In 2010, Restall was diagnosed with kidney cancer. That's when he first welcomed a few guinea pigs into his home. They provided companionship when he was no longer able to work.
Unfortunately, what started out as a few companions eventually grew to 21 guinea pigs, which has put the Restall family on bad terms with their landlord. The Restalls, including all 21 guinea pigs, have been threatened with eviction if they don't agree to find new homes for at least a few of his pets.
While the administration at PCH recognizes the "companionship and social benefits" of pets, according to the Western Morning News, "the number of animals in Restall's home is beyond what is reasonable" or permitted by the community's pet policy, which Restall agreed to upon signing his lease.
In order to keep their home, the Restall family will either have to find new homes for a few of the guinea pigs or find a new home for themselves. When animals are considered a part of the family, that can be a difficult choice, but luckily, the Restalls have their guinea pig gurus to help with the decision.
"They're a means of communication," Restall said. "They listen to your problems and they help."
The guinea pigs have until the new year to work their magic.