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Adopting How do I convince my parents that adopting a guinea pig is better?

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Explain to your parents that you would like to help a less fortunate animals. You can show them the rescue site, so that they realize how many piggies out there really do need a good home that you can offer.

Rescues usually encourage you to bring in your existing piggy to make sure that whoever you decide to adopt gets along with them. It's very important to let your piggy pick his/her cagemate, so you don't have to worry about fights.

Also, rescues do more to make sure you are getting a healthy pig. Many get checked for worms, mites, URI prior to adoption. If you get a rescue pig it wouldn't be necessary to quarantine it from your current pig for 3 weeks.
 
Good for you for wanting to adopt!

Here are some links you can give to them to read:

Surrending a guinea pigPetSmart Crueltyhttps://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1133

And you can tell them that pet store animals are often ill and missexed. If you get an ill pig, your choices are generally to spend a lot of money to try to get it well, or turn it back in to the pet store to be killed.

If you'd like, you can suggest that your parents read some of the threads on here about how much money people have had to spend on vets for guinea pigs that they've had only a few days. There's a thread today where a new guinea pig from a pet store was found dead in its cage -- the family had the pig less than a week.

If you get one from a rescue, it will be as healthy as they can make it, or they will tell you of any problems that need attention before you agree to taking the animal. That way you can decide whether you want that particular animal or not.

Other readers please note: I am not trying to start a discussion of the merits of purchase vs. adoption. I know that a very few of you have found pet stores that are making some effort at changing that culture. But they're few and far between at the moment, and buying a guinea pig is still an enormous risk. Besides, there are thousands of homeless guinea pigs waiting to be adopted -- there no need to breed more of them in this country.
 
Critter Corral is a great shelter I hope you got the buddy from there!
 
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