Hamster Info Ireland is committed to preventing cruelty and promoting the proper care of hamsters. Through our activities, we aim to reduce hamster suffering and increase hamster wellbeing as much as possible.
Our aim is to find suitable lifelong homes for as many hamsters across the island as we can, and this is where you come in! By choosing to foster a hamster in need for Hamster Info Ireland, you’re helping us take in another pet in crisis so they have the best chance of finding a forever home that will be able to provide them with lifelong proper care.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND FOR CHOOSING TO SUPPORT OUR REHOMING EFFORTS!
Here are some expectations you can hold us to:
- Full support while fostering with us (drop us a message at any time and we’ll be back to you with the help you need as soon as we can)
- A robust handover process for your foster pet so you know as much about them as we do to make the transition as smooth as possible
- Community support from fellow Hamster Info Ireland members
- The foster hamster will either have a clean bill of health when you receive them or they’ll come with a detailed treatment plan and a clear indication of their foster care needs
- Respectful and prompt communication always, both before and after taking your foster pet home
- Your concerns and queries will always be taken seriously by our team
- Transparency in our operations as a registered charity
- We will only match fosterers to hamsters who are the perfect fit for them
We aim to keep the fostering process as simple as we possibly can while also ensuring that all Hamster Info Ireland fosterers feel well equipped to provide
ENSURE YOU ARE PREPARED FOR A HAMSTER
The first thing you’ll need to do is read our Hamster Care Guide to ensure you’re up to date with everything your future pet will need to live a happy and healthy life with you. Even if you have kept hamsters before, it is important to check our care guide before applying to foster– hamster keeping is an active hobby and guidance has changed significantly over the last few years.
We require our fosterers to home hamsters in cages that are at or slightly below the minimum recommendations for a permanent enclosure to ensure no hamster receives a cage size downgrade when adopted. Our rescue usually opts to use adapted IKEA SAMLA bins for fostering, though some fosterers prefer to provide their own unit and we have some traditional cages in foster circulation too.