We don’t rehome just dogs and cats at the RSPCA. We’ve got many types of animals, big and small - like Mr Piggy, a 12-month-old guinea pig.

The Blom family had already decided to get their daughter a guinea pig for her fourth birthday when they read a newspaper article about lots of guinea pigs at the RSPCA in need of new homes.

Piggy is the family’s first guinea pig and dad Marcus reported that they are enjoying the new addition to their family.

“We’ve all taken to Mr Piggy, but the best thing is that our daughter absolutely loves him,” Marcus said.

“Mr Piggy loves to snuggle with her, and especially loves to be held while eating his favourite treat - a carrot.”

Guinea pigs are a great option if you don’t have room for a dog or cat, or want to introduce children to responsible pet ownership.