This is a small community and exists alongside the larger guinea_pigs community. Most of the helpful members here are also members of guinea_pigs but the latter has many more members checking and posting to it every day.
I do not discourage members from posting here, but I encourage to cross post at least to guinea_pigs to increase your chances of getting more helpful advice more quickly :)
This community supports guinea pig rescues, not breeders or pet stores. Every time a guinea pig sow is bred she has a 25% chance of death and buying a guinea pig supports this practise.
It is very tempting to want to "rescue" a guinea pig from a pet store but please remember that the guinea pig will be replaced by another, and a sow bred more because of the demand you are supporting. By adopting a piggie from a rescue, not only do you help that one pig, but you help the rescue save yet another guinea pig to go in his place!
Anywhere guinea pigs are sold there are guinea pigs for adoption, and guinea pigs of all ages, from pups to senior citizens, guinea pigs of all colours, from torties to roans, and guinea pigs of all breeds, from Americans to Texels.
Most of us started out with pet store guinea pigs, but now we know better :) If you already have pet store or pregnant guinea pigs we will do our best to help you, but please refrain from promoting either practise as a good thing.
Read these webpages to find out the horrors of pet stores and why you should adopt or rescue:
Guinea Pig Rescues:
Guinea Pig Resources:
Please also be aware that a lot of books, vets and pet store care information is out of date. Guinea pig care has advanced greatly in even the last 5 years. Please read over and bookmark the following three websites that provide all the background information every guinea pig owner needs:
Other Guinea Pig Care Communities:
Please be aware that this community is pro-adoption and rescue, though we welcome all guinea pig owners and admirers. We will help with all accidental pregnancies but please do not promote breeding here, it is dangerous and unethical given the overpopulation problems.
If you need to contact a moderator, please do so as follows: Erin (polyemtgirl) and Laura (thalestral) can be contacted through email at email@example.com or you can message thalestral or polyemtgirll through livejournal itself.