I've got guineas on the brain again, but I'm not sure if this is a long-term desire or just a short-lived phase I'm going through. I'm also on the fence about whether to renew my current apartment lease* or look for a new place, which would affect any possible pets.
I think my best option for now would be to do some volunteer work with them at an animal shelter until I decide, which would also put me in contact with a support network, help me catch up on current cavy keeping methods, and acquaint me with potential adoptees. However, I haven't found a whole lot of local animal shelters with guinea pigs, and those I have found (SPCA and "Citizens for Animal Protection") don't seem interested in a short-term volunteer.
Does anybody know of any guinea pig shelters/rescues in Houston, TX, ideally on the west side near Beltway 8/Highway 6 along I-10 (Energy Corridor area), where I can volunteer for a few weeks to get back into the guinea spirit?
* I asked at the front office about pet policies while paying my rent yesterday; what it comes down to is "cats and dogs have a deposit and pet rent, anything else is fine as long as it's legal". That said, I'll probably notify them if/when I make any new household additions, just because it would be the responsible thing (also my neighbor, lest she bring her dogs to visit and they get a hankering for cuy).
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In other news, it makes me super sad and upset to see male/female piggie pairs listed on Craigslist for adoption. I just know they're trying to make it "someone else's problem" before the female gives birth...
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