Pet of the Week: Meet Snickers the guinea pig

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(Mass Appeal) – Candy is a popular gift for Valentine’s Day, but save the calories by taking home Snickers instead! You’ll go nuts over this sweet young guy looking for a home.

Name: Snickers
Breed: Guinea pig
Age: 1 year
Sex: Male
Color: Black with white and gold

Snickers came to Dakin about a week ago because his person didn’t have time for him. He’s a friendly fellow who’s looking to bond with a new person or family. Guinea pigs are surprisingly interactive pets and make an adorable and unique sound (“Wheeeeeet-wheeeeet-wheeeet”) when you approach their cage, especially if you’re bringing fresh veggies and fruit for them! Snickers, like all guinea pigs, will need a spacious habitat with plenty of hiding and napping spots, things to climb on, safe wood to chew and plenty of grass hay available at all times.
This pet’s profile:

Guinea pig facts:
Special guinea pig pellets are the basis of their diet (they eat about 1/8 cup daily).
Be sure they have access to hay at all times
Favorite fruits/veggies include leafy greens, green peppers, peas, apples, blueberries, oranges and grapes, kale and strawberries
Use a solid bottom cage with a wire cover. No wire cage bottoms, they hurt their feet
Include a cave for them to sleep or rest, like a medium-sized flower pot or a plastic igloo
Guinea pigs are known for their vocalizations. They often squeak with delight when their favorite humans enter the room
They rarely bite, but can nip if mishandled or fear a threatening animal
Once your pig is used to you (and being handled), you can let him play in a small room for daily exercise. Be sure to remove electrical wires and other hazards that he might chew on
Be sure to remove soiled bedding, droppings and stale food from the cage daily

Upcoming Events:

2020 Dakin Humane Awards – Do you know a hero? Someone who goes out of their way to care for animals in need? Someone who makes life better for animals and the people who love them? Do you know a young person who volunteers their time to help animals? We’re taking nominations for the 2020 Dakin Humane Awards online at Check out our nomination page and tell us about an animal hero you know. We’ll be taking nominations through April 26, and will present the awards on May 17. Our Humane Awards are a celebration of our community and the people who actively improve the lives of animals and the people who care about them.

Dog Training Classes in Leverett – On Saturday, February 22 we’ll begin 2 different dog training classes in Leverett: Basic Manners Dog Training & Intermediate Manners Dog Training. Each will run for 5 weeks. For more details, visit

For more information about Dakin Humane Society, please visit

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