All adoptions are hosted through our
Owner Assisted Placement Program.
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A Note About Kids & Cavies
Is there an ideal age for a child to take on primary care of a guinea pig? YES. 11.
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- Children under 11 may not notice subtle signs of illness that require Veterinary care.
- Children under 9 may not be able to safely handle guinea pigs, resulting in broken limbs and yes, death.
- Children under 6 treat guinea pigs like toys, dropping piggys and playing too rough.
- Children over 14 are staring high school when activities increase and interests change.
- Children over 17 don't have time for guinea pigs and what college freshman is allowed to have pets in their dorm?
- Guinea pigs are prey animals and hide their symptoms of illness, requiring an actively participating Adult.
- Guinea pigs scratch, nip and squirm and are often dropped by children.
- Guinea pigs have very fragile skeletal systems and are easily injured.
- Guinea pigs require a significant amount of daily care that is best provided by an Adult.
- Children are the #1 reason why parents return guinea pigs to rescues.
- Children are the #2 reason why parents surrender guinea pigs to rescues in the first place. Allergies being #1.
A Note About Dogs & Guinea Pigs
Are your guinea pigs
going to be safe around
Visit this website: guinealynx.com/forumsThe following breeds of dogs have been reported to Piggie Poo as dangerous to their family's guinea pig:
- Terriers (especially Jacks, Rat Terriers and Schnauzers)
Adopting Guinea Pigs
Step 1 : Read What to Know BEFORE You Adopt
- Guinea Pigs live up to 8 years.
- Guinea Pigs require constant adult supervision.
- Guinea pigs eat hay and live in shavings, which cause allergies.
- Guinea pigs are a lot of work, best provided by an adult.
- Guinea pigs are expensive pets.
- Guinea pigs are often killed by dogs.
- Guinea pigs are fragile and must be handled gently, if at all.
- Guinea pigs must live in a common area of your home, not a bedroom.
- Guinea pigs need a very large habitat, up to 10 square feet.
- Adopting is rewarding.
- Adopting comes with valuable, real-word advice.
- Adopting helps stop mill breeders where pet stores buy their "inventory".
- Adopting give you the opportunity to meet a variety of pets.
- Adopting helps stop the cycle of re-homing pets.
- Adopting a pet that is well known by his caretakers ensures a good match.
- Adopting helps stop the euthanasia of healthy animals in high kill shelters.
- Adopting ensures honest recommendations and advice for the well being of your pet, not the pet store's pocket book.
- Volunteers will review your application and email you with any questions.
- Volunteers will offer information, education and advice.
- If approved, your application will be forwarded to the owner of the piggy's you are most interested in adopting.
- If denied, volunteers will provide detailed information on why.
- Owner will review your application and asks and answers any questions.
- Owner introduces you to the guinea pigs. Take it slow and enjoy your time with them.
- You and owner will decide on any adoption fees, terms and conditions of the adoption.
- Go home with your new FURever pets and enjoy!