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Deciding to rescue animals is a big deal, it requires a lot of thought and some research. Here are our top 5 reasons to rescue guinea pigs!
We have found that rescuing animals is a rewarding experience and I think that it can be the same for you too! If you are considering getting a guinea pig, check out our list below. There are a lot of reasons to rescue Guinea pigs but these are the reasons that are important to me. I was inspired to rescue guinea pigs and hopefully you will be too!
5 Reasons To Rescue Guinea Pigs
Buying pets from a local pet store can seem like a smart choice. After all, the pet store knows the most about them right? They have healthy, happy, pets for sale…right? In some cases the can be true but not always. Buying from pet stores has in recent years been falling to the wayside because there are so many animals out there in shelters and in foster care that need homes!
You could be saving a life!
One of the main reasons that we decided to rescue Guinea pigs is because we could be saving their lives. Guinea pigs require more in-depth care than some people realize. They end up in shelters or brought back to pet stores because people don’t realize that they need special care.
Lonely piggies in foster care or in shelters or waiting for an adoption at the pet store won’t be living their best lives. Just like people and other animals, unhappy pets are not going to be as healthy as their happy and content counterparts.
Unfortunately, in my area, small pets are also prone to be euthanized or “set free” because owners think they’ll fend for themselves and shelters can’t find them suitable homes.
Less desirable fruit gets left behind…
Just like the apples with a bruise or a misshapen banana, rescue Guinea pigs are often overlooked. They can be extra skittish and not eager to interact at first and this makes them seem like less desirable pets.
The truth of the matter is that given some time and positive interactions, rescue Guinea pigs can grow to be just as comfortable with people as baby piggies raised in your home.
Supporting the mission of shelters.
When you adopt and rescue Guinea pigs from local shelters you are helping to support their mission. We love donating and adopting from our local Humane Society and other no-kill shelters because they do important work in the community.
By rescuing animals we are helping give these pets a great home but we are also helping to support the shelter to continue doing their work on behalf of neglected pets in our area!
This is a superficial reason at best but it’s worth noting that rescue Guinea pigs are often less expensive than store bought ones! Most of the time they will already have a habitat and be done growing! This saves you money on food, supplements, housing, and toys!
When you are adopting from a shelter or helping to regime one that someone can no longer care for they will usually price them lower than they paid for them originally. This is a great way to save money that you can then spend on spoiling your piggies with treats and toys.
Extra love for the rest of your life…
Every pet that we have rescued over the years has returned that investment of time and money to us 10x over. Rescue pets somehow know that they are being given a second chance at life. They’ll be so happy to love you and show you that they appreciate you giving them a happy and safe home.
Why you should adopt Guinea pigs:
Older Guinea pigs, like senior dogs, get overlooked. People don’t realize going into it that Guinea pigs can live 10 or more years in some cases. They think it’s a quick pet like a hamster or a gerbil that they can keep in a cage for their kids to watch.
Guinea pigs are more work, they require a special and diverse diet, and they are social creatures. They want to interact with you and need proper handling. You should adopt a Guinea pig if you can give it a great home! That might mean waiting until the time is right and not jumping at the first one you see in a pet store somewhere…but for us, it has always been worth it!
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