Knoxville Guinea Pig Rescue
As of May 20th, 2015 we have a waiting list for owner surrendered guinea pigs. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always preference will be given to pregnant or nursing moms and babies under 2 months.
Please remember we are a volunteer organization with families, careers, and other obligations beyond the rescue. If you email us, you will NOT get an immediate response back. We will respond to all emails within 48 hours, with the exception of major holidays that may delay our response. Thank you for your understanding.
We now require that individuals surrendering guinea pigs give a monetary gift ,or gift card to Agri Feed, Walmart, or Kroger to help offset the cost of caring for them until they are adopted. A fee of $15.00 for single pigs and $25.00 for a pair will be collected when surrendering the guinea pigs. If you need a guinea pig, please feel free to contact us and we will find you just the right one. We always need foster homes!!
We almost always have a single guinea pig or bonded pair in a demo cage at Agri Feed and Pet Supply, at 5716 Middlebrook Pike. The animals there are available for adoption by contacting us. Agri Feed is the only pet store in the Knoxville area that does not sell animals! They have graciously hosted a demo cage for us for years and are commited to helping homeless animals find good homes!!
THANK YOU AGRI FEED!!!
Who We Are
Knoxville Guinea Pig Rescue is a family run rescue that opened in June 2001 by Janet Adams and her three children.
Peggy Barron is the Coordinator bringing over 40 years of Guinea Pig experience with her. She alone has 18 of her own and has been fostering for KGPR for five years. Grady, her husband is affectionately known as the Guinea Pig Whisperer because of his unique talent at socializing guinea pigs.
As of January 1, 2011, we have taken in and placed over 1275 Guinea Pigs. We only accept guinea pigs.
Many of them had been abandoned at the local animal shelters or pet shops. Most were pets bought for children who eventually lost interest in them well before the end of their 5-8 year (or longer) lifetime. Due to this problem we will adopt as pets for children (over 6) ONLY if an adult is equally interested and realizes that the responsibility for this animal will ultimately be the adults. Many of our animals are adopted as pets for adults.
Adopting a friend
We require an application and interview to insure our animals go to homes committed to providing a safe, loving, and permanent environment for them.
Our adoption contract requires that our animals will not be bred and will be housed indoors in an appropriate cage. Aquariums are not appropriate housing for Guinea Pigs due to the very small floor space and limited air flow. Wire bottom cages are too hard on tender little feet (piggies need to snuggle in soft bedding). They need to be provided with daily fresh water, hay, guinea pig pellets, vitamin C, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Our adoption fees for guinea pigs are $40.00 for a single, $60 for a pair, $65 for a neutered male or spayed female, $80 for a neutered male of spayed female and another piggy.
ALL OF OUR ADOPTABLE GUINEA PIGS ARE VET CHECKED AND TREATED FOR ANY HEALTH ISSUES BEFORE THEY ARE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION. Each guinea pig also comes with a helpful starter kit. The fee helps us with food, bedding, Veterinary care and medicines. This allows us to continue helping more animals, but doesn't begin to cover what we spend to help them. Thanks to Lovell Animal Hospital and Dr. Rosemary Jones of Seymour Veterinary Clinic for taking such good care of our guinea pigs.
Thanks to Petfinder for Ingrid Rice's nice graphic of a long haired guinea pig!
Knoxville Guinea Pig Rescue
IN ORDER FOR US TO EXPEDITE YOUR ADOPTION PROCESS, PLEASE EMAIL US FOR AN APPLICATION AT THE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW. ONCE YOU HAVE FILLED IT OUT, AND EMAILED IT BACK WE WILL CONTACT YOU AND ADDRESS ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE.
updated March 28, 2016
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