Knoxville Guinea Pig Rescue

PO Box 834

Powell, TN 37849

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As is the case with many rescues, we are all too often asked to rescue more guinea pigs than we are able to care for. It is our goal to reduce the number of surrendered guinea pigs in East Tennessee through education and advocacy. We are almost always at capacity and are only able to take in a limited number of owner surrenders. If you would like to be added to our owner surrender waiting list, please email us at 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. .

If you are in need of surrendering a guinea pig, please fill out our surrender form at and email us your completed form. Alternatively, you can print the PDF, scan it, and email it to us. We also ask that a surrender fee of $45.00 be given to help offset of the cost of care while in rescue.

Who We Are

Knoxville Guinea Pig Rescue is a foster 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 has several guinea pigs of her own and has been fostering for K.G.P.R for 10 years. Grady, her husband is affectionately known as the Guinea Pig Whisperer because of his unique talent at socializing guinea pigs.

As of September, 25th 2017 we have taken in and placed over 1500 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 ONLY adopt as pets for children (over 6) if an adult is equally interested and realizes that the responsibility for this animal will ultimately be the adults. Many of our piggies are adopted as pets for adults. We almost always have a single guinea pig or bonded pair of pigs in a demo cage at Agri Feed Pet Supply, at 5716 Middlebrook Pike. The animals there are available for adoption by contacting us at or by filling out an application at the store. 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 committed to helping homeless animals find good homes!!



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 their 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 or 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. The adoption fee helps us with food, bedding, Veterinary care and medicines. This allows us to continue helping more guinea pigs, but doesn't begin to cover what we spend to help them. Thank You to The Animal Emergency and Specialty Center, The Avian & Exotic Veterinary Services of Knoxville, and Lovell Animal Hospital, 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 VISIT OUR WEBSITE WWW.KNOXVILLEGUINEAPIGRESCUE.ORG AND DOWNLOAD AN ADOPTION APPLICATION FROM THE "PRINTABLES" TAB. Once you have completed your application, please email it to us at or mail it to: KGPR PO Box 834 Powell, TN 37849. Once we have received and reviewed your application, we will contact you and answer any questions you may have.


updated September 23, 2017

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