Rescue Roundup: The Critter Connection

Abandoned and neglected guinea pigs in Connecticut have a safe home thanks to the volunteers and foster families willing to give these cavies the care they wouldn’t find in larger, ill equipped shelters. The Critter Connection located in Durham, CT has been rescuing and rehoming guinea pigs since early 2004.

The founder of The Critter Connection, Cindy Kuester, has helped place 700 guinea pigs into safe homes. The cavies in their care vary. Some are surrenders from owners who can no longer care for them. Others have unfortunate stories of hoarding, abuse, neglect. Some of these special pigs rescued from near death are sanctuary pets receiving ongoing care from The Critter Connection. The rescue is also dedicated in the proper education of cavy care. They are thankful to have Section 501(c)3 status which expands their options for financial support and makes all donations to their rescue tax deductible.

The Critter ConnectionImage courtesy of The Critter Connection

Gabrielle, affectionately known as Geepee, has had a very tough life. After being an unwanted classroom guinea pig in a breeding program, Gabrielle has now blossomed into a healthy, extremely affectionate companion who will live out her life as a sanctuary pig.

The Critter Connection, Inc.
Great Love Comes in Small Packages
P.O. Box 371, Durham, CT 06422

Apply for Adoption

– Apply by application
– Home visit may be required
– Meet guinea pigs by appointment only
– C&C cage or equivalent required
– Adoption fee $30 each, $50 pair, $75 trio
– Must adopt a pair (unless you already have one cavy)
– Checks accepted
– Signed adoption agreement required
– Pickup within 10 days of approval

In addition to adoption, The Critter Connection also provides nail trimming and education services. They sponsor Adoption and Care Seminars throughout the year as well. If you’re new to guinea pig care and are considering adopting a cavy, this is a great way to be introduced to feeding, housing, and health tips. The Critter Connection Vice President, Whitney Potsus, also maintains a wonderful blog with news and information for guinea pig owners with all levels of experience. They have a shop on Zazzle with adorable guinea pig related items and you can follow them on Twitter for their latest updates.

Donate Button Can’t adopt? Find out more about how you can help the guinea pigs at The Critter Connection.

Guinea Pig Today highlights the efforts of those contributing to the welfare of guinea pigs in each Rescue Roundup. If you would like your organization to be included in a future article, please send us your ideas using the submission page.

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Angela, Editor-in-Chief, GPT

Angela founded Guinea Pig Today and guest writes for CavyMadness. She volunteers with Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue and supports the ROUS Foundation. Her guinea pig, Papua, is the star of WHEK-TV/DT.

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