About GPAW

What is GPAW?

Guinea Pig Awareness Week, or GPAW, is a week of activities dedicated to improving the health and welfare of guinea pigs. Throughout the week, we’ll be exploring what it means to be a guinea pig owner and share some top tips, uncover interesting facts and, of course, post lots of great photos!

Endorsed by the British Veterinary Association and British Small Animal Veterinary Association, we will be covering the five welfare needs of our guinea pigs.

For this jam-packed week of activities, we are supported by five animal welfare charities: Blue Cross, RSPCA, Wood Green Pets Charity, and Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare.

GPAW will be back in September 2024!

The 5 Welfare Needs Of Guinea Pigs

The aim of GPAW is to give current and future guinea pig owners the knowledge and information to be able to meet the five welfare needs of their guinea pigs. By meeting these needs, you can help keep your piggies happy and healthy. Click on the icons below to discover more about each theme.

Get involved with GPAW 2024

Guinea Pig Awareness Week will be back for 2024 September 23-27th!
Whether you're a veterinary practice, rescue centre retailer or an owner of guinea pigs - you can get involved! Download your free GPAW pack below.

Berry & Bramble

Meet Berry and Bramble

Hi there, we’re Berry and Bramble, the Excel guinea pigs! We’re going to be popping up throughout GPAW, helping to give you an insight into the welfare needs of piggies just like us.

To stay up to date with all things GPAW, we’d recommend downloading your packs and liking our Facebook page.

About Burgess Excel

Burgess Pet Care is a British family company, based in the heart of North Yorkshire. Our strong family values and traditions are core to the Burgess story. Starting as flour millers in the 17th century, our business has evolved, moving into animal feeds in the 1960s. Since then we have been dedicated to improving the health and welfare of animals through research and education.

In 1998 we launched Burgess Excel, our small animal brand. Fast forward two years, and with the millennia also came Burgess Excel Guinea Pig Nuggets. Since then Burgess Excel has grown, providing high quality extruded nuggets, feeding hay and treats for small animals across the world.

Today our head office remains in North Yorkshire and our history of innovation continues. Our in-house vet, Dr Suzanne Moyes, uses her nutritional expertise to help enable us to develop the highest quality food for your small animals. Discover more about the Burgess story over on our website.