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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 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
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- Terriers are known for being particularly bad with guinea pigs.
- Dachshunds have a history of hurting guinea pigs.
- Huskies have been reported attacking guinea pigs.
- Poodles are known to have killed guinea pigs.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
Age Single/Buddy* Pair Adult Cavies 1 to 4 years $30 $50 Baby Cavies Under 1 year $35 $60 Neutered Cavies sexually altered $35 $55 Senior Cavies 5 years and older $20 $35