10 Small Furry Animals Who Need a Home (Photos)

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!)


1. Kaz

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.

2. Murgatroyd

Adult male mouse. EARPS Exotic Animal Rescue, Brownsburg, IN.

According to his foster home, he’s a very sweet little man! He loves to hang upside-down from your fingers, and he’s very gentle. His favorite foods are carrots and watermelon.

3. Lucretia, A.K.A. Lettie

Adult female sugar glider. All Creatures Rescue + Sanctuary, Charlotte, NC.

When she was young, Lucretia was purchased from a mall kiosk and never got socialized properly. Her foster home is slowly managing to rehabilitate her, and as long as you approach her slowly, she is friendly and curious, and will even take treats from your hand!

She must be adopted with her partner Ezra. In addition, sugar gliders need an informed caretaker, as they are nocturnal and have a very specific diet.

4. Gismo

Young male rat. T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter, Manhattan, KS.

Gismo must be adopted with his companion Boots. They are both shy, but very friendly.

5. Zaza

4-year-old female guinea pig. LA Guinea Pig Rescue, Chatsworth, CA.

6. Female Skunk

4-month-old female skunk. Skunk Haven Inc, North Ridgeville, OH.

The skunk sanctuary will only adopt her out to someone who has access to a vet who can help care for her, and who lives in a skunk-legal state. She is a nice girl who “may or may not go in the litter box.”

7. Trillium

Adult female hamster. Hop A Long Hollow Rabbit Rescue, Norwalk, CT.

Poor Trillium! After she was rescued from a hoarder, she was covered in mites and had only three legs. She’s doing better now, and she loves to run, never fazed by her missing foot.

8. Clover

Senior female chinchilla. Center Valley Animal Rescue, Quilcene, WA.

9. Taro

Adult male gerbil. All the Same Wild and Tame, Las Vegas, NV.

The shelter says that he is fun, loving, and curious. He especially loves to chew up newspaper, run on a wheel, and burrow—and he even gets along with other animals!

10. Quillson

Adult male hedgehog. Small Animal Rescue Society of BC, Burnaby, BC, Canada.

After living with stressful small children, Quillson needs a peaceful new place to call home! He seeks a human who is calm and has some prior experience with hedgehogs.

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Stephen G.
Stephen G2 years ago

hoping they found good homes

Patricia G.
Patricia Gal3 years ago

Well I guess every living creature such as these want to be in a caring home and someone to feed them. That's a joyful thought. *smiles*

Danuta Watola
Danuta W3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Ilona O'Beirne
Ilona Obeirne4 years ago

I never knew that rats can be so adorable and loving until I read the book by Kim Sheridan 'Animals and the Afterlife' ..a journey beyond Death. Try to read it and I can assure you it will forever remove the fear you might have against rats.

Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 4 years ago

all so adorable,hope they find good homes and will be happy,thank you for sharing 11/7

Patricia G.
Patricia Gal4 years ago

I don't know but its just my view....I don't like seeing these kind of animals being domesticated. I truly feel they deserve their own habitats. They know how to survive. God give them natural instincts to live & survive in natural surroundings. IF its rescued from a horrific situation or injured, then maybe, otherwise I feel its mean to contain them.

Mm M.
MmAway M4 years ago

Would of never said this, but I think they are just the Dang Cutest little creatures I have seen in a long time! THANK YOU sweetie! xoxo Marilyn

Laura T.
Laura T4 years ago

the rat is adorable

Autumn S.
Autumn S4 years ago

I hope they find forever homes!

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

Thanks for sharing. I wish them all the best in finding forever homes.