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Although they have a porcine reference in their moniker, guinea pigs have no relation to oinkers. Rather, they are domesticated rodents, and their size, fluff, and pleasant personality make them lovely pets. While guinea pigs are low maintenance, they do have certain needs that must be met. As such, BUNS is holding a class to teach first-time owners the basics of handling and caring for the timid critters. The first hour focuses on feeding and upkeep; the last half hour is devoted to training techniques and games to play with your pet(s). Knowing proper guinea pig care allows the cavies to feel safe and thus bond with you, their owner. Then, when they see you coming, they will give a wee whistle of delight. The event, which is sponsored by BUNS, is also open to folks with bunnies. Saturday, January 11, 1-2:30 p.m., Humane Society Education Building, 5399 Overpass Road, Goleta. Free to Goleta residents; suggested donations for others: $5 (individual); $10 (family). Ages 6+. For more information, call 708-1418 or visit


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