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.
THE RESCUE ACCEPTS PAYPAL
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 June 9, 2022, we are accepting hamsters, gerbils, and mice. We are currently NOT accepting guinea pigs, chinchillas or pet rats. 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.
Go to the House Rabbit website at www.rabbit.org, 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.
ARE YOU AN AMAZON CUSTOMER?
If you are an amazon customer and you would like a percentage of your purchases to come to the rescue, simply go to smile.amazon.com and select the North Jersey Guinea Pig and Hamster Rescue, Inc. as your charity. Every penny we receive goes directly to the care and comfort of the animals. We also have a wish list on Amazon Smile!
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
Cage Bedding (no cedar or corn cob)
Fragrance Free laundry detergent
MEMORIALS and SPECIAL DONATIONS
A donation was received from 7 year old Fiona who says: Rapunzel was a very cute and very nice hamster. And I miss her. Love, Fiona
We received a donation from Voorhees Middle School- VMS SpiritWear in honor of Erin's and Zach's B'Nai Mitzvah!!
We have received several donations for the Betty White Challenge, in honor of a wonderful lady and great friend to all animals, on what would have been her 100th birthday.. Thank you to all the donors!!
A gift was received from Susan in loving memory of Ginger on her birthday.
We received a donation from Jessica in loving memory of Ziggy, Iggy and Dottie.
A gift was received from Thomas and family. His message is "We love Ben and Jerry!"
Thank you to Bryanna for her donation, in honor of Maui.
We received a donation from Maureen in loving memory of Myrtle.
A gift was received in memory of Callie, given by Andrea and Roger.
A donation was received from Kathy, in honor of John's birthday.
We received a donation from Elizabeth and family, in honor of Cookie, Moo, Butter and Charlie.
A memorial gift was received by Steven and Amy from Somerville, NJ, in loving memory of their son, David.
We received a memorial contribution given by James, in memory of Max.
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.
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