Buddy – Adopted!

Posted in Adopted! at 6:02 PM by Lori

Update 1/21/13: Buddy has been adopted! Thank you to Judy of RabbitEARS for helping him to find a loving forever home!

Buddy is a handsome and friendly boy. We guess he’s at least 2 years old now- possibly another “G-Force” abandonment. He has a very sweet and social personality, and gains more fans whenever he meets new people.

Buddy was neutered on August 23 and will be able to be matched with a girlfriend on September 20 when we are certain there will be no accidental pregnancy.

Like many male guinea pigs, Buddy has occasional impaction of his perineal (anal) sac. He will need to be checked daily and cleaned whenever he has a build up of fecal matter. Here is a description of how the procedure is done.

Are you new to living with guinea pigs? Guinea Lynx has essential information about their care. Cavy Cages has terrific housing ideas. Did you know that fleece makes a great alternative to litter?

For more information about Buddy, or questions about guinea pigs, please contact us here at Friendly Farms.


Samson – Adopted!

Posted in Adopted! at 3:27 PM by Lori

Update 8/26/12: Samson has been adopted as a friend for Bridgette! Congratulations to him and his new family! Thank you to Judy of RabbitEARS!

Samson is an adorable Peruvian guinea pig boy. We chose the name because he was so indignant about having his filthy and matted locks shorn at his initial vet exam.

Samson before his haircut.

Samson is missing a foot. It is an old injury that healed well and he gets around just fine. He is a darling boy who enjoys being petted, though he complains loudly at being picked up. He was neutered at the beginning of August and will be ready to start meeting potential girlfriends after September 4.

Samson needs a loving family that will commit to caring for him properly for the rest of his life. Long-haired guinea pigs can be a lot of work- they need to be brushed and combed several times a week. It is easiest to manage by simply keeping their fur clipped short, unless you have plenty of time to spend grooming.

For more information about living with guinea pigs, please visit Guinea Lynx. Cavy Cages has lots of great housing ideas.

Please contact us here at Friendly Farms if you are interested in adopting Samson.



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!