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Hollister Story Unfolds
Hollister Guinea Pig Rescue

This album is a chronological unfolding as the pigs were moved from Hollister and the Peninsula Humane Society. The names are withheld to protect the innocent?
Date(s): July 15, 2002. 1 - 130 of 130 Total. 9639 Visits.
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Hollister Shelter
This is where they were at the Hollister Shelter. The 6 cages to the left were rooster cages. Other cages were stacked and piled in the gated locker and covered with a plastic tarp. Hollister in the heat wave we were having at the time caused heat exhaustion in some of the workers. 100+ degrees F.

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The Peninsula Humane Society
This is the space we have to work with. It's fondly referred to as the barn. It's really more like storage for a few hay bales, a small, walk-in closet for more storage, a couple of small chicken coops (small closet size) and a patio area with screening around it to block some sun.

PHS cleaned out the hay storage area for us to make it more livable. But we still have cages stacked to the gills. It makes it very cumbersome to clean and feed the piggers. But, it's cool and dry and yet warm at night and secure. So we are definitely working with what we have!

There is about a 30 degree difference in temperature. Much cooler. It's right next to the bay. The wind surfers park within a two minute walk!

"The four doors on the left are where..."
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First group of pigs arrive
There were two groups of pigs that arrived the first afternoon. Volunteers went to Hollister and drove them the 1 and 1/2 hours up to San Mateo.

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Cage building begins
We made two 2x6 grid C&C cages for the main 'barn' area.

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Grids are snapped together
Another sheet of black Coroplast stands by.

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First cage installed

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Another view of first cage

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Bedding added

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Grids added for 2nd cage
"I used live near this area and have ..."
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Coroplast dropped in

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Whoops. Cut the extra off.

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Starting to outfit the cages
Food bowls to start.
"I also use c&c cages and my cavy lov..."
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Dividers added
Using cable ties.

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More cage work

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C&C cages in place
"those gp are very very lucky to live..."
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Another view

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Insert pigs
Oh my! They don't know what to make of it.

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Happy pig

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Another happy pig

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And another one
"It looks just like my new baby Molly..."
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Too cute
"I'm getting some piggies that look j..."
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Hiding, but curious

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How precious are they?
"The one on the left looks alot my pi..."
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A group settles in.
"Whoa. Is that enough space for all o..."
"They don't have much of a choice, do..."
"At least it's more space than they ..."
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With hay, pigs & water bottles

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Mom and babies
"Ahh! Such darlings!"
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Day 2 at PHS, 7/10/02
The first full day we didn't have enough hiding houses, so we used what we had -- including empty boxes from grid sets. With a better environment, but still not enough space, we needed to provide enough options to keep them from bickering.
"There's nothing wrong with using car..."
"this is truly piggy heaven!!"
"Wow. That's a lot of guineas in a sm..."
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"these piggies are too cute!!"
"Now that's what I call the best dinn..."
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"Dig in!"
"these piggies are sooo cute!!"
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"Hmmm,that carrot looks intersting."
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"veggies galore!!"
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Day 3 at PHS, 7/11/02

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The PHS barn. Former residents include rescued goats, pot bellied pigs, a steer, chickens, a real porker named Daisy and an ostrich.

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The smaller room to the right of the main cage room!

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We managed to fit three stacks of cages in this closet-sized area.

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These Marchioro cages are on loan from the HRS. They fronted the money for these new cages. We will resell them to adopters as we have some available.

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The chicken coops next door, which we are currently remodeling, thanks to volunteer help. Hope to get a little cage space out of them.

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This is the last wave of guinea pigs. We initially received about 70. This is about 100. The cages are spread out on tables as we figure out what the heck we are going to do with all these pigs!!

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"Don't they need a place to hide?"
"i think they are fine as long as the..."
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This was the hardest day. It was quite overwhelming. We really didn't have enough space, but had to make it work somehow.

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Plastic storage bins used for transporting pigs to PHS.

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Working into the night
The film crew showed up at about 5:30. We barely got home to see the 11 o' clock news.
"You guys are awesome!! Don't give up..."
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"They look sooooo happy"
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A cage full of adolescent male escape artists. These guys want out!

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Nightfall and we still haven't figured out where to put all the cages!

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All this bending is hard on the back!

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Filling water bottles with a hose. Our only source of water.

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7/13/02 - NEW DAY!
"oh, so now your feeding them beer!!!"
"I think that was for the staff, afte..."
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Cages have to be lifted out into the yard to be cleaned, then restacked indoors.

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The Command Center, all ready for the marathon photo, sexing, medicating session.

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Boy or girl?

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"definitely a boy!!!"
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Volunteers at the Advantage Application Station and Nail Salon.

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Each pig was treated with Ivermectin for mites, Advantage for lice, and received liquid Vitamin C.

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"That don't taste so good.."
"the guinea pig looks like he is unde..."
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The photo studio!

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The First Adoption!
A home away from home!
"definitely a "pocket-pet"."
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The First Adoption
His and Hers
"this looks just like my 1 yr old fem..."
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The Bag Lady - 7/14/02
This is the homeless shelter, right? Hauling dead bedding to the PHS dumpsters. Yup, we have to do it all!

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Two happy campers!
"this piggie is very cute,she must be..."
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Impacted boar butt cleaning station. New day, same drill!

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"I see Jim's lip curling while that b..."
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7/20/02 - Saturday
Cleaning free corn husks and corn from the Safeway bins. The fun part of digging out the free 'garbage' is explaining to people with raised eyebrows where the husks are going!
"I had a lady who barely spoke englis..."
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Deep in volunteer discussion . . .

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The 'barn' doors open with the sunscreens down. Nice and breezy and airy, yet nicely cool inside.

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In the middle of cage cleaning and adoptions.

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Sophie chatting with a pigger.

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An adopter checking out piggies in our newly remodeled chicken coop closets. They now have custom-fitted C&C cages.

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A piggie gets some pampering!

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Oh how yummy! She's really enjoying it.
"This piggy looks just like my little..."
"You guys are awesome!! I hope they a..."
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