So now to answer the question: how to get a hedgehog?
From what I've researched, there are two options:
1. Find one available for adoption on Craig's List, your local animal shelter, or in the paper. But once again, since these are exotic pets, this could go either way. I found one at an adoption shelter and went to see her the next day, but she was already adopted.
2. Purchase one from a breeder. There are lots of great breeders available all over the country (except where owning a hedgehog is illegal, of course). Just do a quick Google search for "hedgehog breeder" and your state to see what pops up. You can also check out this list on Hedgehog Central. Do some research to ensure you are choosing a reputable breeder. For example, see how long they've been in business, see if they are a licensed breeder, etc. This is definitely the more expensive option, but if you don't feel like waiting to see if one ever pops up for adoption, this is the best way to go.
I got my hedgehog from Terrapin Hedgehogs. Very easy to work with, and highly recommended if you want to:
-Buy a hedgehog in Maryland
-Buy a hedgehog in Delaware
-Buy a hedgehog in Washington, DC
-Buy a hedgehog in Pennsylvania
They are located near Baltimore, an easy drive from any of the above locations.
Any other suggestions for how to get a hedgehog? Let me know in the comments!
|My hedgehog asleep in her wheel.|