Sale & Shipping Policies

 

Sales Policy…

All Luv Lops’ cavy sales are strictly held to the following sales policy.  Luv Lops’ cavies are offered for sale to people as determined by our placement decisions and/or the order that we receive serious inquiry.  In either case, you will need to indicate an interest to purchase or we will inform the next inquirer that they may proceed.  Luv Lops Caviary reserves the right to refuse a sale for any reason deemed necessary and to revoke an agreement of sale at any point of time in its sole and absolute discretion and without the need to provide reasons for such revocation.  We have the right to cancel a sale at anytime until the cavy has been picked up and is official sold.

All cavies will be sold at the prices listed on the Luv Lops Caviary website or quoted via email.  Please note that discounts may be available for purchasing three of more cavies, depending on the cavies being sold.  Show quality cavies with excellent genetics or traits in high demand will most likely not be reduced in price.  Cavies listed as show quality are typically proven on the show table and/or are believed to be of show quality and free from disqualifications.  Although every attempt will be made to ensure show cavies are free from disqualifications at the time of sale, Luv Lops is not responsible for undiscovered disqualifications that may appear, or be acquired, after a cavy is sold.  Additionally, we do not guarantee a sale cavy’s breeding or show success.  For these reasons, we strongly encourage buyers to personally evaluate their cavy(s) and research genetic compatibility prior to purchase.

In order for Luv Lops to place a sale cavy “on hold” for pick-up at an upcoming local show that we plan to attend, a 50% non-refundable deposit will be required within one week after informing us of your intent to purchase.  Once the deposit is received, you will have an opportunity to look over the cavy before paying for the cavy in full.  If the cavy is not deemed as advertised or it has an undiscovered disqualification and you decided against it, a full refund of the deposit may be given at our discretion.  However, if you decide against the cavy for other reasons, the deposit will be subject to forfeit.  All cavies must be paid for in full and picked up within two weeks unless prior agreements have been made.  Similarly, in order for Luv Lops to hold cavies for durations longer than two weeks and/or those in need of out-of-state transportation, full payment must be received within one week after informing us of your intent to purchase.  In addition, a fee may apply for holding cavies for long durations so please inquire.  If payment is not received within the given time frames above, we will keep to our policy and inform the next inquirer that they may proceed.  Please note that once full payment is received for a sale cavy, it will be considered sold and marked on our site as such (if applicable).

All cavies are sold with transition food, health information, and their three generation pedigree and ARBA registration, ARBA Grand Champion Certification, and show legs, if applicable.  Luv Lops does sell pet quality animals.  Please inquiry for more information.

Regarding methods of payment, Luv Lops currently accepts cash, PayPal payments, and checks.  Unfortunately, we do not accept personal, cashiers checks, or money orders as immediate forms of payment because the check clearing process takes up to a week.  When using PayPal, the buyer is responsible for paying any associated PayPal service fees, if applicable.  All sales are final after full payment has been received in hand.  Although great efforts are made to keep our site current, availability and pricing are subject to change (increase or decrease) without notice unless a deposit has been received for a particular cavy. Such changes are often based on a cavy’s growth development and show success. Below is a price list to may help you.

  • Show Cavies: $30+
    This means the cavy listed for sale fits well within the ARBA breed standards and is free from any known disqualifications at the time the sale is made. Show cavies are sold with a full three-generation pedigree and their ARBA registration, ARBA Grand Champion Certification, and show legs, if applicable.
  • Brood Quality: $20+
    This means the cavy may have a disqualification fault that won’t allow it to be shown, or it may lack a quality or presence needed to be competitive on the table, but the cavy is proven to, or should, produce show quality offspring based on its breeding history, conformation, and bloodlines.  Brood stock is sold with a three-generation pedigree.

 

Transportation to local shows, ARBA Convention, and Nationals is typically available.  Please click here to see a current list of upcoming shows we’ll be attending and then email to inquire for availability and fees (if applicable).

 

Shipping Policy…

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National (US) and international shipping is available.  Please note there are times when shipping via an airline is not possible due to adverse weather that may endanger the health of the Guinea Pig(s).  Such weather includes temperatures below 10° Fahrenheit or greater than 85° Fahrenheit at any point of travel.   However, due to cavies lack of tolerance to cold weather, we prefer and only ship during the later spring/summer months.

When shipping is possible, our airline of choice is United PetSafe (for national shipments) since it provides the shortest counter-to-counter service in our area, the lowest cargo flight costs, and health certificates are only required for international shipments.  Missoula International Airport (MSO), located in Missoula, MT, and Glacier Park National Airport (FCA), located in Kalispell, MT, are our preferred airports to ship from and they’re both approximately one and a half hours away from our home (each way or a minimum transit time of three hours).  Below is a list of the average buyer’s domestic national and international shipping expenses to help assist you with any questions you may have.

 

US National Shipping…

We require a $100 minimum purchase to ship within the nation, please inquire for more information.

Average National Shipping Costs

  • $50 transportation surcharge
  • $85 airline approved carrier (convertible 2-12 hole carrier)
  • $160 United PetSafe airline transportation fees (actual price varies according to the total shipping
    weight of the carrier when including rabbits/food/water)
  • $3.50 airline approved water bottle (each cavy)
  • Free metal airline approved crocks
    Average Total: $298.50

Important Note:  The total shipping fees and sale cost of the rabbit(s) must be paid in full prior to shipping.  Only PayPal is accepted for US national purchases.  When using PayPal, the buyer is responsible for paying all additional PayPal service fees (if applicable).

 

International Shipping…

We require a $250 minimum purchase to ship internationally, please inquire for more information.

Please note:  International buyers may need to obtain an import permit in order for us to ship to you.

International Airline Approved Carrier (2-12 holes)

International Airline Approved Carrier (2-12 holes)

Average International Shipping Costs

  • $80 – transportation surcharge (to vet & airport)
  • $113 – international airline approved carrier (convertible 2-12 hole carrier)
  • $850 – United PetSafe & International Airway Fees (actual price varies according to international airline used, the total shipping weight of the carrier when including rabbits/food/water, and the final destination)
  • $55 – International Health Certificate(s)
  • $38 – USDA Endorsement
  • $64 – Overnight Mailing of USDA Documents
  • $3.50 airline approved water bottles (each cavy)
  • Free metal airline approved crocks
    Average Total: $1,203.50

Important Note:  The total shipping fees and the total sale cost of the rabbit(s) must be paid in full prior to shipping.  Only PayPal or wire transfers are accepted for international purchases.  When using PayPal, which is our preferred way to receive payment, the buyer is responsible for paying all additional PayPal service fees.

 

Right of First Refusal…

Because we care about the future health and happiness of our cavies and the American cavy breed, Luv Lops Caviary retains right of first refusal if, at any time in the life of any cavy we sell, the Buyer is unable or unwilling to keep the cavy.  Continuously, a Luv Lops cavy may not be resold, given away, or leased without the prior written consent of Luv Lops, who shall have right of first refusal.  Buyer also agrees to allow Luv Lops enough time to repurchase and transport the cavy or act as an agent regarding the successful re-homing of a Luv Lops cavy.  Except for show purposes, at no time will a Luv Lops cavy leave the the Buyer’s residence intact for any reason, including but not limited to the sale, replacement, gift, pet, or paid/free lease purposes, unless the cavy is being returned to, or re-homed by, Luv Lops Caviary.  Buyer will only receive a refund after the Luv Lops cavy has been received in healthy condition or after being successfully re-homed and only for the amount that Luv Lops Caviary receives for cavy minus any expenses.  Should the right of first refusal be breached, Buyer agrees to pay any and all fees, including ARBA grievance fees, that may result should Luv Lops Caviary require professional assistance in order to repurchase or re-home their cavy.

 

Limited Warranty…

Luv Lops guarantees any cavy we sell to be, to the best of our knowledge, in good health and free from disease, symptoms of disease, or injury up to the time the buyer or the buyer’s transportation service provider takes responsibility or the animal leaves our caviary, whichever comes first.  At that time, we revoke any and all guarantees due to the risks that are beyond our control which include, but are not limited to, improper circumstance, handling, and care provided by the new owner/transportation service.  For those interested in verifying current health, buyers bearing the expense may exercise the option for us to obtain a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian before purchase, pick-up, or transport.  Being resolute in our efforts to ensure and protect the health of our cavies, Luv Lops reserves the right to void any and all agreements and refund all monies paid should a cavy become ill or develop a genetic disqualification prior to a final sale, pick-up, or scheduled transportation.  Despite these efforts, should a cavy become ill or die within 72 hours of the new owner/transport having taken responsibility, Luv Lops may choose, in its sole and absolute discretion, to offer a future replacement of like kind and value, when available, or to refund monies paid for any sale cavy in need of veterinarian care within the indicated time frame above.  In such an event, immediate communication along with proof of illness or death from a licensed veterinarian and return of the cavy may be necessary and all medical costs and expenses shall be borne by buyer.