A woman has dedicated her life to caring for hundreds of adorable guinea pigs after she noticed there were no rescues in her community. Saskia Chiesa set up Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue 20 years ago in Chatsworth, California.
She looked around for a rescue exclusively for guinea pigs in the city and didn’t find any. That’s when she knew she would establish her own shelter. She told Barcroft News via Rumble that guinea pigs are “her spirit animal” and it didn’t take long for her to establish a reputation as a rescuer for the cute furry animals.
The guinea pig lover expected to start her rescue venture slowly, but she told the news agency that she found herself with 20 guinea pigs with health problems within the first month of opening. But since that time Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue and Adoption has saved thousands of animals and also has helped many pet parents learn the proper way to care for the adorable creatures.
The rescue also provides free nail clippings, ear cleanings and health checks to any guinea pig brought in. All they ask in return is for people to bring along fresh vegetables as donation for their rescued pigs.
The rescue also offers boarding services for pet owners who may need someone to care for their pets when they go on vacation. Of course the rescue’s central focus is still rescuing guinea pigs. Their website states that they have 200 plus guinea pigs available for adoption at any time, some of which may be babies.
LA Guinea Pig Rescue and Adoption is a private no-kill shelter located in Chatsworth, California. The rely on donations to stay afloat.
After all these years, Saskia’s passion to help guinea pigs hasn’t waned and she continues to champion good care for the animals.
You can watch more of how Saskia began her rescue in the video below.