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one of the latest surrenders to ACS Brisbane Shelter. JC arrived at
the shelter on the 20th of February 2009 along with 6 other guinea
pigs. JC's background story is not uncommon although it may seem so.
Backgrounds like JC's often remain hidden until the owner of the
animals or a member of the public speak out and asks for help.
morning of February 19th 2009 ACS Brisbane Shelter Manager 'Jessica'
received a call from a lady who wanted to surrender all her guinea
pigs to ACS. The lady previously had gone to the RSPCA desperately
needing to surrender her guinea pigs although was told on the spot
that all would be euthanized due to some having current minor to
severe medical conditions. The lady cringed at the thought of her
guinea pigs being put to sleep (for reasons that the RSPCA had
decided at the time) and luckily the RSPCA gave the lady a second
option...to contact ACS.
'When I received the phone call from the lady she was quite upset
and would have loved to of kept her guinea pigs but with serious
rental issues and not being able to cater for their medical needs
financially in particular, the lady needed to do what was best for
her guinea pigs and surrender them to a place where they would get
the medical attention they needed. The lady had actually previously
taken her guinea pigs to the vet although sadly with bills piling up
it just wasn't an option anymore. The lady's awareness of the
conditions her guinea pigs were in was good despite everything else
I was soon to hear and see regarding these guinea pigs. The lady did
do the right thing by contacting us. Something many who are in
similar boats, can be in denial of'. Said Jessica.
told ACS that she had 6 female guinea pigs and one male and
that some may be pregnant as they were all living together in the
base of a large bird aviary. The baby guinea pigs born in the past
were sold to the ladies local pet shop. The lady also mentioned that
she had relatives who had 100's of guinea pigs but that the guinea
pigs were often kept in poor conditions and that she remained
distant as a result of this.
'Sadly when speaking with the lady on the phone I found out that she
had tried to treat her guinea pigs conditions with some very common
and very misleading products which infact DON'T WORK. She had bought
mite washes and the 'mite and mange spray' commonly found on the
market and sadly neither of these did anything to treat her guinea
pigs conditions. Internal mites simply cannot be treated with these
external products but sadly frequently in particular the 'mite and
mange spray' widely available and sold to the public for the
treatment of 'mange' in the guinea pigs, quite simply does not
work', said Jessica.
20th February the guinea pigs were surrendered to the ACS Brisbane
Shelter. After hearing that overnight one of the ladies guinea pigs
had lost an entire litter of babies Jessica knew that the guinea
pigs needed to be surrendered asap. Their was a transport issue but
within the hour Jessica had done some ringing around and had a
wonderful volunteer organised to pick-up and deliver the guinea pigs
to the shelter all the guinea pigs received Revolution treatment for
mange infestation and also Ivomec administered. It became quickly
apparent that it wasn't just mites these guinea pigs were battling
but that they all had minor to moderate Fungal conditions swell
which needed to be treated separately to the mange. Five of the
seven guinea pigs were either not showing obvious mite infestation
or only had minor infestation. One of the adult female guinea pigs
arrived pregnant and with a blind eye on one side and also a fungal
condition on her rump and one of the adult boars are had moderate
I noticed JC and almost cried I felt so so sorry for the poor angel.
Mind you nothing surprises or shocks me nowadays and believe it or
not I have actually seen guinea pigs in an even worse state before.
But it's never any easier as each guinea pig is individual. Each and
every guinea pig has their own soul and personality and each piggy
deals with illness different. Some guinea pigs have fighting spirits
while others simply just don't have any fight in them. JC I believe
is an example of a piggy who does have the will to live and fight
spoke with the lady on the phone she actually wanted to keep JC and
called her her 'special' old girl but she had also told me that she
was by far in the worst condition of all her guinea pigs. By luck
when our volunteer arrived to pick the guinea pigs up, the lady
changed her mind. I have no doubt in my mind JC would have died
within the month had the lady not done the right thing by her and I
am so thankful that she changed her mind and put JC's health before
her love for her.
was scared and sitting in a small cardboard box. I noticed right
away that she was definitely in a shocking state. JC has a fungal
condition spread right across her body and it is worst around her
face and lower neck area. Fungal conditions are highly contagious
and also difficult to treat and the condition couldn't had affected
a more tricky place treatment wise. JC also has severe mange mite
infestation. She has caused some deep wounds to herself and has
hairless on 70% of her body. Now on top of this if this wasn't
horrible enough JC has also had one of her back legs amputated. We
are unsure of how recent this is but her amputated leg looks sore
and possibly infected. JC may also possibly be pregnant.
JC has an
incredible fighting spirit I could see it in her eyes the
second she arrived. She just looks up at you as if to say 'I'm in
a lot of pain but I want to live. Will you help me get through
this?'. JC has a long road to recovery ahead of her but she has
every chance of a full recovery if she responds well to her
treatment here at ACS.
photos of JC
images below to enlarge)
photos of JC
red is Betadine not blood).
Update May 12th 2009.
of dedication and hard work JC is now almost completely recovered.
JC has only a minor fungal condition left on her right ear and a
tiny patch around her eye. ' Working with JC has been an amazing
journey and is perfect example of what the work we do here at ACS is
all about. Their is nothing more fulfilling in my job than to be
able to help a guinea pig like JC, in such a poor state, and
to be able to not only help her to recover but to see her find her
spirit and see the world in a brighter light', said ACS Brisbane
Shelter Manager, Jessica. JC has made an incredible turnaround she
has a fighting spirit and due to her circumstances she will remain
at ACS as a permanent resident.
JC is one
of the lucky ones. Many guinea pigs live in similar situations to JC
although many don't receive treatment and die horrible painful
deaths as a result. Those who truly care and love their animals
would never deny them medical care or treatment or an appropriate
environment to live in. Something the previous owner of these guinea
pigs did have...she cared enough to help them in the only way she
could and that was by asking for help when she could not help them
like to send a massive thank you to all those who generously
sponsored JC. A special thank you to Sandee who was JC's regular
sponsor who had been keeping a special folder of JC's progress as
she followed her along her journey to recovery.
Update photos of JC (click on images below to enlarge).