We love our dogs and cats, of course, but what about our rats, hedgehogs, and ferrets?
In animal shelters around the country, there are thousands of small mammals up for adoption. These domesticated creatures’ original homes didn’t work out—whether because their humans developed allergies or just hadn’t understood the time commitment—leaving the animals in a challenging position. Since they were raised with humans, they need a second chance at a safe, healthy home with a new human.
As with any animal, be sure you do your research before adopting a small furry animal; for the animal’s sake, it’s vital that you know how much of a time commitment you’re making, whether the animal needs a companion animal, etc. In addition, before adopting, make sure that it’s legal to keep that species of animal in your state and county.
Here are ten wonderful small mammals who are looking for homes, from shelters in the U.S. and Canada. Don’t you wish you could take them all home?
(Don’t forget: if you’re looking for a new animal companion, you can use Care2′s Adoptable Pets page to find your perfect match!)
3-year-old female ferret. Oregon Ferret Shelter, Oregon City, OR.
Unfortunately, Kaz’s parents couldn’t take her with them when they moved away. She wants to be adopted into the same home as her ferret buddy Loa.