OHS Receives More Than 250 Guinea Pigs

A team from OHS worked with Greenhill Humane Society and Lane County Animal Services to assist an overwhelmed pet owner in Lane County.

More than 250 guinea pigs arrived at the Oregon Humane Society yesterday. The guinea pigs were living at the residence and have been transported to OHS, where they will receive care and any necessary medical treatment.

OHS Veterinary Social Work Intern, Kelly Bremken, was also on scene to help support the pet owner and connect them with resources.

“A crisis of this size called for collaboration. We are pleased to be working with our Lane County partner and Oregon Humane Society to help the guinea pigs and the people impacted by this situation,” says Cary Lieberman, Greenhill Humane Society Executive Director.

In preparation for the guinea pigs’ arrival, staff and volunteers transformed the Cat and Kitten Intake Center at OHS into Guinea Pig Central. Dozens of crates were purchased and set up with special food, hay, bedding and fresh fruits and veggies.

Staff and volunteers will be caring for the animals until they are ready for adoption. Guinea pig adoptions are now open and OHS small animal specialists will work with potential adopters to ensure a good fit.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the need to help pets and people continues,” says Sharon Harmon, OHS President and CEO. “This situation is a great example of animal welfare agencies working together to serve our community.”

Rescues like these are made possible by animal lovers like you. Please consider making a donation to help support the care of these special creatures. This holiday season, your gift will go twice as far for pets in need, thanks to a $50,000 match by the Willard L. and Ruth P. Eccles Foundation!