A NextDoor user, Judith, reported that on Monday morning, workers spotted an abandoned guinea pig in front of 60 West 76th Street. It had been left outside overnight in a cardboard box with no food or water, so Judith took it to her lobby and gave her a clean towel, water and some spinach.
Judith couldn’t bring the guinea pig up to her apartment, because she has a cat and a dog and it wouldn’t be safe. So she was hoping to find someone who would rescue it. “I don’t know how old he or she is. They must have been terrified and freezing,” Judith said.
It was around 9am on Monday when we first spoke with Judith and shared the notice about the guinea pig in need.
At about 2:45pm, Judith reached back out to us with some happy news: the guinea pig is now in the hands of Beth Stern, founder and owner of Beth’s Furry Friends, wife of Howard Stern, and Upper West Sider.
While Beth’s rescue mission is focused on kittens, she wrote on Instagram that ” I used to have Guinea pigs when i was little so I have a soft spot for them.”
And in a second Instagram post, she revealed that hubbie Howard named her Leslie.
Why doesn’t she bring it to a vet and maybe they can regime. Or the small animal vet on Columbus and 88th street? There are options
Hopefully it’ll be adopted by someone who already has two or more guinea pigs. They’re very social animals and can’t stand to be alone. They get depressed.
That’s lovely, and the work of Ms Stern is important, appreciated and helpful for sure- however the Upper West Side is full of extremely dedicated animal rescuers who work on shoestrings and have very little resources, and who aren’t rich and famous, who face it, is the only reason why this article was written in the first place.
Maybe these folks could be recognized for their achievements in the face of the so many obstacles they face every single day.
It was all a stunt so beth can get attention, they didn’t keep it it was adopted out the very next day!