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Many hamsters have been deserted or surrendered up to now few months, based on a Fb put up by the Hamster Society Singapore (HSS) on Could 9.
71 hamsters rescued from January to early Could
HSS stated that they’ve seen a “fast improve” within the variety of undesirable hamsters because the begin of 2021.
Inside the month of April alone, 22 hamsters have been rescued from 4 of those areas.
In a single the incidents, a complete of 10 Dwarf hamsters had been discarded at Jurong East on Apr. 4, 2021. Two weeks later, on Apr. 18, one other 5 Dwarf hamsters have been rescued at Ang Mo Kio.
Picture from Hamster Society Singapore/FB.
HSS’ most up-to-date hamster rescue occurred on Could 7 when a Syrian hamster was deserted in Yew Tee.
The hamster was discovered with a number of medical illnesses like a swollen and contaminated proper eye, a swollen left toe and extreme cataract in its left eye.
In response to HSS, the hamster let loose “probably the most distressing screams” when it was dealt with by the vet.
Picture from Hamster Society Singapore/FB.
Along with the 31 deserted hamsters that they rescued, HSS consultant instructed Mothership that the group has additionally taken in round 40 hamsters that have been surrendered by the general public.
Nonetheless, these numbers are seemingly an underrepresentation of the hamster abandonment challenge in Singapore.
The group’s give up request kind was not saved open all through the previous 12 months. On just a few events, the shape was closed because the foster crew was overwhelmed with surrendered hamsters that have been sick and required long-term medical care, HSS instructed Mothership.
Syrian hamsters surrendered to HSS in Mar. 2021. Picture courtesy of HSS.
The HSS consultant added that sick hamsters have been usually surrendered as a result of the price of medical remedy outweighs the price of a brand new hamster. As well as, house owners may not be prepared to commit extra effort and time in the direction of caring for a sick hamster. By the point, HSS receives these hamsters, a few of them have been already “severely sick”.
Listed below are some examples:
Hamster on the left had uncooked wounds on its physique and it was screaming in ache, HSS stated. The hamster on the appropriate, fortuitously, had its fur grown again after a number of visits to the vet. Picture courtesy of HSS.
This poor infant had extreme mites an infection and glaucoma. Sadly, it handed away 4 days after HSS took it in. Picture courtesy of HSS.
In different instances, hamsters have been surrendered after an unintentional breeding which might be overwhelming to house owners who all of a sudden need to take care of extra hamsters.
Work-from-home association contributes to rise in abandonment instances
HSS highlighted three the explanation why there was a surge in abandonment or give up instances.
They instructed Mothership that it’s “quite common” for folks to purchase hamsters as “shock presents” for his or her family and friends.
Impulsive purchases can also be one other challenge as folks didn’t do ample analysis earlier than shopping for hamsters.
In view of the Covid-19 scenario, there have been additionally individuals who bought themselves hamsters to accompany them at dwelling. Nonetheless, they later realised that they can not commit the mandatory quantity of effort and time in caring for the hamster after the work-from-home association phased out earlier this 12 months.
“Hamsters are significantly susceptible to such eventualities (abandonment and surrenders) as they’re low cost to acquire and are sometimes considered straightforward and low cost to take care of,” the HSS consultant stated.
Misconceptions about maintaining hamsters as pets
The HSS consultant instructed Mothership that many mother and father have the misunderstanding that hamsters are “good starter pets” for his or her youngsters.
“This can be a huge drawback,” the consultant stated.
Hamsters should not as “straightforward and low cost to take care of” as what some may assume given their petite sizes.
For instance, one mustn’t preserve a number of hamsters in a cage as they’re territorial creatures regardless of being small in measurement. Protecting many hamsters, each men and women, collectively may also threat over-breeding.
“This false impression is because of folks seeing many hamsters dwelling in a single enclosure at pet outlets. Nonetheless, you will need to observe that the hamsters at pet outlets are nonetheless younger and haven’t matured. As soon as they get older, they may begin being territorial and struggle over house,” the HSS consultant defined.
HSS due to this fact recommends to solely preserve one hamster in a single cage. There’s additionally beneficial cage sizes for various kinds of hamsters.
As well as, hamsters are crepuscular animals. Which means they’re principally lively at evening. This might imply that hamster house owners will solely get to look at their inactive state in the event that they solely watch them throughout day time.
You probably have any skittish hamsters which require taming, the taming course of needs to be finished throughout evening time and it might probably take so long as weeks and months. When taming isn’t finished correctly, hamsters can develop into aggressive and chew.
Because of this, poor understanding of hamsters’ behaviour can result in house owners turning into bored of them or discovering them exhausting to take care of.
Undertake, do not store
The HSS consultant urged residents in Singapore to keep away from shopping for hamsters on impulse as pet possession is a lifetime dedication.
“If anybody is concerned with proudly owning a hamster, we strongly advise them to do analysis on the suitable provides to get and to have a sizeable vet fund put aside. Regardless of their small sizes, hamsters are liable to many sicknesses (e.g. tumours, pneumonia, most cancers) which incur excessive vet charges,” she stated.
Alternatively, should you want to get your self a hamster, HSS will encourage events to undertake hamsters as an alternative.
As a part of the adoption course of, potential house owners will probably be screened by HSS to make sure they’re able to commit. They may also be educated on the right methods to take care of hamsters.
Surrendered hamsters can discover a perpetually dwelling by way of adoption too.
About Hamster Society Singapore
HSS is a non-profit and all-volunteer organisation that was formally accredited and registered as a society since Mar. 4, 2019.
The organisation goals to help, rescue, foster and rehabilitate undesirable, uncared for and abused hamsters.
HSS has dealt with over 300 abandonment instances up to now few years. Profitable adoptions on HSS’ webpage date way back to Jan. 12, 2019.
If you’re to undertake a hamster, you may view the adoption gallery on HSS’ web site.
HSS’ adoption gallery. Screenshot picture from Hamster Society Singapore web site.
Must you spot an abandonment case, you may drop HSS a message on Fb and e mail them at [email protected].
You will discover out extra about HSS right here.
Below the Animals and Birds (Modification) Act 2014, anybody who’s discovered responsible of cruelty to animals, together with the abandonment of any animal, might be imprisoned for as much as 18 months, fined as much as S$15,000, or each.
High picture courtesy of Hamster Society Singapore