The Average Adoption Fees for Skinny Pigs!
Are you considering adding a skinny pig to your family? These adorable, hairless guinea pigs have become increasingly popular pets, known for their unique appearance and charming personalities. If you're in America and wondering about the best way to adopt one, you're in luck! Let's dive into the various adoption methods, their pros and cons, and the costs involved.
Rehoming from Previous Owners
- Emotional Reward: Adopting a skinny pig that needs a new home can be incredibly fulfilling and there is the opportunity to interact directly with the previous owner to discuss any issues or questions.
- Lower Cost: Often, rehoming comes with a lower price tag, sometimes just a small rehoming fee or even for free.
- Included Supplies: Previous owners might give you the pet’s existing supplies saving you on initial set up costs.
- Unknown History: Not everyone rehomes for ethical reasons. There might be undisclosed health issues or no medical history because the previous owner has not had the skinny pig checked by a vet.
- Behavioral Issues: Some may have behavioral issues due to past experiences of being mistreated (hence the rehoming).
Approximate Cost: Free to $50. Occasionally more if supplies are included.
SPCA, Shelters, and Rescues
- Supporting a Good Cause: Your fees go towards supporting organizations that rescue and protect animals.
- Health Checks: Animals typically receive health checks and basic medical care. Sometimes you even get routine spaying and neutering procedures.
- Behavioral Assessment: Shelters often assess an animal's behavior, which can help in finding the right match.
- Availability: Skinny pigs may be rare in shelters.
- Potential for Competition: Popular or unique pets like skinny pigs might have many interested adopters.
- Long Wait : Keep in mind that the adoption process might be more detailed, reflecting the commitment to the well-being of the animals.
Approximate Cost: $50 to $100, sometimes including initial veterinary care.
- Convenience: Easy to locate and visit.
- Variety: A broader selection of young skinny pigs.
- Everything in one Place: Staff can often sell you all the needed supplies so you go home with everything you need for your new pet.
- Ethical Concerns: Some pet stores source from large-scale breeding facilities with questionable practices.
- Health Uncertainties: Lesser focus on individual health and socialization.
Approximate Cost: $75 to $150 (not including costs for supplies bought at the pet store).
- Health and Lineage: Reputable breeders focus on the health and genetics of their skinny pigs.
- Early Socialization: They are often better socialized from a young age.
- Breed Expertise: Breeders can provide in-depth information about care and lineage.
- Breed Support: a good ethical breeder will be available and willing to provide you support when needed for the duration of your skinny pig's life.
- Higher Cost: Generally, the most expensive option.
- Research Required: It’s crucial to find an ethical and reputable breeder.
Approximate Cost: $150 to $300 or more, depending on the breeder's reputation and the skinny pig's lineage.
Choosing the Right Option for You
Each adoption method has its pros and cons. If you're looking for a cost-effective and emotionally rewarding option, rehoming or adopting from a shelter might be your best bet. However, if you have specific requirements regarding health and lineage, a reputable breeder might be more suitable, though this comes at a higher cost.
WARNING: there are many scammers out there posing as breeders or pretending to rehome a pet. NEVER pay any money without first seeing the pet in the flesh and speaking to the “owner” - be vigilant out there folks!
Additional Costs to Consider
Regardless of the adoption method you choose, remember to factor in the ongoing costs of owning a skinny pig. These include a suitable habitat, bedding, food, and veterinary care. An initial setup can cost approximately $300, while ongoing monthly expenses can range from $80 to $150 (depending on how spoiled your piggies are). Of course if your skinny pig has ongoing health issues, these costs will be higher as you will need to factor in regular vet visits.
Adopting a skinny pig is a rewarding experience, offering you unique companionship with an exotic animal. Whether you choose to rehome, visit a shelter, stop by a pet store, or contact a breeder, ensure you're prepared for the responsibility. Each skinny pig deserves a loving home where their needs are fully met.
Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!
April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H