In February 2012 Diana Sandlin set out in hopes of creating a unique local-based non-profit tailoring to a specific type of fur ball.
What started with 3 guinea pigs rescued from an ad on Craigslist quickly transformed into 50 surrendered piggies within the first year. From there, Second Chance Cavy Rescue grew; accepting more than 250 guineas a year along with several other small furries such as rats, chinchillas, rabbits, and hamsters.
"Information isn't readily available when a piggy is adopted through a pet store," Diana explains, "Many purchase a guinea pig or several without taking into consideration how much time, energy, and care go into loving these tiny creatures." Lack of knowledge, proper care, neglect and other circumstances such as overcrowding and health conditions associated with guinea pigs, have led to several reasons for surrender, leaving many without safe caring homes. Unlike some other rodents, guineas are not a "pocket pet." They demand attention, explore everything, love floor time, cuddles, puzzles, and require a great deal of care.
Known for their social and cuddly demeanor, guinea pigs thrive in an active loving environment. They connect easily with their owners, expressing their love through actions, noises, and even licking; and enjoy the company of other guinea pigs either through bonding or separate cage mates. These tiny fur balls have also been known to help with emotional stress, becoming supportive and interactive in the therapy world with PT, EMSP, Depression, and Anxiety.
Tiny Pet, BIG Personality