Adoption Policy and Application Form

How to adopt ?

1:Read our adoption policy 

2:If you can comply with our requirements please complete the application form. 

3: We will get back to you ASAP.

Adoption policy 2024

Its great you have reached this page that means your interested in adoption but, i just want you to think carefully about a few things before we go any further.

Why are there so may unwanted Guinea Pigs ??

People buy them for the wrong reasons - common example is pressure by children.

People experiment with breeding and it gets out of hand

Home and family circumstances can change - House move,rented accomodation.

People cannot afford to keep them anymore - Redundancy / unemployment/ health

People did not research fully what was involved with owning Guinea Pigs.

People buy new pets or their existing pets wont accept new arrivals !!

People have a baby

Thats just a few REAL reasons, here are some we have also dealt with:

"The kids have lost interest"

"Its too cold to go out and feed them"

" I never wanted them it was the kids who bugged me"

" Kids are older now and have lost interest"

"Since the new puppy came along i cant cope with Guinea Pigs too"

" I am struggling with a new baby and Guinea Pigs "

" They were a gift but i dont like them"

" Cant afford it now, what with our new kitten and all"

" They squeak and make funny noises "............ yes i know.

Now we know life does change and who knows whats around the corner, but it seriously pays to do your homework and have a really good think before taking on Guinea Pigs or any pet.

Its a long term committment 4 to 8 years.

When considering adoption please think about :)

Time you have to give

Love you have to share

Space you have to care                           

Thank you

Helen


Our adoption Policy 2024 :

Adoption donation : £20 per Guinea Pig 

Neutered single boar: £70 this is a donation towards our neutering fund.

We only rehome single Guinea Pigs to live with an existing companion.

We do not rehome Guinea Pigs to live with rabbits. 

All our guinea pigs are re-homed on the basis that they are not to be used for breeding.

All adoptions are considered on an individual basis by the rescue manager whose decision is final.

2: Existing pets:

  • Think carefully how your exisiting pets will accept new family members, this mainly refers to Dogs and cats.
  • Owners should never leave their Guinea Pigs unsupervised around other animals.
  • Always use a fully covered run

4: Accommodation

  • If you live in a rented property please check your landlords pet policy, a major reason for surrendering is change of home not allowing pets.
  • We only rehome indoor Guinea Pigs to SMOKE FREE homes - see web link page for information why. 
  • We don't rehome to free range garden set up's.
  • On our Guinea Pigs available for adoption page our residents will be listed as either requiring INDOOR  or SEASONAL accommodation. 

Seasonal accomodation definition:

  • 5ft x 2ft min length hutch with fox proof mesh. Separate run. 
  • Can be in a sheltered place during summer months, moving indoors during winter month's. This could be a garage  not used for car storage - evidence of this needs to be available at the time of adoption. 
  • Double hutches must have ramp safety adaptations - just ask our advice, easy to do. 
  • Waterproof and windproof cover.
  • Outdoor run must be fully covered 

Indoor accomodation definition:

Inside your home. 
Indoor cage:Minimum  140cm length (4ft 7)  Various brands available eg: Ferplast.

C & C set up :Minimum 5ft x 2ft ( we may consider 4ft x 2ft C&C with loft  for a sow pair )

Regular daily floor time / play pen - outdoor covered  run time during summer month's 

We do not accept double ferplast type indoor cages with ramps.

Visit www.homeandroost.co.uk who make and sell the Chartwell 5ft plus a really great range of british made products for Guinea Pigs and Rabbits - There is a link to them on our webs link page.

5ft x 3ft run
160cm Indoor cage

140cm indoor cage 

C&C set up with loft.

5:Diet

  • Daily : Fresh hay available all the time
  • Fresh vegetables selection daily 
  • Fresh water daily
  • You will find lot's of dietary information on our webs link page including low calcium diet advice.

6: Vets & Health

You agree to register your Guinea Pigs with a small animal vet. 

7: Love & Toys

Guinea Pigs need regular enrichment and exercise and an indoor / outdoor run of some type. 

8:Parental responsibility

  •  Guinea pigs can live for 4 to 8 years. 
  • Please don't adopt Guinea Pigs for children unless you are the willing primary carer and will nurture their interest. 
  • We love it when people tell us they have been researching and thinking about Guinea Pigs for several months, take your time and make the right decision for your family. 

9: Schools

We do not rehome to schools or care settings.

Please visit our web link page to read our article on this. 

10: If your circumstances change

If your circumstances change and, you can no longer keep your adopted Guinea Pigs please just contact us. 


Adoption Application
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