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The Lubbock Animal Shelter Adoption Center (3323 SE Loop 289) does an absolutely heroic job of rescuing and rehoming dogs and cats every day. But sometimes they end up with something a little more, um, little on their hands.

Recently, the shelter took in owner-surrendered Guinea Pigs, a precious calico, and a tuxedo-ed pair.

Owner surrenders named Katie and Jasper. Both are shy, but good with kids and with dogs. Jasper likes to run around in his wheel and Katie likes to jump on jasper.


Katie sounds like a bit of a handful for Jasper, who's just trying to get in some cardio.

They are extremely adorable but any potential adopter should know that Guinea Pigs have much different care needs than that of a dog or cat. According to PetsMart, this is the minimum a potential adopter would need:

  • Solid-bottom cage (minimum 24 x 12 x 12 inches)

  • Water bottle.

  • Food bowl.

  • Hay rack.

  • A hide house (store-bought, or use a small flower pot)

  • Chew toys.

  • Aspen, pine, or recycled paper bedding (but NOT cedar – it's toxic for your pet!)

  • Timothy hay, orchard grass, or oat grass.

These guys will likely go fast, but if you are interested in a non-dog or non-cat pet, I highly encourage you to follow Lubbock Animal Shelter Adoption Center on Facebook. I've seen chickens, goats, small furry friends, and more pop up more frequently than you would expect. Of course, they also get in a huge variety of dog and cat breeds as well, I recently saw they had a litter of enormous Great Pyrenees puppies that were so cute I teared up a bit just from seeing the video.

UPDATE: These guys have been adopted. Told you they'd go quick! 

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