Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

March is Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month, which is sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Petfinder.com. It was first celebrated in 2002.

What is a rescued guinea pig? Sometimes people will buy a guinea pig, then decide they don’t want the responsibility, so like dogs and cats, some end up at shelters.

Guinea pigs, also called a cavy, are rodents that are not in the pig family, nor are they from Guinea. They come from the Andes and are the descendants of a closely related species of cavy that no longer exists naturally in the wild. Guinea pigs may live as long as 10 years, so the decision to adopt one is not to be taken lightly. They require daily care including feeding, watering, cage cleaning, exercise, and companionship. Guinea pigs enjoy play and are capable of jumping 12 inches high.

My brother had a guinea pig when we were growing up, and what I remember most is that it was nocturnal. After the sun went down, we would hear a lot of squeaks and whistles from its cage. Also, I remember how happy it was when let loose in the backyard to nibble grass to its heart content. Guinea pigs are gentle and make good pets for children old enough to be careful with them. They come in colors from white (rare) through tan and brown, to black, and can have either short or long and fuzzy fur. Plus they are very cute!

Not every town will have guinea pigs in its shelter, but in many larger cities such as Los Angeles and Washington DC, there are special places to find rescued guinea pigs, many of them no-kill shelters. One of the best reasons for buying from a special shelter is that the people working there are usually knowledgeable and can give you advice about raising your new pet.

Look at that cute face!

Quotes about guinea pigs

Why can’t the world be simpler, like it is for guinea pigs? They only have a few rules: Crying will get you attention. If it fits in your mouth, it’s food. Scream if you don’t get your share.–Cynthia Lord

If a potato can produce vitamin C, why can’t we? Within the animal kingdom only humans and guinea pigs are unable to synthesize vitamin C in their own bodies. Why us and guinea pigs? No point asking. Nobody knows.–Bill Bryson

Small and solid furry fluffy things,
They smile and squeak and try to sing.
Their hearts are full of love and joy
They’re sometimes loud,
They’re sometimes coy.
If you cuddle one everyday
All your blues will melt away.
The ones who pass from our lives
We remember with tear filled eyes
But also with grateful thanks.
That such an amazing little soul
Let us be the one to fill his food bowl.
If you want less stress and to have fun
I recommend a Guinea Pig for everyone!
–L. M. Jones.

Guinea pigs are quite difficult to draw, I think, because they’re so furry.–Quentin Blake

If we could establish a deep abiding relationship with nature, we would never kill an animal for our appetite; we would never harm, vivisect, a monkey, a dog, a guinea pig for our benefit. We would find other ways to heal our wounds, heal our bodies.–Jiddu Krishnamurti

I’m not a cosy pussy cat, nor hamster in a cage,
Nor a proud Alsation dog, for that is far too big.
I’m a kind of snuggle bug,loved by kids of any age,
A cutie cobbed shaped cavy kind, they call a Guinea Pig.
–Peter Gurney

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