Pets of the Week: All of the Piggies at ARL Shelters

March is Adopt A Guinea Pig Month

The month of March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month.

Many people don’t realize that our shelter and others adopt out these adorable pets.

Here are three great ways you can support guinea pigs in shelters this month:

  1. Adopt. Guinea pigs make great pets. If you’d like to learn more about them, call our Brewster shelter and speak with one of our adoption agents.
  2. Spread The Word. Tell your friends and family they can adopt guinea pigs at the ARL’s Brewster shelter rather than buying from a pet store.
  3. Foster. Sometimes even guinea pigs need foster parents.

03-13 Guinea Pig Month_ThumbCharlie, pictured left, is one of several guinea pigs as our shelter. He is a smaller sized boy with that spiky abyssinian hair.

Charlie is used to being held, though he can be a little timid when in his cage. He likes to eat his salads and munch on his hay. He will be a great pet for his new family – come meet him at our Brewster shelter on Cape Cod soon!

Read his profile.

View other available guinea pigs:


Pets of the Week: Guinea Pigs Siskel and Ebert

Best Buds Hoping for a Permanent Home Together

SSiskel & Ebert Heartiskel and Ebert are best buds who have been at the ARL’s Boston shelter since November. They are two very friendly guinea pigs who would make great pets!

These two boys are very attached to each other and we would love for them to go home together this Valentine’s Day weekend!

Siskel and Ebert are charming and talkative little animals and their unique personalities will provide you with hours of joy and love.

Guinea pigs can make great companions for both first-time or experienced pet owners. Given that they are prey animals, guinea pigs require time, patience and a gentle hand. Once they are comfortable with you and their new surroundings, their personalities really shine. Just like any other pet, guinea pigs require a lot of care and attention. It is important to familiarize yourself with their daily and long term needs before adding one to your family.

If you or your friends or family members are considering getting a guinea pig (or two) please consider adoption first. Throughout the year our shelters have many small animals including guinea pigs just waiting for their perfect match.

Learn more about guinea pigs.

We hope you’ll add Siskel & Ebert to your pack!


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Siskel & Ebert
Photo: Maria Uribe



Nothing’s Better Than a Home for the Holidays

Featuring Animals Who Need a Home & Those Who’ve Already Found One

This is the time of year when everyone at the ARL especially wants to give the animals in our care the opportunity to experience joy and companionship.  After all, it’s what the holidays are all about.

With that in mind, today we kick off “Home for the Holidays,” a month-long community outreach campaign to encourage adoption and support for our shelter animals.

We’ll feature stories on our blog about animals rescued from cruel conditions, now recovered and living happy and healthy lives.

Mike a 10-month-old guinea pig.

Mike a 1-year-old guinea pig.

We will also share the stories of the many deserving animals available for adoption at our adoption centers in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster.  Animals like Mike, a cute as can be guinea pig who’s been at the ARL since October 15. He’s great with kids and just an all-around stand-out guinea pig!

Our biggest holiday wish is to help the animals in our care and individuals and families willing to open their hearts to an animal in need find each other now.

Each of our adoption centers also has a holiday wish list of items and supplies that help make our furry, feathered and hoofed friends in our adoption centers feel comfortable and loved during their stay with us.  You can download and share the holiday wish list for each shelter at:

The happiest part of the work we do all year is bringing animals like Mike and people together.  Every year the organization unites over 3,000 deserving animals with loving human companions.  Another 1,100 find foster homes with dedicated ARL volunteers, too.

We look forward to sharing stories, pictures, and videos this month to help the animals in our care find a home for the holidays!

Heidi and U-Haul Celebrate Adopt-A-Guinea Pig Month


Heidi (L) & U-Haul (R)

March is Adopt-A-Guinea Pig Month!  Most people assume that animal shelters only have cats and dogs, but here at the Animal Rescue League of Boston we have a knowledgeable staff and are able to accommodate a variety of animals including guinea pigs! Julie Morris, ASPCA senior vice president for National Shelter Outreach, designated March as Adopt-a-Rescued-Guinea Pig celebration month. “The idea behind the celebration month is to encourage future adopters to think of shelters and rescue groups first.” Between our three branches, we currently have 6 guinea pigs available for adoption, so if you’re thinking about getting a guinea pig, why not consider adopting one from the League?

U-Haul and Heidi are 3 year old female guinea pigs who were brought to the League because their owner was moving. They have lived together since they were babies and are best friends  As you can imagine they are very attached to each other and would like to go to their forever home together. They are well socialized, very friendly and like being held and petted. Will you help Heidi and U-Haul celebrate Adopt-A-Guinea Pig Month in  new home? Share this with anyone you know who’s thinking of getting a guinea pig! If you’re interested in adopting Heidi and U-Haul, stop by our Boston Adoption Center or give us a call at 617.426.9170.

Count on a Guinea Pig to Bring You Some Holiday Cheer

Titoblog1We’re continuing this week’s “home for the holidays” spotlights with an animal on the smaller side. If you’re looking for a small animal to fill your home with holiday cheer this season then look no further, Tito is the guinea pig for you! Tito is a charming 2 year-old male guinea pig who was brought to the Animal Rescue League of Boston due to landlord restrictions. Tito has been at the League’s Boston shelter since August and this little fella deserves to find his forever home for the holidays. Please help Tito find a home by Christmas by sharing this with any small animal lovers you know.

Here’s a little more info about Tito:


  • His favorite snack is dried cranberries!
  • He doesn’t mind being held and carried.
  • He loves to hide.
  • He may seem shy at first, but once he feels comfortable with you he lets his personality shine.
  • When you pet him he sometimes makes the little guinea pig purring and bubbling sound!

This multi-colored guy is a real charmer, so come meet him today! Our Boston Adoption Center is open from 1-7pm.