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Adoption Application

If interested in adopting, please answer the following questions to apply to adopt a Canadian Cavy guinea pig. We try to ensure the best possible match between animal and adopter. Remember that this is a lifetime commitment. Before applying, keep in mind the following points:

  • Guinea pigs must be housed indoors only.
  • You are expected to provide the guinea pig with a large enough cage. Before applying, review the page about appropriate CAGES (click here) . It is very important to us that your guinea pig has a proper size cage!
  • Guinea pigs live an average of 5-8 years.We are looking for those special adopters who will make every effort possible to keep their companion for the entire life of the guinea pig despite lifestyle changes (divorce, moving, etc.)
  • Guinea pigs may not be adopted as gifts.
  • Guinea pigs are social animals and are happier in pairs (or herds of two or more). Therefore, we do NOT adopt "single" guinea pigs unless specifically stated in the description.
  • If you already own a single guinea pig and want to adopt one of our guinea pigs as a companion, this is our speciality!! Mixed-sex pairs are recommended as this pairing generally works best.
  • We will NOT adopt a guinea pig for the purposes of breeding.
  • We do NOT adopt guinea pigs to children. We do adopt guinea pigs to families. Parents must fill out this application and sign the adoption contract. Please do not have your children call or email. Applicants who under 18 yrs of age or who are living with parents must have a parent or legal guardian apply on their behalf.
  • Canadian Cavy is an all volunteer organization. Therefore, it may be 7 to 10 days until we contact you about your application. If you have not been contacted after 10 days of submitting your application, you may email us at [email protected] for a status.

Our fees are as follows:

Bonded Pairs: $60 to $120*

Single: $40 to $80*

* Special pricing for hairless and spayed/neutered guinea pigs. Hairless guinea pigs require more care, there for we ask for additional adoption fees to cover the extra medical costs (as well as to weed out people who are serious about their care). spaying or neutering a guinea pig is a costly thing, thus the additional costs, we are hoping to lower those when we get more sponsors.

We DO NOT sell cages but we can help you find make your own (see Guinea Pig Housing for more information).

Please note, we will not adopt sows (females) to homes that plan to breed. This would be against what we are trying to do as a rescue.
To get an adoption form or to ask any questions please email us at: [email protected]

We currently take in guinea pigs case by case. We have health issues that prevents us from taking on too many guinea pigs. Please contact us at [email protected] to see if we can help you. If not we will try our best to find someone who can.

We do as that people who are surrendering their guinea pigs make a donation to the rescue to help cover food, medical and other care expresses.

Thank you for contacting us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
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