BOXES of abandoned guinea pigs have been anonymously dumped on the doorstep of a rescue centre in Rugby.
Now the Rabbit and Guinea Pig Welfare in Saunton Road is appealing for public help to care for the animals and to find them new homes.
Tracy Wadsworth, who runs the centre, said: “My son went out to do his paper round early on Sunday morning and came up to me and said there were some boxes outside.”
A number of boxes have been left on Tracy’s doorstep containing 21 guinea pigs - some of which has only just been born.
Tracy said: “You go through a number of thoughts and feelings when this happens.
“Firstly you think ‘oh my God, I need help’. Then you think ‘how dare they just dump them?’. Then you think ‘at least they dropped them on my doorstep rather than to fend for themselves’.
“To be fair, whoever it was went to a lot of effort to make sure the boxes were secure. They had plenty of food and the pregnant ones had a bottle. They also left a bag of carrots and some food. They tried to do their best. Fortunately these things don’t happen on a regular basis.”
The guinea pigs were left in good condition with an anonymous note from the owner saying that they had lost their job and their home and were moving into rented accommodation, so could no longer look after the pets.
Tracy has housed all the guinea pigs she can at the rescue centre, while others have had to go to foster homes.
Tracy said: “Three of them were newborn. They were less than 24 hours old, they still had their umbilical cords. I can feel that four or five of them are pregnant so we are going to have a very big influx soon.”
Tracy, who took over the rehoming and rescue centre 13 years ago, said she will care for the pregnant guinea pigs and the newborns but is looking for donations to help fund the care.
She said: “They will cost around £50 each to look after. We would be grateful of any monetary support. It’s a huge amount of money when you’ve got so many. We will try and rehome the others. If anyone can help then that would be absolutely wonderful.”
The Rabbit and Guinea Pig Welfare is run entirely on donations. It rescues and re-homes dozens of animals each year, Anyone wishing to make a donation or who could provide a home for any of the rabbits or guinea pigs can call (01788) 335585. For more information visit the website at rngp.org. Alternatively visit the Facebook page.