Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: George & Tres

Posted on November 1st, 2013 by Laura Fonda


On Fridays we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

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Meet George & Tres!

George Tres 2013-11-01 1George and Tres are a comical pair. Tres needs reassurance from George that they are indeed BFF and George needs to go out and check things out.

George is a sleek black pig with a tiny brown streak on his forehead. He’s still a youngster, yet has figured out from where comes the food. He’s quick to react to the smell of veggies being chopped, a plastic bag crinkling anywhere in the house, or the approach of a human. He will take treats from your hand.

George Tres 2013-11-01 3Tres is a bit more cautious – he prefers to let George take the chances for the both of them. He’s a very soft and silky tri-color pig with the cutest, sweetest face you can imagine. He will take treats from your hand and eagerly squeals for veggies – then dives for the pigloo until your hand is out of the cage.

Both pigs are still learning about how much fun it is to be held and to interact with people so they would benefit from frequent gentle handling. (George has been known to nip fingers when held and is learning not to do that.) They enjoy lap time wrapped in a towel, and greatly appreciate a large play space with boxes, towel tunnels and spaces to play in. They eagerly eat all fresh veggies like parsley, romaine, tomatoes, fruit, green beans, cucumbers and occasionally green peppers depending on their mood.

George Tres 2013-11-01 2More about Guinea Pigs: Guinea pigs need a large flat-bottomed cage to live in. Guinea pigs cannot use an exercise wheel or ball, so it’s important that they have an hour or more of supervised playtime every day for exercise and stimulation. Guinea pigs are social animals and do best when kept in pairs or small groups and enjoy spending time with their people too. Guinea pigs should be fed a high quality pellet, fresh leafy greens (low in calcium such as lettuce and parsley), and unlimited hay. Guinea pigs also require vitamin C supplement. An easy and delicious way to provide it is with a slice of orange or bell pepper daily. With good care and lots of love, guinea pigs can live to be 5 to 7 years old.

The Shelter is preparing for a major renovation of its dog kennels which will require moving many adoptable animals out of the Shelter. To encourage potential adopters to adopt prior to construction, the Shelter is waiving adoption fees through November 3. Adopters are expected to make a lifetime commitment to your adopted piggies. The primary caregiver must be a responsible adult, and your piggy should be treated as an integral part of the family.

George and Tres (SAS #13-6598-6 & 8) are currently at the Shelter but will be moving to a foster home this weekend. If you would like to meet them, please visit the Shelter today or call the foster care hotline at (206) 684-0685 or send an email.


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