Welcome To The Critter Connection
The Critter Connection, Inc., based in Connecticut, specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of guinea pigs. We also assist other individuals or groups who need to find homes for their pets due to unforeseen circumstances by listing their pets on our Petfinder Web site. Many of the guinea pigs on our Adoptables list are housed at The Critter Connection or one of its foster homes.
Guardian Angels Desperately Needed
Things have been tough the last three years. The economy slowed down the donations that help us keep our doors open. Some of our regular donors are unable to make any donations at all, while others are making smaller and/or less frequent ones. Summertime is always a slow time for adoptions and donations; this summer has been even tougher as our primary caregiver has been on medical leave. We've been unable to take in surrenders and had to temporarily suspend adoptions until she is back on her feet. In the one dozen adoptions we've done directly out of people's homes, only one adopter made a donation; the other adopters and the surrendering homes did not make donations even though we spent substantial time reviewing applications, screening adopters by phone, and so forth.
With 20 permanent residents, including seniors and special needs pigs, we have drained our financial resources and are using personal income to keep the pigs fed and healthy. With the bad economy, some of the pigs we adopted out have come back to us as financially struggling families have had to surrender pets they can no longer afford to care for. Many of these pigs are seniors and are difficult to place with new families, which means they will likely become sanctuary pigs. The more sanctuary pigs we have, the less space we have for more easily adoptable guinea pigs. The fewer adoption fees we bring in, the fewer funds we have available to care for all the pigs in the rescue.
The rescue's board is fighting to find ways to keep the rescue funded. We badly need donations to help with the approximately $800 in monthly expenses for food, hay, fresh veggies and fruit, cage bedding, and medical care. We also need loving homes that understand 4- and 5-year-old guinea pigs can still offer loving, charming companionship for potentially several more years -- and that whatever time you do have with these pigs is a precious gift.
To make a donation, you can use the PayPal button on this page. If you are interested in adopting guinea pigs, please check our adoptables list or contact us directly.
To find a list of lovable, adoptable critters at Connecticut's original guinea pig rescue, go to: