Help Alex & the Piggies ~ Save the Sanctuary!

  • by: Kimie L Smothermon
  • recipient: The Town of Hamtpon ~ To get them to reconsider our sanctuary.

Sanctuary... It has many different meanings. To us it means NO more forced breeding ~ NO more starving ~ NO more abuse ~ NO more cold nights ~ NO more being fed to snakes. Sanctuary is absolutely the word to describe our place that helps guinea pigs live a life of love, even if it's only for a few months.

Alex started this sanctuary when he was 12 years old. Even though he's a burn patient who struggles with multiple surgeries and procedures, he still has a heart of gold. He just wants the piggies to have a safe place to go while they wait for forever homes.

The town of Hampton has hinted that they are not going to allow a variance so that Alex can keep his sanctuary in his home. We have tried to find other places to move the sanctuary to, but no one will allow us to have a 'rodent rescue' at any of the available locations. We are just trying to get the town to reconsider.

Currently we are waiting for the non-profit paperwork to come back. In the meantime, the town and state have shut us down. We are not allowed to adopt, rescue or even foster at this point under their RSA rules ~ which by the way, do not even mention guinea pigs. The problem is that many surrenders are still coming in because there's nowhere else for the piggies to go.

We get piggies from all over New England. Some drive hours just to bring their piggies to the sanctuary. All of our piggies are well cared for. We also teach piggy classes so that others can learn how to properly care for their piggies. Without our sanctuary, piggies will continue to suffer as there are no other rescues dedicated to guinea pigs in New England.

Please sign this petition to allow Alex to continue to operate his guinea pig sanctuary.

Update #41 years ago
Alex does not need another surgery (yeah!) however they did add three more weeks of antibiotics as a precaution so he still isn't cleared yet (boo!). On Monday he will start Skyping in to two of his classes (Literature and Social Studies) to help him catch up. <3 Our GPS paperwork for the town should be finished by our team by the end of November or beginning of December. We will keep everyone updated. <3
Update #31 years ago
We are currently waiting to hear if Alex needs another surgery. Watching the number of signatures go up is something that makes him smile. Please continue to share this petition so we can help him reach his goal. Thank you so much for helping Alex & the piggies <3
Update #21 years ago
We are now a full 501(c)(3) non-profit. We need more signatures though so that when we provide this as evidence that the sanctuary is needed, we can back it up. Please share and tell your friends and lets try to make this happen for Alex & the piggies. Thank you so much for helping us! <3
Update #11 years ago
Alex is doing well considering the emergency surgery. He'll be going to Boston every week to make sure there's no more infection. His piggies are helping him smile, even when he's sad. Everyone who signs this petition gives Alex the chance to save his piggies and to continue finding them forever homes <3 Please share on your social media and get your friends to sign <3 Every signature helps us get closer! <3 Thank you!
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