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Animals & Wildlife · 01:38

The Cavy Cottage

  • By Julz Mackintosh · Australia, APEC

 

The Cavy Cottage

Main aim of the charity

The Cavy Cottage is a Guinea Pig rescue and adoption centre. The welfare and education of The Guinea Pig ( Cavy )

How the employee got involved and why

I adopted 2 gorgeous lil piggies Miffy and Maple 2yrs ago. I went into The Cavy Cottage to see what they do. They had everything for Guinea Pigs. I became a regular customer. One Saturday I walked in and it was full of customers and piggies. I put my bag down and started helping bagging food and helping serve customers. I had 2 weeks annual leave and I spent a week at The Cavy, and that’s what started me volunteering every Saturday. I asked Jacinta the owner if I could come every Saturday. And I’ve been doing that for a year and half. I help out on Sundays during school holidays and I spend half my annual leave at The Cavy Cottage 💖

What work does the employee do for charity?

A typical day is first up wAtering, feeding and making sure all resident piggies are ok, (health check) I bag up feed and hay. I help all the people who come in with their piggies. We have a Piggy Spa where we do bathing, nail trim, hair cuts and worming. I do adoptions, this is my favourite thing to do. Is match piggies with future owners. Education is very important at The Cavy. We educate people on how to care for these beautiful lil creatures. How to house, feed, water, and how to interact with their Guineas. I also help with the younger volunteers and I help train them with all the tasks we do and most importantly how adopt guineas out. The training of education is very important for the younger volunteers. The Cavy Cottage consists of the owner Jacinta and a team of volunteers only. We do rescues. We went out to a farm last year, there was 65+ Guinea pigs running wild. We caught them all took them back to Cavy. Medical checked, bathed, wormed, pregnancy checked, nails clipped and housed in clean hutches with plenty of hay. We finitely at 12.30am that morning. It was so tiring but so rewarding. Last year The RSPCA seized 200+ gunieaa from a breaders garage. I was on my way to RSPCA Wacol with. Car load of goodies donated by Cavy and DHL CS Peeps. I got a call from Jacinta, RSPCA called they wanted to know if The Cavy could take some piggies to house and adopt. I drove down with a car full of supplies and drove home with a car full of piggies!!

What impact would winning have on the charity?

Winning would help The Cavy Cottage, we desperately need to insulate the The building The Cavy is in. It is a shed and summer is here and we need to insulate the building. We are in need of new drink bottles and repairs done to some of out hutches. Education is huge and winning would help The Cavy get the word out about caring for guniea pigs. Jacinta has worked with some vets to get Guniea Pig micro chipped recognised Jacinta has had to move The Cavy Cottage back to a home base. Her husband had a car accident a year half ago. He is no longer able to work. All of the money earned from The Cavy goes straight back to the Guinea’s. They used to run The Cavy together. Now she does it all plus 4 kids and a foster kid. To me she is super woman, she can literally do it all. But I see how tired she gets. And winning would lift such a strain on The Cavy and it would lift the stress she has on her.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

winning some funds for The Cavy, means I can help even more. I can help The Cavy Cottage and more importantly It will help The Guinea Pigs

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