The Oregon Humane Society in Portland has taken in 250 guinea pigs from a busy pet owner.
It is not known exactly how the unidentified person from Lane County was inundated by the small furry rodents, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. But experts say it can be difficult to determine the sex of a guinea pig – and it’s best to keep them in pairs – because they keep each other company.
Oregon Humane Society spokeswoman Laura Klink said an adoption timeline will be determined in the coming days. “We would definitely love to see some of these guys come home in pairs, whether it’s two men or women. But obviously we’re going to be giving a lot of advice on how quickly they can spawn if you have a man and a woman together, “Klink said.
The Oregon Humane Society’s cat and kitten care center has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, so it could accommodate all guinea pigs. Because there are so many, the company also works with the Greenhill Humane Society and Lane County Animal Services in Eugene.
There will be a special process for people hoping to adopt the guinea pigs, and officials said its small animal specialists will work with potential adopters to ensure a good fit.