Got a question for us? Before you email...you just might find the answer here! Our most frequently asked guinea pig questions answered.
Let's get this one out of the way right off the bat...No.
We ONLY take guinea pigs. This is not because we don't like rabbits, but if we allow ourselves to go off track, we will quickly be over-run, overwhelmed, and unable to function efficiently as a rescue.
The answer is yes....and no!
Whenever possible, we adopt our guinea pigs out in non-breeding pairs or trios .
That would be 2 or 3 females, two males, and occasionally a neutered male with a female or two.
On rare occasions we do get a very dominant guinea pig who won't accept a cagemate. They may be offered for adoption on their own, but we would look for a certain type of adopter for that animal.
We do not allow the breeding of our guinea pigs, but we would be happy to help you find a same-sex friend for your guinea pig!
Many of our animals arrive as single guinea pigs, and we would be happy to help you find a compatible cagemate for your pet,. as this can only benefit both our animals.
Please note: We do not split up our existing pairs for any resason.
Guinea pigs are social animals who, in a natural setting, would be living in family groups or herds. A solitary life is not normal for this species. We feel that it is important to meet the emotional, as well as the physical requirements of an animal, if it is to be taken on as a pet.
That being said, here is another very important reason that we do this...
Guinea pigs that are kept in pairs or trios are more active, happier, and therefore more interesting as pets. They will display all kinds of behaviors and vocalizations that would not be seen in a solitary animal.
Also keep in mind....
Two guinea pigs do not require any more time, or work, to care for than does one.
The minimum required cage size of 2x4 feet does not increase from one to two guinea pigs.
All in all, there are no drawbacks, this is really just a win / win way to keep cavies.
In most cases, male guinea pigs of all ages can pair up quite easily. As a matter of fact, it has been my experience that females are often more territorial and grumpy with each other than are the males......sort of like human females can be :)
Pairing guinea pigs should be done with care as fighting guinea pigs can seriously hurt each other.
No way! Guinea pigs are perfect pets for adults. By complete surprise to us, adults with no children actually make up the strong majority of our clientelle.
For Adults who are working a lot, and/or living in apartments, guinea pigs make great companions! As long as they are in pairs or trios, have a well thought out cage set up, and are left with a good supply of their favorite foods, your guinea pigs will happily amuse themselves while your out earning a living.
Guinea pigs will not disturb your neighbors by making loud noises, and if their environment is kept clean, they are pretty much odor free.
When you get home, guinea pigs are more than happy to be cuddled, fussed over, and fed some more!
They are happy, non-demanding, zen little creatures, that many, many adults enjoy and love as their companion animals of choice.
Absolutely. The number one reason guinea pigs end up here is due to allergies. It is a very common allergy. Unfortunately, it often takes about 3 weeks to emerge. Allergies may develop quite unexpectedly in people who have had no other animal allergies in the past.
Some people develop hives when ever the animal has touched exposed skin during handling. As long as the effected person is not the caregiver, this is often tolerated by families.
Other people may develope respitory symptoms, as well as eye irritation, and this is a more serious situation which can often lead to families having to give up their pets.
The majority of our guinea pigs are left here by thier owners due to allergies or simple lack of interest.
Some also arrive here from shelters that work mostly with dogs and cats and are not set up to deal with guinea pigs.
A few will show up here under more unusual circumstances. For example...
These two handsome fellows were discovered in the back of a van at a scrapyard. Fortunately, an employee decided to check the vehicle before it was compacted.
In order to help cover the cost of caring for our rescued guinea pigs, we do ask a small adoption fee...
$50.00 for a pair
$25.00 for a single
Adoption fees could vary do to special circumstances involved with certain animals.