Every holiday, millions of mailings go out around the world for donating guinea pigs and other animals. Charities then distribute the resulting donations around the world in the form of live animals. Guinea pigs are typically given in trios or quads to families, where they will then be bred and used for sustenance.
Why are Guinea Pigs a Popular Donation?
Guinea pigs are small and relatively easy to care for once a family knows what they’re doing. A sow can conceivably have four litters per year under ideal conditions. Additionally, guinea pigs are adaptable in terms of diet. They can live off vegetable scraps and other easy to grow plants, even though pets rarely do. In turn, the guiena pigs provide meat and limited gardening fertility for the family.
Additionally, families can sell guinea pigs in local markets. This exchange allows sufficient mixing of bloodlines to prevent inbreeding. The opportunity to breed and sell can make an enormous difference for families living below the global poverty line.
What Sort of Organization Donates?
Donating guinea pigs is not an everyday charity thing. Instead, it requires infrastructure. Not only does the organization need to distribute the animals, but they also need an education network. Success with guinea pigs means helping people take care of them and breeding them. That requires more involvement, and regular follow up from the charity.
Checking Out Charities
As always, you should vet any charity you donate to. In the US, sites like Charity Navigator offer an in-depth analysis of the options. You can see how your gift will be spent, percentages in overhead, and more all from a few clicks. These tools help you choose a responsible organization that will use your money wisely.