Hamster Adoption Service

At the moment we currently have 4 gerbils in the rescue; Soleil came to us from a local shelter when it was found she was pregnant, she gave birth to three babies; Snap, Crackle & Pop. The three babies are males, so will be adopted together. All four gerbils currently have pending adoptions at the moment.

We are no longer accepting new animals, once the four gerbils above get adopted, the rescue will be closing. We are very thankful to all our adopters through the years and are very pleased we were able to help so many small animals find their forever homes. While the rescue is closing the e-mail account connected to the rescue will remain open, in case any of our past adopters have any queries or need help. Two frequent comments we got during the years were ‘I did not realise there were rescues for rodents’ or ‘why is there a need for a hamster rescue?’ Not many people realise how many hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits etc end up in shelters and rescues each year, so please check out your local shelter or rescue before taking that trip to the pet store and THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

Who We Are

Given A Chance Hamster Rescue is a small family run rescue based in and around Allentown, PA. We offer the hamsters that come into our rescue a one on one relationship based on the well being of the hamster, thus limiting the number of fosters we can accept at any one time into our household. The hamsters are given large cages and are always housed on Carefrresh bedding.

Our small animals come to us from a variety of places; overcrowded shelters, other rescues and owner turn-in. We are a no-kill rescue, any rodent that comes into the rescue, receives the best care possible, including veterinary attention if necessary and stays with us until a new home can be found, no matter how long it takes.

We only accept hamsters into the rescue from this point on, the only exception maybe gerbils in case of an emergency. We can no longer accept rats, chinchilla’s, degus, guinea pigs or rabbits and we have never accepted mice or ferrets into the rescue.

Adopting a friend

If you see a hamster on our site, you would like to adopt or if you have questions about the rescue, let us know via e-mail. We will adopt our animals to anyone that passes our adoption requirements, stated below and that can travel to meet us in or around Allentown, PA, to pick up the animal. You must be over 18 years old to adopt an animal from us.

We do have a few requirements before we will adopt out any of our hamsters; first we conduct an interview via e-mail, then we will set up a time for you to come and meet the hamster that interests you. If all goes well and you decide to adopt the hamster you will need to fill out our adoption contract and show us the cage you plan on housing the hamster in. Providing everything is satisfactory your household will have a new little friend to take home.

There is an adoption fee of $5 fr all our hamsters, this fee helps to support the rescue by covering some of our expenses, such as veterinary care and basic supplies (any money donated goes straight into the rescue).

All our adopted hamsters go to their new homes with a 10 liter packet of Critter Care or Carefresh (our preferred type of bedding for small animals) and a care sheet about small animal husbandry.

If the new owners have any problems or concerns about their new pet, they can contact us at any time via e-mail, we do not forget about our pets once they have been adopted.

Surrender Policy

If for whatever reason you find you can not keep your hamster and would like to place them up for adoption, contact us as soon as possible via e-mail. We can usually find a place for the hamster and the hamster will remain with us until he/she finds their forever home.

Ways to Help

Since we are a small rescue one of the main ways we need your help is to spread the word about Petfinder and our rescue. If you know anyone interested or looking for a small animal give them the Petfinder web site address.

Contact Us

If you are interested in adopting one of our hamsters and have put thought and research into looking after a hamster as well as have the backing of everyone in your household, the best way to contact us is via e-mail, using the e-mail address provided below. We check our e-mail at least three times a day and should get back to you within 24 hours.