Where Can I Find Guinea Pigs for Sale? Consider Adopt Don’t Shop

Are you thinking of bringing some cute, cuddly guinea pigs into your home? These small, sociable animals make excellent pets, especially for families with children. However, before you rush to the nearest pet store or breeder, it’s important to consider the ‘Adopt don’t shop’ philosophy. This approach encourages prospective pet owners to adopt animals from rescue centres rather than buying them from pet stores or breeders. In this blog post, we’ll explore where you can find guinea pigs for adoption and why this is a more ethical and rewarding choice.

Why Adopt Don’t Shop?

The ‘Adopt don’t shop’ movement has gained significant traction in recent years as animal lovers worldwide become more aware of the unethical practices often associated with pet breeding and selling. Many pet stores and breeders prioritize profit over animal welfare, leading to overbreeding, inadequate care, and poor living conditions.

By choosing to adopt rather than shop, you’re not only giving a deserving guinea pig a second chance at life but also taking a stand against these unethical practices. Plus, adoption often comes with benefits such as initial veterinary care (including spaying/neutering), which can save you money in the long run. Rescue centres are also very knowledgeable and can help with any questions or concerns you may have.

Finding Guinea Pigs at Rescue Centres

Rescue centres are among the best places to find guinea pigs for adoption. These organizations rescue animals from various situations – including neglect, abandonment or overcrowding – and provide them with necessary medical care and socialization until they find their forever homes.

Many rescue centres have websites where they list available animals for adoption. You can browse these listings at your leisure and even apply online. Alternatively, you can visit a local rescue centre in person to meet potential pets face-to-face.

Before adopting from a rescue centre, ensure that it is reputable by checking if it’s registered with a recognized animal welfare organization. Also, ask about the care the animals receive and the adoption process to ensure it’s thorough and prioritizes animal welfare.

There are some links below to some of the amazing rescue centres in the UK (more can be found here )

The Potteries Guinea Pig Rescue Centre, Stoke on Trent

Mandy’s Rescue Centre, Dorset

This Little Piggy Rescue, Richmond

Maria’s Animal Shelter, Cornwall

Ayrs Guinea Pig Rescue, Ayr

Tees Valley Guinea Pig Rescue, Stockton-on-Tees

PACT Animal Sanctuary, Norfolk

April Lodge Guinea Pig Rescue, Kent

Adopting from Animal Shelters

Animal shelters are another excellent source of adoptable guinea pigs. Like rescue centres, shelters take in animals from various circumstances and provide them with care until they can be adopted.

While dogs and cats are more commonly associated with animal shelters, many also house small animals like guinea pigs. Some shelters even have dedicated small animal sections where you can find a variety of species, including guinea pigs.

Before adopting from a shelter, it’s essential to ask about the guinea pig’s history and health status. A reputable shelter will be transparent about this information to ensure that you’re prepared for any potential challenges.

We adopted Waffle and Syrup from Woodgreen Animal Shelter in near Huntingdon and were really impressed. They took time to ensure we had a spacious cage and answered any questions we had.

Online Adoption Platforms

In today’s digital age, finding a guinea pig to adopt is easier than ever thanks to online adoption platforms. Websites like Petfinder allow you to search for available pets by species, breed, age, size and location.

These platforms work with various rescue groups and shelters to list their available animals online. This way, you can browse potential pets from the comfort of your own home before deciding which ones you’d like to meet in person.


While it might be tempting to buy a guinea pig from a pet store or breeder, adopting one from a rescue centre or shelter is a more ethical choice that aligns with the ‘Adopt don’t shop’ philosophy. Not only will you be giving a deserving animal a second chance at life, but you’ll also be supporting the work of rescue centres who are often overwhelmed with unwanted pets.

Remember that owning any pet is a significant commitment that should not be taken lightly. Ensure that you’re fully prepared for the responsibility before bringing a new pet into your home – your new furry friend deserves nothing less!

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