At this time, both piggies are healthy. There is no special care needed on a daily basis. The foster parent would just need to watch for signs of blood in Hanna's urine. If signs of a UTI or stone are suspected the foster would be required to either take the sick pig to the rescue's vet or get the pig to a designated Small Angels volunteer.
Herman and Hanna are a bonded pair of guinea pigs who met while in the rescue. Both were lonely pigs looking a friend. When they met it was love at first sight. A few hours after meeting, they were sleeping in the same cuddle cup, and eating and drinking together. Herman is a neutered male teddy. He is black with a bit of white on his face, and he has a very pink nose. Hanna is white, ginger and black. She is said to be spayed but we cannot verify that and are listing her as intact.
When Herman first came to the rescue he was very timid and skittish, but he has come out of his shell and loves being pet and cuddled. Hanna came to the rescue from a shelter in Pennsylvania and little is known about her past. She is gentle and loving and very social.
Small Angels places guinea pigs with special needs in Sanctuary Foster Homes. These piggies are not suitable for adoption for various reasons such as dental problems, deformities, congenital heart defects or chronic disease. Some of the piggies are prone to relatively minor conditions such as UTIs and are quite healthy most of the time. You can foster a pair you are comfortable caring for -- whether it is an end-stage situation that requires daily treatments or a pair who only occasionally require a vet visit or medications.
We will supply an appropriate habitat and other needed supplies along with funding veterinary care for the life of the piggie. Foster parents are asked to provide food, bedding and the extra care and love needed to give these piggies a happy and comfortable life, however long or short it may be. We will provide the necessary training and guidance. Fostering does require some driving -- to pick up and drop off foster animals and/or to take the piggie for check ups or treatment (our vet is located in Purcellville, VA). You must live within a practical driving distance of Purcellville, Frederick, Mt. Airy or Rockville. If you are interested in helping Herman and Hanna or another special needs guinea pig, please email email@example.com.
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