Our adoption process is simple and very easy to follow. Our steps are outlined below and will have you on your way to adopting a cute pair of guinea pigs soon! Our adoption process can take anywhere from 1-5 days depending on your level of experience, knowledge and our schedule for the week.
A few things for you to know about the guinea pigs in our care
- Most, if not all are spayed/neutered before adoption so you never have to worry about reproductive diseases! Did you know that 50-75% of female guinea pigs will develop ovarian cysts before the age of 5? Males that are intact also tend to develop impaction issues later in life and neutering helps limit or sometimes eliminate this issue!
- Housed in herds of 4-5 in spacious C&C style cages. They are housed on fleece bedding called piggybedspreads, eat unlimited amounts of orchard grass, eat Oxbow Animal Health brand pellets, and get fresh veggies each day.
- The guinea pigs in our care come from shelters that kill them or owners that no longer are able to keep them for a variety of reasons. Did you know that most shelters either don’t take in guinea pigs or kill them without even putting them up for adoption?
Guinea pigs are not great pets for everybody. Please do some research on guinea pigs and know what to expect before you decide that guinea pigs are a great choice for your family. We recommend websites like our care page, guinealynx, guineapigcages, and cavyspirit.
Besides the application, what else do you need to know before adopting?
- Adoption of a pair unless you are looking for a friend for your current one.
- Cage size must be at least 7.5 square feet for 2 guinea pigs.
- Love, care, and cherish the guinea pigs that you adopt from us.
Things to think about before adopting:
- Does anyone in the house have allergies to guinea pigs, hay, or the type of bedding you will be using? There are tons of things to can do to limit allergies but it is one of the more common reasons we have guinea pigs surrendered to our rescue.
- Will you have time and room for them for the next 6-10 years? Guinea pigs live about 6 years on average but can live up to 10 years of age. They also require about 2 hours per day minimum for socializing and cleaning the cage.
- What happens to them when you lose your job, get divorced, move to a different house/apartment or state? or other country?
- Do you have a somewhat stable life that allows guinea pigs in your life right now and for the next 10 years or is this a child’s novelty pet? The homes that last the longest are family homes, not children’s homes. Guinea pigs are also not “starter” pets.
- Can you pay for vet bills that sometimes can go into the $500-$1000 range depending on the illness? Exotic Mammal veterinarians are not the cheapest in town because they are a specialist. General practitioners usually don’t see guinea pigs often and refer or should refer to someone who sees them all the time. Your vet should be examining at least 2-3 guinea pigs per week is our recommendation.
Are you still ready for a guinea pig? If yes please send us an email for an application at firstname.lastname@example.org. Along with our application we will send you more details on our adoption timeline for the week and a sheet for things you will need to buy to be ready for your newest additions to the family. Do not go buy anything before contacting us or you will likely be returning most of it because pet stores will sell you things you either don’t need or are dangerous for guinea pigs.
Please read below and see why adopting from us can save you time, money and heartbreak in the long run. If you cannot adopt from us remember to search your local shelter, petfinder or adoptapet for more guinea pigs in your area.
The Real Cost of Pet Store Guinea Pigs
Guinea Pigs are normally sold for about $35 at the pet store, but you can’t count this as the final cost.
The pet store employees are trained to attempt to convince you to purchase an unsuitable cage and other supplies along with the purchase of the guinea pig. Every cage they sell at the petstores are overpriced and generally under sized. You can easily build or buy an appropriate cage for much cheaper, just look at our items for sale page. Pet store employees will suggest unhealthy or unnecessary supplements, treats, and types of food that are just outright unhealthy for a guinea pig. They may want you to consider toys, such as an exercise ball or wheel like a hamster can use, and they tell you your guinea pig will enjoy playing with it. It is highly unlikely the guinea pig will like the ball and it has been proven that a guinea pig’s body is not built to bend in the way the ball or wheel requires, so injury occurs. Guinea pig’s are not large hamsters!!!
Even if you manage to make it out of the store without spending a lot of money on useless stuff, you will need to get your pig to a competent exotic mammal vet right away. Unfortunately pet stores are notorious for selling pigs that are ill, injured and/or pregnant. You will also need to have the vet verify the pig’s gender. Pet stores are also notorious for selling mis-sexed pigs. You will want to make sure you do not have a male/female pair that could breed.
If you have never had guinea pigs before you should be aware that not every vet can or will treat them. Guinea pigs are considered “exotic mammals” and you will need to find a vet experienced in treating the species. As exotic pets are becoming more popular, finding vets to treat them is easier. That does not mean it is any cheaper, though. Be prepared to spend at least 25-50% more than you would if you took a dog or cat to the vet. The fact that guinea pigs are small animals does not lessen the cost of services.
If you think the baby guinea pigs are born at a lovely, picturesque farm and tenderly cared for before arriving at the pet store — think again. All cost factors aside, please know that guinea pigs are bred in “mill” or “factory” type establishments to supply pet stores, just like the puppy mills exposed by numerous animal welfare organizations. If you are an animal lover and were able to see the conditions the adult guinea pigs deal with in order to fill pet store display cases, you would not be able to justify purchasing said animal from the store.
We don’t mean to scare you away from getting guinea pigs. They are fantastic pets with lots of personality and plenty of love to give. They do, however, require proper care in order to thrive, be healthy, and spend a lot of happy, fun time with you.
Buying animals from pet stores does a disservice to both you and the pet. You are likely to experience heartbreak when your pet falls ill (or worse) and your wallet will certainly suffer more for the decision to buy a guinea pig. While you may feel you are saving the pig from sitting in the pet store, in reality the bigger picture shows you are opening up a spot for a new guinea pig to come into the store. This, of course, means that somewhere in one of the breeding facilities another female pig is being impregnated and forced to give birth, yet again, to fill that empty spot. It is a nasty cycle that each of us has the choice to attempt to break by seeking out alternatives to purchasing pets from stores.
Please consider adopting. There are plenty of guinea pigs waiting for homes in various rescues and shelters in the area. One of the guinea pigs waiting could very well be the perfect pet for you. You will find adoption fees to be very comparable to pet store prices and you have the added benefit of knowing you are truly getting a healthy pig of a specific gender. Crazy Cavies and other guinea pig rescues are more concerned about the health of the guinea pigs while waiting for adoption and disclose medical issues, if any, that the pig might have. We also spay and neuter most of our guinea pigs and that means all have been to a vet and deemed healthy!!