Guinea Pig Adopters/Fosters Needed at MSPCA at Nevins Farm, Boston Area

Mr.Barky and Patches from the MSPCA at Nevins FarmImage courtesy of the MSPCA at Nevins Farm

Give guinea pigs like Mr.Barky and Patches from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm a forever home. If you can't adopt, please consider volunteering, fostering, sponsoring, or sending donations for their care.

Note from the Editor: This time of year has guinea pig rescues and shelters across the country overflowing with guinea pigs looking for new homes so please, if you don’t live in the Boston area, check your local shelter or rescue and give a guinea pig pair a loving home or volunteer for fostering to help shelters get through this rough time. Thank you.

Currently at the MSPCA Nevins Farm we have a huge number of super cavies (proper term for guinea pig). In house we have 33 little guinea pigs available for adoption and in our foster homes we have an additional 9 receiving care.

Two of our favorite guinea pigs looking for homes are Mr.Barky and Patches. These two special boys came to us from separate homes and became close friends during the time we have had them.

Mr Barky arrived in our care back in March. He was surrendered due to his family moving but did come in with some health concerns. Mr. Barky was in his last home for over 3 years and during that time they described him as friendly social little boy. However his living conditions and nutrition were less than ideal. He was being housed in a glass tank with little air flow and feed a diet of high sugary foods and no hay. This diet caused Mr. Barky to develop a large impaction that was left untreated for an extended period of time. The impaction also created a secondary infection in the form of a large abscess. Barky’s nails were also severely overgrown and had grown back into his foot pads leading to bumble foot. We took Barky in, cleaned his abscess, and got him on a proper piggy diet of lots of timothy hay, quality timothy pellets, and fresh veggies loaded with vitamin C. Mr. Barky is doing much better now and ready to go home with his friend. He will need an owner who will take him to yearly vet visits and who will monitor him since the chance of his bumble foot or impaction happening again is a possibility. However, this little bit of extra effort will really pay off he is such a cuddlebug.

Patches came to us a little after Mr. Barky, in May. He is also about 4 years old and was brought in when his family sadly lost interest in him. Patches is easy to hold and a very vocal piggy when fresh veggies are around. Patches did have a slight issue with an over active gland, so we did neuter him during his stay with us and I’m happy to report that the neuter was non eventful and he appears to be doing much better. After his neuter we introduced him to Mr. Barky and the they hit it off right away. They are already best friends.

Please check out their Petfinder page. Mr.Barky and Patches

Guinea pigs can makes wonderful family pets and they are interactive and easy to handle even for young children with adult supervision. Want to find out more about what it’s like to have a guinea pig as a companion animal? Stop on in and check out the 40+ we currently have available for adoption.

Even if you can’t adopt a piggy, please consider helping us care for them by bringing in fresh veggies, red and green peppers, cilantro, parsley, romaine lettuce and even basil are some of their favorites!

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Sheri, Small Animal Task Force, MSPCA Nevins Farm

Sheri is the staff liason and small animal task force member for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, Massachusetts. She writes and maintains their official adoption center blog.

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