Guinea pigs, domesticated a long time ago, are not pigs and do not come from Guinea. They are nonetheless wonderful pets, ideal for children and adults because of their amenable natures and cute looks.
There are a number of breeds available ranging from short-haired guinea pigs to long-haired breeds such as Peruvians and Shelties. They come in a number of colours and various hair styles. They are social animals so must be keep in groups of at least two.
Guinea pigs take very little space and are easy to care for, allowing young children to participate in their care. They make excellent first pets which once settled, become comfortable being held by their owners and will happily take food from a person's hand.
I board small pets for £1 per animal per day. The money raised for boarding goes directly to the education charity Porridge and Rice that works among the extreme poor living in the Nairobi slums.
In addition, if you have small animals that you no longer can care for, regardless of the reason, I will happily take them in and rehome them. If I cannot find them a new, good home, they will live their days out at The Farm at 64.