Prunedale Breeder Shuts Down, 12 Remaining Guinea Pigs to Friendly Farms

Posted in New news! at 4:15 PM by Lori


We recently took the last 12 guinea pigs from a local backyard breeder who was getting out of the business. We were told that the only 2 males had been separated from the moms and pups, but when I picked up the first male and he was a she, we knew that the pigs had not been sexed properly, and it is likely that all of the females of bearing age are pregnant.

A mom and daughter.

After bringing them home and assessing them, they all appear to be healthy. There are 7 males and 5 females.

A juvenile boy we have named Opie.

Please contact us if you are interested in fostering or adopting some of these delightful guinea pigs.


17 Rabbits Brought to Monterey County Animal Services

Posted in New news! at 1:44 PM by Lori


Update 1/4/16: Thank you for your support! All of these bunnies are now safely out of the shelter and are starting to get over their URIs and ready for new homes! The Avian and Exotic Clinic of Monterey has been very generous in helping these bunnies, and we are down to needing just 2 more spays. Your donations get these bunnies the medicines and procedures they need on their way to being happy, healthy, well-loved house bunnies.

Update 12/13/15: Animal Friends Rescue Project has pulled 6 of these bunnies into their rabbit program. Of the remaining 11, all have been spayed or neutered now except for 4 girls who still need to be spayed. Irri has been diagnosed with megacolon, and she and Binni have been taken into our sanctuary program.

Our biggest hurdle has been in resolving the upper respiratory infections that so many of these bunnies have. We would like to do another culture and sensitivity test and perhaps add a nebulized antibiotic to their regimen, but we need another $250 for the lab and pharmacy.

Donations to help these rabbits are greatly appreciated! Visit our fund raising page at YouCaring or give to our medical fund at the Avian and Exotic Clinic.


A large number of rabbits were recently abandoned on Old Stage Road. Monterey County Animal Services has 17 that are being vetted for medical conditions, and will be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption.


These three were immediately pulled for medical reasons, and Friendly Farms is fostering them. Irri has an upper respiratory infection, Binni has a crushed foot and a URI, and Basmati has a torn third eyelid. All are expected to recover soon and will be available for adoption after their spays and neuter. Binni will need a home that will accommodate her special “lucky foot”, as she will be a little less agile than other bunnies.

Jasmine is a lovely mini-rex girl who has been spayed and is available for adoption through Monterey County Animal Services. Please contact the shelter if you are interested in adopting her.

We need approximately $1200 to get the rest of these rabbits spayed and neutered. Please donate to the Friendly Farms Medical Fund at the Avian and Exotic Clinic of Monterey. Their number is 831-647-1147 and they will take your credit card number over the phone. Or donate online at YouCaring. With your support, we can get these bunnies into loving homes for the holidays!


Please Welcome Panda and Pooh!

Posted in New news!, The Friendly Farms Crew at 2:31 PM by Lori

Panda and Pooh hanging out in their hay box.

Update: Sadly, dear Panda Bear has left us for the next world. Evidently the cancer had spread to other parts of his body. Though he was only with us a few weeks, we enjoyed his sweet disposition and giving him extra treats. We are glad that he was happy and comfortable during his short stay.

Pooh Bear has moved in with Snowball and Almond Joy and is a happy boy. They are a darling trio.

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.



Posted in New news! at 12:44 PM by Lori


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.



Posted in New news! at 12:28 PM by Lori


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!


SPCA Offers Reward in Seaside Rabbit Abandonment Case

Posted in New news! at 1:08 PM by Lori


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



Manzanita Park Guinea Pigs

Posted in New news! at 4:36 AM by Lori

Agnes and Pauly.

A number of guinea pigs were abandoned to fend for themselves at Manzanita Park in Prunedale the week of the New Year. Agnes and Pauly were taken to Monterey County Animal Services on Friday, Jan. 3rd. We picked them up from the shelter on Saturday, and were alerted that there were more piggies out at the park on Monday.

Brothers Popcorn and Peanut. Update 6/9/14: Popcorn and Peanut have been adopted!

We were able to catch Peanut on Monday the 6th, and Popcorn on Tuesday, and they were very happy to be reunited in safety. They enjoy sharing a pigloo and wheeking loudly at mealtimes.

We started putting food out every evening for the remaining piggies, but it was not until the 17th that we were able to catch another. Cora gave birth to two little boys under an oak tree behind some brush. The newborns were not difficult to catch, but Cora was skilled at evading predators and it took the help of a couple of kind park goers to get her herded into a carrier with the boys.


Unfortunately, the stress of giving birth coupled with poor nutrition resulted in a fractured pelvis for brave Cora. She is currently on cage rest, but her condition has worsened and she is now paralyzed. Her appetite is good and she is gaining weight, so we are hoping that she has stabilized and will live a happy life in safety from now on. Sadly, she was not able to nurse her boys. They did not thrive, even with supplemental feedings, and died after a few days. We are heartbroken.

Update 2/25/14: The vet thinks that Cora may have had a stroke. She is recovering slowly and has started to walk again! We are very excited at the progress she has made!

Cora’s babies. Rest in peace, little boys.

We know that there is at least one more guinea pig out at the park and will continue our efforts to bring her/him to safety.

Update 2/3/14: We were able to catch the last guinea pig. He has been named Nestor, after the Greek hero/Argonaut, for his valor and agility.

Brave Nestor the night before his capture, checking out the carrier we left at the feeding station.

If you would like to support our life-saving work, please make a donation to the Friendly Farms Medical Fund at the Avian and Exotic Clinic for the Monterey Peninsula. They can take a credit card number over the phone or a check earmarked for Friendly Farms by mail. Thank you for helping the piggies!



Posted in New news!, The Friendly Farms Crew at 12:30 AM by Lori

Update 10/3/12: Maggie is now healed and we have put her with one of our sanctuary herds. She is a happy little piggy, chasing the other girls and following her friend Archie around. She still has a tendency to self-mutilate, so we keep her left rear foot wrapped in tape so she can’t scratch herself raw.

If you would like to help us provide medical care to more homeless and abandoned guinea pigs like Maggie, please contact the Avian and Exotic Clinic and make a donation to the Friendly Farms Medical Fund.

Clockwise from upper left: Reese, BonBon, Archie, Maggie, Cocoa Puff.

Little Maggie came to the shelter with her underside dyed red, some of her toenails painted pink, and so itchy from lice that she was having seizures. The shelter vet treated her for the lice and our vet gave her antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to help heal the wounds where she had scratched herself raw. An abscess on her chin was opened and flushed until it healed.

Over the weeks that we have had her and gotten to know her better, it has become evident that the extent of her medical issues is even greater. We have discovered that she also has neurological problems. Now she needs surgery for a wound that did not heal and is growing larger on her neck. Possibly a tumor? We aren’t sure, but it needs to be removed, so that is her next hurdle.

Despite all of the vet visits and medications, Maggie has kept her sweet disposition. We will care for her until she is healthy enough to go to a loving home that can meet her special needs, or let her spend the rest of her life here at the sanctuary. Can you help with her vet bills? Please contact the Avian and Exotic Clinic of the Monterey Peninsula at 831-647-1147 and contribute to the Friendly Farms Medical Fund. Tell them it’s for Maggie.

Update 8/26/12: Maggie had surgery to remove the mass from her neck and we are waiting for the lab report. She is a spunky girl, and even though the surgery site is not healing as quickly as we would like, her appetite is good and she is active.

Maggie’s vet bills have added up to $500 now. If you can help, please contact the Avian and Exotic Clinic and make a donation to the Friendly Farms Medical Fund. Thank you!


Celebrating the end of foie gras in California!

Posted in Life on the Farm, New news! at 2:28 AM by Lori

Bigfoot and Fanny enjoying life and each other here at Friendly Farms. Geese bond for life, and these two have spent all 13 of their years together as a devoted couple.

Seven years ago, the California Legislature voted to make foie gras, the diseased livers of force-fed ducks or geese, illegal in our great State. This July that ban goes into effect, freeing our water-loving fowl from this cruel short life and gruesome fate. We here at Friendly Farms are delighted to see the end of this torture, and thank the elected officials who voted with compassion for our feathered friends and all of the animal advocates behind the scenes who brought attention to this cruelty.

Want to learn more about how your food choices impact animals? Vegan Outreach produces a number of excellent, easy to understand publications.

Want to know how your food choices impact your own health? The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and Nutrition Facts will keep you informed.

Thank you for all you do for animals!


SPCA Update!

Posted in New news! at 2:15 PM by Lori

Popcorn and Alfie in their new studio apartments.

The SPCA bunnies have moved into the new adoption facility! They have a room in the cat wing of the building, and all of the modular cage units are new as well. I was there during a quiet afternoon, and the bunnies were mostly snoozing, with a little grooming and munching to break things up.

Franny lifts an ear to check out the interruption to her siesta.

The SPCA is open for adoptions from 11am – 5pm Monday through Friday, and 11 – 4 on Saturday and Sunday.

Pickles and Rosemary are a bonded pair who are delightful to watch snuggling and grooming.

There are more beautiful bunnies at the SPCA than are shown here. Go to their website to see more pictures of adoptable animals, or better yet, visit them in the new adoption facility!

Tidbit snoozes in his litterbox while Hopkins grooms himself and his stuffed friend.


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