Thursday, May 10, 2007

1 + 1 = 16

or 18, or 25......

It seems that Small Animal Rescue never gets animals coming to them one or two at a unfortunatley, it's 8, 10, 15, 25, 32 all at once.
Everytime I think to myself, why not look for help after the *first* litter....why wait until there have been 4 litters born, the babies are now breeding with their siblings and "oh yeah, the mother is pregnant again"...

In the past few weeks, we've had calls from someone with 18 degus, 15 gerbils (mixed group so that number will go up exponentially), 6 guinea pigs (again mixed group), various pairs of rabbits and then the owner of an unaltered pair of rabbits and their 3 year old thought it would be nice for them to be friends.

We suggested that she get the female spayed right away however she emailed back to let us know the neighbour took them, impending kits and all. I have a feeling we'll be getting a call to re-home 12 rabbits in a few months from now.

To add to the frustration, when a shelter gives our number to people, the people tell us the shelter could only accomodate maybe 4 of the 18 max.....that's good but *seriously* where do the other 14 go.

What do people do with small animals they can not get rid of? Most of the time, they just let them go. One lady called once with a degu she took out into the back yard, opened up the cage and waited for him to leave.....once she realized he wouldn't leave, SARS got the call.

Anyways, I don't think that people realize the scope of the problem. One guinea pig plus one guinea pig makes 5 guinea pigs and if you don't split them up immediately, the mother is pregnant again and the babies will be soon as well.

I think a math lesson is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy overdue. The animals don't add - they multiply.

Oh yeah....did I mention the 51 chinchillas (most pregnant)

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Critters on the move

Well, overall it's been a busy day around here. This is just some of the stuff we were up to today....

-Isobelle & Bitsy were off to the vets this morning before work to have their eyes checked

- Nibby the degu had his teeth clipped

- A hamster from Sylvia went to the island

- Two rats were picked up from Lisa by Lani & Simone and one went ot a new forever home (Lenny) and another to his new foster home (Arthur) - Arthur may have a new home as well

- Simone, Lani & Lisa met up at the vancouver SPCA where they signed out thre degus that went over to the island today as well

- Simone and Lani were on the road again (yikes) - they went to Dr Upjohns ot pick up some meds, then to Leonas to get a rabbit that went over to the island as well. They then met up with Cora who is transporting everyone to the island to meet up with Christy et al.

- Lisa is going to meet up with Kooky & Cadburys foster mom after work as she no longer can keep them

- Later Lisa is going to meet with a new guinea pig foster parent who will foster 3 of the 5 Home Boyz

- still awaitng autospy results from Jeeter :-(

Welcome to the SARS BC Blog

Finally - SARS BC has it's own blog.

We thought it would be a good idea to start one up in order to allow people to get a better sense of just what SARS is up to on a daily basis (hopefully a daily basis).

It'll be a place where you can view the "comings and goings" in a day in the of life of SARS BC. You can find out more about the animals, the ups and the downs of rescue as well as the anitcs that the people and animals get into from time to time ;-)

Let the games begin!