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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 September 3, 2019, we are accepting gerbils, hamsters and mice,. We are not accepting guinea pigs, rats, chinchillas and degus. We are working from a waiting list and will take your animals as soon as we can. If you need to surrender one or more animals, please send us an email with the species, number of animals and gender (if known) and we will get back to you quickly with an estimate of when we can accept them.

Please know we do not euthanize due to lack of space.

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.

If you are looking for a great pet savvy vet, we recommend our rescue's vet, The Animal Clinic of Morris Plains at 3009 Route 10 East in Morris Plains. Too far from Morris Plains? Go to the House Rabbit website at, where they have a list of vets for your state and/or county.

Small Pet Select is a wonderful hay company. Go to If you input the code of NJGP, you will receive free shipping on your order. FIfteen percent of your order will be donated to the rescue.

We also recommend Oxbow brand pellets and hay. They are high quality, timothy based products.

If you are an amazon customer and you would like a percentage of your purchases to come to the rescue, simply go to 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 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 memorial gift was received in memory of Wendy, given by Tuvana, Allison and Anil.

A memorial donation was received in memory of Cannoli, loved and missed by the Shapiro family.

A donation was given in memory of Millie, Mama Said and Whistle Pig, by Victoria from Stonington, CT.

A donation in memory of Ginger's birthday was received from Susan from Bayonne, NJ.
A memorial donation was received from Kelvin and family in loving memory of Puesha.
A memorial donation was received by Felipe from Clifton, NJ: "In memory of our beloved guinea pig son Rafael Ruperto who left this world on December memory of our beautiful angel who we love with all of our hearts and deeply miss every day."

We received a memorial contribution from Erin Ann in loving memory of Guinea Pig "Tucker Chesterton" from Long Island, NY.


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.

Thank you to a great friend of the rescue, Julie M. for her donation of a fan and extension cord when our old fan stopped in the middle of the heat wave!! Thank you , Julie for always looking out for us!

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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