Rodents & Small Mammals can make good pets in West Virginia 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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Monroe County - Union, West Virginia 24983
Monroe County Animal League 304-772-4445
Jackson County - Cottageville 25239
Jackson County Animal Shelter 304-372-6064
Morgan County - Berkeley Springs 25411
Humane Society of Morgan County 304-258-5592
Jefferson County - Charles Town, WV 25414
Briggs Animal Adoption Center 304-728-8330
Cabell County - Barboursville, WV 25504
Help For Animals 800-953-7297
Cabell County - Huntington, WV 25705
Tri-State Animal Clinic of Huntington 304-525-VETS
Harrison County - Shinnston 26431
Humane Society of Harrison County 304-592-1600
Hampshire County - Augusta, West Virginia 26704
Humane Society of Hampshire County 304-496-8855
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