Sadly there are literally hundreds of guinea pigs in rescue centres around the UK. If you are interested in adopting a guinea pig, you should first get in touch with a rescue centre to find out what their requirements are. If you run a rescue centre, please find out more about how to add your rescue to Guinea Piggles... This page will help you to get started with the adoption process.
Table of Contents
- Adopt - Don't Buy from a Pet Shop!
- Rescue centre requirements
- Care sheets to help you keep organised with your new guinea pigs
- What you will need to buy
Adopt Don’t Shop
Rather than buying from a pet shop, we urge you to find a rescue centre near where you live and adopt a guinea pig. This is because there are countless guinea pigs that have been abandoned or mistreated and the sanctuaries are absolutely overloaded with these lovely but unwanted animals.
By adopting you are supporting the #adoptdontshop ethos. Pet shops will only supply when there is demand. If we can reduce that demand, the more chance there is of the pet shops reducing their supply chain and in turn leading to less guinea pigs suffering.
Rescue Centre Requirements
To ensure guinea pigs from these centres go to caring homes that are set up for the best welfare of these pets, a rescue centre will often do a home visit. They will need to see that you have the right sized cage for your new pets. Find out the size requirements and the housing we recommend for 2 guinea pigs on the following pages:
Download the care sheets
A rescue centre will want to see that you are going to take good care of your new guinea pigs. As well as the basic items you need, it's handy to have checklists to keep on track! We've created a set of 12 downloadable care sheets that you can print to help you keep on top of everything from daily feeding and cleaning to keeping records of vet appointments, medications, shopping lists and more.
Starter kit items for your new guinea pigs
We've compiled a "starter kit list" which helps you find the best starter items for your guinea pig including links to all the products we recommend. They're also all purchaseable online to save you time. Click here to see the starter kit list...
Click here to find a rescue centre near where you live or if you run a rescue centre, find out how to create your rescue page on our website.