As Adopt a Rescue Guinea Pig Month continues, PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend is spotlighting more guinea pig (aka cavy) rescue groups - this time from the midwest and western U.S.
The Critter Corral, located in Steger, Illinois, is a non-profit small animal rescue specializing in guinea pigs. Founded in April, 1999, the rescue has taken in over 4000 homeless and unwanted guinea pigs! You can view their adoptable guinea pigs on Petfinder. If you aren’t ready to adopt, consider the Sponsor A Senior program. Just $20 for 6 months, and you can help provide for their care, but without having to do the cleaning! And you will receive a lovely certificate and “picture” with their story. It’s a great way to help The Critter Corral care for the elderly and special needs piggies that come into the rescue.
Cavy Care Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to the rescue, sanctuary, and placement of unwanted guinea pigs and to providing education and assistance with caring for guinea pigs. It is the only licensed guinea pig shelter in Colorado. Cavy Care Inc. is staffed by all volunteers with one ideal: to make a difference one guinea pig at a time. There are other shelters who practice an open door policy meaning they take in anything needing to be surrendered, but Cavy Care Inc. is who they call to take those guinea pigs when they don’t have room or they have run out of time to house them.
Cavy Care Inc. has been lucky to have placed over 9000 guinea pigs in its 17 years of service. People just like you have made this work possible and people just like you are adopting guinea pigs helping them make a difference one guinea pig at a time. You can support their work by volunteering or making a tax deductible donation.
Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to the rescue and adoption of abandoned, neglected and abused guinea pigs in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area and beyond. They offer a home for life to any guinea pig that enters our organization when a suitable permanent home is unavailable. Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue provides advice, support, and when available, funds and/or supplies, to future and current guinea pig owners so as to encourage a lifelong commitment to those animals. When this is not possible, the rescue will, when resources allow, assist in the placement of any guinea pig into other suitable accommodation. The organization is also committed to ending the cycle of neglect and abuse by providing quality education and resources on proper guinea pig care and by generating public awareness as to the root causes of the problem.
If you have a few hours a month, you can make a big difference in the lives of the animals at Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue. Volunteers are needed to help with daily feeding and cleaning at the rescue’s small shelter facility, lend a hand on weekends at the adoption center and rescue store, maintain the flowerbeds at the shelter, and help with special projects. As an an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, the rescue depends on your generous tax-deductible monetary donations and gifts of much-needed supplies to care for homeless guinea pigs.
Orange County Cavy Haven is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rehoming guinea pigs in Southern California and promoting proper cavy care and adoption through community outreach. An volunteer-run rescue group founded in 2003, Orange County Cavy Haven serves an area that runs from Ventura to San Bernardino and down to San Diego with more than forty animal shelters. All of their rescued guinea pigs are kept in foster homes in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego.
Review their adoption policies and if you think a guinea pig is the right pet for your family, view their adoptable piggies. Orange County Cavy Haven also needs foster homes and volunteers to help with educational and fundraising events, transporting guinea pigs, transporting supplies, adoption counseling and follow-up, building cages, and sewing cuddle cups, cozies, tunnels, fleece cage blankets for guinea pigs, and many other tasks. Your tax deductible donations of guinea pig food and supplies, supermarket gift cards (for veggies), and admin supplies are always appreciated. You can also donate by check, PayPal, or Network for Good to support Orange County Cavy Haven.
Cavy House Guinea Pig Rescue, located in the northern end of the Santa Cruz mountains in the San Francisco bay area, rescues guinea pigs from local shelters and provides the necessary veterinary care and socializing so that they become adoptable and are then placed into loving, forever homes. Cavy House Rescue is part of AVA/The Rabbit Haven, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Since October 2005 they have rescued over 1,400 guinea pigs! You can view their adorable adoptables, read their adoption policies, and learn about caring for guinea pigs on the Cavy House website.
There are many ways to support Cavy House Guinea Pig Rescue: You can adopt a guinea pig from Cavy House or from a local shelter (either way, that’s one less homeless piggie!), foster a guinea pig awaiting rehoming, transport guinea pigs, donate vegetables or other supplies, or make a tax-deductible donation to Cavy House (designate “for guinea pigs”) through its parent organization, the Rabbit Haven.
Here are some interesting facts about guinea pigs, courtesy of Peninsula Guinea Pig Rescue in Virginia:
- The scientific name for the domestic guinea pig is Caviidae porcellus. They are related to the mouse, beaver, porcupine and capybara.
- In South America, where they are known as ‘cuy’, they are believed to have great powers of healing. In Indian cultures, it is thought that they have the power to appease the spirits. It is also believed that the guinea pig can help people pass from one stage of life to another. It plays a large part in the celebration of Patron Saints Day.
- President Theodore Roosevelt had several pet guinea pigs.
- Sadly, 500,000 guinea pigs are specially bred and sold to laboratories where they are used in scientific research each year!
If you are interested in getting a pet guinea pig, please ADOPT – do not buy one at your local pet store. If you are not located near any of these rescue groups (or the rescues we featured last week), then check with your local shelters or search for adoptable guinea pigs in your area on the many wonderful online adoption sites: Petfinder, AdoptaPet.com, Petango, and RescueMe.org. And please do your research first to learn whether a guinea pig is the right pet for you!