Hedgeucation
The Hedgery
Adoption
Hedgehog Adoption Q & A

This Q&A is designed to answer questions on how to Adopt a hedgehog from Pixie Pets and goes over a few of our policies as well. More information on Policies in place at Pixie Pets can be found here. Once you are done and decide a hedgehog is the right fit for you, head on over to the Adoption Application page here. If you still have any questions, contact me here.

Where can I learn proper care?

You can find an in depth care guide here.

Are your hedgehogs pedigreed?

Yes. Pixie Pets only has pedigreed hedgehogs.

Are pedigrees important?

Domesticated hedgehogs have a limited gene pool. Buying a pedigreed hog prevents inbreeding that results in health issues and genetic diseases.

How much are your hedgehogs?

Babies start at $250 and go up based on coloring and temperament. Adults will be available from time to time and pricing will depend on age as well as coloring and temperament.

For all adoptions a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is required to reserve your desired hedgie. The deposit will be deducted from the total price.

Can I breed my hedgehog?

No. All of the hedgehogs at Pixie Pets are for Pet ONLY homes. While these hogs are pedigreed, you will not be given a copy of the full pedigree on adoption. If you wish to become a breeder, breeding rights can be purchased if the correct conditions are met. Established breeders may contact me directly.

Do you have a health guarantee?

Yes, you can find details on health guarantees under the Hedgehog Policies page here.

How old do I have to be to adopt?

You must be at least 18 years old. If you are under 18, you must have a parent or guardian present on pickup to sign the adoption agreement.

Can I adopt multiple hedgehogs at once?

In general no. I do not sell multiples to the same household. Hedgehogs are solitary animals and will fight and/or kill each other in most situations if housed together.

I don't live in Indiana, can I still get a hedgehog from you?

Yes, Pixie Pets can help you arrange transport through USDA licensed transporters. You will be responsible for the expense and meeting the transporter. Please read the policies on transportation on the Hedgehog Policies page here. I am also able to travel for a fee to north, west, and central Indiana, lower Michigan, and western Ohio.

What do you have available?

Head on over to the Available Hedgehogs page here to see what I currently have. If no hogs are available or you do not see your perfect hog, you may sign up to the Wait List here. You can see my Upcoming Litters here.

 

I'm ready to adopt. What now?

Head on over to the Adoption Application Page and fill out the form here. Once the application is submitted, you will be contacted that you have been approved. If you do not hear back from Pixie Pets in 1 week, your application has been denied. In this case you may re-apply or contact me to get more info on how to be approved.

My Application was approved. What now?

Upon approval, you will need to purchase the $50 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit within 48 hours here. Failure to do so will forfeit your place in the queue. This might mean that you will have to go on the next wait list if all hogs get chosen before I here from you.

I'd like to be put on the Wait List. What now?

Head on over to the Adoption Application Page and fill out the form here. Once the application is submitted, you will be contacted that you have been approved. If you do not hear back from Pixie Pets in 1 week, your application has been denied. In this case you may re-apply or contact me to get more info on how to be approved. Upon approval, you will need to purchase the $50 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit within 48 hours here. When litters become available, you will be contacted in order of the list. If you do not pick within 48 hours, you will be skipped for the next person. Once the wait list has chosen, all available hogs left will be open to the public. If you do not see your perfect hog or there are no more available hogs, your deposit will be rolled over to the next litter. You can roll your deposit to the next litter a total of 2 times before you forfeit the deposit and your spot on the Wait List.

I Paid my deposit. What now?

Choose your hog of course! We will schedule a pickup once you have chosen. Failure to pick up on the scheduled date will result in a forfeiture of your chosen hog and the next person on the wait list will be contacted. You will also need to show proof of setup before your scheduled pickup in the form of pictures. Your setup must include enclosure, bedding, wheel, at least 1 hide or snuggle sack, heat source with thermostat, and food labels. Pixie Pets reserves the right to push back or deny adoption until a proper setup can be established. If you need assistance, I am always happy to help. I currently do not sell setup supplies but plan to in the future.

 

When will my hedgehog be ready?

All of the babies will have ready by dates, but typically Pixie Pets sends babies home at around 8 weeks old.

What do I need to bring at pickup?

Bring a soft or hard sided carrier or a small tote. You will need something like a fleece blanket or a shirt that smells like you. You will not be allowed to take home your hedgehog in your lap. You will need to bring the rest of your adoption fee in cash. I do not accept checks or credit. You will also need a valid ID. If you are under 18, you will need a parent or guardian with a valid ID.

What are your COVID-19 procedures?

Because of the pandemic, pickups will still take place at my home address, they will just be porch only. I will be wearing a mask and I insist that you wear one as well. If that is too much trouble or you feel it is an infringement upon your freedoms, I will point out that you are entirely free to find a hedgehog elsewhere.

What do I get from you on pickup?

Your hog of course! I will send you home with a week's supply of my kibble mix, a small sample of whatever live insects I have on hand, a  birth certificate (this is not the pedigree), and your copy of your signed contract.

I no longer want my hedgehog or cannot afford to keep it. What can I do?

Pixie Pets will accept all surrenders as rescues (if not purchased from Pixie Pets) no questions asked and no judgement. If purchased from Pixie Pets, I reserve the right of first refusal, details can be found on the Hedgehog Policies page here. If I pass on that choice, I may still be able to help you find a good home for your pet. NEVER release your hedgehog into the wild, North America does not have native hedgehogs. African pygmy hedgehogs will die if turned loose.