Post   » Mon Jan 27, 2003 5:13 pm

Lynx, I don't know if you want to add this to the PetFinder thread or not:

A woman contacted me today looking for a guinea pig. She found me on PetFinder but said that she had also looked for me on 1-800-Save-A-Pet but didn't find me there.

I had not heard of this site before, but if the public is looking for guinea pigs there, then rescues should register there as well. In fact, they have a ton of rescues indexed in my area.

There are only a few guinea pigs listed on there right now but the site is much more accessible than GPAN (plus it allows pics and GPAN does not).

All I had to do was fill out a rescue application and list my vet's phone number. So, people like Paravati who can't get their vet to take the time to write a letter may find this system more helpful.

So here is the site address:

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Post   » Mon Jan 27, 2003 6:01 pm

Why not add a second post explaining this to your petfinder post and I'll change the title to reflect both of them.

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I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Mon Jan 27, 2003 8:58 pm

Thanks for the link, Chary. I found NO Guinea Pigs on my side of the world - They all seemed to be in CA. I registered as a rescuer and will be glad for the extra exposure.

As a side note, I did ask my vet to write that letter and she said yes - But I haven't reminded her to do it and I know she's very busy. I don't want people to think she's been unwilling; it's more my fault for not keeping on her about it. But thanks for the thought.


Post   » Mon Jan 27, 2003 11:27 pm

Lynx, I added that post plus several more (maybe got a little carried away) posts about how rescuers can publicize their efforts.

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Post   » Mon Jan 27, 2003 11:38 pm

You did a good job.

Do you screen your fosters? Not all know what they should be looking for or are real uptodate on what constitutes a good diet. Do you have a simple one page instruction form that would include contacting you or bringing over the pig (or something) if it showed signs of illness?


Post   » Tue Jan 28, 2003 1:00 pm

I screen fosters even more thoroughly than adopters. There is always a home visit and an initial in-person interview. I set up the fosters' cages myself and bring them supplies.

Right now, I'm drawing up a contract that specifies which supplies I will provide, the extent to which the foster home will participate in adoptions (ie. can people come to their home?), and what vet they will use.

For now, I use the foster contract from The Home for Unwanted and Abandoned Guinea Pigs:

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Post   » Tue Jan 28, 2003 1:55 pm

I'm registerred on this site! It's been good for me. I've had a couple of adoptions resulting directly from this site.

Here are my piggies:


Post   » Tue Jan 28, 2003 5:35 pm

Nice pics, Sunny! I'm still waiting for them to notify me that I qualify to list on that site.

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briana d

Post   » Tue Jan 28, 2003 6:03 pm

I'm registered there too:

I've gotten a lot of applications from this site too. is another one I'm listed on. I list there even though it is sponsored by Petsmart.

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Post   » Tue Jan 28, 2003 6:23 pm

Briana d - well the shelter is appropriately named! Look at all those fat piggies!

I went to your imageevent listing too. You have so many wonderful Guinea pigs.

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briana d

Post   » Tue Jan 28, 2003 6:56 pm

Yes my adoptable pigs are porkers! I still can't believe how fast they go through a 10 pound bag of pellets.


Post   » Tue Jan 28, 2003 10:33 pm

Great site, Briana. I registered there too!


Post   » Wed Jan 29, 2003 12:09 am

While my mind is running on about ways to make connections and find homes for your rescued piggies, I also thought it might be helpful to exchange some information on supporting your small rescue.

[Lynx, I'm waiting to hear from you on how much you REALLY want me to put on that sticky! Maybe this thread can serve as a growing database]

One of the ways that I have begun supporting the "hay habit" is by making C & C cages for people. If you know someone with a reseller's license (The Bunny Bunch has one so other nonprofits may as well), you can have them purchase coroplast for as little as 8$ a sheet--which includes the cutting fee. Or, you can plead your case to sign stores across town, buy a large quantity, then you mark it up.

I have found that A LOT of my adopters prefer to have me make their cage. Even though it's easy, they quickly give in when I matter-of-factly mention that I could just "throw it together and have it ready when we meet for the adoption." I tell them what colors I have and let them choose either plain cubes or multi-colored.

I take a C & C cage with me to events, along with some enlarged pictures from the CavyCages site and a laminated reprint of the instructions to show people how easy it is.

Now, this has burgeoned into something even bigger. The Bunny Bunch has asked me to put together a few cages, in different "styles" and they are going to sell them from their Boutique on the website. So far I'm working on a "fun" colorful cage for kids and a "deco" cage for adults.

I've even going to offer a variety of hay racks, most of which I found at Wal-Mart, Cost Plus, or Ralphs. They cost anywhere between 1$ and 5$ but of course I will sell them for more.

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Post   » Wed Jan 29, 2003 12:18 am

Thanke for pointing out the links, Chary and Briana.

No pigs within a 100 miles of me listed, I'll have to change that and get myself up there.

Get on your bike.

Post   » Wed Jan 29, 2003 12:29 am

I like your hay rack ideas. I like when the hay sticks out so much that I don't have to keep pulling it through the cube. I'd like to know what you used.

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Post   » Wed Jan 29, 2003 11:28 am

Is that site for rescues only, or can fosterers sign up?

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Post   » Wed Jan 29, 2003 11:46 am

I would like to see full pix of your bunny cages.

I've seen E's and it's great. Would like more ideas before I start building.


Post   » Wed Jan 29, 2003 2:50 pm

Ok, but if I get a lot of flak for this, I'll just blame you ;)

I don't keep rabbits in cages. Most of them are too small. So my rabbits, whether mine or foster (I have one and 2 more are fosters) live in large x-pens.

Here is a long view of the front of Chip and Witherspoon's home in my kitchen. That is a heavy fireplace screen in the front and the xpen is a few feet behind it. The floor is a seagrass mat which is safe for chewing.


Post   » Wed Jan 29, 2003 2:55 pm

egads, that pic sucks. I'll have to try again later when Geocities is back up. Sorry.


Post   » Wed Jan 29, 2003 3:09 pm

ok, here we go. View from the front:

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