Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig
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People are often unaware that many local shelters have guinea pigs, or that a cavy rescue could be located nearby. In many parts of the country, hundreds of rescued guinea pigs need homes primarily as a result of caretaker surrenders. Doug Duke, director of the Nevada SPCA in Las Vegas, finds that in his area, half of their adoptable guinea pigs are turned in by owners and the other half are transferred from the county shelter. He notes, We try to keep the county shelter, which shares the complex with us, from euthanizing any who are healthy.
A pet store guinea pig purchase is often unplanned and unresearched. Getting information on proper care into the hands of prospective new guardians helps them make better-informed decisions. Since January 1, , California pet stores have been required by law to provide care sheets with the purchase of each animal. Several dedicated guinea pig people were instrumental in getting this legislation passed. Be proactive: encourage your state representatives to address this important issue for all pet-store animals in your state.
Julie Morris, ASPCA senior vice president for National Shelter Outreach, designated March as Adopt-a-Rescued-Guinea Pig celebration month. The idea behind the celebration month is to encourage future adopters to think of shelters and rescue groups first. Her promotional team has assembled an online page hosted on www.petfinder.com with fun and educational materials contributed from various sources. Websites like Petfinder are an invaluable resource for people who wish to adopt homeless guinea pigs from shelters and rescue groups. On average, Petfinder alone lists approximately 10, adoptable guinea pigs a year.
Guinea pigs are not for everyone. Theyre definitely not just for kids! But an informed, committed guardian who is willing to care for them day after day and seek health care when needed will find them charming companions.
Lyn Zantow maintains an informational cavy care website and active message board at www.guinealynx.info. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her two guinea pigs, Nina and Snowflake.
Reprinted from ASPCA Animal Watch, Spring Vol. 24, No. 1, with permission from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, East 92nd Street, New York, NY
We are happy that you have decided to adopt a Guinea Pig. Guinea Pig adoption is a wonderful way to provide a Guinea Pig a second chance and caring environment. Most pets arrive at shelters because the owner had to move, could no longer afford the pet, had a death in the family, or simply gave up the responsibly of being a care taker for a Guinea Pig. Before bringing home a Guinea Pig, make sure you have considered the full impact of your decision. Below is a brief overview of the type of needs a Guinea Pig might require and what you will need to consider for the life time care of a Guinea Pig.
First most, understand that no matter what, even if you buy a Guinea Pig for sale, or adopt, as a new pet owner it is your responsibility to care for the Guinea Pig it’s entire lifespan. Part of that responsibility is taking time to understand the basic needs of a Guinea Pig. At the top of that list should be getting know the diet of a Guinea Pig. Find out how often and what a Guinea Pig needs to eat. Next, what shelter do you need to provide? Get to know what habitat a Guinea Pig is accustom to, what temperature will the Guinea Pig need to maintain, and what range of temperatures are acceptable for a Guinea Pig to survive.
It’s usually a good idea to get to know a little more about Guinea Pig habits, temperament and relationship with humans before adopting a Guinea Pig. For example, can you handle a Guinea Pig. What is an indicator if a Guinea Pig is being aggressive and senses fear? Some pets will maintain much more happiness as long as they live socially, does a Guinea Pig need a companion pet in order to live happily? What exercise does a Guinea Pig need regularly?
Guinea Pig adoption can be an enriching experience, and is a big decision. Whatever pet you adopt will demand certain lifestyle changes, and a financial commitment. Estimating the monthly costs of owning a pet is just as important as making sure you have the time and motivation to feed the Guinea Pig when necessary, and provide a safe environment to live.
So you’re looking to adopt a guinea pig? We’re glad you’ve come to the right place to find out about guinea pig adoptions. Here are the personality descriptions of three guinea pigs for adoption that were once were listed at our website. Meet, Lucy who is part of a bonded pair of guinea pigs for adoption. Lucy is a smooth haired guinea pig, with a dark "salt and pepper" coloring. She is just over a year old, so she is still young. Although she is not quite as outgoing, she makes up for it being a very sweet guinea pig.
Meet Marcy, an adorable guinea pig for adoption, who is about 9 months old. She was found abandoned in a park, hiding under a bush, along with several other guinea pigs. She is lucky to be alive as they rarely survive long outdoors on their own. She is still a little scared and still needs to learn that not all people are bad. She is getting accommodated to her new life, and is coming along which includes socializing well with our staff.
Hello, we are Tom, and Eddie. We are two male guinea pigs for adoption that came from a breeder trying to mix breeds. Our guinea pig breeder put an ad up that she would let us go into the wild if someone didn't save us. Well a nice woman, who already had 4 guinea pigs came and bought us home. As we reached 7 months, the nice woman that saved us, began having family issues, and made a heartbreaking choice to bring us to a guinea pig rescue. This Rescue is a great temporary home, we get lots of veggies, and all the hay and pellets we can eat, but we really need some one on one time, and a family to call our own. We have longer hair, so we require more grooming, and since we have lived in a lot of places, we are not very trusting right now. We need a home that will work with us and make us the great guinea pig pets we know we can be!
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If you have contact info for a shelter in one of these places that does not have pets posted with us, please e-mail us and we'll contact them.
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Available Guinea Pigs
Adoption Policy »
- Before applying, review the page about appropriateCAGES (click here) . It is very important to us that your guinea pig has a proper size cage!
- We do NOT SHIP guinea pigs. You must be able to come to us for the adoption.
- We do NOT ADOPT to minors. Heads-of-household only can apply to adopt. Please do not apply to adopt if you are a minor living with your parents.
- We do NOT ADOPT to people who have other pets living outdoors (with the exception of horses and other farm animals).
- Review important guinea pig DIET information: What to Feed Your Guinea Pig.
- We have a "pairs policy". If you own a guinea pig, we are happy to help you find a compatible friend amongst ours. If you don't own a guinea pig, you may adopt a bonded pair or create a pair from our single guinea pigs. When you don't already own a guinea pig, we highly recommend adopting one of our bonded pairs - that way you know you have a pair that gets along, and won't run the risk of them not getting along once you get them home.
Pairs Policy »
We have a "pairs policy". If you own a guinea pig, we are happy to help you find a compatible friend amongst ours. If you don't own a guinea pig, you may adopt a bonded pair or create a pair from our single guinea pigs. When you don't already own a guinea pig, we highly recommend adopting one of our bonded pairs - that way you know you have a pair that gets along, and won't run the risk of them not getting along once you get them home.
Fees as of Jan 1,
- $65 per neutered male guinea pig
- $80 per spayed female guinea pig
- $ for bonded pairs (Pairs listed on the site together)
- Unlike some other rescue groups, all of our guinea pigs are spayed/neutered and have been to a vet for a checkup prior to adoption. While the adoption fee helps to cover some of the vet costs, our expenses far exceed the adoption fees. Click Here to see why we feel that spaying/neutering our guinea pigs is so important. Not only does it control the guinea pig population, there are definite health benefits.
- A contract must be signed at adoption time
Notice about adopting female guinea pigs:There is currently a higher demand for spayed, female guinea pigs than availability. There may be up to a two month waiting period after submitting an application. We are limited by which guinea pigs are available in the local shelters and availability of foster homes. We appreciate your patience when adopting.
Adoption Process »
For information on how adoption works and what to expect, read our adoption process page
Name: Florette Sex: Female Type: Tri-Color/Texel Mix Age: 3 Years , 7 Months Altered: No Special Needs: YES
Bonjour, my name is Florette. I am a queen and expect to be treated that way. No fleece bedding for me, it messes up by beautiful tresses. Oh, did you notice? I have lovely long hair. My foster mom insists on trimming it when it gets too long, how rude! She says that I am a special girl, I was extremely loyal to my late companion. He needed lots of cuddles at the end of his life and I was right there by his side until the end. I'm not a rambunctious type, I think exercise is for the birds. I do like to be on a nice warm lap with gentle hands stroking my back and a veggie snack in front of me. Do you need a lap warmer? I'm your girl.
Name: Christoph Sex: Male Type: Black/American Shorthair Age: 2 Years , 2 Months Altered: Neutered Name: Suede Sex: Male Type: Red Agouti & White/American Shorthair Age: 1 Year , 7 Months Altered: Neutered
My foster mom says "I'm SOME pig." I have a lot of piggy energy. I'm spunky and love to run around, hop on top of my hut, and zoom around. I also am a really good snuggler when I am in the mood. If you are lucky, I might also gift you with some piggy kisses. I'm a lover and not a fighter. I was paired up with some ladies before I came into the rescue and fathered a few litters. I'm fixed now, but I do enjoy the company of other pigs and really miss having a friend of my own. I'm very polite and am learning to accept head scratches in my cage.
Name: Cashmere Sex: Female Type: Black & White/American Shorthair Age: 1 Year , 3 Months Altered: Spayed
Cashmere is a very sweet, shy girl. She enjoys lap time and with pretty much every pet, she’ll give you a purr. She ALWAYS knows when its veggie time, and she’ll let you know how excited she is! Whenever you replenish her hay or veggies, she runs around making happy noises and popcorns! She likes to hide in her hay as well as chew on hay in cardboard tubes (she should always be supervised with them as she tries to stick her head in them)! She enjoys cilantro (her fav!), lettuce, carrots, cucumbers and the occasional grape. She likes to give little kisses and nibbles on your fingers therefore she may not be the best fit for a family with young children. Since her sister was adopted this girl has been a little lonely and is in need of a piggy friend and loving home.
Name: LazySusan Sex: Female Type: Tri-Color/American Shorthair Age: 1 Year Altered: Spayed Name: Merriweather Sex: Female Type: Tri-Color/American Shorthair Age: 1 Year , 7 Months Altered: Spayed Name: Damask Sex: Female Type: Black & Red/American Shorthair Age: 10 Months Altered: Spayed
Hi everypawdy, my name is Damask and I'm a cute little girl with a very soft coat. Right now I live alone with my foster mom. It's a pretty good gig, I love coming to the bars for treats (oxbow cookies and guineadad pea flakes are my favorite!) and purring when my foster mom pets me (head pets are the best!). But, I'm a bit lonely, and I really do need a friend. While I know not to bite people, I can't say the same for blankets and T-shirts. When I'm ready to go back in my cage, I yank at all of the fabric around me, even if my foster mom is wearing it. So I probably need forever home with nice grown-ups, and not little kids that might drop me. I hope you have a nice boy I can meet soon!
Name: Guinevere & Galahad Sex: Male/Female Pair Type: Black & Black & White/American Shorthairs / Silkie mix Age: 1 Year , 2 Months Altered: Neutered/Spayed Name: Edison Sex: Male Type: Black & White/American Shorthair Age: 9 Months Altered: Neutered Name: Aoife (ee-fa) Sex: Female Type: Golden Agouti /American Shorthair Age: 2 Years , 4 Months Altered: Spayed
Aoife ( ee-fa) This name means beautiful, radiant or joyful, and likely derives from the Gaelic word ‘aoibh’ meaning ‘beauty’ or ‘pleasure.’ In Irish mythology, Aoife is known as the greatest woman warrior in the world.
Name: Patootie & Parcheesi Sex: Male/Female Pair Type: Black w' White foot / White/American Shorthair Age: 2 Years , 8 Months Altered: Neutered/Spayed
We are a cozy couple who are used to sharing chow (as long as it's ladies first) and nestling together. We don't get into arguments. In fact, we are good friends with a very relaxed attitude. It would be wonderful to join a people family who wants to welcome a cuddly piggy pair. Could that be you?
Name: Choptank Sex: Male Type: Red with White Blaze/American Shorthair Age: 2 Months Altered: Neutered Name: Patapsco Sex: Male Type: Red & White/American Shorthair Age: 2 Months Altered: Neutered Name: Kissimmee Sex: Female Type: Red, Brown Agouti & White/American Shorthair Age: 2 Years , 1 Month Altered: Spayed Name: Tallahassee Sex: Female Type: Red Agouti & White/American Shorthair Age: 2 Years , 1 Month Altered: Spayed Name: Dorinda Sex: Female Type: Red Agouti / White bBaze/American Shorthair Age: 9 Months Altered: Spayed Name: Diya Sex: Female Type: Black & Red/American Shorthair Age: 9 Months Altered: Spayed Name: Myst Sex: Female Type: Calico/American Shorthair Age: 1 Year , 1 Month Altered: Spayed Name: Mariana Sex: Female Type: Brown, Blonde & White/Silky Mix Age: 6 Months Altered: Spayed Name: Scuttlebut Sex: Male Type: Tri-Color/American Shorthair Age: 2 Years , 9 Months Altered: Neutered Name: Guff Sex: Male Type: White, Blonde and Agouti/Crested Age: 2 Years , 9 Months Altered: Neutered Name: Yalena Sex: Female Type: Red & White & Brown Agouti/Abyssinian Teddy Mix Age: 9 Months Altered: Spayed Status: Appl Pending Name: Topaz Sex: Male Type: White & Brown/Abyssinian Age: 5 Months Altered: Neutered
Handsome Topaz is looking for a home and forever family. Typical for pigs his age he loves to run and play much more than he likes to be held. He loves veggies and hay and drinks a lot of water. He also likes to "explore" with his teeth so he will need reminders on his manners and is not a good choice for families with young children.
Status: Appl Pending Name: Garnet Sex: Male Type: White & Brown/Abyssinian Age: 5 Months Altered: Neutered
Sweet Garnet is looking for a home and forever family. Typical for pigs his age he loves to run and play much more than he likes to be held. He loves veggies and hay and drinks a lot of water. He also likes to "explore" with his teeth so he will need reminders on his manners and is not a good choice for families with young children.
Status: Adopted Name: Denim Sex: Male Type: Tri-Color black eye/American Shorthair Age: 11 Months Altered: Neutered Status: Adopted Name: Jade Sex: Female Type: Tri-color (White/Red/Brown)/Abyssinian Age: 5 Months Altered: Spayed
Beautiful Jade is looking for a home and forever family. Typical for pigs her age, she loves to play much more than she likes to be held. Jade is a little sassy and growing more confident all the time. She loves her veggies and hay and drinks a lot of water. She also likes to "explore" with her teeth so she will need reminders about her manners and is not a good choice for families with young children.
Status: Adopted Name: Potomac Sex: Male Type: Red Agouti, Red & White/American Shorthair Age: 2 Months Altered: Neutered Status: Adopted Name: Teuta Sex: Female Type: Black & White/American Shorthair Age: 1 Year , 1 Month Altered: Spayed Status: Adopted Name: Gracie Jane Sex: Female Type: Red & Black Tortoise /American Shorthair Age: 1 Year , 1 Month Altered: Spayed Status: Adopted Name: Octavia Sex: Female Type: Tri-Color/American Shorthair Age: 9 Months Altered: Spayed Status: Adopted Name: Vundabar Sex: Female Type: Red/Abyssinian Age: 9 Months Altered: Spayed Status: Adopted Name: Muriel Sex: Female Type: Dark Brown & Tan/Abyssinian Age: 9 Months Altered: Spayed
Oakhurst Guinea Pig Rescue is a (c)3 Non-Profit Licensed, Foster Organization based in Decatur Georgia dedicated to finding forever homes for unwanted, abused and neglected guinea pigs.
Every year, thousands of unwanted guinea pigs are dropped off at humane societies, animal shelters, and rescue organizations like ours worldwide. Often, these pets are abandoned to rescue organizations because people purchase the animal without first considering the involvement needed to care for them. But as with all pets, behind the unwavering loyalty, cuddly disposition, and individual personality of each guinea pig is an animal wholly reliant on his human owner for food, shelter, protection, and companionship.
The goal of Oakhurst Guinea Pig Rescue is two-fold: to educate the public on the uniqueness and proper care of these treasured family members and help rescue and "rehome" the many abandoned guinea pigs right here in Georgia. Our web site contains information on proper care and links to our adoptable guinea pigs. We also love to help and give advice to families just starting with guinea pigs. If you have any questions, please reach out to us!
Because of you, we can continue to help abused, neglected and abandoned guinea pigs and provide them a loving, nurturing, and a healthy place to stay until we can find them a forever home. With your donation, we will be able to purchase more supplies and help pay the vet bills when needed. One hundred percent of all donations go directly into running the rescue. Thank you for making a big difference for these little guys!
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