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Texas Rustlers Small Animal Rescue

Small Animal Rescue

Is Adoption Right for You?

Adoption of an animal through an organization such as ours is not for everyone. The adoption process takes time and effort and requires a demonstration of commitment by the potential adopter.


Adoption is RIGHT for you if:

  • You want to offer a home for life to a piggy that has already been discarded once, sometimes more, and may have been neglected and / or abused.  A guinea pig’s life span is around 5 to 7 years.  
  • You want to make a positive difference in the lives of guinea pigs by not supporting the industry that breeds animals for profit. You can visit Cavy Spirit's images of their Hollister Rescue to see where pet store guinea pigs come from.
  • You want to make a positive difference in the lives of guinea pigs by not supporting the pet stores that are in it purely for their profits and not for the well-being of the guinea pigs or other animals they sell. You can visit Cavy Spirit's Pet Store page for more information.
  • You want to adopt a guinea pig that is best suited to your home and family. Guinea pigs have different personalities, so we at Texas Rustlers do our best to find an ideal match for you and your family.
  • You are committed to offering the best possible care, including, but not limited to:
    • Appropriate habitats that offer enough space to maximize your piggies’ enjoyment and quality of life.
    • A good quality diet, which includes hay, pellets, fresh vegetables and supplemental vitamin C.
    • Veterinary care by a vet who is qualified and experienced in guinea pig care.


Adoption is NOT for you if:

  • You want a guinea pig right now. Although the adoption process can be quite quick, it may also take several days depending on when you contact us. Adoptions are done on Saturdays.
  • You want a single piggy to live by itself. All of our guinea pigs are adopted in pairs (or trios) or as a friend for an existing piggy already in your home. Guinea pigs are social creatures and enjoy the company of each other. They are thigmotactic, which means they like to cuddle up to others of their kind.
  • You want to keep a piggy in a smaller cage than recommended. Exercise is essential for a happy, healthy pig! We have seen first-hand the change in the disposition of a piggy moved from a small cage to a large environment. The change is dramatic and a joy for the owner! They will start squeaking with glee, running laps and “popcorning” (jumping in the air with delight)!
  • You want to adopt a guinea pig for a young child and expect to have no or little involvement. Guinea pigs are fragile animals. Young children must be supervised when holding the piggies to make sure they do not squeeze them too tightly or drop them on the ground. In addition, young children cannot be expected to take full responsibility for their pets.  A mature adult must help in their care to ensure adequate food and fresh water is supplied daily, a clean cage is maintained, and any illness is detected early.
  • You consider guinea pigs to be “starter” pets. To care for a guinea pig correctly often requires more work and knowledge than a cat or dog – they are by no means low-maintenance animals, and should not be viewed as such.  Guinea pigs are adopted as family members and should NOT be considered less important than a cat or dog. 

Sarah - Adopted August 2012

Chloe and Lola - Adopted July 2012

Pearl - Adopted May 2012

Tennis - Adopted February 2012