Alittlebitiffy Animal Sanctuary

  Bringing big hope to little animals

can you spare a dollar or two to help us help the guinea pigs in our care?

Alittlebitiffy Animal sanctuary is non-profit and non-funded. What this means is that every single one of our expenses is paid for from fundraising, selling items through our sanctuary shop, and donations made through the kindness and generosity of you. Yes, you. If you have donated even as little as a dollar to our sanctuary, you have helped us rescue, rehabilitate and rehome a guinea pig. To help you gain an understanding of our basic costs, here's a quick glance at some of our most common expenses.
 

food and housing

Our rescue piggies' diet consists of 80% grass hay, 10% fresh fruit and vegetables, and 10% high quality pellets (Oxbow or Vetafarm). On top of this, we also need to always have a supply of Vetafarm Crittacare, a critical care supplement for sick, malnourished or injured guinea pigs, and Wombaroo or Di-Vetelact milk formula for feeding any young guinea pigs that come our way. Oxbow supplements (useful for arthritis, skin conditions, urinary tract health, digestive health and vitamin supplementation) are used regularly for old, palliative care, or long term medical care guinea pigs. Each of our piggies also need a cage, food bowl, water bottle, and at least one little house or hut for shelter (though realistically we prefer to provide them with more. We primarily use Vet Bed (also known as Pro fleece) as our bedding, it's hypoallergenic and antimicrobial properties make quarantine and cleaning much easier for us humans, and the enclosure much more comfortable for sick and injured guinea pigs. At any one time, we have at least 15 guinea pigs in our care (though, realistically, it's usually more), and though cages and cage accessories are a one-time purchase, food and bedding costs are a weekly expense.
 

medical care

Every single guinea pig at our sanctuary is vet checked upon arrival, and then again prior to going to their forever home. Those that are ill or injured require several trips to the vet, and each visit comes with a consultation fee, a surgery fee, or a purchase of medicine.
 
Vet Fees
Small mammal consultation
$90.00
Emergency consultation
$130.00
Anaesthesia (required for every surgery)
$45.00 - $100.00
Meloxicam (pain relief and management)
$35.00
Antibiotics (infection treatment or prevention)
$20.00 - $50.00
Radiographs or ultrasounds (diagnostics)
$55.00 - $140.00
Desexing (Involving the additional costs of consultations, diagnostics, anaesthetic, pain relief and antibiotics)
$50 - $160
Plus the cost of any additional requirements
Dental examination
$55.00
Teeth trimming (Involving the additional costs of consultations, diagnostics, anaesthetic, pain relief and antibiotics)
$95.00
Plus the cost of any additional requirements

how can you help?

It's as easy and simple as sending any spare change our way. Even a dollar makes a difference between being able to afford a much needed surgery or not. We accept donations via GoFundMe, through a bank transfer, or cash given in person at our sanctuary (so that we can at least say a huge thank you!). Any donation, big or small, would be much appreciated by both ourselves and the guinea pigs in our care.
Bank Transfer
 
Bank
Commonwealth
BSB
063 - 097
Account No.
1275 9491
Description
Sanctuary Donation
GoFundMe Campaign
Our campaign can be found at www.gofundme.com/guineapigsanctuary
 
 
 

want to go one step further? become a regular sponsor!

You can sponsor any of our individual guinea pigs, or the Sanctuary as a whole, for as little as $10 a month. We have three monthly sponsorship options with 100% of your generosity going directly to the guinea pigs in our care. If you'd like to become a sponsor, please download and complete the form found on the button to the right and email it to us at [email protected]
 
 

the $2 tuesday initiative

How much do you spend on a cup of coffee? $2? $3? $4 if you get a large with lots of extra flavouring. Could you go without buying a coffee for just one day? Our $2 Tuesday initiative asks our supporters to donate less than a cup of coffee to help us continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming guinea pigs in need.