Alittlebitiffy Animal Sanctuary

  Bringing big hope to little animals

gusgus & baloo

a little bit about them

On September 23rd, eleven Australian guinea pig rescues worked together to bring 200 neglected guinea pigs into care. Volunteers drove 7 hours to transport these darlings from Avondale to South East QLD, where they were then delegated out to rescues in Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Lockyer Valley. Most (if not all) the sows were pregnant, and all the piggies had varying degrees of sores, injuries, mange mites, lice and fungal infections. GusGus (left) and Baloo (right) were two of these piggies that came to us for specialist care.

When they first arrived at the Sanctuary, GusGus and Baloo had multiple lacerations on their rump and suffered from mange mites. They spent a lot of their time crying in pain or hiding in terror, and didn't understand what beds, toys, pellets or vegetables were. With a little bit of patience, a lot of love and a very strict veterinary routine, these darling boys were successfully treated for their infections and became happy and healthy little piggies. They now enjoy the comfort of vetbed, fleece beds, high quality food, and non-stop love. They've learned to trust us humans, and are very vocal when they hear their food being prepared! They like to sniff our fingers through the safety of their cage grids, but they're still quite hesitant of being picked up and cuddled. Once picked up and after being in your arms for a few minutes, they do calm down and enjoy gentle pats, but the picking up process is still a work in progress. With a little bit of patience and understanding, they'll become incredibly loving piggies who come out of their shell and let their personalities shine on their own time.

ready to adopt?

GusGus and Baloo are available for adoption to a non-breeding, quiet, indoor home with no or older children, with supervised time in a secure outdoors enclosure when the weather permits. A minimum floor space of 10.5 square feet (a 2x4 C&C cage) is required, though the more space you can provide the better it is for exercise and play.

Their diet should consist of high quality grass hay available to them 24/7 for unlimited grazing, 1/8th of a cup of high quality pellets (such as Vetafarm or Oxbow) per pig, per day, and one cup of fresh vegetables per pig, per day. Please avoid mixes containing seeds and "coloured bits", which are incredibly unhealthy and can be a choking hazard. Do not feed any meat or dairy products, these can be fatal to guinea pigs. A list of safe fruits and vegetables can be found at

Due to their difficult past and prior lack of human interaction, the pair will take some time to trust new people and until then they'll be a little shy and timid at their new home. Mental stimulation with various toys and foods is key so that they can learn the investigative behaviours that they were previously deprived of. Their new family must be gentle, patient and understanding of their needs.
 Approximately 1-2 years old
 Approximately 1-2 years old
 Boar (entire)
 Boar (entire)
 Himalayan Abyssinian cross
 Himalayan Abyssinian cross
 White with chocolate points
 White with chocolate ears
 No nose point

adoption fee: $40.00

their adoption fee includes their pre-adoption vet check, mite and lice treatment, bath, groom and nail trim
If you would like to bring GusGus and Baloo into your home and heart, please click below to submit an Adoption Enquiry form.