The Seattle Animal Shelter highlights rescued guinea pigs for adoption during the month of March, which is “Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month.” Besides guinea pigs, the shelter offers other small animals for adoption, as well as dogs and cats.

Guinea pigs (or cavies, as they’re sometimes known) are very social. They prefer to live with at least one other guinea pig friend, and they spend lots of time interacting with their human companions. 

Guinea pigs like to live indoors. They require a roomy, flat-bottomed cage; hay; pellets; and fresh fruits and veggies. 

Many guinea pigs are vocal and will greet their owners excitedly with “wheeks, wheets and whistles.” 

Guinea pigs also require daily exercise in a secure playpen, as they cannot use exercise wheels or rodent balls.

The guinea pigs and other critters available for adoption from the shelter, at 2061 15th Ave. W, about a mile south of the Ballard Bridge. 

The adoption fee for guinea pigs is $15; adoption fees for other small animal range between $15 to $40.

 The Seattle Animal Shelter reserves the right to approve or deny any animal adoptions and limits the number of small-animal adoptions to no more than three per household.

The shelter is open Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m., for adoptions and for licensing. For more information, call (206) 386-7387 (PETS) or visit the shelter’s website at