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North Jersey Guinea Pig and Hamster Rescue, Inc.

Budd Lake, NJ

Our Mission

Founded in 2005, the North Jersey Guinea Pig and Hamster Rescue, Inc. was created to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home unwanted guinea pigs, hamsters, chinchillas, gerbils, pet rats, mice and other pocket pets. We are a "no kill" shelter that seeks to place these animals in loving homes, no matter how long it takes. We are located in Budd Lake, NJ.

You may make a donation by clicking on the link above our adoption application.

GOING ON VACATION? We offer boarding services. For $10 a day per cage, we provide unlimited timothy hay/pellets, a bowl of fresh greens/veggies twice daily, daily cage cleaning and a nail trim if needed.

IF YOU NEED TO SURRENDER AN ANIMAL TO THE RESCUE, as of December 3, 2023, we are accepting hamsters, gerbils and mice. We are accepting guinea pigs from a waiting list. If you have one of the types of animals we are not currently accepting, please send us an email with the type and number of animals, and gender if known. We will add your name to the waiting list and contact you as soon as we have an opening. Please know we do not euthanize due to lack of space. This requires that we stop taking animals for short periods when there is no additional cage space here.

Please do not list pets for free on Craigslist or other classified ads. Many of these animals will be used as snake food or pit bull bait. Please ask for a modest re-homing fee. This will help ensure your pet goes to a home where it will be loved and well cared for.

We just starting going to Montville Animal Hospital. Dr. Kara is very knowledgeable about exotics and very kind as well. The address is 6 Whitehall Road, in Towaco. The phone number is 973-335-8007
or you can go to the House Rabbit website at, where they have a list of vets for your state and/or county.
We recommend Oxbow brand pellets and hay. They are high quality, timothy based products.

We ask $35 for a single guinea pig, $55 for a pair and $65 for a trio. For a syrian hamster, we ask $15, for a pair of gerbils or dwarf hamsters $20.

We recommend a minimum cage size of 32" by 20" for a single piggie, 36" by 20" for a pair of females and 39" by 20" for a pair of males. Ideally, you should obtain the largest cage you have room for. The rescue has gently used cages available for an additional donation to the rescue. Each cage comes with a hidey house, food bowls, water bottle with holder and a sleep sack/cuddle cup.

Most cage beddings are safe to use with the exception of cedar (toxic fumes) and corn cob (easily ingested and can cause digestive blockages)

The rescue can always use:
Oxbow or Small Pet Select Timothy hay/pellets
Hamster/Gerbil Food
Cage Bedding (no cedar or corn cob)
Fragrance Free laundry detergent
White vinegar


A donation was received from Nikki in loving memory of Dawn Cutrofello and her piggies, especially Hoagie ♥.

We received a contribution from Kathryn, in memory of Dawn Cutrofello.

We received a donation from Daphne, in loving memory of Dawn Cutrofello.

A donation was received from Tracy and Brent Sanchez, in memory of Dawn Cutrofello.

A donation was received from Kathy, "as a birthday gift to John, my fellow rescuer".

We received a donation from Victoria in memory of Clementine.

A donation was received by Bryanna and Project Save 2 Lives in honor of Maui's 7th birthday!!

We received a memorial donation from Erin: Happy Heavenly Birthday to Tonks, Myrtle and Luna!

A donation was received from Jennifer "on behalf of my cousin Darren who lost his beloved hamster, Tater. May God bless all the beautiful animals."

A memorial gift was received in memory of Cocoa and S'mores with love from Robyn, Allison, Beth and Jeff.

A special "Thank You" to Susan B from Bayonne for her donation in Memory of Ginger on her birthday.

A donation was received from Steve and Amy of Somerville, NJ, in memory or their son David

We received an anonymous donation "in memory of all abandoned, neglected and abused animals".

We received a donation from Elizabeth and family in honor of therapy guinea pigs, Cookie and Moo and their groupies: Butter and Charlie.

Erin sent us a donation to celebrate Giving Tuesday, in memory of Tonks, Luna and Myrtle.

We received a donation from Stella in memory of her precious friend and hamster, Bambi.

A gift was received from Erin in memory of "my beloved Luna".



Thank you to P'ninah for her donation "in honor of the beautiful and unique bond between Sam and Peaches!!
Thank you to the Warm Hearts Warm Lives 4-H club and Team Redeem for their fundraising that resulted in the donation of cash and supplies to the rescue animals!!

A donation was received in honor of Strawberry, given by the Lynch family.

Adoption Policy

Just fill out an adoption application. As soon as I receive it, we can set up a convenient time for you and your family to come meet/adopt the animal(s) of your choice.

We ask $35 for a single piggie, $55 for a pair, $15 for a hamster and $20 for a pair of gerbils/dwarf hamsters

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