Please read this entire page.
It should answer all of your questions.
Thank you!


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 our Rescue.
  • Children are the #2 reason why parents surrender guinea pigs to our Rescue in the first place. Allergies being #1.


A Note About Dogs & Guinea Pigs

Are your guinea pigs
going to be safe around
your dog? 

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The following breeds of dogs have been reported to Piggie Poo as dangerous to their family's guinea pig:
  • Most Terriers especially rat terriers and schnauzers  
  • Dachshund 
  • Collie
  • Husky
  • Poodle

Adopting Guinea Pigs from Piggie Poo Rescue

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 care and 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.
  • Guinea pigs must live in a common area of your home, not a bedroom.
  • Guinea pigs need a very large habitat. 8 to 10 square feet, in fact.

  • 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.

Step 3 : Review our Adoption Agreement
  • Adult caretaker agreement
  • No Sale/No Gift agreement
  • No prey contract
  • No breeding contract 
  • Standards of Care agreement
  • Return required clause
  • Healthy pet agreement
  • 7 days exchange agreement
  • Free contact agreement
  • Address change agreement
  • Neglect protection clause
Step 4 : Complete our Adoption Application 

Step 5: Complete our phone interview 
  • Staff will review your application over the phone and ask any questions.
  • Staff will answer all of your questions.
  • Staff will offer information, education and advice.
  • If approved, you'll be invited to the Rescue for an adoption appointment.
  • If denied, staff will provide information on why.

Step 6: Adoption Appointment & Informal Training
  • Staff reviews your application and asks and answers any questions.
  • Staff introduces you to residents and make suggestions on matches.
    We reserve the right to deny a specific pet for logical and fully explained reasons.
  • Staff answers questions and offers info while you get to know residents.
  • Plan to hold all compatible guineas pigs. Enjoy your time with them.
  • Do not hurry your decision. Allow up to 2 hours for your appointment. 
  • Staff helps you pick out supplies for your new pets. 
    100% of the proceeds from our shop directly benefit our residents.
  • Sign our Adoption Agreement 
  • Staff reviews our "Welcome Home Kit" and reiterates Standards of Care.
  • Go home with your new FURever pets and enjoy!

Step 7: After the Adoption
  • Staff periodically follows up on our guinea pigs and to answer questions. 
  • Call, email or text us if you ever have any questions. 
  • Come to the Rescue monthly for a FREE nail trimming and weight check. 
  • Check out our Facebook page, our website and our newsletter for information, specials and invitations. 
  • Attend events, pageants and festivals, shopping spectaculars, holiday celebrations or for boarding.
  • Shop with a purpose. 100% of the proceeds goes back to the piggys.
  • If you are no longer willing to provide for your pet as per our Standards of Care, you must to return the guinea pigs to the Rescue.

Adoption Donations are as follows:

  Age Single/Buddy* Pair
 Adult Cavies1 to 4 years $30 $50
  Baby CaviesUnder 1 year $35 $60
  Neutered Caviessexually altered  $35 $55
  Senior Cavies5 years and older  $20 $35