Not available for interstate adoption
Happy and energetic
Male Medium-hair Abyssinian Guinea Pig
- Rescue group:
- Alittlebitiffy Animal Rescue
- PetRescue ID:
On September 23rd, eleven Australian guinea pig rescues worked together to bring 200 neglected guinea pigs into care. Volunteers drove 7 hours to transport these darlings from Avondale to South East QLD, where they were then delegated out to rescues in Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Lockyer Valley. Most (if not all) the sows were pregnant, and all the piggies had varying degrees of sores, injuries, mange mites, lice and fungal infections. GusGus and Baloo were two of these piggies that came to us for specialist care.
When they first arrived at the Sanctuary, GusGus and Baloo had multiple lacerations on their rump and suffered from mange mites. They spent a lot of their time crying in pain or hiding in terror, and didn't understand what beds, toys, pellets or vegetables were. With a little bit of patience, a lot of love and a very strict veterinary routine, these darling boys were successfully treated for their infections and became happy and healthy little piggies. They now enjoy the comfort of vetbed, fleece beds, high quality food, and non-stop love. They've learned to trust us humans, and are very vocal when they hear their food being prepared! They like to sniff our fingers through the safety of their cage grids, but they're still quite hesitant of being picked up and cuddled. Once picked up and after being in your arms for a few minutes, they do calm down and enjoy gentle pats, but the picking up process is still a work in progress. With a little bit of patience and understanding, they'll become incredibly loving piggies who come out of their shell and let their personalities shine on their own time.
GusGus and Baloo are available for adoption to a non-breeding, quiet, indoor home with no or older children, with supervised time in a secure outdoors enclosure when the weather permits. A minimum floor space of 10.5 square feet (a 2x4 C&C cage) is required, though the more space you can provide the better it is for exercise and play.
Their diet should consist of high quality grass hay available to them 24/7 for unlimited grazing, 1/8th of a cup of high quality pellets (such as Vetafarm or Oxbow) per pig, per day, and one cup of fresh vegetables per pig, per day. Please avoid mixes containing seeds and "coloured bits", which are incredibly unhealthy and can be a choking hazard. Do not feed any meat or dairy products, these can be fatal to guinea pigs. A list of safe fruits and vegetables can be found at www.happycavy.com.
Due to their difficult past and prior lack of human interaction, the pair will take some time to trust new people and until then they'll be a little shy and timid at their new home. Mental stimulation with various toys and foods is key so that they can learn the investigative behaviours that they were previously deprived of. Their new family must be gentle, patient and understanding of their needs.
Are you interested in adopting a guinea pig? Here are a few things to think about before bringing a new pet home.
01. Do I have permission to have guinea pigs at my residence?
02. Can I afford veterinary care if needed?
03. Do I have time to feed, clean, and spend time with my guinea pig?
04. Do I understand their dietary, housing, social and care needs?
05. Can I commit to caring for them for their entire life expectancy?
Guinea pigs are highly social animals. Our guinea pigs are only available in pairs or trios unless otherwise stated or unless there are special circumstances.
To begin the adoption process, please complete the adoption enquiry form available on our website at www.alittlebitiffyanimalsanctuary.com. Once the form is completed and submitted, a Sanctuary member will assess its suitability.
If you already have guinea pigs, a meet and greet with the Sanctuary guinea pigs you wish to adopt is a must. This usually also coincides with a house and enclosure check and a face-to-face interview to discuss the level of care you'll provide.
Following a signing of the adoption contract by the adopter and a Sanctuary member, and payment of the adoption fee in full, our guinea pigs are ready to go to their new home! If, at any point in time, you can no longer care for or keep your adopted guinea pigs, we ask that you first contact us prior to personally attempting to rehome them.