CAVY COMPANIONS is a no-kill refuge for unadoptable guinea pigs.
Its secondary aim is to educate people on the proper care of guinea
Adoptable guinea pigs are no longer taken in. If you have a guinea
pig who is older than 5 years, or has a handicap, she/he may be taken in
depending upon available space.
WHERE TO ADOPT GUINEA PIGS
Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 - 15th Ave. W. Seattle, WA - 206-386-7387
Foggy Creek Cavy Rescue, Auburn, WA - email@example.com, or
Humane Society for Seattle/King County, 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue,
WA - 425-641-0080
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU GET GUINEA PIGS
Please learn about guinea pigs from a rescuer or an animal shelter
*BEFORE* you make a decision, then adopt !
First, make absolutely certain that everyone in your household is not allergic
to timothy hay or to guinea pigs. Pet stores don't tell you about possible
allergies, and, consequently, this is the second most reason guinea pigs
end up in shelters.
Second, are you willing to make the 6-8 year commitment to caring for guinea
pigs, no matter what?
Third, do you have the money and are you willing to spend it to take your
guinea pigs to the vet when they need to go? The costs of treatment,
examinations, a blood workup, and x-rays are expensive. If you have
limited resources, or can't spend money on a vet, DON'T get guinea pigs.
It isn't fair for you not to take care of them when they are sick.
Fourth, if you have to move in or out of state, are you going to take the
guinea pigs with you? Most people say they will take their guinea pigs
with them when they move but that is rarely the case. Be honest! It
is much better for everyone if you know how to care for guinea pigs and then
don't adopt than it is to adopt and then abandon them because you're not
Any pet store that sells small animals
for profit cannot, by definition, be a good place to get guinea pigs. Most
pet stores consider small animals "inventory" to be replaced by another "batch"
when one sells out. Store employees normally make minimum-wage and
with a high rate of turnover chain store management gives little to no proper
training in the care of small animals. Do not believe a pet store employee
who tells you that your guinea pig has been neutered. This is a lie.
Pet stores often count on you or your children buying guinea pig babies
on impulse. After all, they are cute and small. How much do I
really need to know? A LOT. Pet store cages are expensive and
too small. The only cage that I think is adequate for 2 guinea pigs
is the largest one made by Marchioro, which is pretty expensive. See "Living
Space" below. With the exception of Cavy Cuisine pellets made by Oxbow,
pet store pellets are filled with junk food like dried vegetables, seeds
and/or nuts which are not nutritious and are junk food. Most pet stores
sell Vitamin C drops to be put into the water bottle. This has to be
one of the most stupid products ever made. Like humans, guinea pigs'
bodies do not make Vitamin C. Guinea pigs should have between 35-50
mgs of Vitamin C every day. If you buy the water drops, know that Vitamin
C dissipates within 1 hour after being exposed to light so you would need
to refill your guinea pigs' water bottle at least 10 times a day. Since
you have no way of knowing how many drops equal how many milligrams of Vitamin
C, you are just guessing. Putting too many drops in the water bottle
will be too bitter for the guinea pigs to drink, and too few will lessen
even further the amount of Vitamin C she/he takes in. See below for
better ways to ensure your guinea pigs get a sufficient amount of Vitamin
C every day. The bottom line is: get guinea pigs because you have given
it a great deal of thought. Guinea pigs are "forever" companions, not
Guinea pigs are not "tools,"
i.e. they are not for teaching your child responsibility. Adoptions are to
the parents, not the children, so the parents are the primary caretakers.
If you want to teach your child how to be responsible with companion
animals, let them learn from your example. PLEASE GIVE A LOT OF THOUGHT
TO WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE GUINEA PIGS EITHER AFTER YOUR CHILD GETS TIRED
OF THEM, OR IF YOUR CHILD GETS TOO BUSY TO SPEND DAILY TIME WITH THE GUINEA
Wild guinea pigs live in several
countries in South America and roam the foothills of the Andes Mountains
in groups. Guinea pigs are "prey" animals, i.e. they are meant to be food
for other wild animals. Therefore, a guinea pig's bones are softer
in order to be more easily eaten. This means that companion guinea
pigs' bones can be broken much easier than your dog's or your cat's, or even
your own. It is critical that young children not be allowed
to pick up or put down your guinea pigs without either adult supervision,
or have the adults handle the guinea pigs in and out of the cage.
When holding them, sit on the floor instead of a chair or a sofa.
This way you are more on their level and any sudden move is unlikely
to harm them.
A guinea pig's general lifespan is 6-8
years, but genetics, health of the mother during pregnancy, and proper care
for the babies can greatly influence a guinea pig's lifespan. I take
care of some guinea pigs who are 6 year old and in good health. I have
also lost guinea pigs at 3 years of age.
Spaying and neutering is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
for health reasons. Male testicles are overly-large, and over time
the testicles can "crowd" the anal area, thus the fecal pellets form but
are unable to pass freely through the anus and collect in the anal sac.
This is called "impaction." When this occurs, you will have to
clean out the fecal mass every day for the rest of the male's life. It
is painful for the guinea pig and smelly and can generally be avoided by
neutering. Females have a high probability developing ovarian cysts
after age 3 years, and/or developing uterine cancer. Even if you have
a male neutered and leave the female unspayed, this is not a good situation.
Guinea pig hormones run particularly high. The female will continue
to come in and out of heat about every 2-3 weeks. You will never know
when she is but the male will know and he will pester the female chasing
and wanting to mount her. Although she can take care of herself, it's
extremely stressful for her thus weakening her immune system.
Guinea pigs have a "hierarchy" wherein
two males will likely fight for dominance, and females may do so as well.
The easiest and best overall match is a neutered male and a spayed female.
Unless already paired, females and even some males can be paired, but
my experience is that it is a 50-50 situation completely dependent upon the
particular guinea pigs' personalities and ages. Don't make the mistake
of thinking that any guinea pigs will get along with each other. You
don't like everyone you meet and guinea pigs are no different in this respect.
If you buy 2 baby guinea pigs from a pet store, they will go through
what I term a "make it or break it" stage at the age of about 4 months.
The 50-50 chance is that the brothers or sisters will either begin
to fight and thus need to separated, or they will not fight and get along.
You need to think about what will happen to the boys or girls if they
have to be separated. Will you keep both in separate cages? If you
are not willing to keep both guinea pigs, then THINK about this BEFORE you
buy young guinea pigs who seem to get along. Don't think that any pet
store is going to tell you this. Their primary interest is in selling
small animals and supplies. Since guinea pigs have unique personalities,
pairing a single guinea pig with a new companion is best done by a "get
acquainted" visit supervised by people who KNOW - and care about - guinea
Baby guinea pigs are not a good choice
for small children, or "first-time" caretakers because (1) babies are likely
to nibble or bite at your fingers because they don't know any better; (2)
babies are squirmy and most do not particularly want to be picked up
or held, and (3) they move so quickly and thus are more likely to be
injured when being picked up or put down by small children or the inexperienced
caretaker. Nibbling is normal for baby guinea pigs and is not aggressive.
They can be taught not to nibble if you get advice on what to do. If
you don't teach them that nibbling or biting is inappropriate behavior, they
will learn that they can get their way by doing so and you won't want to
pick them up at all. Remember, though, that guinea pigs will
bite in self-defense, if you abuse, poke at, or mishandle them.
An inexpensive cage can either be made
yourself or purchased from www.cavycages.com. This cage is called a "cube
and coroplast" cage. It is very easy to clean, lightweight, and sturdy.
A good size for 2 guinea pigs is 3 1/2 ft. X 2 1/2 ft.; an adequate
size is 2 1/2 ft. X 2 1/2 ft. If you buy a cage at a pet store, even
their "extra large" size is not big enough. The "starter" cage kits
are awful and come with junk food pellets and pine shavings. The only
purchased cage I can recommend is the largest one made by Marchioro which
is pretty expensive. Guinea pigs need to have room to move about freely
and be able to run around without running into her/his cage mate. The
cage should NEVER have a wire floor above the tray bottom. This is extremely
painful for the guinea pig and can easily cause a serious medical problem
called "bumblefoot" or pododermatitis. Think about what it would do
to your feet to walk barefoot 24/7 on a wire grid.
Never make your guinea pigs live
in a glass tank. These are made for reptiles and fish, not mammals.
Glass tanks allow little to no air circulation and forces your guinea
pigs to breathe in urinary odor. Tanks also distort noise so the voice
they hear from inside doesn't sound the same on the outside.
Stay away from cedar or pine shavings
as they can cause serious respiratory and liver ailments. Remember:
if it has a smell to it, don't use it. There are several options for
bedding: (1) layer of Carefresh over a thick layer of newspaper, (2)
a 50-50 mixture of Carefresh and aspen, or hemp, shavings over a thick layer
of newspaper, or (3) a towel, towels, or fleece, that covers the bottom also
over a thick layer of newspaper. The third method requires that the
towel or fleece be changed EVERY OTHER DAY and replaced using a clean, fresh
towel. You can also use a product called White Shavings but you must
make sure that the packages have been kept completely dry and under a roof
or in a building. If these packages are kept outside until purchaed,
the chances are that the shavings will be damp inside which makes them useless.
Change all the bedding whenever it is needed. Areas of the cage
can be "spot" cleaned daily until the entire cage is emptied and cleaned.
Water and paper towels are sufficient to clean any cage. Vinegar can
leave behind an odor that isn't strong to you but is for guinea pigs whose
noses are keener than yours. Avoid commercial cleaning sprays that
are toxic, and again, leave behind a noticeable smell to guinea pigs, even
if you think you've wiped it out enough.
Toys and Houses
Don't waste your money buying "toys" and
"treats" at a pet store. Guinea pigs live on the ground so their bodies
are not made to be put into a plastic ball or run on a wheel. These
are for hamsters who instinctively run long distances for food. Wood
blocks or sticks to chew on are another stupid idea. The natural action
of chewing hay and eating vegetables is plenty to keep your guinea pigs'
teeth in working order. Small apple tree branches are good for them
to chew on though not always available. The branches from no other types
of trees can be given. If you get apple tree branches, be absolutely
sure that the tree has never been sprayed and doesn't grow too close to a
A good toy for guinea pigs is a grocery
store-size paper bag. Roll the top down enough to where it will stay
open then use your hand to "fluff" the bag. Put it in the cage where
the guinea pigs can run in and out. Most guinea pigs love these.
They shove the bag around, some make "windows" in it, some just sit
in it, some wander in and out of it, and some chew on it. Don't worry
that the guinea pigs will eat too much of the paper or if you see a piece
on the floor just take it out. Obviously, the paper bag will soon be
"trashed" so you just throw it away and use a fresh one. Cheap and
fun! The toy commonly sold at pet stores that hangs inside the cage
with a bell on the end of it is a waste of your money.
As far as using a "house" or a Pigloo
or a cardboard box as a hiding place, here is what I tell people. It's natural
for guinea pigs to want to hide; however, when you bring your guinea pigs
home and immediately put a "house" in, they will hide and never learn to
trust you. To them you are huge prey that might hurt them or eat them.
When guinea pigs come to live with you, take the house completely out
of their cage while you are at home. When you are gone either for the
day or for a few hours, put the house in the cage. It's "tough love"
for them to have nowhere to hide while you are at home but it's the only
way they will learn that you are trustworthy. So, you've left the house
for the day with the house in their cage. When you return, if the guinea
pigs do not come out to greet you then you have to keep this routine up.
When you come home and the guinea pigs come out of the house to see
what you're up to, then you can leave the house in 24/7. Understand
that they need to get used to your voices, your smells, your footsteps and
Fresh food, water, guinea pig pellets
and timothy hay must be available EVERY DAY. Hay is NOT a treat, but
is the Number One food in their diet. Rabbit pellets are not suitable
for a guinea pig's diet. Guinea pigs are herbivores, so do NOT feed
any meat or animal products such as milk or eggs. They need as much
or more than they can eat every day of second cutting timothy hay. Daily
fresh vegetables are also needed. See below for vegetables to give.
Do not "free feed" pellets to your guinea pigs. A young guinea
pig needs more pellets per day than an adult, and a chubby guinea pig needs
a lot less per day. Generally for adult guinea pigs, 1/8 cup for a
pair is enough. When the pellets have been eaten, don't give anymore
until the next day.
Some fresh foods guinea pigs can be given
daily are: red leaf, green leaf or romaine lettuce (NOT iceberg as
it has no nutritional value and is known to contain nitrates), or Spring
Mix. Celery in 1-inch pieces are fine, especially the paler, leafier
insides humans tend to throw out. A big mistake people make is giving
too many carrots. Carrots are high in sugar so you can give ONE small
baby carrot per day. That's it! They can be given a small piece
of apple or one seedless grape on alternate days. Fruits do not need
to be peeled but apples need to be cored. Foods such as kale, broccoli,
parsley and spinach should be given sparingly as they are very high in calcium
and therefore not good for your guinea pig on a regular basis. Hay and pellets
contain sufficient calcium for your guinea pig, and keep in mind that guinea
pigs can develop bladder or kidney stones from too much calcium in the diet.
Guinea pigs are not able to vomit or pass gas. Every mammal has
some intestinal gas, but guinea pigs who eat gas-producing foods will have
no place to go but stay in the intestines. This causes major problems.
Avoid green peppers, cabbage, radichio, bok choy, and the flower part
of broccoli and cauliflower. These cause excess gas. Small pieces
of tomato are fine. Some guinea pigs will eat most any fruit and vegetable,
some will eat only certain produce. Don't overfeed either fresh foods
or pellets. You don't need to be exotic in what you feed your guinea
pigs. They prefer consistent daily veggies than out-of-the-ordinary
Second cutting timothy hay must be given
freely every day because it is an essential source of roughage. Orchard
grass hay can be given as a treat. Alfalfa is a legume hay and is too
rich and high in calcium. Small herbivores have very unique digestive
systems. In the wild these animals are always eating small amounts
of food throughout the day, constantly ready to take flight when danger
approaches. They are hindgut fermenters that utilize fiber and have
simple stomachs. Eating small amounts of food throughout the day stimulates
the peristaltic motion of the intestines. Dietary fiber level is important
for stimulating gut motility. If a guinea pig does not eat for several
hours, peristalsis slows down and problems such as enteritis, ileus and too
much intestinal gas can occur. Do not use straw as it has no nutrients
and can cause eye injuries.
In the summertime, grass or dandelions
from your yard are tempting; HOWEVER, please don't give it to your guinea
pigs. Because racoons live in close proxmity to nearly everyone, be
aware that the majority of racoons carry a microscopic parasite known as
"racoon roundworm." This parasite pops away from the feces onto the
grass and when ingested by a guinea pig it enters the brain stem and attacks
the motor functions. There is no cure. If you want to give grass
as a treat, purchase wheatgrass from health food stores, Pet Pros or PCC.
Like humans, guinea pigs do not manufacture
Vitamin C so you MUST supplement this in your guinea pig's daily diet. Feeding
nothing but pellets is not good for them because the pellets may have lost
Vitamin C due to their being on the shelf too long and exposure to light.
An easy way to give Vitamin C is to purchase the Naturally Preferred brand,
chewable 100mg tablet in the Natural Fruit flavor available at Fred Meyer.
There are also children's Vitamin C brands but be sure the tablet is ONLY
Vitamin C with 100mg tablets or less. Read the label to see if they
contain Aspartame or Saccharin and don't buy it. Cut the 100mg tablet
in half and each guinea pig gets a half per day. Many guinea pigs will
take the Vitamin C half from your fingers. For those who won't, place
it on top of the pellets and wait for her/him to eat it, being careful not
to let the cagemate eat two! If that doesn't work, crush the Vitamin
C and put it on a wet-ish piece of lettuce. Whole Foods also has a
chewable Vitamin C tablet. Look in the children's vitamin section for
Kanga Vites (100 mg). Rite-Aid's brand contain Aspartame. If
you can't find 100mg chewable tablets, you can buy 250mg chewable tablets
and quarter them.
Clean, fresh water must be available all
the time. A water bottle hung from the side of the cage is preferred as the
guinea pig will usually dirty a water bowl or tip it over. Add water daily
and make sure the ball bearing in the tip is functioning properly so that
the water doesn't continue to drip, therefore depleting the guinea pig's
supply and soiling the bedding. When guinea pigs drink water, they leave
"backwash" so the inside of the water bottle should be cleaned with a bottle
brush once a week. Tap water is fine to use as is filtered water if
you have it, but do not buy distilled water as necessary minerals have been
Never let the guinea pig's cage be near
a draft or an open window with a constant breeze hitting their cage.
Guinea pigs can tolerate cool temperatures much easier than they can
tolerate heat. 65 degrees F. at night is not too cool, but 80 degrees
F. and up is too hot or them. Heat stroke is a cause for real concern.
When the weather is hot, fill a plastic water bottle, freeze it and place
it near the house or near the hay in your guinea pig's cage during the day.
This allows your guinea pig to get close to the coolness, or not, and
as the frozen water melts it "wafts" cool air around the cage. When
it's melted, re-freeze and use it anytime its needed. When the weather
is too cold and you turn your heat down lower than 65 degrees F., you can
put a fleece throw over the cage leaving space, of course, for them to breathe!
Guinea pigs also need natural light just as humans do.
Guinea pig health is somewhat fragile
and an illness can appear suddenly, often within one day. In advance, find
a veterinarian who knows a lot about guinea pigs and how to treat them because
a delay in care can be fatal. There are a couple of so-called guinea
pig vets Cavy Companions will absolutely NOT recommend. Read further
for recommendations. (Many vet clinics will tell you that they see
guinea pigs. Questions to ask are: how many has the vet seen and for
what reason, and what treatment was given; has the vet done any type
of surgery on guinea pigs and, if so, what is their surgical protocol. A
vet who has done a general exam for a guinea pig probably doesn't know about,
or have the equipment for, checking the molars.) Some examples of danger
signals to pay immediate attention to are not eating, not drinking, lethargy,
watery eyes, stuffy nose, diahrrea, fecal pellets with an odor, and breathing
heavily. A rescuer is NOT a vet. Take your guinea pigs to a qualified
veterinarian right away. Lice can be seen on the skin. Generally,
the two types of lice are tiny black bugs you can see moving on the skin.
The other are small worms moving on the skin. Mites are microscopic
and most kinds burrow under the skin causing intolerable, all-over itching.
One sign of parasites is your guinea pig scratching to excess, and
hair loss. The nits (eggs) are not transmitted to humans, but lice
and mites WILL transmit to other guine apigs. These parasites are very
treatable and not transmissible to humans, but should be seen to by a vet
quickly because they will only increase if untreated, and can
quite literally drive your guinea pig insane. Think about yourself
having a 24/7 itch that you could not get rid of ! Parasites are common
in pet store guinea pigs; one more reason to adopt from people who know what
Be sure your veterinarian has a lot
of experience doing guinea pig neuters and spays as the procedure is very
difficult and completely different from a dog or a cat or a rabbit.
Altering a guinea pig is expensive (about $200). Recommended
small mammal veterinarians in the Seattle, Washington area are:
Melissa Nathanson, DVM, North
Seattle Veterinary Clinic, 10322 Lake City Way, Seattle, WA (206)
Diane Mitchell, DVM, Juanita
Bay Veterinary Hospital, 11416 - 98th Ave. NE, Kirkland, WA
(425-823-8411) *my favorite!*
Brent Johnson, DVM, Northwest
Animal Care Hospital, 10105 - 19th Ave. SE, Everett, WA (Mill Creek area)
Leann Sperlich, DVM, Browns
Point Veterinary, Browns Point, WA. (I do not know Dr. Sperlich personally.
She is listed because one of my adopters and Foggy Creek Cavy Rescue are
happy with the treatment given their guinea pigs by Dr. Sperlich.)
Guinea pigs groom themselves, but not
to the extent cats and rabbits do, therefore, guinea pigs do not form
"hairballs." A long-haired guinea pig needs to be combed every now
and then with an Un-tangler Comb. (Unlike a brush, the teeth in un-tangler
comb rotate and can move up and down so it doesn't pull the hair yet gets
out the tangles.) A long-haired guinea pig also needs her/his hair
along the bottom trimmed periodically to keep it from getting matted and
soiled. If mats are already formed, cut them out; don't comb them out.
Nails should be trimmed about every 3-4
months. I will do it for $2.50 per guinea pig. I can also teach
you how to do it yourself. Be careful not to trim too much so that
you cut to the quick. Have styptic powder (Quik-Stop) on hand in case you
do cut the quick in order to stop bleeding. Guinea pigs do NOT need
routine baths ! If your guinea pig's fur is soiled, giving a "butt
bath" is sufficient. If your ginea pig smells, or is wet, you aren't
doing your job !! Keep the cage clean and, in the case of a long haired
guinea pig, her bottom hair trimmed and a routine bath is not needed. A
bath once a year is okay but understand that guinea pigs, like cats, are
not water animals. They will hate being bathed! If you do bathe
them, be sure to dry their fur completely with a hair dryer set on low heat.
Love and Attention
Talk to your guinea pigs often, hold and
cuddle them every day. Keep the cage in a part of the house where you
spend a lot of time. A child's bedroom is not a good place because
there is limited interaction, and a basement is a terrible place. Guinea
pigs are family companions. They are social animals who need and rely
on your attention. They should have as much time with you as possible every
day. You cannot give guinea pigs too much love, attention and gentle
handling, so let them live as part of your household. Some guinea pigs
are what I call "lap pigs." They are very content just hanging out
with you on your lap or chest while you watch TV but be sure that your guinea
pigs fall into this category as some don't want to. Baby guinea pigs
are especially impatient. Like kids, they have "things to do and places
to go" and don't want to be still.
Be absolutely certain that the person(s)
in whose care you leave your guinea pigs is reliable, trustworthy, knowledgeable
about guinea pigs and their proper care, and would know what to do in
case of an emergency. Cavy Companions will board guinea pigs adopted
from me in the past. The charge is $6 per night for a pair and $5 per
night for a single. The cost includes everything: hay, bedding,
fresh foods, Vitamin C, fresh water, and pellets, and, of course, the temporary
cage. All you need to do is bring your guinea pigs in their carrier,
which can be left here until you return.
Do NOT assume that any two guinea pigs
will get along in the same cage. Guinea pigs are real individuals and not
all personalities match. If you want to adopt a companion for your
guinea pig, there must be a supervised "get-acquainted" visit. If you
have 2 guinea pigs and think you want to add a third to the cage, THINK AGAIN.
Whenever the cage "dynamics" are changed, there can be real trouble.
A threesome can work; however, you need understand 2 things: whether
or not the 3 get along is solely dependent upon their individual personalities,
and if the third guinea pig doesn't work out, are you going to get rid of
Warning signs of trouble are teeth clacking
(or chattering) , posturing (the guinea pigs will slowly inch their way towards
each other until they are standing closely side by side), and closely circling
each other. If a single guinea pig clacks her/his teeth, something
has upset or frightened her/him. Try to discover what upset your guinea
pig. Talking softly can help. If 2 guinea pigs begin chattering
teeth, be very careful about putting your hand in the cage. When guinea
pigs are upset with each other they are focused each on the other one, not
on you. If one attacks the other, and your hand is in the way, you
can be bitten. If you think a fight is about to happen, use thick gloves
to remove either of the 2 from the cage. Hopefully, both will settle
down. This does not apply to your putting 2 guinea pigs who are strangers
together. Guinea pigs are generally very vocal and "wheeping" or "wheeking"
is a noise of happiness, as is "purring" when they are stroked. Yawning
is a sign of dominance. Even if the guinea pig is not facing the other
one, it says, "see how big my teeth are." This doesn't, however, mean
they will fight. "Motorboating" noises are made by males and females
and are hormonal in nature, i.e. an unspayed female is in oestrus (heat)
and the companion knows it, or a male will "strut his stuff" for his mate
anytime. "Clucking" or "tut-tutting" means "I'm happy" in guinea pig.
When a guinea pig's mate dies, she/he will
definitely grieve. This can take the form of the survivor being unusually
quiet, lethargic, and even little or no appetite. You can help your
surviving guinea pig by paying a LOT more attention to her/him but you CANNOT
let her/him go without food, or just pick at the food, for more than 24 hours
! Again, since guinea pigs are very individual, the period of grieving
is individual. Some are sad for a day, some are sad for a week, and
some take longer to recover from the loss. If your guinea pig does
not eat, or is only picking at food, you MUST intervene and adopt a mate
ASAP. Usually, a guinea pig who loses her/his mate will begin to grieve
48 hours after the death, so watch closely for any unhealthy sign. If
your guinea pig eats, drinks and poops normally, then the grieving is over
and she/he will be fine. You need to grieve also, and as long as your
guinea pig is alright you can wait a bit. If you are not sure what
to do, contact an above-listed shelter or rescuer for guidance.
For more information, or if you have
questions, you can contact Cavy Companions (206-427-1238, or
firstname.lastname@example.org) or the shelters and rescuers listed above. Shelters,
Foggy Creek Cavy Rescue, and Cavy Companions help guinea pigs and their
two-legged caretakers, not pet stores who just want your money.