So what is the show about?
It’s not about perfection or meeting a prescribed set of standards, absolutely not. The show categories include Rescue Pet of the Year and VIP Veteran for elderly or disabled pets, along with Fastest Eater and Cutest Couple to name just a few. As a volunteer run rescue we know ALL animals are beautiful whether “perfect” or not and this is an ideal opportunity to prove it. Judge Ann runs a pro rescue Forum called Guinea Haven and has adopted several guineas from Cavy Corner. Raising awareness and funds for the rescue.
And what you can expect………
Advice and information in an informal setting
Meeting other guinea lovers and sharing ideas with likeminded people
Products to see and buy
Beautiful Guinea Pigs
Plenty of free parking and great disabled access.
A friendly informal atmosphere
Helpful free advice is on hand not just from Cavy Corner but other well respected, knowledgeable attendees.
Double the Fun
We actually run two complete shows, seamlessly side by side, the public show and one for the volunteer entries.
Volunteers want to show off their cherished pets too, many of whom are rescued. And so in the interests of fairness we hold the two though the volunteers split their time between working at the various activities and participating in the show.
Cavy Corner is passionate about what we do and takes every opportunity to educate and inform. Some new visitors to the event are unaware of the rescue when they come along and are surprised to learn that there ARE guinea pig rescues. Because we hold our events in other venues – currently we are using the fabulous facilities at Danum Academy school which is perfect for the event – we tend to get a wider audience than if it was held at the Sanctuary, where sadly we simply don’t have the room.
Visitors are made up of regular supporters of Cavy Corner including those who follow the active Facebook page (some travelling great distances from the North, South and West) alongside occasional visitors, local animal lovers and those new to Cavy Corner events. Like Barrie and Fiona plus children who travelled around 260 miles all the way from Glasgow just for the November 2014 event – they contacted our Guinea Helpline for advice some months ago and decided to make the journey. Sharon and James, read about Cavy Corner in an issue of Guinea Pig Magazine and then kindly contacted us to make a donation and came along to support the event.
All are welcome with or without their small furry pets meaning that potential new pet owners can come along to seek out information in advance. And that those travelling long distances can enjoy the day without their guineas travelling too. It’s clear that many of the entrants enjoyed the day as much as their owners and we believe that the person who knows the pet best is perfectly placed to decide if it’s right for their guinea. For example we have a few resident guineas who don’t go out because they might become stressed. But many really do relish the day out.
Many families, who adopted guineas, come along with them and it is a great opportunity for the volunteers to see them again.
Fundraising is essential for any rescue and every opportunity is taken during the Show to raise much needed funds with the Tombola, Raffle, Tea’s and homemade buns, the sale of gift items and hand crafted goods, some made by our talented volunteers.
Other features are Pet Weigh Station where piggies can be weighed and given a record card – to encourage the regular weighing to spot changes early. Sponsoring a Cavy Corner Piggie is on offer and sign up for the Pets at Home VIP club. It’s a loyalty card and Cavy Corner can benefit from the points earned without it costing the customer.
At some shows we have distributed free samples including Supreme Science and Back to Nature plus prizes from The Hay Experts.
The highlight of the event is our stunning Rosettes kindly provided by Rosette World a momento to treasure forever. You can find them at http://www.rosette-world.co.uk
Animal welfare is of paramount importance and it is important that all pets attending, along with the Cavy Corner Guineas are safe and comfortable throughout so we have appointed Cavy Corner Guinea Monitors whose role it is to ensure this happens.
All pets attending must be in suitable, comfortable, carriers with access to food and water.
The Entry Form