Our Mission Statement

Arizona's Piggie Poo Rescue has a four-part mission:

  1. To relieve municipal shelters and private rescues of crisis capacity.
  2. To eliminate the euthanasia of healthy adoptable cavies in high kill shelters.
  3. To expand our network with other rescues in the southwest and to develop real community between our organizations.
  4. To provide unlimited guidance to the public at large, thereby ensuring the expansion of qualified caregivers.

Our Vision Statement

Arizona’s Piggie Poo Rescue, Inc. is an all volunteer supported, 501(c) 3 federally tax-exempt non-profit corporation dedicated to providing new beginnings for displaced cavies and other small exotic pets. 

Piggie Poo has been highly successful in finding new life-long placements with adopting families. This is a direct result of the on-going education and individual support each adopting family is provided, to help ensure they are the most responsible pet owners possible. We strive to know each potential adopter through the course of many interactions with them, which ultimately helps ensure a successful, permanent match.


For the public, we provide education and various community outreach programs, activities and events for cavies and their families. Through our efforts, Piggie Poo instills in adopters and the public a sense of responsibility that corresponds with the joy of owning a guinea pig.


For our foster cavies, we provide an environment where they are safe, well cared for and loved until adopted. Their happiness, needs, and well-being are our utmost priority. For those cavies that are deemed unadoptable due to health considerations, age or behavioral concerns, we provide a sanctuary to help them conclude their lives in comfort. We also recognize that there are times when euthanasia may be the most ethical, humane and difficult decision we can make for them and do so, if needed, with their well-being in mind.


Early History


Amanda Ketola, President and Founder of Arizona’s Piggie Poo Rescue, started the organization in 2006 after purchasing a guinea pig for her youngest son Tristen at a local pet store. “Squeekums” quickly became the joy of their lives.

After extensive research into Squeekum's care, the Ketola family realized that their new pet needed a friend, so they decided to adopt this time. Surprisingly, there were no guinea pig rescues in the entire state of Arizona.

Through Petfinder.com, Amanda found many cavy rescue groups in California in crisis capacity, and with over 20 years of experience in animal rescue, Amanda felt driven to offer these groups assistance and support.

The need for more cavy rescues was great, so on August 16, 2006, Piggie Poo Rescue was incorporated in Arizona and the greatest mission of Amanda’s life began.

A Little Bit About Us:

Piggie Poo is the premier small exotic animal welfare and adoption organization, serving the entire southwestern United States. We are all volunteer staffed and on December 5, 2011, Piggie Poo opened our permanent public adoption center and boutique shop in North Phoenix, located at 1610 East Bell Road. 

Piggie Poo is an alternative placement rescue for the municipal shelters in Arizona, Utah and California, and we work closely with our sister rescue Wee Companions in San Diego to help manage the crisis capacity of homeless pets in their area.

APPR is a member of the Petco Foundation and PetSmart Charities, PACC911, the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition and the Humane Society of the United States.

Piggie Poo in a federally tax-exempt 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation and is funded solely by donations, adoptions, sales from our boutique shop, corporate sponsorships and private grant funding.

Our Board of Directors

Amanda Ketola, President, Director of Operations
Heather Ayres, Vice President, Director of Retail Fund Raising
Wendy Anderton, Executive Director of Media & Public Relations