HWS Adoption Application

Thank you for considering sharing your home with a hedgehog!

Please keep in mind that we will not always have hedgehogs available for adoption in your area. If this is the case, we will keep your adoption application on file for future reference and notify you should a hedgehog need a new home in your area.

Please keep in mind that it is the policy of The Hedgehog Welfare Society NOT to adopt to anyone under the age of 21 (no exceptions).

NOTE:  The HWS does this as a service and does not charge for adoptions or relinquishments (although we always accept donations).  The only exception to this would be if the hedgehog is in the care of one of the HWS Rescue Facilities.  We do allow them to charge up to a $50 rehoming fee to cover some of their expenses while the hedgehog was in their care (vet bills, travel to pick up or deliver, etc.).  An individual giving up their hedgehog cannot charge you for it.  We can't assume that cages, wheels or any other equipment comes with the hedgehog, so you can negotiate that, but it is not part of the adoption.

Please fill out the application below. We strongly suggest you join the Hedgehog Welfare online discussion group to find out about available rescues and to keep updated on hedgehog care. Please join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hedgehogwelfare/ You are also encouraged to join the Hedgehog Welfare Society by going to "Become a Member".


Name, First and Last:
Street Address:
City:
State/Province:
Zip/Postal Code:
County
Country, if not U.S.
Email Address:
HOME Telephone Number:
CELL Telephone Number:
WORK Telephone Number:
Your Birth Month & Birth Year
If there are children living in your home, please list their ages:
What made you decide to open your home to a rescued hedgehog?
Do you understand that a rescued hedgehog can sometimes be a challenge in health and/or temperament, and as such, can require a large amount of time and attention? Yes
No
Do you understand that hedgehogs can incur very high veterinary bills and can be quite costly to maintain? Yes
No
Do you have any prior experience with hedgehogs? Yes
No
If yes, please explain.
Please describe your set up for this hedgehog (cage size, feeders, waterers, bedding, etc.)
Where will your hedgehog be living and what is the average room temperature?
Does the area receive natural sunlight? Yes
No
Do you rent or own your home? Rent
Own
If you rent, name and phone number of landlord/landlady?
If you have other animals in the home, please tell us what and how many.
If you currently have other hedgehogs, please list their ages and sex.
What type of diet do you plan to feed your hedgie? Please be as specific as possible.
Do you agree to take the hedgehog to a licensed veterinarian dealing with exotic animals at the first sign of illness or injury? Yes
No
Please provide a name, address and phone number for the vet you plan to use (Not all vets treat hedgehogs, so make sure this vet does.).
Do you have someone who can care for your hedgehog if you go away or become ill? Yes
No
Do you agree not to breed this hedgehog? Yes
No
Do you agree to return this hedgehog to the nearest Hedgehog Welfare Society Rescue Station in the event you cannot keep him/her, no longer want him/her or can no longer provide quality care for him/her? Yes
No
How far would you be willing to travel to pick up a relinquished hedgehog?
Please provide the names and e-mail addresses for three non-related personal references.   We may check your references before an adoption is approved. Please understand that these steps are taken to ensure the safety and future happiness of all pets leaving our rescue stations. 
(no Facebook addresses accepted)
Are you willing to accept special needs hedgehogs (you would be notified in advance if this is known)? Yes
No