Three new guinea pigs at Best Friends

A trio of guinea pigs comes to Best Friends. History is made when two of them go on sleepovers. They are sure to be adopted soon.
By David Dickson

Guinea pigs tend to not stay very long at Best Friends before someone falls in love and adopts them. After all, they’re incredibly cute, often cuddly, and unabashed at showing their excitement at the world around them. Come on, really, how many pets squeal with delight every single time the refrigerator opens?

"Also, they make great little lawn mowers," points out caregiver Michele Page. True enough, the guinea pigs at Best Friends keep the (fenced-in) bunny park looking well-groomed indeed. What’s not to like about these cute little animals?

Three new guinea pigs at Best Friends

Two tan and white guinea pigs
Bert and Elmo

Bert, Ernie and Elmo, three new guinea pigs at Best Friends, have only been around a short time and are already winning friends.

Plus, Elmo is the first guinea pig at the Sanctuary to go on a sleepover. His adventures were such a success that a whole new sleepover program opened up for all guinea pigs at Best Friends.

Making history with guinea pig sleepovers

Elmo’s sleepover took place because of a special friend he met a few weeks back. Isabela Przygodzki from Bethesda, Maryland, is currently at Best Friends as part of an internship program for individuals who are thinking about a career in animal welfare. Isabela chose to work with Elmo as a project animal, and the two of them quickly became close. When she asked if she could take him on a sleepover, the rabbit staffers agreed it was a fabulous idea.

Woman kissing a brown and white guinea pig on the nose
Isabela and Elmo

During their first sleepover, Elmo acted a little shy at first, even trying to hide from another intern in the room. Yet Isabela spent as much time with Elmo as possible, helping him realize that sleepovers, as well as humans, can be fun. Holding him on her lap and petting him for a full hour certainly went a long way in that regard.

When she took him on his second sleepover, Elmo did fantastic when not just one but several other interns came for a visit. He didn’t try to hide at all. "It ended up going really well," Isabela says. Clearly, the sleepovers were a big help. He also learned to love car rides, making the same excitable squeaking sounds on the drive over that most guineas make when the fridge door opens.

Father and son guinea pig pair

As for Bert and Ernie, they’re a father-and-son pair who gets along great. Well, OK, sometimes Bert wouldn’t mind some peace and quiet from his rambunctious son, Ernie. Yet, overall, they’re terrific company for one another. "They like hanging out together," says Michele.

Black guinea pig with toy truck and bunch of cilantro
Ernie is the rambunctious son.

If previous history with guinea pigs at the Sanctuary proves anything, these three will find happy endings sooner rather than later.

Of course, Elmo’s influence will last much longer than that. The new guinea pig sleepover program is sure to be a big hit for many years to come.

Find out more

If you’re planning a visit to Best Friends and would like to take a guinea pig on a sleepover, please contact the Bunny House at (435) 644-2001, ext. 4249.

Photos by Molly Wald

Rabbit and Guinea Pig