Animal Control of a small town in Humboldt County, CA requested our assistance with a hoarding situation of what they thought were 200 guinea pigs or so.
We responded and drove the 10 hrs North On October 17, 2017. We ended up staying for two days because what we initialy thought were 200 pigs turned into 700once we started sexing and counting.
There were guinea pigs absolutely everywhere.
Upon arrival I observed guinea pigs all over a yard that resembled a junk yard. Two ramshackle sheds attached to the home contained stacked kiddie pools overflowing with guinea pigs. Random cages set up with animals everywhere. No food in the cages, water bottles with thick green sludge inside were provided for some of the cages but most contained no water. There were 300+guinea pigs on the ground competing for what little food and water there was. They were fed raw potatoes, some pellets, yellow hay and a dish for water that would last all of 3 minutes as they all dove for it and fought over it as soon as it was put down.
The sheds contained stacked kiddie pools stuffed full with guinea pigs.Many mamma's with teenie babies that were being trampled. There were 411pigs in the pools and cages.
Many animals were in terriblecondition and I observed multiple bites, scurvy, abscesses, mange as well as ringworm in the population. No adequate water access and no adequate or appropriate food.
We systematically set about separating and sexing the guinea pigs, counting and medicating as we went along.
All in all we counted 700 guinea pigs.
411 females and babies
To put an effective stop the breeding we brought all 411 females back to our ranch in Chatsworth, CA. We estimate that 80% of those females are pregnant.
Guinea Pigs have an average of 2 - 6 pups per litter, and a gestation period of 8 weeks.
In the next 8 weeks we estimate this population will grow to close 1335 guinea pigs. Here is the math.
308 possible pregnant
3 babies average per birth
924 new babies to be born
924 (to be born) + 411 (original group)
In the next 8 weeks our total of rescued guinea pigs will likely swell to 1,335 guinea pigs.
We had an out-pour of support and many supplies were sent! But we sadly need more. We have hired two part time staff to provide proper care. And with this explosion of babies that has already started we are going to hire 1 full time or 2 part time people to provide the proper care. As volunteers there is only so much we can do and only so many hours in a day and we need to make sure these guys receive the care they deserve. they have already been through so much.
Here is our conservative estimated budget for the coming 12 months
$0 pellets (we already received from our wishlist)!
$28,800 full time care taker
$9,600 part time care taker (weekends)
$14,400 vet care
$2,925 cages and other supplies
$6,000 trash removal (used bedding shavings - city of LA is expensive)
$20,000 - (already fund raised)
$59,475 GRAND TOTAL
Please please help these guinea pigs. We are going to make sure they all find loving homes according to our guidelines and adoption contract that provides tons of protection for the guinea pigs. We stand behind every single guinea pig we adopt out and if for some reason the adoption doesn't work out anymore then per the signed contract the guinea pigs are returned to us only us. Adopters are not allowed to find a new home themselves So we are there for each and every one them not only right know but in the future as well if the need arises.
Please also come visit if you can and see what the money is spend on. We are a total open book. I always get so very touched when a donation comes in. That means someone really cared to send some of their heart earned dollars and trusts us to spend it wisely and spend it what we say we will. I take that responsibility very serious. I know hard most of us hard we must work to put food on the table, provide for the kids. elderly parents perhaps. We all have our lives and stories and money is not easy to come by. It takes hard work and sometimes at jobs we don't even like but we keep going. So, I am aware of all that and that is why your donations really touch me deeply and I then know I am not the only one who cares about these precious little critters with their huge personalities. There is a village out there and we all feel the same.!
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