Given A Chance Hamster Rescue

"Giving Unwanted Hamsters a Second Chance at a Forever Home"

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Our Permanent Fosters

Since starting the rescue in January 2004, we have seen over 650 animals come into the rescue and during that time there are always going to be some animals that stay for one reason or another. We have kept 15 such animals; two duprasi, seven Syrian hamsters, four dwarf hamsters and two gerbils, all of which can be seen below;

Inca was the first foster we kept and in her case it was mainly because I found her being sold in a farmers market for only 99c. The people that had given her to the store said they did not want her any more because she was nippy and the shop assitant refused to handle her. I did not want to see her going as snake food so brought her home with me. At first we put her in the rescue but I was too fond of her so decided to keep her. In the case of Nanook and Kalia, we decided to actually adopt them ourselves, since both were female duprasi and I worried if I adopted them out they would be bred from, even though our contract prohibits that, plus they were both such cute little guys. Malachi stayed with us because he had had a horrible start in life and then no-one wanted to adopt him due to the way he looked and behaved so we gave him a permenant place in our home. Gideon was another foster we found hard to place due to his special needs (his teeth needed constant trimming due to a head deformity) and in the end we concluded we were the best home for him, so took him off of Petfinder. Ginny's coloring made her hard to place, especially since at the time she was in the rescue we had four other brown short haired hamsters. Ginny got overlooked and she is just the type of hamster I like, nice and big, so I ended up adopting her. Jacob was a tricky one, I liked him from the minute he came into the rescue, but at first thought he should have a home of his own. However his behaviour later proved he had chosen a home for himself, our's. He was a very timid hamster and needed to be handled in a certain way. He also loved his cage and did not like to be moved, this led to us taking him off of Petfinder. Jessie came from a shelter and was reportedly nippy, although that was not why we ended up keeping her. We later found out she had a mammary tumor, this was operated on but quickly returned. Her personality made her a favourite. Elmo found his way to us it seemed and almost naturally became a 'keeper'. He was such a sweet hamster and had sadly endured a bad pelvic injury, I dread to think what he had gone though in his life. Due to his special needs, i.e. not being able to get around as easily as other hamsters we decided he should stay with us, since the cages we have were perfect for him. Willoughby was one of 31 hamsters we fostered for our local shelter, we ended up placing around 18 of these hamsters ourselves, however when it came to adopting out Willoughby, I couldn't, so he stayed with us. I have always liked all white hamsters. Barnaby stayed with us even though we were not intending to keep any more hamsters, mainly because he was so similar to a favourite hamster of mine I had many years ago. He is such a sweet little guy and had spent the first 7 months of his life in a shelter waiting to be adopted, now he has his forever home. My daughter was attracted to Pye from day one and while she is not allowed to handle Pye, she just loves watching her and stroking her when I get her out. It is a very sweet relationship because Pye will often come out of her nest house when she hears my daughter approaching. Serafina, actually camee from the same shelter as Pye, I liked her personallity and markings which kept changing in the beginning. She was such a sweet, gentle hamster and always easy to handle. Our last keeper is Hiccup, we had not intended on keeping any more but she came to us in such a bad condition we had no choice, since she was not adoptable. For a time we thought she would have to be euthanized but our vet did not believe she was suffering and Hiccup herself seemed to have the will for life. Like Elmo (who had similar injuries) I dread to think what she went through, however she will now be given the TLC she deserves.

This may seem like a small number to keep, but if we kept too many we would run the risk of limiting our rescue intake even further, plus we always enjoy finding great new forever homes for our fosters and then hearing from the families later on, many of which continue to stay in touch.


Name: Inca
Breed: Dwarf Russian Hamster
Age upon Arrival: Adult
Arrival Date: 10/01/04
How Entered Rescue: Was left at a Farmers Market
Reason for Keeping: Being sold for 99c & I felt sorry for her
Special Needs: Nippy, blind & had hair loss
ID # 45
Sex Female
 
Passed Away
10/31/05
Name: Nanook
Breed: Duprasi
Age upon Arrival: Adult
Arrival Date: 01/16/05
How Entered Rescue: Owner Surrender
Reason for Keeping: Our male Duprasi had just passed away and she was very cute
Special Needs: None
ID # 77
Sex Female
 
Passed Away
08/19/06
Name: Malachi (previously known as Ollie)
Breed: Gerbil
Age upon Arrival: Adult
Arrival Date: 02/05/05
How Entered Rescue: From an Montgomery County SPCA
Reason for Keeping: No one wanted to adopt him
Special Needs: No tail, blind & bites
ID # 96
Sex Male
 
Passed Away
07/03/07
Name: Gideon (previously known as Kurtis)
Breed: Syrian Hamster
Age upon Arrival: Young (3 months)
Arrival Date: 07/15/05
How Entered Rescue: From the Humane Society of Lancaster County
Reason for Keeping: Teeth need to be trimmed every week
Special Needs: His teeth do not align due to a head deformity so have to be trimmed
ID # 113
Sex Male
 
Passed Away
02/02/07
Name: Kalia (previously known as Juliet)
Breed: Duprasi
Age upon Arrival: Adult
Arrival Date: 01/29/06
How Entered Rescue: Breeder reducing stock
Reason for Keeping: Very sweet personality and did not want her to be bred from again
Special Needs: None except a deformed tail
ID # 153
Sex Female
 
Passed Away
08/14/06
Name: Ginny
Breed: Syrian Hamster
Age upon Arrival: Adult
Arriva Date: 04/06/06
How Entered Rescue: Owner Surrender
Reason for Keeping: No one wanted her & I liked her a lot, very easy going hamster
Special Needs: None
ID # 185
Sex Female
 
Passed Away
01/05/07
Name: Jacob
Breed: Syrian Hamster
Age upon Arrival: Young (4 months)
Arriva Datel: 05/13/06
How Entered Rescue: Rodent Fest
Reason for Keeping: Decided to keep him on the day our daughter was born 08/12/06
Special Needs: Very timid, needs special handling
ID # 192
Sex Male
 
Passed Away
02/20/08
Name: Jessie
Breed: Dwarf Russian Hamster
Age upon Arrival: Adult
Arrival Date: 09/15/06
How Entered Rescue: From an Animal Rescue League
Reason for Keeping: Fiesty, but fun personality
Special Needs: Mammary cancer, recently operated on, but sadly it returned
ID # 216
Sex Female
 
Passed Away
04/30/07
Name: Elmo
Breed: Syrian Hamster
Age upon Arrival: Adult
Arrival Date: 06/09/07
How Entered Rescue: Found as a stray, bought to the Lehigh County humane Shelter
Reason for Keeping: We did not think he would find the right home given his pelvic injury
Special Needs: May have been stood on in the past
ID # 258
Sex Male
 
Passed Away
09/14/07
Name: Willoughby (prevuously known as Willow)
Breed: Syrian Hamster
Age upon Arrival: D.O.B. 07/27/08 (3 Days)
Arrival Date: 07/30/08
How Entered Rescue: I fostered 31 hamsters for LCHS, adopting out many ourselves
Reason for Keeping: 30 of the hamsters were tan and white, he was the only white hamster
Special Needs: None
ID # 327(f)
Sex Male
 
Passed Away
11/22/10
Name: Barnaby (previously known as Garfield)
Breed: Syrian Hamster
Age upon Arrival: D.O.B 07/17/08 (7 months)
Arrival Date: 02/14/09
How Entered Rescue: From Women's Humane Society
Reason for Keeping: Reminded me of a hamster I had mnay years ago called Harry
Special Needs: None
ID # 339
Sex Male
 
Passed Away
12/12/10
Name: Pye (previously known as Pyewacket)
Breed: Dwarf Russian Hamster
Age upon Arrival: Young (3 months)
Arrival Date: 10/24/09
How Entered Rescue: From Bucks County SPCA
Reason for Keeping: Daughter fell in love, her first hamster
Special Needs: Neurological issues 'Star Gazing' falls backwards
ID # 362
Sex Female
 
Passed Away
03/11/11
Name: Serafina
Breed: Dwarf Winter White mix Hamster
Age upon Arrival: 1 Year
Arrival Date: 09/21/10
How Entered Rescue: From Bucks County SPCA
Reason for Keeping: Very sweet hamster and I liked her markings which kept changing
Special Needs: None
ID # 382
Sex Female
 
Passed Away
03/30/12
Name: Hiccup
Breed: Gerbil
Age upon Arrival: Young (10 weeks)
Arrival Date: 11/27/12
How Entered Rescue: From Petco Adoptions
Reason for Keeping: Previous pelvic injury, limited mobility in her back legs
Special Needs: Nerve damage in her back legs, as well as eye and ear problems
ID # 410
Sex Female
 
 

 





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