Panda and Pooh hanging out in their hay box.
Please welcome our latest sanctuary residents, Panda and Pooh! They came to us from a not good situation, from which they were rescued by some local angels and taken to our vet.
Panda and Pooh look to be about 5 or 6 years old. Panda has a gi-normous tumor on his left hind leg that is unfortunately inoperable. He is a trouper, though, and doesn’t let it stop him from getting around or from stealing food from Pooh!
Panda hay snorkeling.
Pooh has a benign growth on his nose that makes it look a little crusty. It doesn’t seem to bother him at all.
Pooh and Panda on the way home from the vet. Panda’s tumor is pretty evident in this photo.
Panda and Pooh are sweet boys who love to cuddle. Panda is the more outgoing of the two. He is always on the lookout for treats, and with the tumor stealing so much of his nutrition, he is rather thin and we get to oblige! We supplement his regular food with Critical Care syringe feeding formula and fresh treats like carrot and melon.
When the human arrives, Panda takes one step forward and Pooh takes one step back. They love to snuggle together in their bigloo.
The vet does not expect Panda to be with us much longer, but we will make his remaining time as happy and comfortable as we can. Pooh will always have a home with us, and we will ensure that he always has guinea pig friends to do guinea pig things with.
Update 7/24/15: Pandora’s surgery went well and she did her post-op here at Friendly Farms. The vet found a tumor in her uterus, but was able to remove it during the spay surgery.
Her dental examination showed no problems. Evidently what the shelter vet saw resolved itself in the week between examinations. We are glad that Pandora has a healthy mouth. Tooth issues can be painful for bunny and costly to their humans!
Pandora is now available for adoption through AFRP’s rabbit program, Rescue Rabbits Rock! Please contact Lisa of RRR for more information about this darling girl.
This lovely girl’s name is Pandora. She is currently in between homes and staying at the Salinas Animal Shelter. She is a very sweet girl who just wants someone to pet her and care for her lovingly.
Pandora is an older bunny, maybe 5 years? Unspayed female rabbits older than 4 often have cancerous or precancerous changes to their uterus, so we like to get them spayed as quickly as possible to eliminate this potentially deadly health issue.
Did you know that rabbits’ teeth continue growing throughout their lifetime? They are normally worn to the proper length by bunnies eating their naturally coarse diet of grasses and twigs, but many, especially older rabbits, need a little dental work to keep everything in proper alignment. Pandora has some molar spurs that we would like the vet to remove while she is under anesthesia for her spay on Friday. We need donations to cover this surgery, though, so we are asking for your help.
Contact the Avian and Exotic Clinic at 831-647-1147 and they can take your credit card number over the phone, or send them a check earmarked for Friendly Farms.
Thank you in advance for your support. By working together we are able to get these wonderful animals to safety and loving homes.
This is a courtesy posting. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in adopting one or both of these delightful boys.
Skittles (orange and white guinea) is about a year and a half old, and Cookie Dough is around 9 months old. Skittles was adopted from a pet store along with another guinea pig who was thought to be another male, but ended up being a female, so Cookie Dough is Skittle’s son. Both are dominant males who cannot be housed together and would be happier with female guinea pig(s) as companions.
Skittles is a neutered cuy mix who weighs approximately 2-3 pounds. He will run if he knows you want to handle him, but is calm when he’s being held and stroked. He has done well in the past paired with females, and since he’s neutered he can happily live with one or more female guinea pigs.
Cookie Dough is also a neutered cuy mix weighing in at 2 – 3 pounds. He enjoys interacting with humans from a distance. He will take food from your hand and listen to you tell him what a handsome boy he is, but would rather hang out with the girl piggies and just be a guinea pig and not a lap pet. He is very fast and strong, but has not bitten.
Please contact Robyn via email if interested. Each is available for $20, including his cage.
Update 6/15: Flo and Eddie have been adopted into a loving home! Congratulations to everyone, and thank you to Northstar Rescue and Andy’s Pet Shop!
Flo and Eddie are a darling young couple who came to us last fall. We got Eddie neutered right away because they seem very bonded and we want them to stay together, but that meant an extended pregnancy watch for Flo, as we had to start the clock 2 weeks after Eddie’s surgery. She did not have any pups, so now Flo and Eddie are available for adoption.
Like all young guinea pigs, Flo and Eddie love to run and play. A Cubes and Coroplast (C&C) cage is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to provide a roomy home for your guinea pigs. Guinea Pig Cages website will help you to find the materials you need and gives instructions on how to build one.
Flo is a long-haired guinea pig, so she will require regular grooming to keep her coat clean and free of mats. We recommend keeping her fur cut short for easy care, unless you want to spend a lot of time fussing over her to keep it long and silky.
Please contact us here at Friendly Farms if you would like to meet these adorable guinea pigs.
Update 6/24/15: Teddy has unexpectedly passed away. We have bonded Snowball to Almond Joy and Kahlua, a pair of our sanctuary piggies, and she will spend the remainder of her days with us here at Friendly Farms.
Snowball & Teddy are a bonded pair of older girls. They are friendly and used to being handled, but, as with all guinea pigs, need to take some time before they fully trust you.
Snowball has ovarian cysts, which are very common in older female guinea pigs. Your vet can check them during her well-pet exams to make sure they are not growing or causing Snowball any discomfort.
One of Teddy’s hind feet looks like it was broken at some point in her life. It has healed and she walks on it just fine and it does not appear to be at all painful for her.
Guinea pigs live for 5 – 8 years, so these girls still have plenty of good times ahead of them. Contact us here at Friendly Farms if you are interested in providing them with a comfortable retirement home.
Update 2/10/15: We are very sad to say that Candace passed away, very unexpectedly. The vet was unable to find a definitive cause of death during the necropsy. We are sorry that she did not get to enjoy a long life, but hope that her time here was happy. She was adorable in every way and we loved her. RIP little girl.
Update 1/27/15: Our beautiful girl has been given a clean bill of health by the vet and is available for adoption to a loving home! Contact us here at Friendly Farms and we will set up a time for introductions with your guinea pig.
Please keep in mind that Candace is a long-haired piggy and will need help caring for her lovely locks. Most people keep their long-haired guinea pigs trimmed, as it is the easiest way to keep them clean and free of mats.
Lovely Candace recently came into a Bay Area shelter with matted and filthy fur, a wound on her hind end, and a large abscess on her neck. We got her to the Avian & Exotic Clinic for surgery as quick as we could, where the vet confirmed that her abscess was due to cervical lymphadenitis. Candace’s surgery was a great success, with the vet being able to remove the entire abscess. She was able to close the incision with no drains or flushing necessary.
Candace doing her best not to show off her many surgical staples. A few are visible in the center of the photograph.
Candace will be on antibiotics until she gets a clean bill of health from the vet. For now, she is munching her hay and veggies like any other guinea pig, and looking forward to having her surgical staples removed next week.
Wound on Candace’s hind end.
We are very thankful to the people who make it possible for us to save the lives of guinea pigs like Candace: the Avian & Exotic Clinic and their skilled vets and staff, and our donors who provide the funding for our work. We are hoping to raise $500 to cover Candace’s bills. Your donation will help us to continue helping animals with medical needs who are slated for euthanasia at our local shelters. Call the Avian & Exotic Clinic at 831-647-1147, tell them you would like to donate to the Friendly Farms Medical Fund, and they will take your credit card information over the phone.
Pretty Candace will be available for adoption when the vet has cleared her. Stay tuned for updates!
Fiona is a very active young girl, full of bunny fun and personality! Hold still for a picture? Are you kidding? She loves to run and play and will do best in an experienced home where she gets plenty of attention and has lots of rabbit-proofed space to explore.
Exercise pens are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to create a safe and comfortable space for your rabbit to live during those times she cannot be running free in the house. A 24″ is high enough for a sedate adult bunny, a 30″ for a more active and curious younger rabbit, and a 36″ may be necessary for a rambunctious teenager, especially one who has not yet been spayed or neutered. Some manufacturers also make lids for their pens, which helps to keep cats, dogs, and small children out of the pen if needed.
Fiona has been spayed. Please contact us here at Friendly Farms if you are interested in meeting her.
Betsy is a lovely crested guinea pig who is very opinionated! She is very social and loves to explore and then visit you for a treat or a head rub. Watch out, though! If she is upset by something, she thinks nothing of giving you a firm nip! For this reason, Betsy can only go to an experienced adult home where her humans can read her behaviors and anticipate when she is getting scared or cranky.
Betsy has not shown any interest in joining a herd, but she is definitely interested in meeting boys! We think she will do best paired with a neutered male. She is about 2 years old now.
Contact us here at Friendly Farms if you are interested in meeting this lively girl.
18 young rabbits were abandoned at Laguna Grande Regional Park in Seaside early this month. The SPCA is offering a $1000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Please help us to find homes for these rabbits! Contact the SPCA or AFRP’s Rescue Rabbits Rock program if you can foster or adopt one or more of these cuties.
Here are some links to more information about this case:
SPCA Humane Investigations
The Monterey Herald
Update 9/9/14: Angus has a new friend and a new home! Congratulations to him and his new family!
Angus is a real cutie-pie! He is gray with white markings and crazy wild fur on his back end! We think he is about a year old now. He is learning to accept handling and will sit on your lap for strokes and a treat.
Angus has been neutered and will be safe to meet eligible girlfriends on July 11. Please contact us here at Friendly Farms to meet this gorgeous boy.
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