The Horrific Truth About Guinea Pig Rescue

 

Many people tell us that they have never heard of guinea pig rescues before and are often quite surprised that we have such a high number. It is quite unthinkable that piggies can be neglected and abused in our supposedly civilised society, people assume they can't possibly be in as much need of rescuing as a dog or a cat. Sadly, this cannot be further than the truth as evidenced every day here at Milhaven.

 

There are cases where guinea pigs come to us from families that have loved and cared for them but have had to make the awful decision to surrender them for a whole variety of genuine reasons. Regrettably these cases are only a very small portion of the intake of piggies at the rescue.

 

Many guinea pigs come to us after being abandoned, left for days in a cardboard box out in the elements, often in secluded areas where they have little chance of survival or being found in time. Often they are malnourished, suffering the pain of advanced mites, pregnant and have medical issues which need urgent treatment.

 

Many guinea pigs come to us after they have been neglected and are ill. They have not been cleaned for months and are living in inches of rotting filth. They have not received the correct diet and are suffering with diet related medical problems. Often they have lice or mites which have been left untreated causing tremendous discomfort to the piggy. Many have been left to breed and breed back to back with no regard for their wellbeing. Many have been squashed into tiny hutches/cages where they have no room to run around and stretch, often causing muscle and joint problems. Neglected guinea pigs are often scared and mistrusting of humans and require months of careful handling for them to learn trust.

 

Many guinea pigs come to us who have purposely been abused, often left to die at the bottom of the garden in a filthy hutch with no food or water.

 

There are many more reasons why guinea pigs come to us and need rescuing. In reality guinea pigs are as much in need of a safe place as larger animals. We work tirelessly every single day to help these poor little piggies receive the desperate help and care they seriously need.

 

Following are images of some of the guinea pigs we have rescued. Please note that some of these images are graphic and may cause distress. It is important that people see the true nature of rescue and the things we face every day. These are before and after pictures to put them into perspective, and to show a true representation.

 

 

 

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