Post   » Sat Jan 15, 2005 12:33 am

I sent in all the needed information yesterday. I have not heard from them yet. I know a lot of you have pet finder sites so I wanted to ask you all a few questions. Is it hard to set up? Do most of your adoptions come from there? Thanks in advance.

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Post   » Sat Jan 15, 2005 3:16 am

No and No. Wish I didn't have to be listed there.


Post   » Sat Jan 15, 2005 3:20 am

I find it extremely disappointing that they have partnered up with PetCo.


Post   » Sat Jan 15, 2005 3:56 am

We don't get a lot of adoption inquiries from there and I am sorry to say that the majority of people who email us directly from PetFinder are not qualified to adopt, either because they are kids or because they are stupid. Most of them consist of:

hi muffin is sooooooooo cute how much is he?

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Post   » Sat Jan 15, 2005 3:59 am

I get a ton of the sooo cute messages from all over, just as many if not more from my main site because of all the photos. But, most of the adopters come from local referrals from pet stores (mainly ones that know about me that don't sell animals), shelters and others, and my main site.

You need to spend a lot of time getting the word out about your rescue in a whole lot of ways. Then, over time, it kind of takes on a life of its own--if you stay active.


Post   » Sat Jan 15, 2005 9:10 pm

Well that is very discouraging. I guess I won't expect much from it then. I still have not heard from them. How do you tell an adopter that they are not qualified? I am having a hard time with this. I just lied to a lady to today and told her I had nothing available right now. I need a more professional way of telling them no. Any ideas?


Post   » Sat Jan 15, 2005 9:36 pm

Yes. We have a group of form letters that we send out to people depending upon the reason for rejection. The letters typically go something like,

Thank you for your interest in our guinea pigs! It looks like you really want to be a good guinea pig owner. I noticed that you marked down "cage location" as your outside patio. We do not recommend keeping guinea pigs outside because......

And what follows is a short educational talk followed by appropriate links to articles online (usually Cavy Spirit). Then something like:

As you know, there are several options in adopting a guinea pig with us (they learned about this in our first email). Based on your responses to the adoption questionnaire, I am going to forward you to the private adoption counselor and our shelter adoptions coordinator. There are many piggies on our private adoption and shelter lists just waiting for a forever home.

I'm sorry, but our rescued guinea pigs do not live outside.

Again, thank you for your application and good luck with your new guinea pigs. If you should have any care questions, please visit

See, I just made them read some educational information before telling them that they were rejected. And we don't use the term 'rejected' or anything like it; we let them know that they qualified for different options. And note that I set off the "I'm sorry" line -- because I want it to stand out for them.

Hope that helps.

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Post   » Sat Jan 15, 2005 9:45 pm

Are you sure you have in all your paperwork? I thought I had, but then realized I had forgotten a copy of my adoption contract. Once I got that in, I received a phone call telling me it was activated.

I've actually had good luck with my petfinder site. All three adoptions this month were from there. But then, the only other places I've advertised are and .


Post   » Sat Jan 15, 2005 9:49 pm

Very nice. My problem is that they may have filled out the adoption request satisfactory but when I talk to them I realize that they may not be a good adopter. Do you ever have that happen? You just get a bad vibe or something doesn’t seem right? Then what? No specific reasons but it don’t sit right with you. I have had some of these guinea pigs for a while and care about them just like my own. So there is no way I will let them be adopted by someone that I just don’t feel right with. Does that make me a bad rescuer? I don’t want to be too picky but they are living animals.


Post   » Sat Jan 15, 2005 9:54 pm

Yes, I sent in my adoption contract and my adoption request form and a letter from my vet. Are they in on Saturday? Maybe I sent it in too late on Friday.
I have also used Cavy rescue and craigslist as well. I have two adopters coming this Saturday one from each of those sites.

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Post   » Sat Jan 15, 2005 11:09 pm

I got on Petfinder several years ago, so I don't remember how long it took. But a friend of mine just signed up, and she had to wait several days and send her contract 3 or 4 times. They didn't have it together. I used to get a lot of great adopters off of Petfinder and I still get some, but it's not like it used to be.

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Post   » Sat Jan 15, 2005 11:23 pm

Most of my adoptions come from Petfinder, but I do agree that probably more than half are duds.

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Post   » Sun Jan 16, 2005 9:45 am

I've had some great adopters that have found the pigs on Petfinder. You're bound to get a few duds with any publicity.

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Supporter in '15

Post   » Sun Jan 16, 2005 10:08 am

I get a lot of people inquiring from petfinder. Some are good, some are not so good...It's another place to network for homes and to get the word out there.

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Post   » Sun Jan 16, 2005 2:08 pm

Oh, yes, I wouldn't not be on Petfinder. Whether it's warranted or not, it lends some credibility, and Petfinder has almost become the Google for people looking to adopt.

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E's Moriarity

Post   » Sun Jan 16, 2005 2:12 pm

If I were adopting a piggy, I'd come *here* because I know you all. Any other animal I would probaby go to PetFinder and the local shelters and google for rescues. So even though you get duds and dopes, it seems pretty important to do (list on PetFinder).

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Post   » Sun Jan 16, 2005 3:51 pm

I get a good many adoptors from my Petfinder site. Since I am just learning about getting my info. out there other than local vets,and word of mouth and business cards it is my main internet exposure.

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Post   » Sun Jan 16, 2005 5:45 pm

I found petfinder to be organized and very helpful. They followed up with me immediately upon receiving an application. I get nearly all of my adopters through petfinder.


Post   » Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:51 pm

Nothing yet. I sent them another email. Do they have a phone number? I can't find one.


Post   » Wed Jan 19, 2005 6:10 pm

I had to write my first rejection email today. How do you think I did? I am open for any suggestions.

After, reviewing you adoption request I have a few concerns. First an aquarium is not proper for a guinea pig. To check out some good cages go to . There you will find proper housing for guinea pigs. Also you said that you may want to breed guinea pigs. I cannot even begin to tell you all reasons as to why you should never breed guinea pigs. For one there are so many unwanted homeless guinea pigs that are put to sleep in shelters everyday. To learn more about breeding please check out . The best guinea pig website you can find is , there you can find everything you need to know before you get a guinea pig. Thank you for your interest but at this time I am unable to fill your adoption request.

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