About Our Rescue Group...
Crazy Cavies is a Non-Profit 501(c)3, No Kill guinea pig only rescue that provides a temporary safe haven for abandoned, neglected and/or homeless guinea pigs, located in Lauderhill, FL.
Our mission is threefold
1. Educate the public on the proper care and treatment of guinea pigs and why they make great pets.
2. Find quality forever homes for homeless guinea pigs.
3. Rehabilitate injured, sick, and mistreated guinea pigs.
Crazy Cavies Guinea Pig Rescue Inc. was founded on March 18, 2008 in the state of Florida. The rescue is operated primarily by Jeremy and Tracy Henle with help from our webmaster Dana Deboer. We also have help from foster homes and volunteers in our community.
We started unofficially in late 2006 by taking in guinea pigs from local petstores that we worked at and finding other homes for them because the petstores were not allowed to re-sell them. We were in return subjected to the horrendous conditions the stores keep guinea pigs in and horrible advice that the local petstores were giving out (still goes on) and by late 2007 we decided that the need for a rescue organization that focused solely on guinea pigs was needed and therefore in March 2008 Crazy Cavies Guinea Pig Rescue Inc. was born!! Later that year we became an official 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.
All of the guinea pigs in our care are weighed weekly, housed on fleece bedding in cubes and coroplast (C&C) cages, fed Oxbow brand guinea pig pellets, given an unlimited amount of grass hay (timothy hay, bluegrass hay, and/or orchard grass) and given veggies daily.
When a guinea pig is surrendered to us or we rescue them they are quarantined. All of them are quarantined for a minimum of 3 weeks, treated for mites and taken to the vet if deemed necessary. Females are held for an additional 51 days to ensure that they are not pregnant.
Please keep in mind that we run this rescue out of our house right now and through a few foster homes. We do have real jobs that help pay for the cost of operating the rescue and only have a limited amount of time to travel and hold adoptions. We are pretty flexible with dates and times for adoptions and work with you the best we can.
Our Adoption Process...
Adoption process- Takes 7-10 days from application to adoption
1. Please READ and UNDERSTAND each one of our policies located below.
2. Complete an adoption application and send it to us for review.
3. After we review your application and approve it (24-48 hours) we will schedule a date and time for you to come over and look at the piggies that are available for adoption.
We may check out a reference provided by you at the time of application to verify that everything is correct on your application. A housecheck also may be done if deemed necessary by an authorized person from Crazy Cavies Guinea Pig Rescue.
Our adoption fee for all pigs is $20 each or $30 for a true bonded pair (it will be marked in the written description of the piggies). We are only accepting cash or check right now for payment, but hopefully in the future credit cards will be added.
We prefer emails for contact because we usually are busy with full-time jobs to support the rescue and only get to our voicemails very late at night. You may call also if you have any questions but it may take up to 48 hours to reply during busy days. You must leave a voicemail or we will not call you back as we don't know who to call back and talk too. At the time of adoption there is an adoption agreement that will be signed between Crazy Cavies Guinea Pig Rescue Inc. and yourself.
Please read our policies below before sending an application to us. If you do not agree with all of our policies you will be denied adoption from us. All policies are in place for the betterment of the guinea pigs and are the standard in all guinea pig only rescues throughout the country.
1. You must adopt two cavies unless you already have one or more.
Why? Guinea pigs are herd animals and must have the same species interaction to live to their fullest potential. Would you want to live alone with no interaction or way to communicate with humans? Doesn't sound like much fun does it!
2. Plain pellets, Unlimited Grass hay (timothy, orchard grass or bluegrass), Filtered water and veggies must be provided daily.
Pellets cannot have seeds, nuts, corn, or colored pieces in them.
Why? They are horrible for guinea pigs and cause obesity, which leads to illnesses and eventually premature death.
Grass hay needs to always be available and should be the main staple of a guinea pigs' diet.
Why? It helps wear down their teeth properly and keeps their digestive system moving.
Water should be filtered with NO ADDITIVES.
Why? It can change the taste of the water and may cause dehydration from not drinking enough water. It also contains added sugar that is not good for guinea pigs.
Veggies must be provided daily.
Why? Essential vitamins and minerals are obtained through veggies and are far superior to any supplement that you can buy. A good source to learn about great veggies is www.guinealynx.com.
3. Must have a C&C cage or custom built cage or be free range (no petstore cages).
Why? Petstore cages are way too small and not even close to the proper size for permanent housing for piggies. Minimum size required is a 2x4 C&C cage or custom built 30"x57" cage. These size requirements are based upon the guidelines on www.guineapigcages.com . You may purchase this from us or you can build one before adoption. Visit our cage page tab to learn more about the C&C cages we sell.
4. The cage must be in an area that allows human interaction daily.
Why? This will help you bond easier with your guinea pig(s) and become more social and enjoyable to be around. Your guinea pig and you will be much happier if your guinea pig is socialized. This goes along with the "out of sight, out of mind" theory
5. No breeding is allowed with any of our cavies.
Why? Most of our guinea pigs are past the breeding age and of course there are thousands euthanized each year due to overpopulation. If you want babies, we occasionally get them so be patient and inquire about them as we can usually find them some place that is about to euthanize them.
6. No permanent outdoor housing will be allowed.
Why? Cavies DON'T sweat and overheat quickly in the heat. Especially in Florida! Also predators are looking for easy and vulnerable prey.
7. No wheels or balls will be allowed to be used with the cavies.
Why? Both are extremely hard on their back and feet and may paralyze them. This happens over time and not over night.
8. The adoption fee is $20 per guinea pig or $30 for a true bonded pair.
Why? This modest fee helps fund our rescue to keep operating.
9. No housing with other species in same cage is allowed. E.g. rabbits, chins, suggies, rats, hamsters.
Why? A guinea pig can be killed or severely injured in a split second by another animal or also catch diseases from those other animals that may be carriers.
10. We do not adopt out our cavies as surprise gifts.
Why? We want to ensure the recipient wants a guinea pig(s) and knows how to care for them and they can pick out the guinea pig(s) they like.
11. We do not adopt out to daycares or schools.
Why? Guinea pigs are often neglected in schools and NO pet should be subject to this type of environment (extremely stressful).
12. The primary caretaker must be an adult over the age of 18, we do not adopt out to children only.
Why? Many children lose interest and the guinea pig is then neglected and forgotten about. We love adopting to families that have children as guinea pigs are a great pet for all ages!