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March 04, 2020
Most people who are familiar with Smooshie Face Treats will notice my focus has generally been toward Rabbit owners. Thus only being because i've not personally owned a Guinea Pig for over 20 years & i have 5 buns.
Since starting my business i've had the pleasure of getting to know some really cool piggy owners/customers which has really opened my eyes even more so to these beautiful creatures. I've fond memories of my piggy ''Abbot'' - i loved listening to his happy chatter whilst we hung out on the lawn together, his cute little ears & big eyes 🐹.....
One of my goals for 2020 is to make a conscious effort to include more content for our piggy fans and share knowledge through people who know them best. Not only do Rabbits & Piggies share similar dietary requirements, some health ailments & specialist vet care, they both can be wonderful yet sometimes overlooked as loving creatures to have as apart of your family.
I invited Alex Winterford from Gold Coast Guinea Pig Rescue to share with us some words. Alex founded GCGPR in December 2005, this amazing woman has seen thousands of Piggies find forever homes. In almost 15 years of service you can only imagine the journey Alex & her helpers have been on. At times they often bombarded with an overwhelming influx of numbers, this non profit rescue fights hard to stay afloat. Gold Coast Coast Guinea Pig Rescue like many other non for profit organisations are reliant on the loving kindness of people dedicating their time, resources & money, it's those attributes all working together that see so many happy ever after stories - the process is complex and takes very strong people to make it all happen.
When i invite someone to create a blog i always give free reign on the subject matter, i absolutely love what Alex came up with to share as it gives insight to what a day at the rescue dealing with adoption enquiries might look like. After i read it, i sat for a moment and thought ohhh my!!! How exhausting. Rescues are run by super passionate, kind, selfless people who always put the animals needs first & to be contacted with thoughtless enquiries would not only waste their precious time but filled their hearts with angst.
Check out Alex's insight below, we hope it creates discussion about mindfulness and how one should go about contacting a rescue organisation to be considered for adoption. - This same concern is also mirrored in the Rabbit rescue community.
Education is key, sharing knowledge and breaking through false assumptions is a way of moving forward. Finger pointing is not constructive and never received well, so lets make a conscious effort to learn & share together.... it can only result in more happy ever afters :)
When invited to write this blog I was hesitant for two reasons, one being where would I find the time, the other being what on earth would I write about that people would find interesting. After giving it some thought, I decided to write about one of the things I continue to find frustrating and that is the lack of forethought most people put into acquiring pet guinea pigs. Here are some of the answers I’ve been given over the years to my question “what is your reason for wanting to adopt guinea pigs?“. See if you can pick which enquiries I moved forward with, and which didn’t make the cut:
The reality is, there will always be good pet owners and those who acquire pets for all the wrong reasons. As a rescue I see it as my responsibility to thoroughly screen potential adopters to ensure our guinea pigs only go to the best of homes.