The RSPCA’s Southridge Animal Centre in Potters Bar is struggling with an influx of Syrian hamsters – 17 were handed in two weeks ago.
On Monday 22 July a man from Wheathampstead turned up with a couple of cages that he said had been dumped outside his garage.
The cages, one a proper hamster cage, the other a general pet carrier, were full of excrement and urine and very mouldy.
In them were a female with 12 babies, and four other adult females.
Syrian hamsters need to be kept singly so the centre has had to find five different cages which also have to be placed apart from each other so they cannot smell another hamster which would stress them.
RSPCA centre manager Anna White said: “Hamsters are small, charming animals with a great deal of character but their needs are very complex and they can be injured easily if you are not careful when handling them.
“If you can offer a home to any of these hamsters in a warm, safe, indoor environment please get in contact.”
There is lots of excellent information about keeping hamsters as pets on the RSPCA’s website.
Click on this link: http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/rodents/hamsters