guinea pigGuinea Pigs Need Good Homes

2014 UPDATE: Our guinea pigs have all been adopted. Thank you to all the businesses and people who helped us fundraise, donated produce and hosted adoption events. Thank you to the families who adopted these precious little animals into your homes!

August 26, 2010 - When the CDART volunteers did their risk assessment visit to CrocTalk in Kelowna in August 2010, they were surprised to see an abundance of bunnies and guinea pigs on the property. Business owner, Doug Illman, advised that they had been dropped off by someone with good intentions to be used as food for the crocodilians. Doug was not able to feed them to Lucy, Abby and Lucky - the resident alligators.

So, being rabbits and guinea pigs, they soon started to multiply. Doug built them an enclosure that was soon buzzing with wee pigs and bunnies tunnelling throughout and eagerly anticipating room service. The rapidly increasing population had already started to become a logistical problem for CrocTalk. Soon, reality would have to make some harsh decisions.

CDART volunteers are well versed with a variety of species of animals. They knew they were in a position to help, even though time constraints, money and emotional investments were all being tolled in their daily lives.

Deb Silk at CrocTalk with Guinea Pig

Brainstorming ensued and plans were underway for a fundraiser to get the bunnies spayed and neutered and the male guinea pigs neutered (the female guinea pigs are just too fragile to undergo such a major surgery). The bunnies are a larger breed and it may take CDART a while to get them organized and settled, so for the moment, they are in a separate facility at CrocTalk. They will be spayed and neutered and vetted through the Lakeshore Animal Clinic.

Veterinary support was sought and Dr. Irene Mul of Lakeshore Animal Clinic agreed to sex all the guinea pigs for us so that they could be separated and schedules arranged for surgeries. Both Annie Monod from Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary and Dr. Mul advised us that we could count on each female guinea pig of age being pregnant. That was just the way it was......

We also had the support of Dr. Darcy Rae of the Westbank Animal Care Hospital who agreed to neuter all the wee pigs for us at a tremendous cost savings. Schedules are drawn up now and the process has begun. We will be posting photos of all the wee pigs shortly for you to see what splendid little creatures these ones are. No longer are they destined to be nice light snacks for CrocTalk residents. Because of isolation requirements before and after surgeries, some of the wee pigs are not available for adoption with others of the opposite gender until the appropriate time limits have been realized. They are all in foster care presently but we may need some help with foster arrangements.

So, if you are interested in learning more about our guinea pigs, and feel that your family could provide the care and love for these endearing little creatures, please email: Shari McDowell at or leave a message at Critteraid 250.494.5057 and we will have somebody get back to you. Or, download and complete the Wee Pig Adoption Application, e-mail or mail it to us, and one of our volunteers will get in touch with you as soon as we can.

Meet our guinea pig girls and boys (download the PDFs to the right)


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