Whether you adopt or buy your hamster, it’s a big decision that requires some careful thought. This section offers advice on the whether you should adopt or buy a hamster, but if you want some help with making a decision to get a hamster in general, then we’ve created a Should I Get A Hamster For A Pet section.
You can buy hamsters from many different pet shops
If you would like to buy a hamster, then it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re not buying one from a breeder or shop that doesn’t have the animals’ best interests at heart. Unfortunately, some people over-breed hamsters and keep them in poor conditions. Be wary of purchasing hamsters online or in any place where you can’t see what environment the animals are being kept in. If the vendor is keeping lots of adult hamsters together, such as Syrian Hamsters, then alarm bells should ring - these animals prefer to be kept apart, and this either suggests that lots have been produced quickly, or that they are being kept in stressful conditions.
Before you buy a hamster, many people first consider adopting one from a sanctuary. Animal sanctuaries are temporary homes for lots of small animals, not just cats and dogs. You can see online if your local shelter looks after small mammals, or call them directly to ask if there are any currently residing in their sanctuary.