Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Norman

Posted on May 9th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

On Fridays we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

Updates on previous pets:
Pounce (silky grey cat) – available for adoption
Lizzie (black chihuahua pup) – available for adoption
Elsa (white kitty) – available for adoption
Dante (chihuahua) – available for adoption
Godiva (black & white kitty) – available for adoption
Murasaki (Calico kitty) – available for adoption
Slim (corn snake) – available for adoption


Meet Norman!

Norman 2014-5-8 2Norman is an adorable, white guinea pig with the cutest little black spot. He arrived at the shelter with another male piggie, but they didn’t get along very well and had to be separated. Norman is a little overwhelmed by life on his own, but he is very gentle and friendly once he’s drawn out of his shell. In addition to a new human family, Norman would really appreciate having a guinea pig companion to bond with, perhaps a spayed female.

Guinea pigs need a large flat-bottomed cage to live in, and should have an hour or more of supervised playtime daily for exercise and stimulation. It’s important to remember that guinea pigs cannot use an exercise wheel or ball.

Guinea pigs are social animals and do best when kept in pairs or small groups and enjoy spending time with their people too. Guinea pigs should be fed a high quality pellet, fresh leafy greens (low in calcium such as lettuce and parsley), and unlimited hay. Guinea pigs also require vitamin C supplement. An easy and delicious way to provide it is with a slice of orange or bell pepper daily.

Norman 2014-5-8 3There is a low fee to adopt a guinea pig from the Seattle Animal Shelter; however, you are expected to make a lifetime commitment to your adopted piggies. The primary caregiver must be a responsible adult. Your piggy should be treated as an integral part of the family. With good care and lots of love, guinea pigs can live to be 5 to 7 years old.

Norman (SAS ID #14-15685-1) is being adored in a foster home. If you would like to meet him, please call the foster care hotline at (206) 684-0685 or email

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