AUBURN – Whistle Ridge Guinea Pig Rescue and, a database of homeless pets, have announced that March is Adopt-a-Rescued-Guinea-Pig Month. more than 1,000 guinea pigs in need of homes are listed on the Web site at any one time.

Domesticated guinea pigs, also known as cavies, make good family pets with their gentle ways. They entertain their guardians with their wheeking, rumbling and burbling sounds, and their jumping antics are likened to popping popcorn.

They are considered herd animals, and do best in a spacious environment they can share with another guinea pig companion.

Guinea pigs may live as long as 10 years, so the decision to adopt must be made carefully. Their daily care includes feeding, watering, cage-cleaning, exercise and companionship.

They require unlimited access to quality hay and pellets, as well as certain vegetable treats. Occasional medical care by a veterinarian who specializes in exotic pets may be required.

Guinea pigs make good pets for children over age 6; however, all children should be supervised by an adult while handling a guinea pig. They are also outstanding companions for adults. Most enjoy being held and will stretch out on a warm lap for a nap and some TLC.

Those who decide a guinea pig is the right addition to a household can search on and check local animal placement organizations by entering the zip code into the search box. Whistle Ridge Guinea Pig Rescue is located in Auburn and can be contacted by visiting the Web site at

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