About us

Cavy Corner Guinea Sanctuary was established by Sue and Winston in the summer of 2008 as a Charitable Trust and was the result of a childhood love of cavies (another name for guinea pigs). It started with two guineas Clover and GP who were bought as pets. They quickly became devoted cavy slaves and discovered just how many guinea pigs there are who need a safe loving home and so the sanctuary was born.

In the summer of 2014 Cavy Corner became a registered charity, in December 2014 we won Community Group of the Year and in December 2016 we were awarded the prize for the Most Inspiring Organisation of the Year (Doncaster CVS awards event).

Cavy Corner rescues abused, abandoned, neglected and unwanted guinea pigs. The reasons for piggies coming to Cavy Corner vary from giving homes to guineas when changes in circumstances mean a family can no longer keep their cavy to large scale rescues, some of which are detailed on our Rescue Stories page.

Petal & Mischief - Taken at Cavy Corner in February 2018
Petal & Mischief - Taken at Cavy Corner in February 2018
Elf  - Taken at Cavy Corner in February 2018
Elf - Taken at Cavy Corner in February 2018

Regardless of the circumstances, the guineas in our care are very much loved and cherished. If necessary, we nurse them back to good health and then find the perfect family for them or provide them with a loving forever home here.

Cavy Corner is run entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers and has no paid staff. Cage cleaning, feeding, cleaning water bottles, nail clipping, grooming and cuddling the guineas are just some of the daily routine duties.

There are so many other things that keep us busy at Cavy Corner too.  We spend a lot of time giving advice and answering queries that come through to our Guinea Helpline, as well as bonding piggies, making home visits, running care classes for potential new owners and arranging adoptions to find piggies their forever homes.

We rely on fundraising to ensure that Cavy Corner has the resources to ensure that the guineas get VIP treatment.  Funds are raised at town galas and village fetes as well as through our own events like the Pignic and Small and Furry Fun Pet Shows.  We have also made Pets as Therapy visits to residential homes and educational visits to schools and community groups such as Brownies and Scouts.

Everybody who helps Cavy Corner is ‘truly devoted to guinea pigs’ – if you are too and want to find out more please contact us to see how you can get involved!