Tinker

Most municipal animal control shelters are set up just for dogs. So when they get inundated with guinea pigs, who ya gonna call? The Connecticut Humane Society!

That’s exactly what happened when the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (AKA NECCOG) had dozens of piggies squeaking and chirping at its shelter.

It all started when authorities discovered guinea pigs of all ages and health conditions while helping a family in the region for an unrelated reason. The family accepted assistance with the critters, and that’s when animal control stepped in and took custody of them.

The animal control officer then asked CHS to welcome some of the piggies for medical care and adoption, as CHS serves animal control pets pro bono. So, lodging was set up with hay and pigloos, lots (and lots) of lettuce was picked from the veggie garden at CHS, and staff veterinarians were ready to examine the newcomers. Soon, 20 guinea pigs arrived at CHS, with plans for more to come later.

The little ones ranged in age, from a few weeks old, to a few years old. Some had no health concerns and others needed a long time in the medical department for skin issues, picky eating, and teeth that needed trimming (their teeth never stop growing and typically maintain a healthy length on their own with a good diet of pellets and hay).

Others were pregnant and headed to a volunteer foster home. And everyone needed extra TLC to work on their social skills.

One by one, and even sometimes two by two, the piggies have been adopted. And in their place, more have come to CHS from NECOGG. Some, like brown piggie Tinker you see here, are still looking for their new homes. But before they know it, they’ll be enjoying salad time with their new family members by their side.