But the adoptable pigs aren't going to be left high and dry. We have six wonderful, trustworthy foster homes, that of Serena in Rhinelander, Monica in Waupaca, Nicola in Spring Green, Mary in northern Illinois, Emily and Vinod in Madison,and Charlene in Janesville. All are dedicated and knowledgeable guinea pig caretakers and we all work together to coordinate shelter pick-ups and transportation to potential adopters. We are also looking to recruit more foster parents, so if you'd like to provide food and board for a needy guinea pig or two, please contact me!
We are also looking for foster homes who can take in "sanctuary" pigs so they have a home to the end of their lives. These are pigs who have chronic medical problems, are elderly, or are unadoptable for some other reason. Their care is costly and I hope our supporters will help us with that.
As always, we are not here to take in guinea pigs from people whose kids are bored with them or some other lame reason--I'll give you ideas for placement, but don't expect me to take on your responsibility.
Our main need is help with veterinary expenses. Each foster home uses a different cavy-savvy vet for their charges. If you would like to contribute, you can use our Paypal link, or if you'd rather send it directly to the clinic on our behalf, contact me for our foster parents' vets and their addresses.
I have lost count of how many guinea pigs and other animals have been placed since 2000, but it's well over 500. We don't euthanize for space; even the bratty ones get to stay either until they are adopted or the natural end of their life.
Since we are a group of private homes/shelters for guinea pigs, the procedure is not like a pet store where you plunk down $27.99 and walk away with a new pet. Care is taken to make sure that the right home is matched up with the right animal.
There are already too many unwanted guinea pigs in the world. I will not adopt to anyone who is planning on breeding guinea pigs. Please don't fill out the application and try to fool me. I got a brand-new BS detector for Christmas.
The adoption fee is $25 for one guinea pig and $35 for two. All guinea pigs have had a thorough examination, vet care if needed, and have been treated for parasites. The adoption fee includes a Cavy Health Record Book, which is also available for purchase from GuineaLynx. I do not own GuineaLynx nor do I receive any money from the sale of Cavy Health Record Books.
Adopters must have or plan on a suitable (read: spacious) cage for their new pet. My concept of "spacious" and yours may differ! This is non-negotiable. See Cavy Cages for ideas on easy cages you can make yourself!