What do I do if I don’t want my guinea pig anymore?

It’s a hard decision to decide that your guinea pigs can no longer live with you for various reasons. If you need to find a new home for your guinea pigs, consider the following:

Private rehoming

You can be as picky as you’d like with who are  your guinea pigs’ new family if you rehome them yourself. Use sites like GuineaPigFinder (LINK), join a guinea pig Facebook group for your area, or even Craigslist. Grill potential adopters, asking questions like “How big will their cage be?”, “Do you have other pets or children?”, “Have you had guinea pigs before?” to learn if their home is a good fit or not. Don’t be afraid to deny adopters. Tip: Don’t offer your guinea pigs for free. It typically attracts the wrong type of owner and there have been reports of reptile owners looking for free food.

Guinea pig rescue

Google “guinea pig rescue near me”. Rescues that focus on guinea pigs or small pets are great at taking care of guinea pigs and finding forever homes for them. If you got your guinea pig from a rescue, often it’s in your adoption contract to return them to the rescue if you need to rehome.

Shelter

Please try to find a small pet rescue before surrendering to a shelter. They typically don’t have the resources to correctly care for guinea pigs. If you must, make sure they are a no-kill shelter. 

Do not release your guinea pigs into the wild.

The domesticated guinea pig cannot survive “in the wild.” Even if you are in a rural area that is most similar to their ancestor’s natural habitat, the purpose of guinea pigs in the wild is to be food for other animals. Your guinea pig will not survive if released on it’s own. Even if it could, they would be considered an invasive species. 

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