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This week’s rescue pet, pictured above, is Bill the Guinea Pig.

At Bath Cats and Dogs Home, there are many wonderful pets in small guises looking for homes, including rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, gerbils, degus, hooded rats and even chickens, as well as the hundreds of cats and dogs, all seeking their forever homes.

Friendly guinea pig, Bill, is very cute and lovable. Although shy initially, he quickly gains confidence and is happy to be picked up and cuddled. He enjoys plenty of fresh hay, guinea pig food mix, fresh water and a selection of vegetables – carrots and greens are his favourites. Wood chews also keep him busy and his teeth well filed.

Easy to handle, easier to pick up and hold with small hands than rabbits and less likely to wriggle around and be dropped, guinea pigs are good-natured and perfect for very small children (under close adult supervision, of course)

If you would like more information about Bill or any other small animals, cats of dogs at Bath Cats and Dogs Home, please contact: 01225 787321, visit www.bcdh.org.uk or call the fundraising team on: 01225 787334