Hedgehog Welfare Society


The Hedgehog Welfare Society is a Non-Profit organization established in 2001 by caring people wanting to help in the rescue of these sweet creatures. One of the primary goals of the HWS is to educate potential hedgehog guardians about the considerations they should make before buying or, ideally, adopting a hedgehog.

Although hedgehogs make great pets there is a lot to consider before bringing one into your home. Hedgehogs average life span is 4-6 years and are nocturnal, meaning they aren’t usually awake during the day. When awakened from their sleep they can be a little difficult to handle. Hedgehog are not the cleanest animals in the world and require constant cleaning of their cage, and exercise wheel. Veterinary care generally cost more for a hedgehogs and it sometimes can be difficult to find a hedgehog friendly vet. Potential parents must realize that caring properly for these small creatures requires time, patience and financial resources.

The HWS is alerted to rescue situations through animal shelters and Internet resources. The organization has a network of approved rescuers who provide foster homes and permanent care for unwanted hedgehogs all through the United States and Canada. The HWS provides a care package to every new adoptive family, which includes food, cage accessories and information on care and maintenance.

Although hedgehogs are not as cuddly as other family pets, they are truly special animals that deserve comfortable, safe and loving homes. If you would like to inquire about becoming a rescue contact or obtaining free educational materials, contact the Hedgehog Welfare Society, P.O. Box 242, Chaplin, CT 06235 You can also visit our website at www.hedgehogwelfare.org or you can e-mail us at [email protected]

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