Following the recent passing of our beloved rattie girl, Sookie on May 12, 2013, our remaining rat, Bill is quite lonely and looking for a companion. Please contact us if you can help!
We have 12 baby Syrian hamsters, born on April 21, 2013. There are many colors available. Because Syrian hamsters are territorial, we ask they be housed one to a cage to prevent fighting and injury. We have 6 baby gerbils born about the same time as the hamsters. We ask they be adopted in same sex pairs or trios.
When Hurricane Sandy struck, we realized how helpless we were in a building that relies 100% on electricity. To prevent this situation from happening again, the rescue is requesting donations toward the purchase and installation of a vent free 32,000 BTU propane fireplace. Because of our open floor plan, and a ceiling fan in the upstairs "small rodent" room, warm air will circulate throughout the entire building. At least if the power goes out again, the animals can stay warm!! We estimate the cost of the fireplace, including propane tanks and installation will be approximately $1,200. !
For anyone who has a medical emergency with their pet or would just like a recommendation for a great guinea pig/hamster savvy vet, we recommend:
Dr. Paul Sedlacek and Dr. Joseph Powell at the Animal Clinic of Morris Plains at 3009 Route 10. Their phone number is: 973-539-2775. (guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and rats)
Dr. Deborah Adelsohn and Dr. Rebecca Lorig at the Community Animal Hospital on Route 53. Their phone number is: 973-267-4220. (guinea pigs and rats)
If you are looking for a vet outside of Morris County, please check out the House rabbit society website at www.rabbit.org. If you look under "vets", there will be an approved vet list by state and county. Most vets with special training in the care of rabbits are great with guinea pigs as well!
North Jersey Guinea Pig and Hamster Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 public charity, that is dedicated to saving the lives of unwanted and abandoned guinea pigs, hamsters, degus and other occasional pet rodents. We educate people about guinea pig, hamster and degu care, and try to find "forever" homes for the animals in our rescue, no matter how long it takes. We are a no-kill rescue that fosters guinea pigs, hamsters, degus and other pet rodents in a network of private homes. We do not support animal breeding and will only adopt singles or non-breeding pairs to loving homes where they will live as indoor pets. Hours are by appointment only.
While we prefer that all guinea pigs live with a buddy, there are a few animals that are very loving and cuddly with people, but simply do not want to live with another guinea pig. If you are interested in one guinea pig only, that you can shower with much love and attention, please ask. We may have the pet of your dreams waiting for you!
The rescue is run by 2 families: Carla from Budd Lake, NJ and Lisa from Rockaway!!
A SPECIAL thank you to Jill I. for her donation of supplies to the rescue as part of a school project!!
A VERY BIG thank you to Lillian and John from Boynton Beach, Florida for their extremely generous donation to our "Fireplace Fund" in memory of Momma and Baby!!
A HUGE thank you to Lily from Lebanon Twp. For the 2nd year in a row,she had a birthday party and collected food, and supplies for the animals in the rescue, instead of receiving presents for herself. She is our hero!!
A BIG thank you to Tractor Supply in Flanders, NJ for their generous donation of small animal food, hay and treats for our animals!!
A GIANT thank you to Rachel from Succasunna. She took some of the money she received for her birthday and bought food and supplies for the rescue. Thank you, Rachel!
A very special thank you to the Slobuski family who donated money collected in memory of Frank Slobuski.
THANK YOU to Chris from Pomona, NY. For his retirement party, in lieu of gifts, he requested donations to the rescue. We received $75 in donations!
The rescue would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Kaleigh Beyer of Newton, NJ. She held a fund raiser at her school for the animals in the rescue and raised $200 in donations! It shows how one person can make a huge difference in the life of a shelter pet! THANK YOU, KALEIGH!!
Thank you to Debbie from Patsy's Pet Stop in Totowa, NJ for her generous donation of food, hay and treats for our animals!!
Thank you to Lillian from Aberdeen, NJ for her wonderful gifts of bedding, hay and supplies!!
A Very Special Thank You to Dave and Tammy Jones of Jones Estate Cleanouts of Budd Lake, NJ for their very generous donation of towels for our paralyzed piggie, Mindy. They provide a wonderful service to families in northern NJ and are such nice people too!
The rescue mourns the loss of our beloved rattie girl, Sookie. She passed away on May 12, 2013 from recurring tumors. She was a gentle, sweet little animal and will be greatly missed.
A donation has been received in memory of Ginger, given by Susan and Tom of Bayonne, NJ!!
A donation has been received in memory of Princess and Speedi, given by Harold of Parsippany, NJ!!
A donation was received in memory of "our sweet little girl Brandy", given by Scott.
A donation was received in memory of Angel and Pigwidgeon, given by Tex and Donna.
A donation was made in memory of Momma and Baby, given by Lillian and John of Boynton Beach, FL.
A donation was made in memory of Timothena Minty on behalf of the Scaglione family in Rutherford, NJ.
A donation has been received in memory of Pancake, given by Kathy and family from Basking Ridge, NJ.
A donation has been received in memory of Pepper, given by Sue from Dracut, MA.
A donation has been received in memory of Sophia and Bunny, given by Nancy and family of Hillsborough, NJ.
A donation has been received in memory of Kali, given by Tracy and Edward of Hoboken, NJ.
If you see an animal you are interested in, email the rescue and let us know who you are considering. We will send you an application to fill out. Once your application is approved, we make arrangements for you to meet the animal of your choice. In a matter of a day or two, you can go home with a new friend!
We ask for a $35 donation to the rescue to adopt a guinea pig or degu, $55 for a pair, and $65 for a trio. It is a $15 donation to adopt a syrian hamster. For a dwarf hamster, we ask $10.
Occasionally we have new and gently used guinea pig and hamster supplies available. All proceeds go toward the care of the animals in the Rescue.
We frequently have gently used cages for either one or two guinea pigs. Just ask and we'll let you know what is currently available.
Gently used hamster set-up includes 10 gallon aquarium with lid and cage clamp, hidey house, exercise wheel, two food bowls and water bottle with hanger for donation of $50.
Want to build your own C&C cage. We have grids in different colors, $1 each, connectors free.
Please contact the rescue if you are interested in any of these items. They are located in Budd Lake, NJ!
If you have any questions about guinea pig care, I will be happy to answer them. Just send me an e-mail at email@example.com. In the meantime, I have placed guidelines below based on my most frequently asked questions pertaining to spay/neuter, housing, bedding and feeding.
While some vets routinely perform spaying and neutering on guinea pigs, it is our opinion that the procedure is too risky. Too many piggies die from the anesthesia or from post surgical complications. Instead of spaying/neutering, we prefer that every piggie has a friend of the same gender.
The cage you provide should not have a wire floor. This can injure the piggies' feet.
When planning a home for your guinea pigs, you should always buy the largest cage you can afford or build the largest cage you have room for. The website www.guineapigcages.com has detailed plans and instructions for building your own roomy cage at a fraction of the cost of petstore cages. These cages are durable, easy to clean and adjustable. If you are not handy, you can buy a cage through the website. We recommend you visit this site and take a look at the possibilities!
You may click on the following link to see an example of these cages which are in one of our foster homes. You may have to copy and paste the link. It is on the YOU TUBE web site. Enjoy- and feel free to leave a comment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHjG2UeUT6A
Cages should be cleaned with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water. It effectively dissolves urine, is nontoxic and doesn't leave an odor after it dries!
There are many options for bedding for your pet. We recommend any of the following: aspen bedding, kiln dried pine, Carefresh, Cellsorb, and Guardian Horse Bedding. You can also use fleece fabric in one yard lengths over a sheet of newspaper. The fleece and newspaper are changed each day. Launder the fabric in warm water WITH NO FABRIC SOFTENER and tumble dry low. It makes extra laundry, but is more economical than some of the commercial litters.
NEVER USE CEDAR The aromatic oils can irritate the eyes and breathing passages of the piggie.
We recommend Oxbow Hay products. They have a store locater on their website so that you can find a petstore near you that carries it or you can order on line. The freight cost is high, but it is so much cheaper by the pound than buying it from a store.
Guinea pigs are grazers, like horses. The most important part of their diet is unlimited access to grass hay, such as timothy hay or orchard grass. A high quality hay should make up 70% of the daily diet. This is important for guinea pigs of all ages. It keeps their digestive tract healthy. Try to buy hay that is green, soft and fresh smelling.
Another important aspect of a guinea pig diet is a high quality plain pellet enriched with vitamin C.
Guinea pigs should receive a small portion of greens daily. The most important is romaine lettuce. They also like leaf lettuce, cilantro, dandelion greens (non-pesticide treated, of course) and cucumber slices. To provide plenty of vitamin C each day, be sure your piggie receives some small pieces of red bell pepper or a thin slice of orange. Apples and carrots are very high in sugar and should be fed in small amounts, but the piggies really do love them the best!
Foods to be given sparingly include spinach, parsley, and kale. They are all high in oxalic acid, which may cause bladder stones.
Foods to avoid include onions and garlic(toxic), iceberg lettuce (has no nutritional value and may cause diarrhea), raisins (very high in sugar), potatoes,dried fruits,(may have too much sugar and preservatives), seeds(may cause a choking hazard), bread and cereal.
A more detailed list of satisfactory and unsatisfactory foods may be found at www.guinealynx.com.
Like humans, guinea pig bodies cannot manufacture their own vitamin C so it needs to be supplemented. That is why we recommend a pellet food enriched with vitamin C. Bell peppers and oranges also provide this necessary nutrient. In addition, we recommend GNC 100 mg chewable vitamin C tablets. We break them into quarters so the guinea pig receives 25 - 30 mgs every day. Most of my piggies take it as a treat once a day.
Guinea pigs are very good at disguising when they are not feeling well. It is a behavior that is very helpful in the wild, but can be very frustrating to a caring pet owner. For this reason, we recommend the piggies be weighed every week, and a written record kept. Usually the first sign of a serious problem is a slow, steady loss of weight. Use a kitchen scale that weighs in grams. Bed, Bath and Beyond has wonderful scales that are quite affordable. It is normal for the weight to go up and down, but if you notice a downward trend, pay closer attention to your pig and if necessary, seek veterinary care. Vets love the weight data too. It helps them do their job even better, which means your piggie will have the best chance to get well! The Guinea Pig Society Are you looking for an internet forum to ask questions about guinea pigs or to share a story with other guinea pig owners? We recommend The Guinea Pig Society. It is on Yahoo Groups and is made up of guinea pig owners, lovers, and breeders from all over the world. They are smart and nice folks too!
The Guinea Pig Society
Are you looking for an internet forum to ask questions about guinea pigs or to share a story with other guinea pig owners? We recommend The Guinea Pig Society. It is on Yahoo Groups and is made up of guinea pig owners, lovers, and breeders from all over the world. They are smart and nice folks too!
Habitrail type habitats are colorful and expandable, but they are very hard to keep clean. I prefere an ordinary 10 gallon aquarium with a screen cover. Be sure to invest in cage clips to keep the cover securely in place because hamsters are notorious escape artists. It is easier to prevent an escape than to have to capture an escapee. In the aquarium, provide a food dish, water bowl, wooden house for privacy, and an exercise wheel.
Any commercial hamster food is fine. I prefer the Oxbow Healthy Handfuls. Try to avoid mixes that have colored sugary shapes. They are all sugar and no nutirion. A small piece of carrot, cucumber, apple or red bell pepper can be given as a treat.
Be sure to provide an 8 ounce water bottle. Fill with fresh water daily. Press your finger tip against the sipper tube morning and night to make sure there is no air trapped inside the bottle and the water can flow.
To protect your hamster's feet, be sure to use a safe wheel. Wodent brand wheels are nice. They can be ordered on the internet and are endorsed by the ASPCA. Wheels with a mesh running surface are fine too. For a syrian hamster, an 8 inch diameter wheel is ideal. For a dwarf hamster, use a 4 inch wheel.
These are fun to get the hamster out of the cage and let them run around on the floor. They need to be supervised because sometimes the little door can come off the ball and the hamster can escape. The ball can also become wedged under furniture. They should not be inside the ball for more than 20 minutes at a time.
Please avoid cedar and pine shavings. The aromatic oils that give these shavings their nice smell can irritate the eyes and breathing passages of your hamster. I like aspen bedding, Carefresh, Cellsosrb, and other odorless, paper-based bedding.
Do spot cleaning every day. Hamsters usually pick one place to relieve themselves. Clean the entire cage once a week, dump out the bedding and wipe the cage down with 1 part white vinegar to one part hot water. Dry thoroughly.
Please provide your degu with an occasional dust bath. Chinchilla dust will work fine.
We recommend aspen bedding.