The last cage is the one that made me sad. There is an Abby who is about the same size as Scruffy was. It said on the paperwork that the poor dear had a possible mass of some sort that ruptured on its behind. They haven't sexed it yet, but it looked to me as if it is a female. It was hard to tell from the look I got at it. It was somewhat lethargic, but did perk up slightly when I talked to it. Treatment is underway, but it needs a lot of love and attention. No age is listed, but I'm guessing 1-2 years old.
I'm going back to sneak some treats to all of them. I'll do my best to get some good pictures of them.
The little DEW was apprehensive at first and would not take the carrot from my hand. I dropped it so he could get it. After he ate that one, he took the second one from my hand. The sick one still doesn't have the sex listed, but my guess is female. She (?) is lethargic and the way she sits makes it hard to see her hind end. She wouldn't move, much less come over to get the carrots, so I opened the cage door just enough to slip them to her. I was able to get them right under her mouth so she didn't have to get up to eat them. I imagine with her wound that getting up and moving is painful. I was glad to see her eat the carrots.
The staff member who processed my adoption for Barry Jenkins said that she was surrendered because the previous owner didn't have the means to get her the medical attention she needs. That would explain why the mass on her behind was left to rupture. I'll never get people who do that. If you can't take care of a Guinea Pig; including the potential vet bills, then don't have them.
I'm going to take a personal interest in this guinea pig and show her the love and attention she needs in the hopes that I can help her make a full recovery. There's no way I can adopt her, but there is plenty I can do. I can give her treats every day and hopefully she'll wind up in a great home. She's such a beautiful girl. I'll get a picture of her and post it.
This is Boogie. It's very hard to get a good picture of him since he's a zoomie little guy. I did get him to take carrots from me, but he was too fast to get a photo of it. I had to rattle the plastic to get him to stop barely long enough for this picture.
Wombat. He's a little more trusting today than yesterday. Of course the carrots help!
Groundhog. He's more trusting than Wombat. I didn't need a carrot to get him to come over and sniff my hand but he got one anyway.
This is the sick guinea pig. Still no sex listed, but there is a name and it's Goosebump. I'm starting to think that he's male with that name, but you never know by their names. My male was named Bubbles. Goosebump barely lifted up his or her head today. I spoke with the desk and they said a recheck was done on Monday, 2 days ago. It doesn't look like Goosebump is eating much. Not seeing many droppings either. The same veggies that were in there yesterday are still there.
I asked about handfeeding and they didn't know if that was prescribed or if it is being done. I would like to think that they are tracking weight and will notice any weight loss. Bactrim is being given to Goosebump, so hopefully a probiotic is too. I dropped off hay and lettuce for them too, although it'll probably go mostly to the dozen or so rabbits they have there. I'm hopeful that this guinea pig will feel better and be more active tomorrow.
I'm both saddened that the poor guy suffered and died and I'm mad as hell at people who get these wonderful animals as pets without knowing what they are getting into and not caring enough about them to get them the medical attention they need and then dumping them after it's too late to save their lives.
There's no reason why this should have happened to Goosebump. If they would have let me, I would have taken him in and made sure he got the best medical care possible. Even if I couldn't have saved him, he would at least have known that there is someone who loved him and he would have passed away in a pair of loving arms instead of alone in a cold heartless cage. Things like this make it very hard to go and see these guinea pigs, but it's something I should keep doing. There are no more guinea pigs at the shelter for now but I'll keep checking. I need some time to get over this anyway.