Most Big chain pet stores sadly have something called a rodent mill. Rodent mills are big warehouses that breed hamsters with very little care. The female hamsters will be bread to death, these places will contain the hamsters in small, crowded and dirty boxes. The hamsters will then start to become stressed due to the small / crowded enclosures and this can possibly trigger health conditions alongside the poor breeding and genetics.
PETA UK went inside a pet mill in Europe. This is the article they wrote about what they found inside:
Sadly, some of the new baby hamsters may not make it to the pet store. There have been reports of hamsters and animals having conditions such as wet tail, skin conditions, neurological problems, brachycephalic and hydrocephalus. A Brachycephalic / hydrocephalus hamster could have various genetic problems, they can have a short squished-in face and brittle teeth and they would then need a special mushy diet. Some may have water on the brain that can cause a lot more problems.
Rescues are big or small organisations that will take on hamsters that are in a neglectful situation, abandoned, given up to, and seen offered for sale on websites in poor care.
Here’s what a Hamster Rescue will do:
Happy Hamsters Co. – UK Durham and York
Tiny Paws MCR – UK Manchester
Cosy Paws Hamster Rescue – UK Manchester Bolton
Hamster Haven UK – Cheshire and North Wales
RSPCA – UK
Blue Cross – UK
Wee Critters Small Animal Rescue – UK North Kessock Inverness Highlands Scotland
Tiny Tales Derby – UK Derby
Happy Paws Rodent Rescue – UK Stroud, Gloucestershire
Munchie’s Place for Homeless Pets – USA Maple Valley, Washington
Strong Brew Hamstery – Canada, Mississauga
We would love to hear about more rescues and we will be launching a rescue section on the site. If there are any rescues you would like us to mention please get in touch.
We understand that you can easily go to the pet store for a hamster. However, choosing a pet from Strong Brew has many benefits:
How does this differ from a pet shop animal? Well, just like puppies are in puppy mills, rodents are bred in rodent mills.
Rodent mills are an integral part in the North American pet trade. Our pet shops are supplied by distributors, who get their animals en masse from “breeders”. These breeders run mills. They put no thought into the health, temperament and longevity of these animals. The animals are money making, profit machines. They are overbred and wildly neglected, mistreated and abused.
Every time you buy a hamster from a shop, you are putting money back into the hands of this store, these breeders, and making more space for more animals to be abused long term. You aren’t rescuing that hamster, though you might provide better for them – you are opening up that space for more hamsters to be born into this hell. You are tacitly and financially approving rodent mills.