Rodents & Small Mammals can make good pets in Maine if they match your IifestyIe. Rodents are small mammals with four sharp teeth they use to eat, gnaw wood, and defend themselves. Several types of rodents are popular pets, such as chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs. Even rats are kept as pets! Rodents are often purchased as gifts for children. Sadly, however, many owners of rodent pets do not know how to care for them properly, and young children are often unprepared for the responsibility of having a pet. Families may not approach the purchase of a rodent with the same level of commitment they would have to a pet dog or cat. Mistakes can be made regarding the genders of a pair of rodents, resulting in a litter of unexpected babies. Some owners of rodents simply turn their pets loose when they get tired of them, which usually leads to the death of the animals, since they are not adapted to life in the wild. Free to good home ads can result in a rodent being used for snake food. There are some rodent rescue operations out there that can receive discarded pets, but these places tend to become overloaded due to so many people getting rid of their rodents. Please approach all decisions to get a pet with a long-term commitment, and pursue adoption rather than buying a rodent from a pet store.
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| Rodents have front teeth that never stop growing and have to be worn down constantly by gnawing. Rodents are one of only a few types of placental mammals native to Australia. Rabbits are not rodents.
Rodents & Small Mammal Rescue
Maine Animal Rescue
(Sorted by Zip Code.)
York County - W Kennebunk 04094
Animal Welfare Society 207-985-3244
Cumberland County - Portland, ME 04101
Friends of Feral Felines 207-797-3014
Androscoggin County - Auburn, Maine 04210
Greater Androscoggin Humane Society 207-783-2311
Oxford County - Rumford Center 04278
Maine Veterinary Association 207-364-8660
Kennebec County - Augusta 04330
Kennebec Valley Humane Society/Pet Haven 207-626-3491
Penobscot County - Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor Humane Society 207-942-8902
Hancock County - Prospect Harbor 04669
Aroostook County - Houlton 04730
Houlton Humane Society Animal Shelter 207-532-2862
Aroostook County - Mapleton, ME 04757
Aroostook Animal Welfare Group 207-227-5056
Kennebec County - Waterville 04901
Humane Society Waterville 207-873-2430
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