The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has designated March as Adopt-a-Rescued-Guinea-Pig celebration month to encourage guinea pig adoption from animal rescue shelters.

Many people aren’t aware that thousands of guinea pigs are surrendered to shelters each year… and these sweet little critters all need loving homes. For instance, Petfinder.com, a national pet rescue-adoption website listing millions of adoptable pets across the country each year, listed more than 10,000 guinea pigs in 2012 alone.

If you’re thinking of adding a guinea pig or two to your pet family, consider finding your furry friend at a local or regional rescue shelter.

But before you do, if you’ve never owned a guinea pig, you’ll want to check out these resources so you know what to expect.

Perhaps there’s a lovely little guinea pig just waiting for you.