Adoption Fee: see rescue for info on pig adoptions
Species: Guinea Pig
Current Size: 1 Pounds
Current Age: 6 Years 9 Months (best estimate)
Owner Experience Needed: None
Reaction to New People: Friendly
Olive is affectionately also known as big mama because when she came to us, she was heavily pregnant and had already had at least one litter of pups. She is a sweet pig, very friendly and does not mind being held. She is a great mother to her babies and very accepting of other pigs. She is available for adoption with either of her current cage mates, Penny or Haley, or any of her female babies (to be listed soon.) She loves hay and veggies and can't seem to get enough. Olive has a very even temperament which gives you a very distinctly mature impression. She has some hair loss on her sides which is very normal for pregnant pigs and is usually caused by hormonal changes- it WILL grow back just fine! She has been seen by a vet and pronounced very healthy. She will be available for adoption in the third week of May, once her pups are weaned.
This guinea pig is looking for love and affection, but needs more than just a cage to live in.
Guinea pigs should never be kept alone, and our pigs are no exception. If you are not adopting as a companion for a pig or pigs at your home, you must adopt a pair or trio from our rescue so they will not be alone. These babies will not be adopted as a pet for children (though families who will share responsibility of the pet are acceptable), and must be kept indoors only.
Guinea pigs can live anywhere from 5 to 10 years or more if properly cared for. PLEASE make sure you are READY for a lifetime commitment for this animal before inquiring to adopt.
Guinea pigs need a daily diet of leafy greens and vegetables (this can be more pricey than the rest of the pigs' diet), with a premium quality pelleted food. We recommend Oxbow brand pellets. *Do NOT feed guinea pigs foods with corn or seeds added to the mix, this creates FAT and unhealthy pigs!* They also require unlimited timothy or timothy mixed hay though as babies, alfalfa is preferred. We recommend C&C cages (www.guineapigcages.com) and can help you find supplies to build your own. To adopt one of our guinea pigs, you must already have a setup at the time of adoption OR allow us to help you find and build one for you. Adoption cannot be completed without a setup a the time of a home visit. These measures are taken strictly to ensure the best quality of life for our animals once they've been adopted.
Additional resources for guinea pig information include:
www.guinealynx.com www.cavyspirit.com www.pigloo.net And don't forget www.guineapigcages.com! ;)
Other Pictures of Olive (click to see larger version):