Cavy House Guinea Pig Rescue


Cavy House is a non-profit no-kill organization that rescues guinea pigs from local bay area shelters and provides the necessary veterinary care and socializing needed to place these guinea pigs into forever, loving homes.  Cavy House also boards guinea pigs to help pay for rescue expenses.

Cavy House is a project of AVA/The Rabbit Haven, a 501(c)3 organization. Contact us at

Big Boy and Rosie

Our wonderful mascots who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge

Check out our adoptable guinea pigs on the “Adoptables” page!!

Just For Fun.... (Not available for adoption)

These are  our 3 “Resident” Piggies - Pedro, Queequeg & Billie Jean

Billie Jean is a white and red cuy while Pedro (the black piggy) has eaten enough to look like a cuy. BIllie Jean has been with us for 5 years, since she was a young pup. Pedro came to us as a skinny pup with an infected, malformed eye, which had to be removed. He’s almost 4 now. Queequeg is a cute little Abysinninan neutered male with inoperable stones, who is doing incredibly well - stones seem to be shrinking and/or clearing out! He’s been on KMS Pellets which many people have seen lead to a reduction in bladder sludge. Go Queequeg!

Update: Queequeg’s stones returned and blocked his ureter, and we unfortunately lost dear Queequeg.

Lucas (Pictured on right) is another one of our resident “Sanctuary” piggies. He has what we call a “Bobblehead”, which is actually caused by either a neurological issue or inner ear infection. His head bobs around like a bobblehead when he walks. But he’s one of the sweetest, most interactive piggies we’ve known. We’ll try to post  a  video later.

If you’re thinking of getting a guinea pig, please consider adopting from a local rescue (Cavy House or North Star Rescue) or adopting from a local shelter. San Francisco Animal Care and Control, Santa Cruz County animal shelter, Contra Costa County Shelter in Martinez, Monterey SPCA and the San Jose Animal Care and Control often have guinea pigs available for adoption.   Some of these piggies at local shelters are at risk if they don’t get adopted and we don’t have room.