia when she learned of the cancellation. She immediately began to make arrangements for the pair of pigs to be brought safely to her hotel room for the birth. MGPR Volunteer Angela Mitchell, also attending the conference, had a spare cage in the back of her truck. Becky stated, “I’m so happy that Julia was able to bring them over and that Papua Piig’s travel cage was in Angela’s car. It was like it was meant to be once I decided not to drive home on Saturday evening. Thank you all so much.” With so many pet lovers, animal welfare advocates, and veterinarians in the hotel for the conference, it was easy to line up a few emergency contacts in case complications arose from the guinea pig giving birth. It was wonderful to see how many were willing to rise to the occasion and volunteer their services.
Thankfully, the two rescued guinea pigs, now named Shake and Quake, are safe at Becky’s home where they will have ongoing care. The pregnant sow, unfortunately, was discovered to be blind in both eyes. It will be interesting to see what role her female companion will play in tending to the newborns. Shake and Quake and the pups will be up for adoption as soon as their health needs are cleared and they have a medical assessment. The newborns are sure to have some great hurricane names.
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