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Having To Rehome Due To New Career? Please Help:(

TsukiLouWho123

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So I have a huge dilemma on my hands here:(
I recently got offered the job of my dreams I worked so hard to get but it came with a HUGE condition: I rehome my Guinea pigs:( which I obviously in a million years do not want to do.
I was told the pathogens from my pigs could spread to the rats/mice that I would be involved with.
Do you think there's any way I could just be super super sanitary like wear certain clothes just for pigs, gloves, sanitize and disinfect myself after handling, shower before work each day?
Has anyone else had to make a huge decision like this? I need my pigs they are my world:( but I don't want to compromise anything in my workplace:(
 

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I think the important thing here is that it does not come down to what you or us think, it comes down to whether it forms part of your agreement/contract with your new employer. What happens when your employer finds out you kept the piggies anyway? Then you likely find yourself out of a job. What if it does contaminate the work they are doing? In that case could they potentially sue you as well? I would have a further chat with them about the risks of keeping the piggies and the potential implications so you understand which way you need to go
 

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That's really difficult... I am guessing they don't want to contaminate the lab animals? All you can really do is talk with them. Do they prohibit staff from keeping ANY pets? Just other rodents? I mean, they can't reasonably expect that none of their staff will have contact with animals outside the lab. Is there anyone in your life who would be willing to take the pigs on so you could still see them? I would inquire further about the possible risk and infection control measures. Like I said, I can't imagine that NONE of their staff have pets or come into contact with domestic animals in their daily lives! Lots of luck and hope a solution can be worked out.
 
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