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!

“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.

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. 

Bay Area Pig-nic

A fun day with your guinea pigs and other piggy owners in an outdoor setting. A benefit for Cavy House and North Star Rescue.

Bay Area Pig-nic:

Save The Dates: August 27 - at Marin Humane Society

                            September 10 - Cupertino

Bring your Guinea Pigs for fun day and Picnic. Lots of cute, fun contests