One cold January day, Julie Turner was driving through her neighborhood in New York City when she suddenly noticed a quivering ball on the side of the road. The woman decided to come closer, and then she realized that the ball was actually a frightened guinea pig, left to itself. The woman knew she had to help.
Left to chance guinea pig
I was devastated. I knew this little guy was probably struggling to stay warm. I couldn't understand why someone had just left this pet to its fate. Julie Turner says.
“I couldn't leave her like this”
Guinea pig, who did not trust people after being abandoned, ran away from Julia when she approached her – and soon ran into the woods.
I couldn't leave her like this. Julie Turner admitted.
So I decided to rescue a guinea pig… # guineapig #animalrescue #guineapigrescue #guineapigrescues
♬ Wonderwall – Oasis
Julie tried to lure the pig with hamster treats, but it didn't work. The next day, with the help of a local animal rescue specialist, Turner managed to catch a guinea pig and take it home.
Safe at last
The guinea pig is finally in a safe and warm place. Every day she received plenty of snacks and slowly learned to trust people again. She soon relaxed completely and then showed her most tender side, hugging Julie in her arms.
I went to the store and bought him all kinds of vegetables, as well as guinea pig food and alfalfa. I filled her cage and she ate a lot! I was shocked to see how much food she could consume in such a short time. She must have been so hungry! Says Julie Turner.
While searching for a new permanent home for the pig, Julie came across a small animal rescuer named Melissa. When the woman came to get the mumps, the couple made an immediate, unexpected connection. It soon became clear that Melissa decided to adopt a pet herself!
Now named Rufus, once a lonely and hungry guinea pig, she has loads of love and snacks, as well as a family that will never leave him!