By Alesha Capone
Point Cook youngster Hanna has started a guinea pig rental business to help local children to experience the joys of pet ownership.
Hanna, 10, said that apart from temporarily enjoying the company of a guinea pig, the idea behind her business is to help families decide if they would like to purchase their own pet guinea pig.
Hanna, who owns 12 guinea pigs, said she started the business in July.
Due to word-of-mouth and Facebook, Hanna’s Guinea Pig Experience has become popular in Point Cook during the pandemic lockdown.
Hanna said she is busy keeping up with bookings, with assistance from her father.
“The most important thing in this business is the wellbeing of the guinea pigs,” Hanna said.
“I love my guinea pigs and I don’t want them to get sick or anything like that.
“The second most important thing is seeing the smiles and happy faces of the children and families when they see the guinea pigs.”
She said that although she uses most of the money earned through her business to purchase food and supplies for her guinea pigs, she is saving the leftover funds for when she attends university.
Hanna said she supplies each customer with dry food, litter and a guinea pig cage. She is also happy to re-home unwanted guinea pigs.
To rent a guinea pig for two weeks is $50, three weeks is $70 and four weeks is $80, along with a security deposit of $150.