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!!

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 is unfortunately no longer with us.

“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 8-10 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)

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.

Freckles (above, left) and Andy (above, right)

in better times

Wayne (above)

Freckles, Andy, Wayne and Pip - Hard Times

    Freckles, Wayne and Andy and Pip could use some help. These four sweet piggies have hit on some hard times.

    Freckles is a 5 year old female whose upper incisor went bad and ended up growing up into the roof of her mouth, causing an abscess. The abscess put a lot of pressure on the eye, causing it bulge enough to ulcerate the eye and cause an abscess behind the eye. She has lost the sight in the eye and had the eye removed. . The upper incisor was removed which means that lower incisor won’t wear down naturally so she may need monthly incisor trims the rest of her life. Each monthly trim is $32, if it doesn’t involve the molars.

2/20/15 Update: Freckles eye was removed on 2/19 and she did great. She’s eating well and bouncing around the cage and feeling well. Freckle’ surgery cost $436.

3/22/15- Freckles has pus  coming out from the place where her eye socket was stitched up after her enucleation. So this at least means more antibiotics for her and possibly another procedure. Her vet prescribed 3 more weeks of antibiotics. Hopefully this will clear things up so she can avoid another surgery.. She’s a tough piggy!

    Some good news for Freckles is that so far her teeth have been wearing down normally despite the fact that she is missing one. Hopefully she’ll be able to avoid monthly incisor trims.

    Andy is a two year old neutered male who was returned to us with a bad wound on the top of his front foot in July 2014. We’ve been working on his foot with antibiotics, wraps, stitches etc but it just continues to get worse. It’s bad enough now that Andy will have his front leg amputated on March 26.

4/1/15-Andy’s front leg was amputated and he did wonderful in his surgery. He seems to have adapted quickly to life with only 3 legs. He hops like a bunny now.  We will be watching his remaining front foot carefully since it is now bearing a lot more weight. Andy’s surgery was $539.

     Wayne, a 3 year old male, was returned to us January 2015. He was a bit thin and has huge eyes (much larger than normal) so off he went to the vet, where it was discovered that Wayne has advanced glaucoma in both eyes. The glaucoma was bad enough that the lens of the eyes fell off and is sitting at the bottom of his eye. If he has any eyesight left, it is very limited. The vet removed both eyes as the pressure of glaucoma is very painful.      2/7/15 Update: Wayne’s previous owner is covering the cost of his surgery so thankfully we don’t have to worry about his bills, at least. Thanks!

      2/20/15 Update: Wayne had both eyes removed and is recovering nicely! He’s eating well, walking around the cage and hanging out with his buddy Maxwell. He really doesn’t act much different than before.

    Pip had surgery in December 2014 to remove ovarian cysts and mammary masses and was expected  to make a full recovery and be put up for adoption in January. However, Pip has continued to lose weight since the surgery. She underwent xrays and bloodwork on February 19 which didn’t reveal anything obvious.  She will be going in for urinalysis at the end of March. She may have cystitis so continues to get subcutaneous fluids every other day and Baytril twice a day. Her surgery alone in December was over $500.

     3/20/15 Update: Pip appears to have a serious urinary tract infection as her urine is quite smelly and bloody. A microscopic look revealed lots of bacteria and white blood cells. A culture is being sent out and results are due next week.  Culture, analysis and vet visit was $236.

     4/1/15- Sadly, Pip lost her battle over the weekend but at least now she is out of pain.

Gem came back to us recently and it was discovered that she has a cyst on her back. She will be having it analyzed on March 26 to see if it should be surgically removed later that day.

3/29/15- Gem’s lump was just a small sebaceous cyst - nothing to worry about! Finally some good news....


    Obviously, this is a big hit to our budget. We’ve already had almost $3,000 in vet bills the past 3 months. We’re normally able to fund our vet bills through our boarding fees and donations. But this is a huge hit. If you’re interested in helping, you can donate to us in several ways. You can mail a check made out to Cavy House to PO Box 324, La Honda, Ca. 94020.  Or if you wish to get a tax deduction for your donation, you can make a donation to The Rabbit Haven (Our parent organization). You’ll need to note on the check or memo that it is for the guinea pigs, otherwise, the donation will go to the rabbits (who also need donations). For information on how to donate this way, go to this link:

And please don’t forget to note that it’s for the guinea pigs!!!

Note: Paypal is also possible. Let me know if you’d like to donate via PayPal.

Thanks so much!!!

Andy, Freckles, Wayne, Gem and Pip (the piggies)

Sue (the piggie’s caretaker)

New Arrivals! On Memorial Day, May 25, 3 pups were born to “Hoops”, a black and white Abysinnian youngster. We don’t know their sexes yet. They should be ready for adoption in late June