We are unable to accept your guinea pig(s) into our adoption program because we already have so many of them in our care.

We receive about 50 requests to take in guinea pigs each month, and are able to adopt about 12 guinea pigs per month.

We are unable to accept guinea pigs to our adoption program except when the animal is in danger (for example, abandoned outside). If you have a situation where a guinea pig is in danger, call us at 413-781-4000.

Please, do not put your guinea pig(s) outside. Domestic small pets will not survive and will suffer.

Food Assistance

If you are in need of food for your guinea pig(s), we can help on a temporary basis while you try to rehome your pet on your own.  Email springfield@dakinhumane.org and let us know that you would like help with food for your guinea pig(s).

If you can no longer keep your pet guinea pig, here are ways to look for their new home yourself:

  1. If your guinea pig(s) came from a breeder, shelter, or rescue group, or if you got the pet from someone else recently, contact them to see if they can take the guinea pig(s) back.
  2. Talk with your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, people at your place of worship...everyone you know. Even if they are not looking for a pet, maybe they know someone who is!
  3. Post on Facebook and your other social media. Put a profile of your animal up on social media and ask your friends to share your post to help find a home for your pet. Also post your pet on your local city/town Facebook group, and your local Nextdoor group.
  4. Create Flyers. Post flyers on community bulletin boards, such as grocery stores, laundromats, churches, vet's offices, and more. Include a great photo and a small bio about your pet.
  5. List your guinea pig(s) on the pets section of Craigslist
  6. Check with other shelters. Google “guinea pig rescues” and contact them to see if they can help.

Concerned about how to screen potential adopters? This website has guidance.

A great picture of your pet helps get people interested. Learn how here.