28 sick guinea pigs found left next to a dumpster

28 sick guinea pigs found left next to a dumpster
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 11:20 AM EDT|Updated: May. 26, 2022 at 3:08 PM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Dozens of sick guinea pigs abandoned in a box next to a dumpster are now being cared for in Springfield.

An unusual situation presented itself on Wednesday. The Dakin Humane Society told Western Mass News that they took in 28 guinea pigs after they were found in a box near a dumpster.

We’re told a good Samaritan found the guinea pigs and turned them into the shelter in Springfield. Dakin spokesperson Lee Chambers said getting a large intake of small animals all at once can happen, but drop-offs are not typically this dramatic.

“Especially with small animals, they might have a couple of guinea pigs or hamsters or things like that or the population just booms out of control and they give up and they can’t maintain it,” Chambers explained.

Chambers told us most of the new guinea pigs tested positive for ringworm and most of the females in the group are pregnant. She said they’re happy they were able to take in the guinea pigs however the shelter already has a large population of small animals.

“The challenge is we already had 20 guinea pigs in house, ready for adoption here. We’re taking in 28 more that need treatment because many of them are sick and need to have some treatment to get well, so we have really of the challenges is the resources,” Chambers noted.

Dakin is now searching for potential adopters. In response, they are waiving adoption fees for all guinea pigs

“They are several in house and ready to go. They’ve been waiting a while for a home. They are marvelous animals with lots of personalities that will at least give us some room to free up and have a little more space and resources for our new arrivals and get them ready for adoption as well,” Chambers added.

Chambers told Western Mass News that fostering small animals is also a way that people can ease some of the burden and help the shelter to care for the new arrivals.

“Dakin will provide the housing for a guinea pig, the medication, and the food, so that would really help a foster not have to scramble around and get these things in line,” Chambers said.

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