RSPCA appeals for information after two guinea pigs abandoned in a shoebox

The RSPCA is appealing for information after two guinea pigs were found abandoned inside a shoebox at the side of the road in Rotherham.

Luckily, a member of the public spotted the pair and contacted the RSPCA for help

They were discovered inside a shoebox in Ravenfield near Rotherham on Monday (10 January) at around 2pm. 


Animal Rescue Officer (ARO) Liz Braidley rescued the guinea pigs and brought them to safety.


She said: “These poor guinea pigs had been abandoned out in the cold and left inside a shoebox without food, water or bedding. The two male guinea pigs had possibly been fighting inside the confined space too as one of them had a bite mark on their ear. 


“Thankfully, they were found when they were and we were able to take them to the RSPCA Leeds branch for some much-needed TLC.


“We are now appealing for anyone who might have any information about how these guinea pigs came to be abandoned to contact us on our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”


In December, there were 1,478 reports of abandoned animals made to the RSPCA - up 29% on last year when the teams were called to reports of 1,049 abandoned animals during the same period.


Liz added: “We know that people’s circumstances can change which may mean they can no longer care for their pets but there is never an excuse to abandon them like this. We would urge anyone who is struggling to please reach out for help to friends and family, and charities like ourselves.”


Our rescue teams will be out in all weathers this winter, rescuing animals from abuse, neglect and suffering.  To Join the Winter Rescue and help our rescuers be there for the animals in need, please visit 

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