Adopt

Do you have room for a furry potato or two in your home?

The Adoption Process

1. Read this page for information and view available guinea pigs on PetRescue (linked above)

2. Complete our adoption application at the bottom of this page

3. Await feedback from your application, this should take 3-7 business days. If you have not received a reply in 7 business days, please email again. Due to the amount of emails we receive, they can sometimes fall through the cracks but we promise to get back to you as soon as we can!

4. Apply any feedback given in our reply to the application. 

Recommended changes may often include: 

  • Increase cage size to meet minimum requirements (60cm x 60cm per guinea pig) 
  • Change cage to meet safety requirements (remove wire flooring, change to guinea pig safe bedding, remove hay racks, etc)
  • Adjust planned diet to meet requirements (switch to nutritionally appropriate hay, pellets, vegetables, etc)  
  • Any other recommendations, a list of our requirements can be found further down this page. 

5.  Show evidence of changes (pictures of improved cage, nutritionally appropriate food, etc)

6. Once approved, finalise adoption appointment during opening hours! 

Adoption Requirements:

Cage Requirements: 

  • Minimum of 60cm x 60 cm per guinea pig
  • No wire or mesh flooring 
  • Adequate ventilation (no fish tanks, perspex tanks, fully wooden cages, etc) 
  • Guinea pig safe bedding such as fleece, Vet Bed, kiln dried wood shavings, Carefresh bedding, etc. (Other beddings such as paper pellet cat litter (cat litter may be used as hay tray lining), mulch or bark are not safe/recommended and will not be approved) 

Dietary Requirements: 

  • Must use nutritionally appropriate hay such as Rhodes Grassy, Barley, Oaten, or Timothy hay in unlimited amounts (Lucerne/Alfalfa hay is only appropriate for guinea pigs under the age of 6 months) 
  • Must feed nutritionally appropriate pellets such as Oxbow, Vetafarm Origins, Science Selective or Burgess. No other brands of pellets will be approved.  
  • Must feed safe fruit and vegetables (safe food list can be found on our Facebook page) 
  • Water must be accessible at all times 

Other Requirements: 

  • Adoptee must be over the age of 18 (minors must have permission from a responsible adult)
  • Adoptee should acknowledge the care, funds and effort that goes into keeping guinea pigs and be prepared to take responsibility for the animal’s well being.