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Jacob & Elijah Guinea Pig Short-Haired Philadelphia, PA
- Champagne, White, Blue / Gray
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Meet Jacob & Elijah
Jacob and Elijah are a newly bonded pair of boys who came from different backgrounds.
• WHO IS WHO?
Jacob: tan, white & grey/black; to the right
Elijah: white & grey/black; to the left
• ABOUT THEM
RELATIONSHIP: Jacob and Elijah are not biologically related.
AGE: We estimate Jacob's birthday to be February 27th, 2022. We estimate Elijah's birthday to be March 8th, 2020.
PERSONALITIES: Jacob is shy, and can be skittish, but always wants to know what's going on. Elijah has become a lot more friendly over time, and while he is still certainly skittish, he will take food from your hand.
FUN FACTS: Elijah's Craigslist post was widely shared across social media before it made its way to LBR, where we immediately made plans to rescue him. Jacob was surrendered with his two brothers, with whom eventually no longer got along so they were all separated.
• BACKSTORY –– JACOB
Jacob was surrendered to us on April 3rd, 2022 along with his two brothers, Wesley and Jack, and their father, who was separated and neutered (by the previous owners).
The reasoning for surrendering the four boys was as follows:
"I had two females and took in one more to foster found out he was a boy separated them, he jumped his 14” tall enclosure and got them both pregnant we did get him neutered but can’t handle 4 babies on top of everything else and am having a horrible time finding them a good home"
The three brothers went to a foster home, where they still reside. Their father has been adopted.
Wesley, Jack, and Jacob were originally a bonded trio, but as they grew older, their foster noticed there had been increased fighting and bickering between them. At one point, the fighting got too violent and their foster had to unfortunately separate them for good.
Since then, Jacob was a single pig who lived alone. That is until October 29th, 2022, when we were successful in pairing him with his new buddy, Elijah! Since then, the two have been happy to have eachother.
• BACKSTORY –– ELIJAH
Elijah was rescued on March 8th, 2022 after a somewhat-viral Craigslist ad was circulating on people's stories on Instagram. The ad was brought to attention due to the fact that it included a photo of him in a cage with a bearded dragon, to which people assumed he was living with.
Thankfully, after texting with his owner, the alarming theory was disproven. He was living in a pet store cage alone (sad, but still better than living with a reptile––they carry salmonella and can get rodents and even humans infected! That's why it is important to wash your hands when dealing with reptiles and amphibians.) At first, we noticed that the location of this ad was only about 1 hour & 20 minutes away, however we did not have room at the time to take Elijah (previously "Mr. Peppers" by his owner) in. Within the next two days we had a cage cleared since two boys were adopted, and we reached out to get the link to the ad so we could contact the owner and rescue him.
The person who posted the ad was generally pretty nice and wanted to know if I had other guinea pigs and also asked me to send picture proof of them. I would definitely say that they had the right intentions but did not do proper research. I was definitely taken aback, though, when they sent me a photo of them holding Elijah on his back––NEVER safe for guinea pigs! On top of that, they also mentioned that they bathed him with castille soap every 2 weeks. For reference, guinea pigs should only really be bathed 2-3x a year and even that is completely optional.
So there were definitely some red flags for how he was being cared for, and I set up a time with them to pick him up. I did not mention that I was a rescue because I've had experiences where people get offended and then say that their guinea pig(s) do(es) not need to be rescued to which they block or stop talking to me. I wanted to save Elijah and did not want any interferences that would've inhibited the rescue mission.
When I arrived at the location, the person handed him to me wearing a little collar. Thankfully it was only put on him to be "cute" for the handoff, but this was very concerning considering guinea pigs should never have anything around their neck unless it's for medical reasons. I immediately smelled soap on him and felt bad for the poor guy. He's absolutely adorable but did not have the best upbringing.
On April 22nd, I had success with bonding Elijah with one of my personal guinea pigs, Nutmeg. The two were a great fit, and I was so happy that they had each other, because individually they were pretty skittish.
Sadly, my sweet Nutmeg, who was also Elijah's best buddy, passed away on October 1st, 2022. This was very, very sad for me as he was also one out of the two very first guinea pigs I ever rescued or even had.
I knew I would have to find Elijah a new friend before he got too lonely, so I was so grateful to have paired him with Jacob on October 29th.
In the 7 months Elijah resided at the rescue, he became such a lovable and sweet pig. He has such an endearing personality, one that is easy to fall in love with. He is definitely still skittish, but when you spend time near the cage you will see his adorable personality shine.
Once Elijah and Jacob were paired, they were sent off to Jacob's foster home.
• ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS
OWNERSHIP: Potential adopters must be knowledgable of guinea pig care. Previous ownership of guinea pigs is not required. Children must not be the main caretakers or be financially responsible.
CAGE SIZE: These boys require a MINIMUM of 13 sqft in their cage, regardless of how much time outside the cage they get. This could be a 2x5 C&C cage, or two Midwest Guinea Habitats put together. Of course, bigger is always better, and if you can give them more space then you should!
- WATER BOTTLES: They should have at least 2 water bottles filled with fresh, clean water and refilled frequently.
- PELLET DISHES: One pellet dish is enough for the two of them.
- BEDDING: Safe, clean, cozy, and unscented bedding is a must. We highly recommend fleece liners from GuineaDad.
- HIDES: These boys will need at least three adequate hides. While beds are cute, they don't necessarily count as hides. Adequate hides for them should be wooden or cardboard. Tunnels are great, too.
- ENRICHMENT: While not entirely necessary, toys are fun for piggies. Toys would be great for them as long as they're safe and don't contain any harmful ingredients. They do not require time outside the cage if their cage is large enough.
- 80% HAY: All guinea pigs should have an unlimited amount of fresh hay available in their cage at all times. These two are over 6 months old so they should be offered timothy or orchard grass hay.
- 15% VEGGIES: 1 cup of veggies per guinea pig per day is ideal. These two get fed 1/2 cup varied veggies twice per day––morning and night. After about 30 minutes to an hour, uneaten veggies should be removed and disposed of.
- 5% PELLETS: Pellets only make up 5% of a guinea pig's diet, and should be fed in limited quantities. 1/8th cup pellets per guinea pig per day is the ideal amount. These two are over 6 months old so they should be offered timothy-based pellets without any additives or harmful ingredients (ex. seeds, colorful bits, fruit, etc). Uneaten pellets should be removed and disposed of.
• OUR PROTOCOL
If guinea pigs are listed as a pair or trio, they are not to be separated unless serious fighting occurs. It is very important to keep bonded piggies together.
All females, (unless born here) regardless of background, will be kept under pregnancy watch before being adopted out.
Upon adoption, all guinea pigs will: be properly sexed, checked for health issues (which we will be transparent about), have their nails clipped, and (if long haired) have been properly groomed.
Guinea pigs are adorable and make great pets, however as many small animals often do they require special care. We ask that you do some research about their care before reaching out to us uninformed.
For more information, please reach out to us via email!
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