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This year Wheek Care Guinea Pig Rescue has had a record number of surrenders and we are bursting at the seams. If you or someone you know is able to do long term foster (several months) for a pair or trio, please contact us. We will supply the C&C cage, medical coverage and a generous amount of hay to get you started. All you need to supply is the greens, time and love that these little critters need. If you aren't sure if guinea pigs are the right pet for you and don't want to invest money until you are sure, then fostering to adopt is the perfect program for you. You can pick out your furry friends and foster them for 4 to 6 weeks, and if you decide that you want to keep them, then all we need to do is to turn the foster application into an adoption contract. Adoption fees will still apply.

JUST BECAUSE A GUINEA PIG ISN'T A BABY, DOESN'T MEAN THEY DON'T HAVE A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE AHEAD OF THEM. THEY CAN LIVE ON THE AVERAGE OF 5 TO 7 YEARS, AND USUALLY LONGER WITH PROPER CARE AND NUTRITION.... AND ALL OF THEM DESERVE TO KNOW LOVE AND A PERMANENT HOME. WHEEK CARE GUINEA PIG RESCUE HAS MANY ADULT AND SENIOR GUINEA PIGS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION, BUT SINCE THEY ARE RARELY REQUESTED, WE DON'T POST THEM ON PETFINDER. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING AN OLDER PAIR OF WONDERFUL FURRY COMPANIONS, PLEASE CONTACT US.

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Being social animals, even though they may love their humans, guinea pigs really love having their own kind around. For this reason, we only adopt guinea pigs in pairs or trios. Personally, I prefer trios for the simple reason that when piggies become bonded with each other, if one piggie should pass, the other pig can go into a depression and die from sadness. I've seen it happen far too often. But if you have 3 piggies to a C&C cage, the other 2 piggies have each other and it lessens the pain of the loss of their friend. One more pig doesn't add that much more to the cost of bedding or food, and it does so much to help keep your fur-ever piggies happy. Wheek Care Guinea Pig Rescue has piggies that have been surrendered for various reasons. It's not uncommon for this to happen within a month or two from Easter, Valentine's Day, Christmas or during the summer. Parents get their kids a guinea pig, only to find out that they require much more care than a hamster or a mouse and they never thought about what they would do with them when the family went on vacation; and suddenly the guinea pig is looking for a new home. Another reason why piggies have to be given up are because of allergies. A guinea pig is adopted, and suddenly a family member develops allergies to either the guinea pig or the hay, and are forced to find a new home for their furry friend. Before giving up a pig because of allergies, please make sure it's not the hay that the allergy is to. Hay purchased at pet stores is much more dusty than hay purchased by the bale and there is a huge difference in quality. Before surrendering your pet because of allergies, find a feed store and buy a bale of hay and try that. Not only is it not as dusty, but a bale of hay is usually under $5.....a huge savings from pet store hay.

We STRONGLY recommend doing research before adopting your furry forever friend. Take family members to rescues and have them interact with the animal before adopting, to make sure there will be no issues. And talk to experts on the animals. Pet store employees (generally just kids working to make a few dollars) know NOTHING about the animals they are paid to sell. Any rescue would be willing to spend time with families looking to adopt. We would much rather know that the animal is going to be a good fit for the family and there would be no health issues. It's so much easier on the families and the animals. Relocations are hard on the cavies, and very confusing for them. They become attached to their humans and suddenly their life is turned upside down when they are surrendered. So please do your homework before getting a guinea pig. There have been countless times when a pig has been so bonded to their humans that when they were surrendered, they went into a depression, quit eating, and in a few cases, even died. So please don't take pet ownership lightly. I promise, you won't be sorry.

Every year several hundred guinea pigs enter our rescue, looking for that special "FOREVER" home. They come in all shapes, sizes and ages, but the one thing that is always the same, they are just looking for that special family to become a part of. Please don't let the age of one of these wonderful little creatures keep you from looking into adopting them. Since guinea pigs can live for a minimum of 5 -- 7 years, there is still many years left to spend with them. They all deserve and need to be loved. Won't you consider giving two (or maybe three) guinea pigs a forever home. We have several pairs or trios who are 2 and 3 years old, and very healthy. They are just looking for the right family to not care that they aren't babies, and all they want is love. If you think you might want to consider an older pair or trio, we will be happy to give you more information on the available pairings.

Adopting a friend

We use and require all of our guinea pig adopters to use the C & C cage method as a home for their guinea pigs. Pet store cages are far too small for one guinea pig as a permanent home, and totally unacceptable for a pair or more. Wheek Care Guinea Pig Rescue is able to help potential adopters get 4' x 8' coroplast at wholesale prices; and comes in 13 different colors; and we will be happy to supply simple instrutions on the cage's construction. Guinea pigs are vegetarians, and love almost all green leaf veggies. A happy cavy (another name for guinea pig) gets a steady diet of green leaffy veggies such as romaine, kale, parsley, endive, green and red leaf lettuce (but not iceberg lettuce, as it has no nutritional value). For an all around diet, add bell peppers (high in Vitamin C), chopped raw beets (great for their kidneys) and just about any other fruit or vegetables. Guinea pigs love variety. If you are interested in obtaining a complete list of veggies and fruits that piggies like, please email me and I will be happy to send it to you. Guinea pigs should always have timothy or bluegrass hay available. I don't use pellets for guinea pigs as long as they have a good diet of hay and fruits and vegetables. Bad quality pellets are pellets that have the ingredient "ethoxiquan" in them. They are a known cancer causing agent and should be avoided at all cost. Also, the prettier a bag of pellets looks, the more they should be avoided. And believe it or not, CARROTS should only be fed in moderation. Carrots can cause kidney/bladder stones, so please feed carrots only on an occasional basis. If you have any questions on guinea pigs, their diets, possible illnesses, proper caging, etc., please email me. I will be happy to help.

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WHEEK CARE GUINEA PIG RESCUE is located at 429 Esther Avenue, New Kensington, PA 15068.

We are a home based rescue. Hours by appointment only, weekday evenings and weekends. To set up an appointment, please contact Julene @ Wheek Care Guinea Pig Rescue
New Kensington, PA 15068
Text / Phone: (724)448-2107

Email: julene312@verizon.net

COURTESY PLEASE! PLEASE BE ON TIME FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT! We schedule our appointments every 60 to 90 minutes, so punctuality is very important.

We request a minimum non-refundable donation of $25 per guinea pig that is adopted, or $40 per pair or trio. This minimal donation is used to offset the medical and maintenance costs of the guinea pigs, and is greatly appreciated. Click here for a list of pets at this shelter




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