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It’s a heart-wrenching sight to see animals abandoned and left to fend for themselves on the streets. Unfortunately, this is the case for many guinea pigs in New York City, which is currently facing a crisis with a skyrocketing number of abandoned guinea pigs.

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Animal Care Centers of NYC recently posted a video on TikTok showing 22 guinea pigs rescued from a building lobby. The post highlighted that roughly 600 guinea pigs have been abandoned this year alone in New York City. While this may come as a surprise to some, the phenomenon is not exclusive to NYC, as other areas are also experiencing an increase in abandoned guinea pigs.

The pandemic has seen an increase in pet adoptions, but it has also led to impulse purchases that have contributed to the crisis of abandoned guinea pigs. People who adopted guinea pigs as a way to cope with the stress of the pandemic and lockdown measures are now finding it difficult to take care of them. This situation is leading to a higher number of abandoned animals being left to fend for themselves.

As the number of abandoned guinea pigs increases, animal shelters are struggling to accommodate the influx of animals. Shelters are finding it hard to manage the growing number of animals that require care and attention. The rate of abandoned guinea pigs has doubled since last year, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down.


We have taken in 777 guinea pigs. So many of them are pregnant and the majority are under 3 years old, signaling them to be pandemic purchases. There needs to be an end to the breeding and selling of guinea pigs at pet stores. Consider adopting or fostering guinea pigs! #nycacc #boroughbred #guineapigsoftiktok #guineapiglove #guineapigs #caviesoftiktok #guineapigtok

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The crisis has led the city council to consider a ban on the sale of guinea pigs in pet stores. The goal is to discourage impulse purchases and ensure that people are well-informed before adopting pets. This measure will help prevent people from buying animals without fully considering the responsibility and commitment required to take care of them.

One of the main problems contributing to the increase in abandoned guinea pigs is the difficulty in telling their sex. Guinea pigs are social animals and require companionship to thrive. However, if male and female guinea pigs are paired, it can lead to unintended pregnancies, which can be overwhelming for inexperienced owners. Only two veterinarians in NYC are experienced in spaying and neutering guinea pigs, and the procedure can be expensive.

If you’re considering adopting a guinea pig, it’s important to be responsible and informed. It’s crucial to understand the time, effort, and financial commitment required to take care of these animals properly. If you’re interested in adopting a guinea pig, it’s advisable to contact animal shelters in your area or visit their websites to browse the adoptable animals. The Animal Care Centers of NYC, for example, can provide more information on adopting or fostering guinea pigs.

As animal lovers, we can help reduce the number of abandoned guinea pigs and other animals in our cities. Consider supporting animal organizations that help care for abandoned animals. By donating time or money to these organizations, you can help ensure that these animals receive the care they need and deserve.

What Now?

The guinea pig crisis in New York City is a sad reminder of the importance of responsible pet ownership. As animal lovers, we must be well-informed and committed to providing the care and attention that our pets require. Let’s work together to help reduce the number of abandoned guinea pigs and other animals in our cities. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these animals. 

It’s essential to remember that pets, including guinea pigs, require love, attention, and care. As social animals, they need companionship and interaction with their owners. It’s important to dedicate time and effort to creating a safe and comfortable environment for your pet. By providing a healthy diet, regular exercise, and veterinary care, you can ensure that your pet lives a happy and healthy life. Remember, adopting a pet is a long-term commitment, and we must be responsible and informed before bringing them into our homes. Let’s work together to prevent the abandonment of guinea pigs and ensure that they receive the care they deserve.

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