Adoption Policy

Adoption policy 2019

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.

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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

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                           

Many of our residents have come from conditions in the picture below ,lets make a difference together and get it right this time.Now please read our adoption policy.

Thank you


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How to adopt:

1: Read our adoption policy below, if you can comply get in touch providing details of your intended set up and the Guinea Pigs you are interested in.

2: Visit your potential new family at the rescue,mutually convenient appointment will be arranged.

3: Get all your equipment ready (we reserve Guinea Pigs for a week ) then one of our team we will carry out a home set up check.

4: Once your ready you arrange collection.


Our adoption Policy 2019:

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

We rehome Guinea Pigs in bonded pairs, occasionally sow trios.

Descriptions of our available Guinea pigs are clearly listed on our web site.

Adoption donation £15 per Guinea Pig

Adoption donation for a NEUTERED boar is £50 this will cover our surgery costs,medication and post operative care.

We match our Guinea Pigs with your circumstances - A set up check will be carried out by one of the rescue team prior to adoption.

All our guinea pigs are re-homed on the basis that they are not to be used for breeding.We cannot guarantee the age of sows, so it is important sows are not bred from. Birth problems can occur in sows that have not had a litter before the age of 12 months.

Most of our rescue guinea pigs boars and sows have already had a difficult time and just want a peaceful loving home free from extra stress.

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

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2:Quarantine of two weeks is applied to all Guinea Pigs we receive into the rescue.

A full health check and mite treatment will be carried out during this time.

Owners who have experience of guinea pig care have the choice to carry out quarantine themselves at home and before introducing a guinea pig to an existing Guinea Pig.The wellbeing of a depressed guinea pig is paramount and the benefits of exclusion have to be weighed up. Guinea pigs can be placed near to one another so at least they can share conversation and smells. This is occasionally done with neutered boars.

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3: Accomodation

If you live in a rented property please check with your landlord you can have Guinea Pigs in your home.

We only rehome indoor Guinea Pigs to SMOKE FREE homes - see web link page for information why. 


Outdoor / winter definition : Garage / Shed -with lighting and insulation. Area not used for car storage.

Indoor definition : Inside your house.


Outdoor / Winter :Minimum requirements

Garage / Shed -with lighting and insulation. Area not used for car storage

5ft length hutch - min for 2 /3 Guinea Pigs,this size gives plenty of room for toys and tunnels.

Outdoor secure covered run minimum 5ft x 2ft

Waterproof and windproof cover.

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An example of a garage set up.

5ft hutch

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 BLUEBELL hutch and cover.

This hutch is a good size and has good floor space.We ask people to put sides on the ramp and at the top of the ramp entrance area to avoid Guinea Pig falls.

The cover is shower proof and will protect Guinea Pigs from draughts.


5ft x 3ft run

Indoor: Minimum requirements 2 Guinea Pigs

A minimum 120cm length cage:

Various brands available on the internet, Zooplus sell a good range of indoor cages at good prices.

C & C grid set up - 5ft x 2ft minimum

This a 140cm - a perfect size for 2/3 Guinea Pigs.


3 Guinea Pigs

140cm minimum indoor cage

This is a Plaza 140 also available in a 160cm - available from the internet - zooplus sell a good range

plaza 140cm zooplus

C & C grid  minimum 5 x 2 ft set up with loft extension

Example of a beautiful C&C grids set up

Further information at: 

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Adoptees agree to ensure the guinea pig is fed fresh meadow hay, a varied fresh low calcium diet and dried nuggets with added vitamin C .

The rescue advises a low calcium diet to help avoid bladder problems - information sheets available on our webs link page. Science selective grain free nugget is our prefered product.

Good examples are:

Burgess excell / Mr Johnsons Guinea Pig Advanced / Science selective and Science selective grain free / Harringtons

Hay and fresh water MUST be available at all times.

Bladder stone prevention:

Filter your Guinea Pigs drinking water its the best way to help prevent bladder stone issues,especially if you live in a hard water area. Its really a simple,cheap way to help reduce the chances of bladder problems along with a low calcium diet.There is more information on that issue on our health pages.

brita filter jug

Dishes and water bottles must be cleaned on a regular basis - NO GREEN BOTTLES PLEASE !

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5: Vets & Health

Adoptees agree to register the guinea pig with a RCVS small animal veterinary practice and seek prompt care for a sick Guinea Pig it is a legal responsibility under the 2006 Animal Welfare Act.

Adoptees agree to ensure regular health checks are carried out along with regular preventative treatment for skin parasites. All our guinea pigs are treated with a course of Ivermectin before they leave the rescue. Its important good skin care is maintained as we cannot guarantee your Guinea Pig will never get a mite or fungal infection,its something piggies can occasionally get from Hay, housing conditions or grazing on lawns.It is important you see your vet promptly with any skin changes.


7: Love & Toys

Adoptees agree to ensure lots of cuddles and attention are given on a regular basis, play things must be provided to make cage time interesting. Guinea Pigs need regular exercise and an indoor / outdoor run of some type is essential, lawn or not.


8:Parental responsibility 

Parents – Guinea pigs can live for 4 to 8 years !!!

Do not adopt Guinea Pigs unless you are the willing primary carer !!

We have found that one of the main reasons for unwanted guinea pigs is that they are bought for children and the children lose interest.The parents were not really interested in Guinea Pigs and therefore want to rehome them.Its a shame and large retail pet stores make it easier to buy Guinea Pigs on a whim,without really considering the responsibility required.

We love it when families tell us they have been researching and thinking about Guinea Pigs for several months !!! Hooray !

Be prepared to cultivate their interest,ensure they find out as much as they can about Guinea Pigs and teach them about being a responsible pet owner by being a good example yourself.

We do ask parents to consider the committment required before re-homing a guinea pig, parents must be the primary carer and encourage the child’s on going interest and take an active role in the guinea pigs care. Guinea pigs are wonderful, interesting animals and their care can be made educationally interesting and prove a valuable part of gaining citizenship and social skills.The rescue can give you lots of tips and information.

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9: Schools

We do not rehome to schools / nurseries.

Pets are a 24 hour responsibility not just in school hours,we feel it sets a very bad example to leave pets unattended at school.

Sending Guinea Pigs home with different people can be distressing.

Please read our page why we dont adopt to schools and nurseries.


10: If your circumstances change

If your circumstances change and you can no longer keep your adopted Guinea Pigs then please just contact us,to arrange returning them to the rescue.

As you can appreciate initial adoption donations are non refundable.

Thats it,if you are interested in adoption and can comply please get in touch with us !!

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