The Hedgehog Welfare Society

Click here for a list of hedgehogs available for adoption!

Featured Hedgehogs...

If you are interested in adopting a hedgehog, please contact Linda at for an adoption application. Once the adoption application is filled out and returned to us, you will be placed on a waiting list until a rescue/adoption situation arises in or near your area. Many times a hedgehog that becomes available never makes it onto our Petfinder web site if we are able to find a home for him/her through people who are on our waiting list first. So even though we may not list a hedgehog for adoption on our Petfinder web site that is in your area, it doesn't hurt to write to us anyway to begin the adoption and/or learning process.

Hedgehogs require special care and do not always make ideal pets for children or in classrooms. Please read through the following web sites to learn more about hedgehogs and their care:

Laura Ledet's web site

A Success Story...

Untitled Document Finn

At a mere 255 grams, Finn arrived starving and dehydrated at a Hedgehog Welfare Society approved rescue station; The Land of Myr, in northern New Jersey. Purchased from a pet store, and nameless after two and a half years, Finn's owners decided that they "no longer had time for her" and opted to find "her" a new home. She was actually a h e, and was promptly recognized as a male and given a proper name. After a year of appropriate diet and care, Finn has doubled in size and now weighs a healthy 650 grams. He no longer has dry skin or the fungus that plagued his ears, and he now has a wheel to run on for fun and exercise. Finn has a grumpy disposition, as many rescues do, but is loved all the same by his human guardians.

How to adopt a quilly friend:

You can adopt a hedgehog too! Hedgehog Welfare Society members across the United States and Canada take in homeless hedgehogs and prepare them for adoption into loving forever homes. Our Petfinder volunteers are always working and updating information about hedgehogs who need homes, so please check back often! Please do not ask us to ship our hedgehogs. We DO NOT ship. No exceptions. Thank you for understanding that transportation by land is the only option.

When we first hear from you, we will ask you to fill in a basic questionnaire. You will tell us who you are, where you live, what you know and do not know about hedgehogs, and whether you all ready have other pets. We will put you directly in touch with a Hedgehog Welfare Society volunteer. We are not a single shelter, but operate as countless "rescue stations" across the United States and Canada. Click here to see our adoptable hedgehogs!

Special notice: Hedgehogs are illegal to own as pets in the following locations: Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, New York City boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island), Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Please check with your local state, city, and county ordinances to find out if there are any laws or regulations about owning exotic pets in your town. A permit may be required. If you need assistance with locating your states specific regulations, or you live in an area where hedgehogs are illegal and want to find a safe home for your quilly friend, the HWS is there to help.


The Hedgehog Welfare Society Store, Ruby's Rescue Shop, is back in business! And introducing the Quills and Comfort Store, featuring the famous art work of Judie Peters.

Mission Statement:

The Hedgehog Welfare Society (HWS) exists to protect the well-being of pet hedgehogs through rescue, research, and education of the people who care for them. The HWS is an Oregon Charitable Corporation registered with the Oregon Department of Justice Charitable Organization Section. The HWS is also a tax exempt organization under IRC Section 501(c)(3).

Visit us online:

We invite you to join iGive today to begin supporting the HWS just by shopping!

Subscribe to the HWS Yahoo Group!
(A terrific rescue-related community)

Click here to view a list of hedgehog events!

The Hedgehog Welfare Society
P.O. Box 242
Chaplin, CT 06235

Click here for a list of hedgehogs available for adoption!

[Home] [Information] [Shelters] [Search]