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 a primarily volunteer staffed 501(c) 3 federally tax-exempt non-profit corporation dedicated to providing new beginnings for displaced cavies and other small exotic pets like chinchillas and degus. 

Piggie Poo has been highly successful in finding new life-long placements with adoptive 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 guinea pigs 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 residents, 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 pets that are deemed unadoptable due to health considerations, age or behavioral concerns, we provide a permanet 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 guinea pig 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:

Take a sneak peek at the Shelter thanks to the Global Animal Rescuer's Show

Piggie Poo the leader in guinea pig welfare and adoption organizations, serving the entire southwestern United States. We are proud to employ 4 part time staff members and are blessed with about a dozen amazing volunteers.

On December 5, 2011, after operating more than 5 years as a foster care network, Piggie Poo Rescue 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, California and as far east as Texas and as far north as Wyoming. We consistently work closely with our sister rescue Wee Companions in San Diego to help manage the crisis capacity of homeless pets in their area.

Arizona's Piggie Poo Rescue, Inc. 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 sponsorship and private grant funding. Thank you for your suport!