In order to adopt guinea pigs from us we need to establish that you are ready for the commitment and will be able to give them the love and care they deserve.
We know there is a lot of different advice out there about how to care for guinea pigs but our adoption policy is based on our own experience of what makes a happy and healthy piggy.
We look for indoor homes which are 10 square foot in size for a pair of guinea pigs. Larger groups of guinea pigs will need more space accordingly. We understand that this is slightly larger than the minimum guidelines set out by the RSPCA but through experience we know that providing guinea pigs with this extra space improves their health and happiness. Please note that a two storey cage must still have a single story which meets this minimum size requirement.
Some cages that pass our adoption criteria are:
The guinea pig's home needs to be kept warm and dry, and we ask that new homes do not line the cage with wood shavings or sawdust. Some good alternatives are fitch, carefresh, back2nature, newspaper, megazorb or fleece/vetbed/puppypads.
The guinea pigs will need constant access to plenty of fresh hay and water, and the guinea pigs will need to be fed a diet which comprises of 5% extruded nuggets, 15% fresh vegetables and 80% hay. Some good brands of food we can recommend are Burgess Excel, Science Selective and Harringtons.
Guinea pigs adopted from us must never be bred from and must always live in groups of 2 or more. Guinea pigs are sociable animals are require guinea pig companionship to be happy and healthy.
If you have children it must be understood that the guinea pigs are a family pet and not the responsibility of a child. While we encourage you to involve your children in the care of your guinea pigs, young children must never be left unsupervised together with the piggies as your guinea pig can easily be accidentally injured or scared.
Most importantly we ask for a loving home that is prepared to care for the piggies for their whole life! Most guinea pigs live for between 5 and 8 years.
All our guinea pigs are vet checked and healthy to the best of our knowledge before adoption.
If a guinea pigs falls unwell while they are at the rescue they will always receive full veterinary attention and will never be put to sleep unless we feel that their quality of life is being impacted by their health. If a guinea pig has a serious ongoing illness they will stay with us or one of our foster carers as sanctuary piggies and we will love and care for them for as long as they are with us.
We support all our adopters with advice and support to help them look after their guinea pigs throughout their lifetime. We are always happy for the piggies to come back for nail trims or health checks while you are building up your confidence.
If, for any reason, your circumstances change and you are no longer able to care for your guinea pigs we will always take our guinea pigs back into the rescue.
Q. I'm interested in adopting - what do I need to do next?