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Guinea pigs are stars at PigStock
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
April 17, 2013 11:14 AM | 1946 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Lisa Sharp with the Atlanta Metro Guinea Pig Rescue will be helping throw the upcoming annual PigStock picnic and adoption event at Barrington Hall. Pictured is Sharp with two of her Guinea pigs, Mozart and Russell.
Staff / Erin Gray
Lisa Sharp with the Atlanta Metro Guinea Pig Rescue will be helping throw the upcoming annual PigStock picnic and adoption event at Barrington Hall. Pictured is Sharp with two of her Guinea pigs, Mozart and Russell.
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They just might be the perfect pet for folks who want to share their homes with a small, nondestructive, sweet-natured and attention-loving critter.

“There are so many endearing qualities about guinea pigs,” said Lisa Sharp of Atlanta Metro Guinea Pig Rescue. “The way they squeak when it’s veggie time, the way they pancake out in your lap for a snooze, watching them popcorn with joy around their cage…it’s hard to pick my favorite thing.”

For those who already know the pleasure of piggies, as well as those who are curious about what these cute little animals are like, the eighth annual PigStock is April 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roswell’s Barrington Hall.

Guinea pig owners are invited to pack up their pigs, chairs or blankets and a picnic and spend time together under the pecan trees on the grounds of the historic home.

There will be free nail trimming for the pigs and instructions for owners on how to do it themselves, as well as a cake auction, miscellaneous piggie-related items and T-shirts for sale.

In addition to basic care handouts and nutritional information, prospective owners can ask questions of pig “parents’ and consider adopting a guinea pig for themselves.

“The main purpose of PigStock is to raise funds for the rescue,” Sharp said. “The funds are used throughout the year for vet care and feeding those in foster care. We can normally house up to 20 pigs in our network of foster homes. Right now we have over 30 in the system.”

Pigs come into the rescue mostly from private surrenders, Sharp said, and from some shelters. “Some surrenders are due to allergies, some lately have been financial reasons. But mostly people surrender their pets because they did not do the proper research in the beginning and are not willing to do the work their kids are not old enough to handle,” she said.

Guinea pigs are not good starter pets for young children because the animals require more care than children can give by themselves, Sharp said. “Parents have to be on board with the decision to take care of the pet and do most of the work. But they are great pets for older children and as family pets,” she said.

Guinea pigs are great snugglers and enjoy lap time with their people. Most like floor time outside their cages for exercise.

PigStock’s location on the Barrington grounds is close to the barn and restrooms. Eventgoers are asked to park at the back of the property behind the barn.

A threat of actual rain will not cancel or postpone PigStock as there is access to an indoor room in case of precipitation.

All PigStock proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Metro Guinea Pig Rescue.

Information: visit www.amgpr.org, www.petfinder.com/shelters/GA594.html or call (404) 907-0739.
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