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 has 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 and injured by children. 
  • Guinea pigs have very fragile skeletal systems and are easily broken and killed. 
  • 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.
  • Children are a primary reason why guinea pigs have as many as 4 homes in his 6-8 year lifetime.


A Note About Dogs & Guinea Pigs

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

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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 horrible 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 because of human problems.
  • Adopting a pet that is well known by his caretakers ensures a good match with your family.
  • 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 will review your application and confirm any outstanding questions.
  • Staff will introduce you to residents, making recommendations as to which pets would be a good fit with your family. Piggie Poo reserves the right to deny your adoption of a specific pet for reasons that are logical and fully explained.
  • Staff will answer questions and offer information and care taking advice while you get to know our residents.
  • Staff will catch piggys on your behalf as per our Safe Handling Procedures and bring them to you for holding. Feel free to hold all compatible guineas pigs and enjoy your time with them. 
  • Allow up to 2 hours for your adoption appointment. 
    Do not hurry your decision. 
  • Once you have chosen your new pets, staff will continue to provide advice and information as we pick out your needed supplies.
    100% of the proceeds raised in our shop directly benefit our residents.
  • Once you have signed our Adoption Agreement, staff will review our informational "Welcome Home Kit" with your family and reiterate our expectations and Standards of Care.
  • Go home with your new FURever pets and enjoy!

Step 7: After the Adoption
  • Staff will routinely contact you via the method you provided on your adoption agreement to follow up on our adopted guinea pigs. 
  • Call, email or text us if you ever have any questions. 
  • Plan to come to the Rescue once a month for a free nail trimming and a free wellness exam.
  • Regularly check out our Facebook page, our website and our newsletter for information, specials and invitations. 
  • Attend educational outreach events, pageants and festivals, shopping spectaculars, holiday celebrations or for boarding when you're away.
  • Shop with a purpose and purchase your guinea pig's supplies at our boutique. 100% of the proceeds goes back to the piggys.
  • If you are no longer willing or able to provide for their care as per the Rescue's Standards of Care, you are contractually obligated 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