Snowball and Teddy

Posted in The Friendly Farms Crew at 1:39 PM by Lori


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.



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



Angus – Adopted!

Posted in Adopted! at 7:36 AM by Lori


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.


Michael & Angelo – Adopted!

Posted in Adopted! at 2:53 AM by Lori

Angelo has his mother’s brown and white markings, while Michael is all white with dark eyes like his father.

Update 9/17/14: Michael and Angelo have been adopted! Thank you North Star Rescue and Andy’s Pet Shop for helping them to find a loving home!

Michael and Angelo are Agnes’ boys (from the Manzanita Park rescue). They have had their neuter surgeries and are ready to go to a loving home now.


Like all young guinea pigs, Angelo and Michael love to run and play. They enjoy each others’ company and must be kept together. Guinea pigs are naturally herd animals and should always be with friends of their own species.


Please contact us here at Friendly Farms if you are interested in adopting these delightful boys.


Gloria and Calvin – Adopted!

Posted in Adopted! at 6:46 AM by Lori


Update 10/14/14: Gloria and Calvin have a new home! Thank you to Andy’s Pet Shop and North Star Rescue for helping them to connect with their new family!

Gloria is the lovely sheltie/silkie girl on the left, and Calvin the handsome ebony boy. Calvin is probably still less than a year old, and Gloria just a few months. They are playful and enjoy sitting on their pigloos and wheeking at mealtimes. Though they are not eager to be picked up, they are both okay with being held and stroked. Calvin has been neutered.

Did you know that hay is the basis for a guinea pig’s diet? Grass hays such as timothy or orchard provide essential fiber for keeping their gut moving properly and their teeth worn. Add a bowl of clean water, some quality pellets such as Oxbow Essentials – Adult Guinea Pig Food (formerly known as Cavy Cuisine) and fresh greens such as romaine, cilantro, carrot tops and dandelion each day, and your guinea pig has the foundation for a long, healthy life!


Please contact us here at Friendly Farms for more information about adopting this sweet pair!


Agnes and Pauly – Adopted!

Posted in Adopted!, Transferred at 5:31 AM by Lori


Update 6/9/14: Pauly and Agnes have been adopted! Best wishes to them and their new family!

Update 4/27/14: Agnes and Pauly are now available for adoption at Andy’s Pet Shop in San Jose through North Star Rescue.

Pauly and Agnes were rescued from Manzanita Park just after the New Year. Pauly was neutered in February, and Agnes delivered her babies in March. Now that the babies have been weaned and moved out, Agnes and Pauly are ready to go to their own loving, forever home!


Pauly and Agnes have learned all about taking treats from human hands. They are still shy about being held and stroked, but will come around with regular gentle handling.

Please contact us here at Friendly Farms for more information about adopting this sweet pair.


Agnes’ Girls – Adopted!

Posted in Adopted!, Transferred at 6:32 AM by Lori

Agnes and two of her five babies.

Update 6/20/14: The three girls have been adopted! Best wishes to them and their new families!

Update 4/27/14: Pearl, Crystal and Angela are now available for adoption at Andy’s Pet Shop in San Jose through North Star Rescue.

Crystal, Angela and Pearl and their two brothers, Michael and Angelo, were born on March 11. Five babies is a large litter for guinea pigs, but Agnes did an excellent job of feeding and caring for them. The babies are now weaned and the girls are ready for adoption!

All three girls are white with dark eyes. Since they all look like fellow Manzanita Park piggy Nestor, we assume he is the daddy, but Pauly has been a terrific stepdad.

Pauly and the family.

The girls may be adopted as a trio, a pair, or a single girl may be a friend for your female or neutered male guinea pig. Guinea Lynx has lots of great info about caring for guinea pigs. North Star has a nice guide to housing.

Crystal gets some big air!

For more information about adopting these delightful little girls, please contact us here at Friendly Farms.


Clover and Mochi – Adopted!

Posted in Adopted!, Transferred at 5:37 PM by Lori


Update 5/22/14: Mochi and Clover have been adopted! Best wishes to them and their new family!

Update 4/27/14: Clover and Mochi are now available for adoption at Andy’s Pet Shop in San Jose through North Star Rescue.

Mochi and Clover are sisters. Aren’t they lovely? They are about 2 1/2 years old now.

They are a little shy and not used to being picked up, but, like all guinea pigs, Clover and Mochi are social animals, and their humans need to work everyday to be a trusted part of the herd. Hand feeding them their veggies and talking to them when you are visiting help them to know you are a friend. Here is a good video on how to tame your guinea pigs.

We have had them for just over a week now. At first they hid in their house when we came into the room, but now they are front and center at mealtimes, and it is getting easier to pick them up and stroke them at every cage cleaning.


Contact us here at Friendly Farms if you are interested in adopting these gorgeous ladies.


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!

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