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Guinea Pig Rescue Video: SoCal Style

Video of a guinea pig rescue adventure

It’s a Southern California guinea pig rescue adventure

It’s a Southern California guinea pig rescue adventure!

Scott, a guinea pig rescue volunteer from California, takes a trip through SoCal to transport a herd of rescued guinea pigs from LA Guinea Pig Rescue to Wee Companions guinea pig rescue in San Diego, California.

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Guinea Pig Pignic Schedule 2013

Guinea pig exploring the pignic

Guinea pig exploring the pignic[source]

Guinea pig pignics have quickly become the go-to event for guinea pig enthusiasts around the country, and they’re only getting bigger.

Starting in the late 1990s by a hard-working group of breeders and guinea pig owners, pignics have started appearing all over the place, thanks to the hard work of Tammy Raabe, blogger and guinea pig mouthpiece extraordinaire at, who helps others organize pignics in their local communities. Raabe organized one of the Boston area’s first guinea pig pignics, and today the Boston Are Pignic draws large crouds and plenty of happy piggies from areas all across the Greater Boston area.

Pignics: What To Expect

Guinea pig pignics are loads of fun! Each pignic is unique, but there’s a common thread that unites each gathering: education, fellowship, and fun! Most pignics feature guinea pig contests like best costume, wildest hair contests, fastest treat eater, and a myriad of other clever competitions.

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Guinea Pig Rescue Interview: Orange County Cavy Haven, Part 1

Orange County Cavy Haven Volunteers

Orange County Cavy Haven Volunteers [source]

Orange County Cavy Haven (OCCH) was founded in 2002 to fill the need in Southern California for a rescue focused exclusively on guinea pigs. Since then, OCCH has grown to be able to adopt over 240 guinea pigs each year.

Unlike most rescues or shelters, OCCH doesn’t have a central facility or rescue center. Instead, the hundreds of guinea pigs helped each year are done so by private “foster families” who volunteer to take in homeless guinea pigs rescued by OCCH until a permanent home can be found.

Orange County Cavy Haven isn’t the first “foster then adopt” rescue, thought the tenacity and forward-thinking of its CEO, Michiko Vartanian, lends an easy brand to the “foster/adopt” flavor of Orange County Cavy Haven.

Recently, got to catch-up with the ever-busy, fast-talking Vartanian, where we got to ask a few questions.

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