If you aren't able to adopt, please consider
Thinking About Getting a Guinea Pig?
adopters need an approved application on
must schedule an appointment.
The reason: we need to be sure the guinea pigs you want to meet are at
our new rescue location when you come, not out at their foster homes,
and that we have enough adoption volunteers available to serve you.
If you need to reach us quickly or receive a
e-mail rather than call.
questions for fastest response!
Or leave voice message at 972-219-1963;
phone line is not staffed live.
Thinking About Getting a Guinea Pig?
reasons people give up a guinea pig to
appreciate how our policies have been devised.
You’ve made a
vital first step - education! Before getting any pet you should do your
homework. Do you have the time, space, finances, and love to give to a new
animal? What do you know about guinea pigs? There are so many well-established,
information-filled sites out there with advice on guinea pig care, equipment,
and food, and we can’t encourage you enough to browse through them and learn.
Also check out our
Links page and Care page to see what's involved in
owning a healthy guinea pig as a pet. If you wish to
proceed, please complete the following adoption application with as much detail as
possible – incomplete applications will cause a delay in the process.
Applications must be completed by persons over the age of 18. The application
is used as a tool to understand you as a potential adopter. Our goal is to give
these animals loving, forever homes, which we do by matching the right family
with the right guinea pig(s).
All adoptions are done
in person at the Rescue in the Dallas / Fort Worth TX area.
Please, only local
applicants or those willing to travel to the rescue should apply.
Click the button above to Apply Now Online
(preferred method - thank you!)
** Please note:
"Apply Now" online application may not work with Firefox. Please choose
another web browser such as Windows Explorer or Netscape.
Or, fill out this
Guinea Pig Adoption
then save it, attach to an email, and send WITH YOUR EMAIL
If you cannot open the online
e-mail us and we will
send you a Word version. If you have submitted an application but
have not heard back from us
within 48 hours, please follow-up with us by e-mail
or check in your spam/junk folder.
Adoption Process – What to Expect
All of our
guinea pigs are 100% gender guaranteed and are healthy before they leave the
is a guideline of what to expect during the adoption process:
adoption application is completed by you either online (preferred) or over the phone
in the absence of a computer.
respond to your application within 24 hours to ask any additional questions we
may have and to schedule a visit.
visit is made to meet the piggies, see the cages and to gain any education /
advice needed. You may at this point select your adoptees.
get prepared for your newcomers, assemble the cage, buy supplies, etc.
to sign contract and pick-up piggies.
process can be limited to one visit, depending on circumstances, but normally
requires at least two visits. You must have your cage ready before the piggies
go home. To assist you with this process, we recommend you view the
cages on our site, or you study them at the Rescue on your first visit.
Store-bought "guinea pig cages" are never large enough. To assist you, you can
either purchase cage supplies to assemble an approved cage on your own, or
purchase the supplies from Texas Rustlers. We have all supplies needed to start
your guinea pigs in their new home, and this includes all materials required to
assemble a cube and coroplast cage, quality hay and food treats, toys, houses
Email us for most current
adoption fees and policies.
We request a $35 adoption fee for each
guinea pig, or $30 each if adopting a pair or more, which goes towards some of our operating costs.
We do not adopt piggies as gifts.
We do not adopt piggies as a classroom or
day care pet, nor as a pet for any setting with a group of children.
We only adopt guinea pigs in pairs (or
trios), or as a friend to your existing piggy. Guinea pigs should not live
alone, as they need the companionship of another of their kind.
We do not allow our guinea pigs to be used
for the purposes of breeding, showing or experimentation.
Giovanni and Vidal
Is Adoption for You?
Adoption of an
animal through an organization such as ours is not for everyone. The adoption
process takes time and effort and requires a demonstration of commitment by the
RIGHT for you if:
want to offer a home for life (a guinea pig's life span is appx. 5-7 years) to
a piggy that has already been discarded once, sometimes more, and may have
been neglected and / or abused.
You want to make a positive difference to the
lives of guinea pigs by not supporting the industry that breeds animals for
profit to be supplied to the pet stores (see
want to make a positive difference to the lives of guinea pigs by not
supporting the pet stores that are in it purely for their profits and not for
the well-being of the guinea pigs or other animals they sell. (see
want to adopt a guinea pig that is best suited to your home and family. Guinea
pigs have different personalities, so we at Texas Rustlers do our best to find
an ideal match for you and your family.
are committed to offering the best possible care, including, but not limited
Appropriate habitats that
offer enough space to maximize your piggies' enjoyment.
A good quality diet, which
includes hay, pellets, fresh vegetables and supplemental vitamin C.
Veterinary care by a vet who
is qualified and experienced in guinea pig care.
NOT for you if:
want a guinea pig right now. Although the adoption process can be quite quick,
it may also take several days depending on when you contact us. Most adoptions
are done on the weekend.
want a single piggy to live by itself. All of our guinea pigs are adopted in
pairs (or trios) or as a friend for an existing piggy. Guinea pigs are social
creatures and enjoy the company of each other. They are THIGMOTACTIC, which
means they like to cuddle up to others of their kind.
want to keep a piggy in a smaller cage than recommended. Exercise is essential
for a happy, healthy pig! We have seen first-hand the change in the
disposition of a piggy moved from a small cage to a large environment. The
change is dramatic and a joy for the owner! They will start squeaking with
glee, running laps and "popcorning" (jumping in the air with delight)!
want to adopt a guinea pig for a young child and expect to have no or little
involvement. Guinea pigs are fragile animals and thus, young children must be
supervised when holding the piggies to make sure they do not squeeze them too
tightly or drop them on the ground. In addition, young children cannot be
expected to take full responsibility of their pets. A mature adult must help
in their care to ensure adequate food and fresh water is supplied daily, a
clean cage is maintained, and any illness is detected early.
consider guinea pigs to be "starter" pets. To care for a guinea pig correctly
often requires more work and knowledge than a cat or dog - they are by no
means low-maintenance animals, and should not be viewed as such.
Guinea Pigs are adopted as family
members and should NOT be considered less important than a cat or dog. The
lifespan of a guinea pig is 5-7 years. Make sure you are committed to owning
this pet for its lifetime.
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