BRYAN, Texas — When considering adopting pets from the Aggieland Humane Society, the average person probably doesn’t think of guinea pigs. But Miss Piggy and her newborn pup Kermit were a miracle.
Mama Piggy and two other adult guinea pigs were found by animal control officers at the HEB Jones Crossing mall in College Station late last month. When the pigs were brought to the shelter staff, a big surprise came the next day.
“We’re used to kittens and puppies being born under our care, but this was the first time I’ve seen a baby guinea pig born!” exclaimed Savannah Gaines, a staff member at the shelter.
Kermit was born to Miss Piggie just two days after admission, and now the shelter had four new mouths to feed. Fortunately, the host families stepped in to help.
“It’s actually quite common to have a pig, a chicken or a goat, a duck even – not just cats and dogs,” said shelter staffer Ashley Quick.
The guinea pigs are in foster care and will be up for adoption as soon as two-week-old baby Kermit is weaned from his mom.
The shelter was lucky with these guinea pigs, as it was not difficult to find space and resources for the small animals. Currently, however, the shelter is experiencing a lack of donations due to recent national inflation. They are struggling to deal with the influx of dogs and kittens this season.
“So right now we have a lot of cats and kittens in foster care, and we have a lot of dogs that need homes,” Gaines said. “We are certainly at a high capacity level where we are working with other programs to make sure our dogs are not at the shelter, whether through training programs or transfers.
While unique pets like Kermit and Miss Piggy are getting a lot of attention on social media, there are plenty of cats and dogs that have been uninteresting at the shelter for months.
The shelter hopes the public will still pay attention to some of its oldest residents, as well as rodent residents. To donate, volunteer, foster or adopt, visit aggielandhumane.org.