Fetching Santa Brings Christmas to Shelter Guinea Pigs
The goal of the holiday event was to raise money for the many dogs of Griffin Pond, formerly the Humane Society of Lackawanna County. Shortly after Thanksgiving, Miner-Reese began coordinating the event with a Facebook page asking her fellow animal lovers and online friends to send donations. The event page explains, “We’re asking for donations of Nylabones, cats toys or monetary donations which will be used only for the animal’s Christmas gifts.”
Miner-Reese tells Guinea Pig Today, “Originally, my plan was to just give out Nylabones to the 100+ dogs at the shelter. That of course turned into also providing cat toys for about 100 + cats.” Griffin Pond is also home to guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, ferrets, hamsters and gerbils looking for their forever homes.
The donation drive successfully collected more than $500 worth of chew toys, treats and food for the shelter animals. “We gave the small animals fresh Romaine, baby carrots, apples and some chew-type toys,” explains Miner-Reese. “It was all part of our attempt to make their holidays a little happier too.”
Anne Marie Shinko, a former employee, volunteer and foster mom for Griffin Pond, now does much of the guinea pig, rabbit and other small animal education and fostering. “Meredith was provided with enough carrots, field greens and apples to treat the guinea pigs and rabbits for Christmas Eve and Christmas day,” Shinko tells us. She assisted Miner-Reese with donations for the guinea pigs complete with a festive cage card displaying the names of individuals who donated to the cause.
Shinko is currently fostering the brother-sister pair pictured in addition her own herd of adopted cavies. “They are staying with a herd of my own adopted guinea pigs until the shelter is contacted by potential adopters. I’m also fostering their mother who has had three babies.” Two of the three babies recently found homes with a senior neutered male. The remaining baby, a male, will most likely be neutered and adopted with his mother.
In addition to Griffin Pond, monetary donations will also go to NEPA Animal Adoption Network and the Dessin Animal Shelter. Monetary donations received after the holidays will be saved for the next event.
Miner-Reese hopes to continue the fundraiser next year and make the drive an annual event. The best part, she tells her Facebook community, was delivering the toys and bones to the homeless animals. “They were so happy. We had a great time …it was a like a 1960’s Christmas office party …minus the excessive smoking, drinking and xeroxing of someone’s butt!”
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