Guide to rescues in the US and Canada

When prospective piggy parents are on the lookout for their furry best friends, they can choose between pet shops, breeders, and adoption. Those who want to support an important cause often decide to adopt their piggies from a shelter or rescue - a win-win situation for the new cavy carers, their new companions, and the rescue they’re supporting.

There are many adorable rescued guinea pigs out there, looking for a loving family due to no fault of their own. If you want to put a smile on some piggy faces and give them a reason to popcorn, offer a furever home to rescue guinea pigs for adoption!

If you’re thinking about adopting your pigs, you’ve probably got a lot of questions, like why should I go through a rescue center for guinea pigs, how do I find a rescue for guinea pigs near me, and where to rescue guinea pigs from. We’ve got the ultimate guide to direct you on your guinea pig rescue mission, including a fantastic map where you can locate your nearest guinea pig rescue in the USA and Canada.

Guinea pig eating some pellets on a bed of hay

Is There a Guinea Pig Rescue Near Me?

We’ve probably all seen adoption requests for dogs and cats on the lookout for their fur-ever home. But a lot of rescues actually rehome all sorts of pets - and small furries, like guinea pigs, are among the floofers that often need to find new homes. If you’re wondering, ‘Are any rescue centers for guinea pigs near me?’, we’ve definitely got a few for you!

Remember that you don’t have to adopt your rescued guinea pig from a place that only deals with piggies, as long as you’re happy to research the right care for your new companions. Most local shelters have rescue guinea pigs for adoption, so it’s worth getting in touch with them.

Sadly, many guinea pig rescues have been overrun with help requests recently, as people have realized they can no longer care for their cavies. So if you’re in a position to adopt floofers in need of a home, you’re giving yourself and your pigs a reason to popcorn, while helping the rescue make room for more pets in need.

Let’s take a look at this map of rescue centers for guinea pigs near you!

Our Map of Recommended Rescue Centers for Guinea Pigs in the USA and Canada

Map of the USA and Canada with highlighted guinea pig rescues

Click here to head over to the map and locate your nearest guinea pig rescue.

I have a guinea pig rescue that I want to recommend. Can it be added to your map?

Of course! We want to keep our list of rescue centers for guinea pigs as updated as possible, so those looking for rescue guinea pigs for adoption know where to go. We’d love to hear your recommendations.

If you know of a stellar guinea pig rescue that’s not on our list, please contact our lovely team and we’ll update the map. Thank you!

Guinea Pig Rescues in the United States


Junipers Guinea Pig Rescue

PO Box 772705 Eagle River, Alaska 99577




Grandma's Animals Shop and Education

10721 Highway 5, Cabot, AR, United States, Arkansas

+1 501-613-8210 


The Pips Wheekery  

10721 HIGHWAY 5 CABOT, Arkansas 72023




Arizona Humane Society

Phoenix, Arizona 85041, 



AZ Guinea Pig Rescue

Phoenix, Arizona 85374,



AZ Guinea Pigs Rescue

West Valley Surprise, Arizona 85374, 



Home Sweet Hammy Home

Tucson, Arizona 85730




Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter (BUNS)

5473 Overpass Rd. Santa Barbara, California 93111,  




Cavy House Guinea Pig Rescue

La Honda, California 94020 


Cavy Spirit Guinea Pig Rescue

San Mateo, California 94404



Down to Earth Urban Farm & Sanctuary

1022 5th St, Sanger, California 93657



Flutterby Exotics Rescue

Gustine, California 95322



Gardner's Pig Pen

Walnut Grove,California 95690



Little Hearts Rescue

Ripon, California 95366



Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue

Chatsworth,California 91311



North Star Rescue

Danville, California 94526 


Orange County Cavy Haven

Garden Grove, California 92841



Rabbit & Pocket Pet Adoptions

Reseda, California 91335



Southern California Guinea Pig Rescue

Los Angeles, California 91042


The Guinea Way: Guinea Pig Rescue Home

Ventura ,California 93003

805-265-3911 (texts only) 


Ventura County Animal Services - Camarillo

Camarillo, California 93010



Wee Companions

Imperial Beach, California 91932



Ayanna’s Place

Los Angeles, California 



Cavies and Canines Animal Rescue

Fort Collins, Colorado 


Colorado Cavies

Boulder, Colorado 80301 


Cavy Care Inc.

Aurora, Colorado 80015




Boomer’s Best Buddies Rescue

Andover, Connecticut 



4 Lil Pigs n Buns

St. Petersburg, Florida 33704



Guinea Pigs of Southwest Florida

Arcadia, Florida 34266



The Humane Society of The Treasure Coast

Palm City, Florida 34990




Crazy Cavies Guinea Pig Rescue

South Florida 



Oakhurst Guinea Pig Rescue

Decatur, Georgia 



Leilani Farm Sanctuary

Haiku, Hawaii 96708


T&J Guinea Pig and Rabbit Sanctuary

Kapolei, Hawaii




Guinea Pig & Friends Sanctuary

Caldwell, Idaho 83607




Critter Corral Guinea Pig Rescue

Steger, Illinois 60475 


Friends of Petraits

Chicago, Illinois 60640



Fur Angels Animal Sanctuary

Aurora, Illinois




Camp Cavy Guinea Pig Rescue

Northwest Indiana



Exotic Animal Rescue and Pet Sanctuary (EARPS Inc.)

Brownsburg, Indiana 46112



Max Cavie’s Guinea Pig Shelter

Auburn, Indiana 46706



These Little Guineas Rescue

Indianapolis, Indiana 46234



Wheeker's Guinea Pig Rescue

Portage, Indiana 46368




Critter Corral

Highland, Indiana 46322 



Cherished Cavies

Hiawatha, Iowa 52233 



For the Love of Rats Rescue

Walker, Louisiana



Magic Happens Rabbit Rescue (MHRR)

Batonrouge, Louisiana 70816



Three Little Pigs Cavy Haven

Shreveport, Louisiana 71119




Mainely Rat Rescue

Augusta, Maine 01913 



Mabel's Orphaned Angels Rescue

Chesapeake Beach, Maryland 20732 


Small Angels Rescue

Mt. Airy, Maryland 21771 


Southern MD Guinea Pig Rescue

Southern Maryland 



Goofy Guinea Pig Shelter

Sandisfield, Massachusetts 01255



Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts

Brockton, Massachusetts 02301



Guinea Pig Sanctuary

Salisbury, Massachusetts 01952

(978) 255-7569 



Thee Cozy Cavy Guinea Pig Rescue

Holt, MI 48842



Furget Us Not Rescue

Hazel Park, Michigan 48030



Sammie's Guinea Pig Heaven

White Pigeon, Michigan 49099




Hiawatha Animal Humane Society

Kellogg, Minnesota 55945




MN Pocket Pet Rescue

Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106



Piggy Haven

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota




Humane Society of Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri 63110




Vegas Friends of Guinea Pig Rescue

Las Vegas, Nevada 


Las Vegas Paws & Quills

Las Vegas, Nevada 89135



Nevada SPCA

Las Vegas, Nevada 89118



New Jersey

North Jersey Guinea Pig and Hamster Rescue

Budd Lake, New Jersey 07828 


Helping All Little Things

Florence, New Jersey 08518 


Atlantic Critters Rescue

Atlantic County, New Jersey 


New York

Flower City Critters Small Animal Rescue

Rochester, New York 14610 


My Hope's In You Small Animal Rescue Inc

Lagrangeville, NewYork 12540 


Oswego County Guinea Pig Rescue

Pennellville, New York 13132



Porcellus Place Guinea Pig Rescue NY Inc.

Long Island, New York 


North Carolina

Carolina Pet Rescue

Durham, North Carolina 27713 


McKay's Guinea Pig Haven

Timberlake, North Carolina 27583



Tuna's Guinea Pig Rescue - NC

Charlotte, North Carolina 28270 


Velvet Acres Animal Rescue

Zebulon, North Carolina 27597



North Dakota

Northern Plains Guinea Pig Rescue

Mandan, North Dakota 58554 



CJ's Cavy Caves

Canton, Ohio 44714



Taylor's Guinea Pig Rescue

Caldwell, Ohio 43724




All Paws Rescue

Edmond, Oklahoma 73083-6012



Kay's Guinea Pig Paradise & Rescue NWOK

Woodward, Oklahoma 73801




Daria’s Animal Rescue

Newberg, Oregon 97132 



Erie Guinea Pig Rescue

North East, Pennsylvania 16428



Guinea Pig City

Altoona, Pennsylvania 16601 


Little Fur Ball Guinea Pig Rescue

Harleysville, Pennsylvania 19438


Pike County Humane Society

Shohola, Pennsylvania 18458 


Starfish to the Sea Animal Rescue

Lucernemines, Pennsylvania 15754



Wheek Care Guinea Pig Rescue

New Kensington, Pennsylvania 15068



Peaceable Kingdom

Whitehall, Pennsylvania 18052



Judge’s Park Small Animal Rescue

Edinburg, Pennsylvania 16116



Rhode Island

Potter League for Animals

Middletown, Rhode Island 02842



South Carolina

Frau Holle Wildlife and Exotic Rescue

Greenwood, South Carolina 29646




Knoxville Guinea Pig Rescue

Knoxville, Tennessee 37920




Austin Guinea Pig Rescue

Round Rock, Texas 78664



Houston Area Guinea Pig Rescue

Pearland, Texas 77584



Precious Critters Pet Rescue

San Antonio, Texas 78251



Second Chance Cavy Rescue and Sanctuary

San Antonio, Texas 78212



Small Pet Safe House

Sachse, Texas 75048 


Texas Rustler's Guinea Pig Rescue

Lewisville, Texas 75057 


All Pearls Animal Rescue

Dallas Fort Worth, Texas 


Sunshine and Piggie Kisses

Longview, Texas 



Guinea Pigs Islands

Provo, Utah 84606 



Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue

Alexandria,Virginia 22304 


A Pet's Tale

Chester, Virginia 23831 


Cavies and Canines Animal Rescue

Chesapeake, Virginia 23320 


Guinea Pig Protection Squad

Rustburg,Virginia 24588




Southwest Virginia Cavy Rescue

Christiansburg, Virginia 24073


Tuna's Guinea Pig Rescue

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462 


Wheek and Roll Guinea Pig Rescue

Christiansburg, Virginia 24073 



Bellevue Cavy Critters Adoption Center

Bellevue, Washington 98007



Bigfoots Guinea Pig Rescue

Arlington, Washington 98223



Foggy Creek Cavy Rescue

Auburn, Washington 98092



My 'Little' Animal Kingdom Rescue

Spokane, Washington 99224 


Notorious P.I.G.'s GP Rescue

Oak Harbor, Washington 98277



JoJo’s Cavy Kingdom

Lake Stevens, Washington 



Eau Claire County Humane Society

Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701

(715) 839-4747 


Guinea Pig Rescues in Canada


 Edmonton Humane Society

Edmonton, Alberta T5V 0B2



Kassys Furry Friends Guinea Pig Rescue

Calgary, Alberta T3G1A6 


British Columbia 

Small Animal Rescue Society of BC (SARS BC)

Burnaby, British Columbia V5E 4J6 



Alyssa's Ark Small Animal Rescue

Brandon, Manitoba R7A 5G5



Winnipeg Humane Society

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T0R3




Popcorns & Binkies Rescue Haven

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 3C9 



Ladybird Animal Sanctuary

Hamilton, Ontario L9A0A6 


London Guinea Pig Rescue

London, Ontario N6H4M4 


Ottawa Humane Society

Ottawa, Ontario K2E1A6



Piggles Guinea Pig Rescue

Markham, Ontario L3P7Z2


Rabbit Rescue Inc.

Milton, Ontario L9T 6J8



Popcornin' Piggies Rescue

Toronto, Ontario M8Z1E3



Renfrew County SPCA

Petawawa, Ontario K8H3J1




Refuge le Cochon Dingue

Montréal, Québec H1A 1V5




Little Wheeks Rescue

Langham, Saskatchewan S0K2L0 

10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Guinea Pig From a Rescue

1. You’ll fight against bad breeding and piggy mills

Some guinea pig breeders try to make sure their pigs are well and have anything they could need, but, sadly, other breeders don’t put the same effort into cavy care. Guinea pig breeders who breed purely for money are often referred to as mills because they aim to produce as many guinea pigs as possible for profit.
You’ve probably heard of puppy mills, where hundreds of puppies are born in poor conditions to be sold to unsuspecting pet parents. These pet mills operate almost like a factory, producing baby animals without caring for them or their parents. When it comes to guinea pig mills, the lack of proper care often means that the piggies aren’t handled or well fed. Breeding can also come with many health complications for the mother pig, so guinea pig mills are particularly hard on the female pigs.

Of course, not all breeders are the same, and some do care about their floofers. But if you choose to rescue guinea pigs for adoption, you’re supporting the fight against these horrible practices. Instead, you’re helping those who rescue guinea pigs do their job even better.

As a word of warning, many pet shops and online sellers of guinea pigs get their pigs from bad breeders and piggy mills. Although the floofs look adorable when they’re young, we think it’s best to adopt, not shop, in the interest of piggies everywhere.

2. Guinea pig rescues provide a second chance for a forever home

Guinea pigs are small, but their hearts are so big. These tiny pigs have a lot of love to give! From popcorning to wheeking and zooming about, these fur balls are full of excitement to meet new people (especially if they have snacks), and none of them should live in a rescue center for guinea pigs for too long. The floofers belong in a cozy fur-ever home.

A lot of the time, guinea pigs end up being rehomed because inexperienced pet parents get overwhelmed by the amount of care these furry floofers need. And we get it - cavy care isn’t as easy as you may think. But that means that herds of guinea pigs are rehomed through each guinea pig rescue, just looking for piggy parents to call their own.

And other times, when a piggy has lost their friend and the cavy carers aren’t in a position to adopt another, the single pig is surrendered to a rescue center for guinea pigs. Guinea pigs are a super social species, so they can’t live alone. If a guinea pig rescue gets a lone piggy in, they’ll normally bond them with another pig or herd, so they can have the companionship they need.

It’s never easy to rehome pets, but by giving them a second chance with you, you’ll make some fabulous floofers very happy!

3. Rescued guinea pigs have established bonds

Guinea pigs are social animals. They can become incredibly lonely if they don’t have at least one other friend to bond with. That’s why any rescue center for guinea pigs or any other reputable establishment will never adopt out one rescued guinea pig, unless it’s to bond them with an existing piggy. 

When it comes to making friends, guinea pigs are just like us and have their own preferences when choosing their companions. Sometimes, pairings can become tricky to get right or can break down over time. If you’re new to guinea pigs or find the bonding process particularly stressful, a guinea pig rescue may be a great option for you as many of the guinea pigs available are already in existing pairings with established bonds. And if you’re after rescue guinea pigs for adoption to add to your existing herd, many rescue centers for guinea pigs can help you introduce the floofers. Let’s find out more about that!

4. Guinea pig rescues often offer matchmaking services

Do you currently have a solo guinea pig in need of a new friend? There are many situations that leave a single pig searching for new rescued guinea pigs to live with. Perhaps you’ve got a piggy that is finding it difficult to bond with another or has sadly become lonely due to the passing of their friend. In any situation, it’s important to try to find another guinea pig for them to pair up with, so you can stop them getting lonely.

Guinea pig rescues often offer matchmaking services, and they’ll help find the perfect match for your furried singleton. Trained guinea pig rescue staff arrange one-on-one introductions with your solo piggy, so they can assess whether the pairing is likely to work out and will allow you to keep trying until a perfect match is found. It’s the perfect situation for you, your pig, and the rescued guinea pigs!

5. Adoptions free up more space for new rescued guinea pigs

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), there are over 6 million animals that are received in shelters each year. This is a staggering statistic, as so many pets are rescued or surrendered every day in the United States, let alone the rest of the world. Rescue centers for guinea pigs and other pets often reach full capacity due to the immense need for their services. 

When choosing a place to find your guinea pigs, consider taking a look at rescues first. You will not only help guinea pigs find their forever home but your adoption will also open up more space at the facility to allow other pets to have a chance at finding their forever home too.

6. Rescue centers for guinea pigs help with sexing

In some cases, new pet owners have discovered that either one or both of their guinea pigs have become pregnant, shortly after bringing them home. Despite being told that they were bringing home guinea pigs of the same sex, wrong identification by inexperienced pet shop staff can result in unplanned pregnancies.

As cute as the prospect of baby guinea pigs sounds, pregnant and nursing sows require a lot of care and support to ensure both mom and babies are healthy. Not something many new pet owners are equipped to handle! And they often require extra vet care, too.

Guinea pig rescues have trained volunteers and staff that are experienced with sexing guinea pigs. This will help ensure you do not have any unexpected surprises when bringing your rescued guinea pigs home.

7. You’ll have better insight into your piggy’s health history

At non-rescue facilities, animal care can vary in its thoroughness, so it’s difficult to tell whether the guinea pigs are healthy or well cared for.

When surrendered to a guinea pig rescue, the floofs get health checks through experienced cavy-savvy vets to ensure piggies receive a clean bill of health before becoming available for adoptions. In the case where a condition is found, the rescue for guinea pigs will ensure that prospective pet owners are well aware to ensure that they’re the right fit to meet the guinea pig’s care needs.

In the case of guinea pigs arriving in poor health, like malnourishment in situations of neglect, guinea pig rescue staff work alongside vets to help guinea pigs recover back to their normal, healthy selves before the rescue guinea pigs are up for adoption.

8. Adoption fees directly support other rescued guinea pigs

Many guinea pig rescues are registered charities which are solely run by volunteers with no monetary gain. This means that these facilities are not made for profit but with the sole purpose of helping animals in need. So, when adopting your guinea pig from a rescue center, your guinea pig’s adoption fees are put to good use. The facilities use these fees to go directly back into the rescue to pay for running costs to support the other animals waiting to be adopted out. This includes food, cleaning products, gas for vehicles used to transport animals, vet care, and much more!

9. Adoption cuts down on overpopulation

Breeders who raise guinea pigs out of passion and love for these small pets will often do so in a responsible way. These individuals will take the appropriate precautions to ensure all pets are in good health and well cared for.

Sadly, some individuals or larger operations breed guinea pigs or other small pets solely for profit and compromise on the animals’ welfare. These types of facilities are commonly referred to as guinea pig farms or mills, where piggies are kept in crowded cages, fed poor diets, or can be isolated in small cages resulting in poorly socialized piggies.

When you adopt rescued guinea pigs from a rescue center for guinea pigs near you, you’re not supporting guinea pig farms, but making a conscious decision to favor facilities with strong values for proper animal care. And you’re also taking a stance against the overpopulation of guinea pigs because the money you invest in your rescue guinea pigs helps a great cause instead of lining a guinea pig mill’s pockets.

10. Guinea pig rescues provide ongoing advice

Welcoming rescued guinea pigs into your home is exciting but can also become overwhelming if you haven’t owned them in the past. There are a lot of aspects of their care to consider. To help guide you on your pet owner journey, rescues are often very supportive in providing tips and advice post-adoption. This can be in the form of vet recommendations, instructions on how to trim nails, education on skin care or diet, and so much more. Your guinea pig rescue’s support never ends!

Herd of guinea pigs at the Kavee Rescue eating some hay from the Kavee hay bags

Our Conclusion on Rescued Guinea Pigs

Every piggy is a loveable ball of fluff who brings so much to their hooman family. At Kavee, we’re big supporters of rescue centers for guinea pigs and the work they do to educate and help our furry friends. So much that we've partnered with experienced guinea pig rescuers Tara and Ian to create the Kavee Rescue a safe haven for guinea pigs in need that supports small animal welfare.

If you’re not sure where to rescue guinea pigs, you’ve now got a whole list and map of guinea pig rescues around the world to help you. So adopt, don’t shop, when you’re looking for your new furry BFFs!

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