HelloJust recently I found a craigslist listing for 2 male guinea pigs. Last monday, Kasper passed away and now Flyn is left by himself. My parents have been driving me crazy and being very stubborn about driving me to get another guinea pig. I really do not want to turn to a pet store in this situation as I have learned that buying animals from them is not okay. However, the closest guinea pig shelter to us is the Critter Corral Guinea Pig Rescue, and I emailed them only to get a reply back that they had no spayed females and all of the males "do not play nice with others". The shelter is more than 2 hours away, and I asked my parents if they could drive me once they had a spayed female or a baby boar available. They said that because of the distance they would not take me. They said they didn't want to pay money for the gas and tolls and they also didn't like that they would be "wasting" more than 4 hours of their time just so I could get another pig. Now, I understand that, but I don't know where else to get a guinea pig from besides the pet stores and craigslist. I also checked petfinder, but the only results that came up for my location were 2 animal shelters that were also too far for my parents. As I've said before, I did find a listing today and, lucky for me, the 2 guinea pigs are free (including the cage and all of their supplies) AND it's super close to us. I already asked, and my parents agreed that there's a high chance we can go pick them up this Sunday. So I emailed the person once again to see if they are available for that day, and so far I haven't got a reply back. My concern is wheather or not I made the right decision. In the pictures, one of the guinea pigs seemed to have over-grown nails. Not severe, just a bit curled. The other pig didn't have long nails. Other than that, they seemed to be healthy (or so I hope). However, I did notice that they are being over-fed on pellets based on the picture of the cage (Midwest habitat). There were 2 bowls that were filled with more than 1/8 of a cup of pellets. The guinea pigs look to be around a year old. Should I be worried? Not only that, but I'm also afraid of taking the risk at bonding all 3 of them. When Kasper was with us, Flyn was the more dominant one. I've heard a lot of people say that boar trios never work out. I already asked the owner if I could take one, but he said that since they are brothers, he wants them to go together. I'm only allowed to have 3 guinea pigs max, so getting a 4th for Flyn wouldn't work if the 3 of them wouldn't get along. I know I shouldn't get a guinea pig from the pet store, but I'm starting to think it might be a better option I either have to risk bonding 3, have the two together in one cage and Flyn in a cage next to them, wait for another craigslist listing and possibly risk the opportunity of having free guinea pigs for adoption so close to my area, or get a baby from the pet store without having to stress over the fact that the bonding will be unsuccessful. I really don't know what to do If I were to go to the pet store, I would go to Pet Supplies Plus. They only sell baby boars and they always look healthy..But then again, that's not really the right thing to do. I'm really frustrated with this. Please help.