Dec 14, 2009

Recent Adoptions: Perlie and Bonzai

A big HOORAH for our little girl Perlie who went home with her new friend Bonzai and new family Anne and Patrick of Middleton. Bonzai is a neutered male that lost his long time cagemate, so he was looking for a friend to chase away the lonelies. We are so glad we could make him happy and find Anne and Patrick a new guinea pig to pamper and spoil. Here 's a picture taken by Patrick of Bonzai and Perlie getting to know each other. Don't they make a lovely twosome?

Dec 5, 2009

December Pigs of the Month: The Marshmallow Boys



Who are these adorable boys? Why it's Gilbert and his buddy Magoo! This lovely pair might not have flashy colors, but they more than make up for it in personality. They both have a twinkle of mischief in their eyes. Gilbert is the vocal one and his lyrical voice can be heard over all the other pigs, especially when it's veggie time. Magoo is quieter, but he just knows he is something special with his crazy cute hairdo. These boys are friendly, curious and funny and will make great pets. Are they the pigs for YOUR household? Gilbert and Magoo are just one of the lovely pairs of pigs that up for adoption through the Wisconsin Guinea Pig Rescue. If you are not in the position to provide a home, consider helping to sponsor these lovely boys while they await their new family. Even a $5 donation will help us continue to provide hay, pellets and fresh vegetables to our rescue pigs.

Check them out on Petfinder!

Recent Adoptions: More happy tails!

Congratulations to Merlin and Padraic (renamed "Galahad" CUTE!), who went home to Rhinelander this weekend. Their new family had a 2 grid by 5 grid cage all ready for them (and lots of veggies!). So lots of space to run and tons to eat. What more could a pig ask for?


Merlin getting cleaned up for his new home

Galahad's baby picture (he's grown up a lot since then!)

Also, Crockett and Ike went to live in Stoughton with Lori and her family. Way to go, Crockett and Ike!


P.S. Guinea pigs don't actually have tails.

Nov 5, 2009

Thank You to Our Friends!

Hello everyone! Sometimes we are so blown away by the generosity of our supporters here at Wisconsin Guinea Pig Rescue, that we just feel the need to thank some of them in person.

We offer a round of applause to one special young lady in Neenah. For her recent birthday, Carly decided to ask her birthday guests to bring donations for our rescue instead of bringing birthday presents...and she sent us a check for $115. How wonderful is that?!! Thank you so much, Carly!

We also need to extend a warm thank you to Katie in Appleton. Katie provided one of our pregnant momma pigs with a temporary foster home so the little momma could get lots of attention and care during her pregnancy and delivery. SO helpful, Katie! We are so appreciative and momma piggy Indra and baby Ike also thank you!

We just HAVE to extend a heartfelt thank you to Sally in Madison who supplied our rescue with a large assortment of much needed towels to be used in our cages. Thanks to you, Sally, our rescue pigs will be comfortable, clean and cozy while they stay here with us awaiting their new homes.

No, we are not done yet. Our friend Jane also sent us a most generous donation through our paypal account. How can we express our appreciation, Jane? Oh my goodness...thank you!

Ha! Susan, you're not getting off without a heartfelt thank you either! Susan brought us hay, pellets and some wonderful hidey houses and play tunnels for our rescue pigs. You should just SEE the little pig smiles on the faces of our little rescue piggies!

It is ALL of you wonderful folks that have made our rescue work possible. As you know, our rescue is only here because of your generous donations. We can't do it alone and we are so grateful for the help and support. You are all very special to us and our rescue fuzzballs.

All of us at the Wisconsin Guinea Pig Rescue

Shelter News

Recent Adoptions: Godiva, Moxie, Vivi, Oona and Olivia!

Congratulation to Godiva (now named Blossum!), Moxie (Pansy) and Vivi who all went home with Amy and Luciana in Janesville.

Vivi was adopted to live with Amy and Luciana's beautiful neutered boar, while Blossum and Pansy have their own large cage to zoom around in. If that wasn't enough, Amy and Luciana also fell in love with our mother/daughter pair, Oona and Olivia and they also went to their new home in Janesville. We know that all these pigs will be pampered and spoiled. Congratulations to all!

Oct 8, 2009

Standing Room Only!

A big HELLO from the Janesville PigPen! Are we going nuts here?
Why, yes. Yes, we are (grin!). The 13 pigs that recently came here have blossomed...into 21! And there will be more. Three of the 7 sows in this group were confirmed pregnant on intake. Two weeks ago, the lovely little Oona and the equally beautiful little Paloma gave birth on the same night to 9 little pups. Oona had 6 babies (sadly one was stillborn) and Paloma had 3. Initially, Oona and Paloma shared a cage and both took care of all the pups. When Oona needed medical treatment for a hormonal issue, we separated the two families equally to give everyone a chance to thrive. So Oona kept four of her babies and Paloma happily took to raising her own three and one of Oona's. So in one night, we welcomed the brand new Oliver, Olivia, Otis, Oleta, Oscar, Panya, Perlie and Padraic. Okay, okay....Quiz time: What babies belong to which mother? You KNOW you can figure it out!

So what of the other new piggies that came to us to find new homes? Well, remember I said that there will be MORE piggies? Yup! Indra is ready to pop with her pups any second now. And the very beautiful red abby sow, Jezabel has just been confirmed pregnant. So far ("knock on wood") Tallulah, Hepzibah and Yasmine show no signs of pregnancy. These three beauties share a cage. Talluhah and Yasmine are both tan and white Americans, but Hepzibah is a drop-dead gorgeous tan Abby and, Hoo Boy, she's got an A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E, that one!. Maybe I shouldn't have named her after a mythological goddess.

But what of the 6 boars that we took in? I can't help myself, I already have favorites. Merlin, an adult chocolate and tan American, is a big, squooshy lovebug. What else can I say? And Henry is just plain sweet. He's a pale red and white boy with lovely pink eyes, but such a NICE little boy. I just want to hug him. Crockett is the prettiest young abby boar that we've had here in a long many different SHADES of tan on one pig. Shadrach has pretty tans on him too and another really nice, nice little pig.

Warning: Do not read any further if you have an uncontrollable sweet tooth!!! I MEAN it! I'm WARNING you! I just love, love, love the MARSHMALLOW BOYS!! One is smooth and white and one is FLUFFY and white. Does it get any better than this? I'm talking about Gilbert (be still my heart!) and Magoo. Gilbert is an American and Magoo is a fluffy, fluffy, fluffy (did I mention "fluffy"?) Abbyruvian. How cool is that? Someone is going to be SO lucky to adopt these two special boys.

Okay, I'll admit it. I just totally love them all. How can you have a favorite when they are all so wonderful?

So we have quite a few pigs here in the rescue and you will be able to see some of them up on Petfinder within the next few days (so don't change that channel!). Here are some pictures of our new little babies, but DO NOT blame me if you swoon from the cuteness.

If anyone lives in the Madison/Milwaukee/Janesville area and wants to donate food or bedding to go toward caring for all these beautiful little fluffballs, send us an e-mail and we will see what we can work out for pick up. The babies and moms are eating Oxbow brand Cavy Performance pellets and lots of timothy hay (and daily fresh veggies). The other pigs are eating Oxbow brand Cavy Cuisine (and hay and veggies). As to bedding, we can still use gently used towels or aspen shavings and Carefresh brand paper bedding.

All of you have a great day and give your pigs a hug from us!

Hey I was eating that!

Bath Time!

Some of the new piggies needed a long overdue bath. They fussed and complained but after it was all over they were squeaky clean cavies!

New pigs!

Here's a random assortment of some of the new piggies at the rescue.
They're not up on petfinder yet but keep checking back, we'll be sure to post about it!

And here's Oona one of the 3 pregnant sows. She's ready to pop!

Sep 14, 2009

The Big Pig Transport

On Friday, the WI Guinea Pig Rescue took in thirteen guinea pigs from a shelter after they were surrendered to the authorities by their owner. The shelter unfortunately did not have the space to house them We took a short road trip to meet up with a shelter volunteer who brought the pigs down to us in the Madison area.

Next stop: Janesville!
The thirteen fluffballs were loaded into the back of our regrettably small two-door and given some fresh veggies, and we were on our way.


One of the pregnant girls
Food for some of the boys!

After weighing and treating the seven girls and six boys for mites, they were introduced to their nice, spacious new homes. They immediately checked out their new surroundings and went to work munching on their hay and pellets.


Unfortunately, three of the female pigs are confirmed pregnant, with the other four on a pregnancy watch. Sadly, guinea pigs often come into the rescue pregnant, and just a few pregnancies can threaten to double the number of pigs already being cared for. We are hoping for happy and healthy babies and moms.

There are some adorable and funny characters in this bunch! Please check back often for updates and to see our Petfinder list once the pigs are available for adoption.

This is one happy little pig.