RESCUE VERSUS PET SHOP/CLASSIFIEDS
Adopting a guinea pig from a shelter is a totally different experience to buying from a pet shop, or answering an ad in the classifieds. Many of our guinea pigs come from neglectful and abusive environments, with some needing extensive veterinary care before being deemed ready for adoption. All potential adopters are screened to ensure the guinea pig's new home is going to be suitable and longterm (as far as anyone can be sure of their future circumstances), and that they are fully aware of how to care for their new pets from correct diet through to appropriate housing. An Adoption Contract is signed on the day.
PLEASE NOTE: Under no circumstances will I adopt just one guinea pig unless you as the adopter are looking for a friend for a guinea pig you already have, or you are wanting to add to your guinea pig family. Guinea pigs are social creatures and need at least one companion of their own kind. Left alone they can become depressed, bored, antisocial and overly timid. They can also suffer a lowered immune system which will increase the risk of illness. In my opinion it is cruel to keep just one guinea pig, especially if one has been made aware of the reasons as to why guinea pigs need piggy friends. Solo piggies who have been surrendered to the shelter thrive once surrounded by other guinea pigs.
POINTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ACQUIRING A GUINEA PIG
- Am I prepared to do all I can do to ensure my guinea pigs are kept safe, happy and healthy?
- If any of my guinea pigs appear unwell, am I prepared to take them to a vet and pay the cost of a consultation and any ensuing costs eg medications?
- Do I have a suitable area, away from direct sunlight, wind and rain, in which to place the guinea pigs' hutch should they be living outdoors?
- If keeping the guinea pigs indoors, is the room I am keeping them in adequately ventilated and cool during summer?
- Am I prepared to clean my guinea pigs' hutch/enclosure every two or three days?
- Am I prepared to take the guinea pigs out of their hutch each day to give them a run on the grass, or in the case of unit living, on the floor?
- Am I prepared to feed my guinea pigs fresh fruit and vegetables each day, plus a good quality guinea pig mix and/or pellets eg Oxbow Essentials Adult or Young Guinea Pig Food (Cavy Cuisine or Cavy Performance Pellets), and a constant supply of hay plus fresh water daily?
- Do I have time to cuddle my guinea pigs, and to bath and groom them on a regular basis?
- Will my guinea pigs be treated as part of the family?
- Do I have someone responsible and reliable who can look after my guinea pigs when I am away from home for any reason?
- If not, am I prepared to pay a boarding fee to a suitable boarding establishment eg a guinea pig shelter to ensure that my guinea pigs will be well taken care of while I'm away?
- Do I fully understand the importance of not contributing to the overpopulation of guinea pigs by not allowing my guinea pigs to be used for breeding?
- Am I prepared to take advice from a shelter representative on how to correctly care for my guinea pigs?
- In the event I can no longer care for my guinea pigs eg relocating and can't take them with me, moving into a new rental property where pets aren't allowed, the children have lost interest, I had two guinea pigs and one has died, and I don't want to continue the cycle of adopting, will I abide by the wishes of the shelter by contacting them to arrange their return and NOT advertise them on gumtree or other classifieds or offer them to friends, family or neighbours? (if this occurs, the shelter accepts all your guinea pigs and not just those adopted from us and there is no surrender fee and no questions asked).
If you can answer "YES" to all the above questions it appears you may be ready to make guinea pigs a part of your family. The next step is to contact us by email, giving us any info relating to your adoption enquiry. This includes whether you already have guinea pigs, and if so what sex, if you already have a cage (please supply dimensions and several photos), if you have other pets, if you have your landlord's permission to have pets, and any other info you would like to share.
Adoptions are by appointment only. If you are interested in adopting please click here to make your initial inquiry via email. I will attempt to reply to all enquiries within forty-eight hours.
PLEASE NOTE: WHEN LOOKING TO ADOPT A FRIEND FOR YOUR OWN GUINEA PIG/S WE REQUIRE YOU TO BRING YOUR GUINEA PIG/S TO THE SHELTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF INTRODUCTIONS SO WE CAN ENSURE ALL ARE GOING TO BE COMPATIBLE.