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Our Mission

Austin Guinea Pig Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehoming guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, mice, degus and hedgehogs in the Austin, Texas area. All of our animals are in private foster homes and an application is required. The adoption fee for guinea pigs is $30, for hamsters, gerbils and mice $15, for chinchillas, degus and hedgehogs is $65.

Adoption Policy

Please answer the following questions before deciding on your potential small animal (rabbit, guinea pig, chinchilla, hamster, gerbil or mouse). We try to ensure the best possible match between animal and adopter. Remember that this is a lifetime commitment. You will be asked to sign a legal contract when adopting one of our small animals and you must pay an adoption fee. This fee includes spaying or neutering (for rabbits and chinchillas only). The fees go directly to AGPR to help pay for upkeep and medical care. Keep in mind the following points:

The adopter must be within driving distance of Austin, Texas. We do not ship animals.
Small animals must be housed indoors. An onsite visit may be required.
Small animals may not be declawed.
We do not adopt rabbits or chinchillas to classroom situations.
Indoor chinchillas can live an average of 15-20 years, rabbits and guinea pigs 7-9 years, gerbils and mice 3-5 years, and hamsters 1-3 years. We are looking for those special adopters who will make every effort possible to keep their companion for the entire life of the small animal despite life style changes (divorce, moving, etc.).
Small animals may not be adopted as gifts. All members of a household should visit the prospective animal.
Rabbits and chinchillas will not be placed in a home where there is an unneutered or unspayed rabbit or chinchilla.
We do not adopt small animals to children. We do adopt to families. An adult must sign the adoption contract. Please do not have your children call or email. Applicants under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian apply on their behalf.

Please understand that the small animals available for adoption are all housed in foster homes. We do not have a shelter facility. We rely on the kindness of volunteers to care for and socialize our foster animals. Sometimes, if an animal has been fostered for a long period of time, a strong bond forms between the foster parent and the animal. The foster parent has the final determination in whether or not the animal will be relinquished into your custody.

Cancellation policy: We understand that sometimes emergencies happen, or you change your mind. We ask that you give us at least 24 hours' notice if you do not intend to keep your appointment. Cancellations of less than 24 hours are subject to a cancellation fee to compensate the volunteer for time spent getting ready for your visit.

The adoption fee for guinea pigs is $30, for hamsters, gerbils and mice $15, for chinchillas, degus and hedgehogs is $65.

We try to reply to all applications within 48-72 hours. If you have not received a phone call or email after 48 hours have passed, please email us at We will not contact you if the application is incomplete (i.e. you only fill out your contact information and possibly pet history).

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