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Four Guinea pigs and a goldfish abandoned at an apartment in Cork city

6th August 2019

The ISPCA responded to a call concerning four Guinea pigs and a gold fish that were left behind at a property in Cork city recently.

ISPCA Senior Inspector Lisa O’Donovan said:  “When I arrived at the apartment, I discovered four little Guinea pigs absolutely terrified and they also appeared to be underweight and uncared for. It was unclear how long the animals were there.  The goldfish was in a tank only half full with water which was evaporating and sadly a fifth Guinea pig had already died”.

The animals were removed from the property for veterinary assessment and they are currently in temporary foster care. 

Lisa added:  I find it difficult to understand how anyone could just walk away and leave their pets behind with no one to care for them, when there are options out there for people. Anybody with any information is asked to contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or report online here

The ISPCA is appealing for foster carers.  Fostering is a great way to help timid or nervous animals.  What they really need is some quiet space so they can adjust to their new surroundings and get over their ordeal in their own time. With so many animals onsite, it can get a little noisy at the Centre especially around feeding times and fostering not only provides invaluable experience helping the ISPCA to care for so many rescued animals, but it also helps the most vulnerable animals we rescue begin to trust humans again.

If you are interested in fostering one of our rescued animals, please email our ISPCA Equine Rescue, Mallow at, our National Animal Centre, Longford at or our Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Donegal at                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Once the Guinea pigs and goldfish have recovered, we will be appealing for permanent new homes.

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UPDATE: 3rd September 2019

We are delighted that our rescued guinea pigs and gold fish are thriving in foster care.The guinea pigs called, Greg, Billy, Tina and Shirley have now finished their medicated baths and are parasite free. They are beginning to trust humans again, thanks to Nicole who has been caring for them and it’s great to see them coming on in leaps and bounds. Greg and Billy have already been neutered and once they receive a clean bill of health from our vet, we will be appealing for loving new homes for them.

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