Moving and Can Not Take Guinea Pig with Us. What to Do?

Updated on November 22, 2014
S.B. asks from Virginia Beach, VA
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We are moving and we are unable to take our 2 year old Guinea pig with us. What can we do? Moving to Guam. The cage is way bigger than you think. He is two years old and big and the cage is huge. Thank you for the kind responses!

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Thank you to those that made kind suggestions and to those that didnt. My family: parents are dead. My siblings live on west coast. I have advertised asked kids friends and cant take pet on a 30 hr flight. That's y I was dumb enough to ask for advice.And if it were true that many people would be willing and happy to take a nice guinea pig in a nice cage...i would not of had to be dumb enough to ask for advice. Thank you. I have had some weird responses from Craig's list and it made me think maybe they did want my Guinea pig for food......:(. How much should I ask for him so I will be sure he is going to loving home???

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answers from Austin on

Good grief, sometimes people move into places that do not allow pets. I agree to post a sign up at the local elementary schools, new teachers many times cannot afford a classroom pet, the would love to take over the care.

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answers from Miami on

Lots of people have very strong opinions about pets. You've gotten some here. No matter how much people disagree with you leaving your pet, they aren't you and they aren't moving to Guam.

Look online for a guinea pig rescue group. Sometimes they can help you find a family.

Good luck!

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answers from Dallas on

You might put a sign up in the teacher's lounge or PTA room at your local school and see if anyone would like to adopt a guinea pig with a cage and all supplies.

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answers from San Francisco on

The cage is huge? Maybe you should contact Movers and Packers Bangalore. (An inside joke.)

Find a school that wants a classroom pet.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I know someone that returned a reptile to the store where she bought it a year prior.
They felt confident they could find him a good home.
Can you try that?
Could your kid/s ask their friends if they'd like a free guinea pig?

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answers from Boston on

Folks, there may well be quarantine laws in Guam, not to mention the stress on a small animal being in the baggage area of a noisy aircraft for what's probably a 24 hour flight. Even if it could survive the trip and then be in quarantine (for months maybe?), it's not good for the animal. I can see why you can't take a rodent with you no matter how cute it is!

Guinea pigs re-home easily, as do gerbils and mice and lizards. They aren't like cats & dogs who form strong attachments. Check with preschools, put a flyer up in the children's library, put something on Craigslist, put up signs in pet stores and coffee shops and supermarkets, and at your vet's office. Some pet stores might consider taking on the animal and the used equipment which could be sold to someone really wanting a reduced-fee animal. Tell all your kids' friends and their parents and ask them to spread the word. Put something on Facebook and ask friends to share. Always explain that the reason is you are moving out of the country so they know there's nothing wrong with the animal. Look at other ads for suggested wording including that it's had X shots and Y treatment, and what accessories are included.

Save travels!

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answers from Norfolk on

Contact the people you got him from or find a guinea pig rescue.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

There are guinea pig rescue organizations. I would contact your local one.

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answers from Abilene on

I moved to Spain with my parents and had to leave my beagle. We were being forced to live on the base in an environment that didn't accept animals. It would be 3 months before we would live off base. It was also mentioned to us that the noise was awful in the belly of the plane and my Dad had doubts our dog would survive. So I can understand and identify with you. I've not heard of people moving to Guam unless the military is involved.

I agree with the others that asking area schools, preschools or veternarians might be a good idea. My daughter's kindergarten teacher had to get rid of the class rabbit because a parent complained it was bothering her kid's allergies so it may not be easy to place.

I'm sorry you're having to deal with this situation and hope you are able to resolve soon.


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answers from Washington DC on

sometimes the questions here make me scratch my head.
i mean, what do YOU think you should do?
rehome the piggie.
i'll bet you can do it right within your own family and school community.
many people will be happy to take a nice pig that comes with a nice cage.

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answers from Seattle on

Are you moving out of the country? Small animals can go across state lines. I know, I've moved 38 times in my life...I could start my own moving blog.

Otherwise, start advertising on local sites like Craigslist, at your local markets, tell everyone you know you need to re-home your pet. Someone reliable will surface.

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answers from Anchorage on

While small animals can certainly be moved crossed state lines, I understand sometimes that is just not in the cards due to different circumstances. I would start with a posting someplace like craigslist, or ask the pet store if they can take them back (many do, but they won't refund your money or anything, just find a new home for the little guys). If all else fails the animal shelters do take all animals, they usually have a room they call the "exotic pet room" where they keep things like pigs, snakes, ferrets, ect.

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answers from San Francisco on

I'm not sure why you can't take it with you, unless you are leaving the country? If so start looking for a new home for the little guy. Have your kids start asking their friends, put up a sign at school, daycare, your workplace, etc.

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answers from Washington DC on

Find another home. Contact a rescue and ask for tips and offer to foster til you move. Sometimes they will do a courtesy post. Do NOT offer it for free unless you want it to be snake food.



answers from Philadelphia on

Are Guinea pigs not allowed in Guam (I seem to remember reading somewhere that they're not)? I know hamsters are not allowed in Hawaii.

You could ask a local pet store (or google) about guinea pig shelters in your area, or ask at your local schools if they want to adopt your piggie. Our guinea pig cage was 6ft x 3ft, so yeah, kinda big. Don't expect the next owners to provide as big a cage as yours. If someone wants the piggies, but not the cage, that might be the way you have to go. You might just have to throw out the cage...

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