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!!

Upcoming Events and News

What To Do With Too-Small Guinea Pig Cages?

What about turning them into miniature gardens and wheat-grass fields for the guinea pigs? We’ve had great luck growing lettuce and wheat grass for our rescue piggies in these cages.  Just go easy on the grass at first with the piggies so you don’t overwhelm their digestive systems.   

A nice article about the founder of Rabbit Haven (Cavy House’s parent organization):

Rabbit Haven

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

Three of our “Resident” Piggies - Pedro, Mo & 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 3 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 a year and a half old.  Mo has been fighting a long-term abscess that has caused her molars to rotate inwards.  She has been requiring monthly incisor and/or molar trims. She’s 3 1/2 years old.

“Cookie” is a cute little one to two month old female pup who has had a rough start to life. Soon after being purchased, her hind leg was broken in multiple places by a dog. Her family surrendered her to a shelter. Her only chance of getting out of the shelter is if we would take her - otherwise, she would face euthanasia.

Cookie got great care at the Animal Hospital of Soquel where they made a special splint that she needs to wear for 4 weeks. She has been paired with Bobby, a female who recently weaned 5 pups, and Bobby has been taking loving care of her.

Cookie’s splint came off April 9 and she’s all healed and is available for adoption with Bobby now.  She’s jumping on and off of her huts and stools and doesn’t seem to remember at all that she had a broken leg.

“Cuy” Guinea Pigs: 

     Cuy guinea pigs are special breeds of guinea pigs who were bred for increased meat production in South America. Unfortunately, many of these piggies are much more skittish than your typical piggy. We’ve seen some well-socialized cuy, but those who don’t get enough handling are very challenging.They are also much larger (can be 5-6 pounds), more muscular and stronger, making them harder to handle.

     We’ve been seeing a big increase in the number of these showing up at Petco, Petsmart and local shelters in 2014. Because they’re harder to socialize and don’t make good pets for beginning piggy owners, we have a harder time adopting them out. We currently have 5 in our rescue. Wee Companions, in San Diego, currently has 36 cuy.

     We have been limiting the number of piggies in our rescue to about 10-12 at a time (for our sanity), which presents us with a dilemma. If we keep taking cuy in, but have a hard time placing them, soon all of our spots will be taken up with cuy and we won’t be able to  take in more piggies. But we hate to leave them in shelters, because if we don’t take them, they will probably never make it out.

    We’re trying to look for solutions. If you’re interested in fostering some cuy to see if you can make them socialized enough for adoption, please contact us at We’re also thinking about creating a cuy sanctuary, but that takes a huge commitment that we’re not sure we can make. We’re still trying to figure out a solution for these beautiful cuy. (Please see our “Cuy” tab for more info)

65 Guinea Pigs Available for Adoption at Bay Area Rescues & Shelters!  (March 29,2014)

Local shelters and rescues have been swamped lately with guinea pigs needing new homes. This is an unusually high number of homeless. Cavy House continues to get calls daily from people wanting to surrender their piggies to us. We just can’t take them all in. If you’re thinking about getting some guinea pigs, please check out the local shelters and rescues. You can check out those who were available as of 3/29/14 on our “SF Bay Area Piggies” tab.

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.