RescuesA rescue hedgehog is defined as any hedgehog that is voluntarily given up by its owner/caretaker. Sometimes hedgehogs are given up because they are no longer wanted, and other times they are given up because the owner is moving and can no longer take care of it. Whatever the reason the hedgehog now needs a new home to live in. Even taking a pet from a pet shop that is in horrible condition can be considered a rescue.
Rescuing a HedgehogMany people opt out of getting their pets from breeders and instead choose you be a rescue for a hedgehog. As a rescue you are risking having an unsociable hedgehog that may never like you, and may have high medical expenses from being possibly underweight and possibly sickly. Also if you are rescuing a female hedgehog you should assume she is pregnant until you have had her for a time exceeding the maximum gestation period (about 55 days). As every rule of thumb, there is always an exception. You may receive a hedgehog from a rescue that is much more friendly and well socialized than a hedgehog you could get from a breeder. Always know that with a rescue you are running a financial risk of vet care as well as not getting a healthy animal.
Becoming a RescueTo become a rescue you can either browse online for people giving up hedgehogs in your area or you can contact the International Hedgehog Association to become a permanent rescue. If you wish to be come a rescue please contact the IHA.
List of known RescuesAll of the rescues listed here are very knowledgeable about hedgehogs and are willing to take in hedgehogs that can no longer be cared for.
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