Thank you for your interest in adoption!

Please read this entire page, it will answer most,
if not all of your questions.


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
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:
  • Terriers (especially Jacks, Rat Terriers and Schnauzers)
  • Rottweilers 
  • Dachshund 
  • Collies
  • Husky
  • Poodles

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.

Step 3 : Complete our Adoption Application 

Step 4: Application Review 
  • 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 foster family of the piggy's you are most interested in adopting.
  • If denied, volunteers will provide detailed information on why.

Step 5: Adoption Appointment
  • You and our volunteers will review your application and asks and answers any questions.
  • Volunteers introduce you to the guinea pigs. Take it slow and enjoy your time with them. Ask questions!
  • If everything works out, you will sign our adoption contract and pay the adoption fee.
  • Go home with your new FURever pets and enjoy!

Step 6: Click HERE to see adoptable guinea pigs