Get A Free Hamster

Rescue the Supplies, Too!

Getting a free hamster involves adopting a hamster from sources such as people you know, adoption agencies, or breeders. But to really lower the price for your new hamster, know what additions to look out for.


Where To Find Them

Adoption isn't only smart and practical but also a blessing to the pet community. Anytime one hamster leaves the agency, means one life is saved. Here are some inspirations on where to look for pets to adopt...

Adoption Agency. Agencies are practically begging for people with big hearts like you! There are shelters all over the world. There's bound to be one accessible to you. There are big names in the trade such as ASPCA, pets4homes, and adoptapet.com but small shelters are great too. Search the internet with your location and find phone numbers to call and ask for hamsters.

Ask People You Know. It is not at all uncommon for a hamster owner to wake up one day to find extra hamsters in their cage. Hamsters are so popular, you can probably get in touch with someone that knows someone with hamsters. Look in your own network.

Contact A Local Breeder. A quick search at local listing sites like craigslist.com revealed a list of local breeders practically handing out free hamsters. You can also try the newspapers or community message boards.

A Happy, Adopted Hamsterget a free hamster and supplies

When Adopting...What To Watch Out For!

Spur of the Moment Decisions. Have a good idea of what you're looking for before you start. Believe us! It's near impossible to stop at just getting 1 baby Roborovskii when there are 8 others beaming at you. Take a deep breath and be tough!

Age. Many hamsters you encounter may be on the older side such as a year or two. Ask about their age and see if it fits your desires.

Injuries and Illnesses. First ask then inspect yourself. You want to make sure the hamster is illness free since some diseases are transferrable. Some preliminary checks:

  • Teeth should be aligned.
  • Eyes clear.
  • Rear end needs to be dry and clean.
  • Fur should be full but may be lighter if the hamster is older.
  • Active (but know that hamsters sleep in the day time).
  • Watch out for wounds which may be a result of rough edges in the cage.

Rehoming Fees. Your sources may say free hamster up for adoption but may still include a fee. The fee may be nominal but ask to make sure.

Temperment. Ask the care taker to let you play with the hamster. You can check if the hamster is active, healthy, and get an idea of the temperment. Is the hamster jumpy, frightened, aggressive, docile, or social?

More Freebies

Whether you're getting a pet from an agency, friend, or breeder, don't forget to ask if they have any accessories to spare you. Getting a free hamster doesn't mean you won't have to spend money to keep your hamster.

You can really drive down the hamster cost if you just ask for freebies. It would be a waste if they ended up throwing away equipment anyways.

Any of these would be a great addition to your new hamster:

  • Cage
  • Feed: pellets, seeds (check to make sure it's not expired later)
  • Bedding
  • Chew Toys
  • Cage Accessories: wheel, water bottle, tubes, hideaways, bowls, litter pan
  • Pet friendly cleaning supplies
  • Anything else

To Dos For Your Visit

Prepare Your Family. Make sure your family will welcome and accomodate the pet. Read books or more of this site to get to know your hamster more. Contact me if you have questions.

Bring A Cage. Don't forget to bring your cage or container that is chew proof.

Bedding. Ask for a little of the clean bedding from the original cage. Include that bedding in the new cage so the hamster can smell a familiar scent.

Meeting 101. Be careful when meeting a stranger. Ask to meet in a public location and with company.

Stay Clean. Always remember to wash your hands!








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