Friday, September 17, 2010

Cavies by the Dozen: A Happy Ending

By Jamie Emming, Satellite Adoption Manager

We celebrate animals of all sizes at HSSV, so when we received 21 guinea pigs, we knew just what to do to find them homes of their own.

Guinea pigs love being together. Guinea pig aficionados call them “love potatoes” because of how affectionate they are with each other and their people. They even have their own guinea pig language of squeaks, wheaks, and chirps. So, we knew that if we could highlight their natural “lovability,” people would realize what great pets they make.

At HSSV’s Satellite Adoption Center, in PETCO at the El Paseo de Saratoga Shopping Center, we set up a special area for the guineas. It was complete with hay boxes, toys, hideouts, and lots of open room to chase each other around and squeal with delight. The guineas had a blast playing and cuddling together. To our delight, in just eight days we found homes for 18 guinea pigs!

Of course, this means we are still searching for loving families to adopt the remaining three guineas from this group and many others that we rescue year round. They are smart, social, great for apartment-living, and would do well with children. They can be clicker trained (read this great PDF article) and even learn how to navigate pig agility courses. There really is no limit to what these little guys can do!

Interested in adopting? Check out our available pocket pets.

1 comment:

  1. This blog makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Cavies are great! Good work at PETCO, Jamie and the team!