1. Application forms are filled out by potential adopters. Each guinea pig has special conditions related to their personality or health that the potential adopter must be willing to accommodate. This is to ensure that the best match for the happiness of both the guinea pigs and the humans are met. 2. Applications are approved based on the quality of the potential adoption home, not whether they applied first.
OUTSIDE OF ARMIDALE 3. A representative from Wheektown meets with the potential adopter over Skype. Preferably all members of the household will be present at the session. Here the potential adopter can meet the guinea pigs over the internet and Wheektown can get to know the adopter and the other members of the household to ensure the best match is being made. Arrangements will be made here regarding the transport of the guinea pig to their new home. 4. The approved adopter must print out and sign the adoption agreement. A non-refundable adoption fee is to be paid and the agreement mailed to Wheektown before the guinea pigs can be transported. If not already, the cage must be also set up and a photo of it sent to Wheektown before the guinea pigs can be transported. 5. If the adopter is unable to pick the guinea pigs up from Armidale, they are transported via Dogmovers or another transport service to their new home. 6. Upon receiving the guinea pigs, the adopter must take a photo of them in their new home and send it to Wheektown. It is only once we see they are safe and sound that transfer of ownership is complete. 7. Copies of the guinea pigs' files are mailed to the adopter. This includes their weight charts, medical histories, a copy of the adoption agreement, and any other relevant documents.
IN AND AROUND ARMIDALE 3. An appointment is arranged for the potential adopter to visit the Wheektown residence. Preferably all members of the household will come. Here the potential adopter can meet the guinea pigs and we can get to know the adopter and the other members of the household to ensure the best match is being made. If the potential adopter has not yet sent a photograph of their cage to Wheektown, they must bring a photo of it on their phone or send it to us later. 4. If approved, another appointment is made for us to visit the adopter's house with the guinea pigs, to ensure the cage is set up and appropriate as depicted in the photograph we were given. 5. The approved adopter must read and sign the adoption agreement and pay the non-refundable adoption fee before receiving the guinea pigs. We will take a photograph of them in their new home and give the adopter a copy of the guinea pigs' files. It is here that the transfer of ownership is complete.