MONTREAL — Docile little animals like guinea pigs are easy to look after and people often buy them for children as toys — but as one Montreal family has discovered, they are quickly left behind.
Lola Bourget and her daughter Jodi, run a guinea pig rescue mission in Pointe-Claire and for the past 13 years “Jodie’s Jiggley Piggley Farm” has rescued more than 1,000 of them.
It all started when the mother daughter team was breeding guinea pigs and noticed people were returning the babies shortly after they were purchased.
“How can you not love them.”
That’s when they figured they should be rescuing instead of breeding.
“I just like that they’re so cute. They are really quite low maintenance and they don’t’ smell.”
Bourget noted that guinea pigs are not like dogs in terms of offering companionship. She said they are less interactive and you just have to appreciate them for being cute.
They also require a five to seven year commitment. Bourget said she wished parents would set a good example for their kids when it comes to domestic pets.
“When children lose interest and parents just get rid of them, it doesn’t set a good example.”
For more information visit Jiggledy Piggley here.
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