Adopt A Guinea Pig Terms And Conditions
Please read through the adoption terms and conditions guide (below).
We ask for a minimum adoption donation fee of...
£20 for a single un-neutered guinea pig (To be bonded with an existing piggy)
£30 for a single neutered male
£30 for a bonded pair of same sex piggies
£45 for a bonded pair of neutered male and un-neutered female guinea pigs.
For trio's/ small groups which occasionally become available for adoption, please email for suggested adoption donation fee's.
Terms and Conditions
The guinea pigs that are available for adoption have often already had a tough start in life. We have a responsibility to ensure that people wishing to adopt one of our piggies are the right ones, we would hate to see the same fate happening again. Please read through this guide if you are considering adopting a guinea pig.
First of all, we are looking for homes where the piggies will be loved and can live a happy, stress free life. Please do not be too judgemental of our guinea pigs, they are not show animals and may not be a particular 'type' you were hoping for. They will, however, be health checked and treated for any complaints. They will be well bonded in happy pairs/small groups unless they are single and looking to be paired with a lonely existing piggy. We are always happy to advise which piggies may be best suited to your family.
Please give careful consideration to adopting the guinea pig if any member of the family has asthma or an allergy.
Please ensure that you have a home for the guinea pig that is at least 4ft wide. (5ft for trio's of piggies) Hutches should be off the ground, preferably kept in an insulated, ventilated outbuilding/ shed during the colder winter months.. The home will need regular cleaning, water changed daily, dry food will need to be kept in a heavy dish to prevent spillage and hay will need to be available in abundance. Please make sure that you have the hutch/indoor cage ready for when the guinea pig comes home. The guineas accomodation will need to be checked by us, via email, before adoption.
Be prepared to provide a run for the guinea pig, during the warmer months, as piggies enjoy grazing. Ensure that there is a covered end to the run, to shade in the sun, and preferably a floored nest box in case of showers. Please ensure the hutch and run are secure against foxes and other predators. Introduce the piggies gradually to the grass, short visits outdoors at first and building up slowly.
A care sheet will be sent home with each guinea pig adopted with details of suggested bedding and diet. Please remember that guinea pigs need dry food and a daily feed of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Guinea pigs should not be housed with rabbits, due to different dietary needs and potential injury. However, guinea pigs do prefer to live with a companion and our piggies are to be adopted in bonded pairs wherever possible.
Milhaven guinea pigs will not be adopted out for breeding purposes. There are hundreds of piggies abandoned every year without adding to the population.
We would expect that new owners will have the same view.
Your new pet will have to be registered at a veterinary surgery, guinea pigs are pretty healthy if looked after well but its always a good idea to register them just in case.
If at any time you can no longer care for your guinea pig, we ask you to please return the pet to us, please do not rehome it elsewhere.
We are only a phone call or an email away should you need any advice or information after adopting one of our guinea pigs.
Thank you for taking time to read this guide
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