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It should answer 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 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
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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 will review your application and ask/answer any questions.
- Staff will introduce you to residents and make suggestions on matches. 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 while you get to know our residents.
- Go ahead and hold all compatible guineas pigs. Enjoy your time with them.
- Do not hurry your decision. Allow up to 2 hours for your appointment.
- Once you have made your choice, staff will help you pick out supplies for your new pets. 100% of the proceeds from our shop directly benefit our residents.
- Sign our Adoption Agreement then staff will review our "Welcome Home Kit" and reiterate our expectations and Standards of Care.
- Go home with your new FURever pets and enjoy!
- Staff will periodically contact to see how the guinea pigs are doing and to answer any questions.
- Call, email or text us if you ever have any questions.
- Come to the Rescue once a month for a free nail trimming and a free wellness exam.
- 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. Purchase your pet'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 your pet's care as per the Rescue's Standards of Care, you are contractually obligated 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