Welcome to Sprowston Guinea Pig Rescue. We take in guinea pigs and rabbits regardless of age or condition and re-home them where possible. We are also a retirement home for the many guinea pigs and rabbits that need specialist care.
We are located on the East side of Norwich near the A47. If you need to re-home your pet or if you would like to offer a home to one of our many rescues you can contact us on the telephone number or email address below. We ask for a donation upon adoption which helps us look after the animals in our care. We also ask that if for any reason you cant keep your new pet anymore you return it to us.
We aim to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home all animals that come into our care where possible. Sometimes an animal will remain in our care for the rest of its life due to medical or behavioural problems. We never put a healthy animal to sleep.
Since opening our doors for the first time in April 2003 we have re-homed hundreds of guinea pigs and rabbits and given them a better life. We work closely with the local RSPCA, vets and other rescues with the aim to get animals into their new homes as quickly as possible.
Please make sure you make an appointment before visiting the rescue. The rescue is run from our home and our neighbours do not appreciate it if we have too many visitors at once.
We can only accept appointments from people wishing to adopt animals and are not open to the general public. If bringing your children along please keep them under control at all times.
We have many animals here that can easily be frightened and in particular our ducks do not like being approached by small children.
We do not receive any funding and rely on donations from the public to keep us going. Running costs are high and our weekly vets bill is usually in excess of £100. Donations of funds, food, bedding, veggies are always very much appreciated, no matter how small.
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We are always in need of newspapers to use in our hutches. As an additional way of raising funds we collect used print cartridges and old mobile phones to send off for recycling, if you would like a free post envelope to send yours off you can register for one Here
Piggy Sue’s story
Anyone who doesn’t believe that such a small creature can make a big difference in someones life please read on. Going back 4 years I still remember the day well. I had been informed of a local breeder that was keeping his rabbits and guinea pigs in terrible conditions. They were being sold to the public and within a few days they were dead. I decided to go and see for myself. Nothing could have prepared me for the horror of a shed I walked into. It was the middle of summer, there were no windows or doors open, the shed was baking hot and filled with an unbearable smell. There were blocks of cages stacked to the ceiling filled with more animals than I care to count.
All the animals including the guinea pigs were fed on a diet of rabbit pellets (any guinea pig owner will know that they should not be eating rabbit pellets) with no hay or fresh vegetables and more importantly no water. The breeder gave them any rotten left over vegetables which gave them some fluid but not nearly enough. All these poor animals were literally becoming dehydrated and being starved to death. We managed to persuade him to let us take some of the animals home with us and promptly started placing them in boxes. I happened to look up to one of the top cages to see a little head peeping over the edge.
The breeder reluctantly took the guinea pig out of the cage and immediately I said I would be taking her home. This guinea pig was piggy sue. I never would have believed that such a small creature could be in such a state of emaciation and neglect and still be alive.
She was dehydrated, malnourished, had vitamin C deficiency, mites, and above all hardly any fur. I believe that had she been left there a couple of days longer she would have been dead. We brought her home, treated all her problems and got her on a good diet. In all this time she showed such determination and really seemed to appreciate our efforts. It was decided that piggy sue would live out her days in the retirement run with the older females.
How could I possibly re-home her after she had already been through so much?
Over the years piggy sue has had many problems including ovarian cysts and a slipped lens in her eye. Even then it was thought that she may need her eye removed but the drops solved the problem and she carried on as usual, this was until one fateful day last week. I was up early as usual, feeding all the guinea pigs before I went to work, however this morning was different, there was something wrong with piggy sue.
She was wobbling as she walked and didn’t look 100% and I instantly knew something major was wrong. I raced up the vets with her and although one of the vets spent all morning trying to get her better but this time she was finally beaten. I went straight to the vets after work to be told she had passed away, probably due to an infection on the brain or a tumor. I could barely see where I was going on the drive home as the tears were rolling down my face. I had just lost one of my best friends.
She was the sweetest guinea pig I have ever known. Always first to the front of the cage for veggies and always first to give you a kiss. She was the life and sole of the retirement run and we all miss her terribly. I still get many people asking where the guinea pig with the hat is, and I have to break the news to them that she is no longer with us. Piggy sue has been my inspiration to carry on with the rescue and she will never be forgotten.
Goodbye my friend, you will always have a place in my heart.
Please let it be noted that the breeder mentioned is still breeding rabbits and guinea pigs in large quantities and still keeping them in overcrowded and dirty conditions despite hundreds of complaints to the RSPCA and threats from the local council to take him to court. We live in a very cruel world!