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Woman gives 27 guinea pigs to KC Pet Project for adoption

The KC Pet Project is looking for homes for 27 guinea pigs after a woman turned them in Monday. The woman realized she had a problem after the pets multiplied.
The KC Pet Project is looking for homes for 27 guinea pigs after a woman turned them in Monday. The woman realized she had a problem after the pets multiplied.

A woman has turned 27 guinea pigs over to KC Pet Project after realizing she had a problem.

All of the guinea pigs are in living in foster homes and are available for adoption, said Tori Fugate, manager of marketing and development for KC Pet Project, which runs Kansas City’s animal shelter.

The guinea pigs were turned over to the shelter Monday.

“She loved them all, but she just realized she had too many,” Fugate said.

The problem was the woman’s guinea pigs bred and multiplied on her.

“They breed quickly,” Fugate said.

The gestation period for guinea pigs is 59 to 72 days, and they can start reproducing within three or four weeks, she said.

Because of that, people interested in more than one guinea pig as a pet are encouraged to get the same sex.

Although all of the guinea pigs are available for adoption, some had skin issues and are being given good food and medication.

KC Pet Project is asking for monetary donations to help pay for food and guinea pig supplies. It has already received a donation of food from ZuPreem, a pet food manufacturer in Shawnee.

Those interested in adopting a guinea pig are asked to contact KC Pet Project by email at fostering@kcmo.org or by calling 816-513-9821.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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