how many guinea pigs can you get from pets at home?

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hi, i want to buy three female guinea pigs and i’m going to go to pets at home ( only because there are no adoption shelters near me at all) i was wandering if they had a two pet limit or if anyone has managed to buy three girls there before? thanks :)
 

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Pets at Home are a business - they will sell you as many piggies as you are prepared to pay for :(
thanks, i know it’s not ideal but there really isn’t any shelters near me.... just out of interest have you ever bought from them? x
 

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The issue with PAH is they can and will sell you piggies that are ill, missexed, mismatched (personality) and even pregnant.

Rescues are willing to rehome further afield as long as you meet the criteria. You could perhaps have a search and phone them up to see which piggies they have available for adoption that would also suit your household.

May I ask why you’re in such a rush? I’d say wait until lockdown is over then think about it. There are also other things to consider such as space and vet fees.
 

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We appreciate that it isn’t always possible to rehome from a rescue but buying from a pet shop comes with risks and you will need to be prepared for that. If you are going to go ahead, then try to get pigs which are already together and the ones who get on best. It can go a little way towards reducing the risk of problems in their relationship but is still not a guarantee that they will get on for the long term. if they aren’t already living in the same enclosure at the pet shop, you will need to carry out a bonding yourself, which again, there is absolutely no guarantee of success in this scenario and you could end up with a pair of piggies and then one left on its own, who will require its own cage and then would need its own new friend to be bonded with. Sows are wired to live in groups but a trio is often a difficult combination to get right and often an outsider situation occurs and one piggy gets left out. It is better to work in even numbers of piggies.
Do add your location, we may be able to help identify a nearby rescue

Most pet shops aren’t actually selling animals during the lockdown - they should only be open for essential purchases such as food and bedding and have temporarily stopped animal sales
 
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The issue with PAH is they can and will sell you piggies that are ill, missexed, mismatched (personality) and even pregnant.

Rescues are willing to rehome further afield as long as you meet the criteria. You could perhaps have a search and phone them up to see which piggies they have available for adoption that would also suit your household.

May I ask why you’re in such a rush? I’d say wait until lockdown is over then think about it. There are also other things to consider such as space and vet fees.

I have to agree with this, I bought my two from PAH before I knew any better and they tried telling me they were females, says enough when somebody who at the time knew the bare minimum about piggies could tell them that they were wrong.
 

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Could you tell us whereabouts you are?
The issue with PAH is they can and will sell you piggies that are ill, missexed, mismatched (personality) and even pregnant.

Rescues are willing to rehome further afield as long as you meet the criteria. You could perhaps have a search and phone them up to see which piggies they have available for adoption that would also suit your household.

May I ask why you’re in such a rush? I’d say wait until lockdown is over then think about it. There are also other things to consider such as space and vet fees.
i’m in beaminster, dorset. and i am going to wait until after this is all over- i should have made that clear
 

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Unfortunately according to our rescue locator, that area doesn’t have any forum approved rescue centres.

Just be very aware of the risks of missexing, buying already pregnant piggies and the potential of mismatched characters when buying pet shop piggies so that you can have a plan in place should things go awry.
 

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:agr: Another thing to think about is ill piggies.
there are no rescues close to you, but there may be the option of a piggy train. People have also travelled with them on trains/public transport before so that’s also an option. Good luck AEF84437-DA5E-4091-BDD1-E2F40275DB3B.png5DA7B72E-EBB3-45EC-8A19-26D59C8ABC9C.pngC9E2098E-F249-4D8E-A00D-B85144B3626F.png5B0EF79B-703D-4CD3-82EB-D322BDF42574.png
 
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