Two guinea pigs dumped at GSPCA, one pregnant
THE GSPCA has reported that two guinea pigs were dumped and abandoned at the shelter on Friday, but there could soon be many more of them – one looks to be pregnant.
The animal welfare charity’s manager Steve Byrne explained how they were left at reception.
Details of the abandonment have been passed on to the relevant authorities.
The GSPCA has tried to reduce the number of visitors to the shelter in line with social distancing, but Mr Byrne said: ‘We ask anyone in need of help with their animals to call us to explore options, especially during these difficult times, on 01481 257261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘It is extremely important that our team and those on site are not put at risk and we are following the States of Guernsey’s advice and asking if you are over 65, have an underlying health condition or have any symptoms of coronavirus please do not visit the GSPCA at this time but contact us by phone or email for advice.
‘It is also extremely important for all animal owners to have provisions for their pets and animals and it is even more important that owners speak to friends and family to ensure they can assist if needed.’
Mr Byrne said it was rare for animals to be dumped in Guernsey.
The two young guinea pigs may be joined by many more soon as the female guinea pig ‘looks much larger than she should’.
In these challenging days due to the coronavirus, the GSPCA – like the rest of the community – is experiencing a broad range of testing circumstances.
One of the biggest challenges, like with many charities and businesses, is the dramatic change in income from donations and boarding.
The charity is therefore appealing for islanders’ support during these difficult times.
. To donate to the animals in the GSPCA’s care visit www.paypal.me/DonateGSPCA.