Pet Store, Guinea Pig Breeder or Rescue home?
I personally recommend finding a rescue home, my experience of Pet Stores is not very good. I brought my Guinea Pig's from a pet store. I felt I was rescuing the second one as she was far too tiny and I didn't like to think of her in a home with small children pulling her around.
A Pet Store is a business and there to make profit. They hire cheap staff who have no idea how to keep all the different pets, also the conditions they keep these animals in is terrible. (I am not saying ALL Pet Stores work to this rule however experience has taught me a majority do.)
You will find Pet Stores keep Guinea Pigs in with Rabbits. This is totally wrong. Rabbits will try and mate anything and also have strong legs they may kick Guinea Pigs.
Another thing I have found is some Pet Stores,
they keep mixed sexes together (I don't know if a lack of
animal education is to blame here or just the fact they really
do not care about the animals needs).
Guinea Pig rescue sanctuaries will tell you stories of so called breeders who really just end up with lots of unwanted babies due to improper housing. So in my opinion your best move is to contact the rescue centre and ask them where you can get a Guinea Pig from, they will have contact numbers for local responsible breeders.
A lot of people will want to have a baby Guinea Pig for their first Piggy. However if you really don't mind the age then the first place you should consider getting a piggy from is your local rescue. The money you pay them for your piggy will get used to care for further Guinea Pigs they rescue. Also you will get the satisfaction of knowing you are giving the poor mistreated piggy a new life in a good home!
Pictured on the right is Little Mikey! He is 15 months old and has gone to live with one of my friends after being rescued. I don't understand how somebody could of neglected him. His fur was in a mess and his nails were over grown. Look at him now after a good bath!
Where to find your local pet rescue
You can always find these by either looking in your local free paper for animal rescue groups or contacting your local RSPCA.
They could have a piggy there that you will
just fall in love with. I have spoken to many Guinea Pig rescue
ladies and they have around 30 in at one time.
If you choose a breeder
When first speaking to them you should be able to tell about their knowledge of breeding Guinea Pigs. Also when you go to pick up your new pet you should insist in viewing the Guinea Pigs with their mum.
You will be able to see the overall fitness
of her and the rest of the litter. Also you will get an idea
on how these pets have been looked after.
From this viewing you should be able to make up your own mind if they are responsible and you will know if you feel comfortable buying from this source.