Where to get guinea pigs from?
There are various places you can purchase guinea pigs from. Thankfully you might always find somewhere where there are some being sold, its just a case of choosing wisely. It is important that you do your research to make sure you are picking the healthiest ones. To purchase a guinea pig, it can vary in cost depending on where you are going, anywhere possibly from 10 to 40 pounds. Always check their appearance, do they have bright eyes, is the coat clean and is the temporary housing that they are being kept in of good hygiene. So Let’s get onto the locations.
There are some examples where they are crammed into the smallest of spaces and are not being looked after properly by the staff in the stores and shops. One local pet store that I got two of mine from usually has quite a number of them at different times of the year, this may be the case for others. Pets at Home is a popular pet store, but check with whatever store you go into that everything is as it should be, you might see other small animals that are not being kept very well. Another chain is Pets Corner where I purchased the other two girls from, they are very good, giving you leaflets and advice with birth certificates. I certainly would recommend them as good and helpful service is provided, just depends on how far they are from where you live in the UK.
One of the most well known rescues are Blue Cross. They have many branches across the UK and really care about the animals welfare, taking in abandoned or unwanted pets. You should find many guinea pigs up for adoption and it gives you a good feeling that you are helping out a charity. Obviously they can be of different ages but there might be babies there too. You will probably need to fill a form with your personal details as it is an adoption. The centres can give good advice on looking after your pet as they have specially trained staff. They all have guinea pigs fostered out to volunteers that choose to keep them until adoption, they will get handled more one to one, than at the centre. By adopting you are giving them another chance of happiness. Also, take a look at the RSPCA to see if they have any.
Breeders/sellers found on the internet
Examples of websites where you can purchase are preloved and gumtree. These will either be people breeding them or selling unwanted ones. Again check online and when you go to the location, of the creature’s appearance and living conditions. You are putting a lot of trust into these people, just make sure that you ask how they have been looking after them and to see where they have been kept. If the person is evasive from your questioning, then it might be a suspicious set up.
Farms, friends or family
Farms look after so many animals, that actually they could be a good choice to get your guinea pigs from. But check beforehand if is a farm that sell them. Farmers are so passionate about their animals, so hopefully there shouldn’t be any unethical issues.
Friends or family are people you know and trust and may live near to where you are. They might not want to go through another route of selling, so it would suit both parties concerned. Make sure they have been taking care of them so no nasty illnesses suddenly show up when you have them.
Where would I personally recommend?
Either reputable pet stores/shops and rescue centres as there will be staff that know what they are talking about and where you know loads of other people have purchased from to. They will hopefully be caring for them properly until point of purchase. As mentioned invaluable information and advice may be given to you. At the end of the day you can still choose any of the options listed above as they still can be fine. I hope that I have helped you in some way to choosing where to get your guinea pigs from.
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