Wheektown is a small-scale guinea pig rescue, boarder, and service provider located in Manor Lakes of west Melbourne, Australia.
In 2015 I began the process of reading thousands of scientific papers in order to write a book on guinea pigs. My specialty in scientific writing has always been the gathering of all relevant information on a topic and moulding it into a single article with no waffling or incomprehensible jargon. I was tired of the sporadic and often inaccurate guinea pig information floating around, and decided to do this with them. As more and more information flooded my notes, however, I realised that a single book would not cut it. As a result this turned into an enormous project that will take many years and many contributors to complete.
I started the Wheektown Facebook page in 2017 as a way of sharing some of the interesting information I was coming across. As I became more involved in the guinea pig community it became increasingly difficult to ignore my desire to have my own guinea pig rescue. Eventually I took in two guinea pigs, Diego and Mouse, and that kick-started the inevitable. I have since opened Wheektown to boarding clients and some other basic services, and am developing a series of guinea pig-based board games as a fundraising effort to support the increasing number of animals seeking refuge here.
Adopting Latté, Cinnamon, Puffie, and Tango from the Gold Coast Guinea Pig Rescue at the beginning of 2016. They, along with eight other guinea pigs, are permanent residents of Wheektown.
Meet the team
The Wheektown team is comprised of twelve guinea pigs and two human slaves.
Important updates or events going on, such as new adoptions, surrenders, or raffles.
Read about our adoption practices, charity status, fundraising, and so on.
How to help
There are many ways to help out the
guinea pigs at Wheektown.
Read about what the encyclopaedia will include and how much progress we've made.
Want to say hello? You can find all
our contact information here.