July 29

Seattle Animal Shelter Pets of the Week: Marshmellow & Snowball

Local News, Pet of the Week


Snowball Marshmellow 3Marshmellow and Snowball are two adult guinea pigs. They are healthy, friendly and believed to be OK with cats and dogs and children.

They were surrendered to the Seattle Animal Shelter in early July and are a little shy but are looking forward to finding a good loving forever home where they can blossom. They are a bonded pair and should be adopted together.

Snowball Marshmellow 4Snowball is the shorter haired American breed of guinea pig, and he’s quite photogenic! Marshmellow is the longer haired Coronet breed of guinea pig. She is velvety soft to the touch and should be brushed and trimmed to keep up her lovely appearance. They both love to eat hay, grass, fresh veggies and will sing for their supper or a fresh snack.

These two piggies like to be part of the family and are slowing learning to explore safe spaces outside their cage. If kept together in one cage it would be prudent to have one fixed.

Snowball Marshmellow 1Guinea pigs need a large flat-bottomed living space to live in, with covered areas where they can take shelter and relax if they feel nervous. They love to run and explore, and should have an hour or more of supervised playtime every day 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.

Snowball Marshmellow 5Guinea pigs should be fed a high-quality pellet formulated for guinea pigs, unlimited hay, and fresh leafy greens. (Greens low in calcium such as lettuce, parsley, carrot tops, and cilantro are good choices.) Guinea pigs also require a vitamin C supplement; offering a slice or two of orange or bell pepper daily is an easy and delicious way to provide the vitamin C they need.

There 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. Your guinea pigs will also need regular nail trims and vet checks. With good care and lots of love, guinea pigs can live to be 5 to 7 years old.

Come visit Snowball and Marshmellow (SAS ID#32073421 and 32073430) in the Shelter’s Critter Room. They’d love to meet you!

Updates on previously featured pets:

Mamasita (affectionate maltipoo) – adopted!
Taco (playful, people loving kitty) – available for adoption
GG (trusting and loving tabby cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Monica (sweet happy cat) – available for adoption
Raja & Grace (elegant feline couple) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Pence & Penny (people loving grey bunnies) – available for adoption
Argon & Fluorine (two little mice) – available for adoption (Cadmium has been adopted!)

Disclaimer: 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. Happy adopting!


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