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Many pet owners are unaware of guinea pigs‘ companionship needs. It’s common for people who don’t know better to raise guinea pigs alone – unintentionally leaving these adorable small creatures to suffer and ache from loneliness. A pair of pigs will play, chase, and eat together providing round-the-clock companionship when they are not with you. A single pig can become very lonely, and this stress could impact their health, says Humane Society Silicon Valley.

When guinea pigs are unlucky enough to lose a partner or companion, they immediately begin to suffer and quickly need to have a new playmate found for them. This is true for the animals at every stage and age of their lives.

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Guinea pigs are extremely social animals and communicate through vocalizations and touch. These herd animals rely on companionship to thrive and live happy lives. This is why Switzerland has made it illegal to own just one guinea pig without others of their kind to play and connect with. Sign this petition to urge two of the largest pet stores in the U.S., Petco and PetSmart, to educate pet parents about these animals’ needs and to only sell guinea pigs in pairs!

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