Chuffnut Cavies Rescue
Australian Cavy Sanctuary Melbourne Shelter

So you want to adopt a guinea pig....
Well, you have come to the right place!  Chuffnut Cavies Rescue Shelter has been rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming guinea pigs for 10 years, and we always have a fabulous selection of precious furries just ready to join your family!  

We can find the perfect match for you - if you are looking for something specific, but don't see a suitable piggy on our adoption pages, please pip us an email and ask what other piggies we might have, as we are not always up to date with photos and stories of the many gorgeous guinea pigs in our shelter.

Please understand that our shelter is run single-handedly by the shelter manager, and assistance with processing adoptions is provided by a small team of volunteers. We are all gainfully employed elsewhere, to ensure we have the finances to keep the shelter going, so sometimes we can become a little overwhelmed with adoption enquiries. If we have taken too long responding to your enquiry, please do email us again, or message us through Facebook. Sometimes emails slip through the cracks when we are dealing with a large number of enquiries.

While we do have a phone number for the shelter, we don't have good mobile reception at the shelter, so phone calls are not the best way to make contact. Emails or messages via Facebook are the best way to keep in touch.


Some of our current adoptables are pictured below. This is only a small selection of our gorgeous piggies, so please do ask if you are looking for a particular type of piggy.


  • Email us and  request an Adoption Information Pack. In this pack, you will find a lot of very useful information. There is also an Adoption Enquiry Form and a Duty of Care statement.  
  • Fill in the Adoption Enquiry Form  and send back to us, along with some photographs our your piggy cage and setup.  If you don't have a cage yet, please contact us before buying so we can direct you towards the best cages available.
  • We will then be in touch to arrange a visit to meet some of the adoptable guinea pigs.

Alternatively, fill in our ONLINE ADOPTION ENQUIRY FORM which is now available! 

  1. Texel and Peruvian girls
    Texel and Peruvian girls
    These lovely young girls will both be longhairs, and can only be rehomed to an ADULT, INDOOR-ONLY home.
  2. Pretty in Peruvian gal
    Pretty in Peruvian gal
  3. Some young ladies available
    Some young ladies available