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Old 04-02-2014, 12:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got a hedgehog, and this summer I will be flying home from college but will need to stop in California (where it is illegal to have hedgehogs). I am very conflicted as to what I should do. I have been told that I can ship my hedgehog through the mail but that sounds extremely dangerous and not something I want to put her through, and I obviously can't put her on the plane since it's illegal to have her in California.
Any suggestions? Should I rather find someone to watch her over the summer? This is really breaking my heart.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know anything about shipping through California, but I do know its illegal and very dangerous to ship a live animal through the mail.
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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They cost tonnes of money, but I know in the UK there are one or two services who arrange pets travel. Essentially it is pets through the mail, but not literally. They cost quite a lot but they're usually approved by some animal organisation or another. There could be something similar if you're desperate?
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You may want to check the specific California laws. I know in some states it is illegal to buy/sell exotic animals, but not illegal to keep them as pets. I do not know California's specific rules, but I would check. Also, I do not think anyone would arrest you for just passing through with a little hedgehog.

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Old 04-02-2014, 08:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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From what I have heard, they will confiscate her from me and probably put her down. Since it is illegal in California, customs would definitely not let me bring her through
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Since flying is typically pretty expensive.. is there anywhere you could rent a car and drive home? At least part of the way, avoiding California, and then maybe getting on plan closer to home?

I'm not really sure what I would do in your situation.. other than having waited to have a hedgehog where it would be easier to travel.

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Old 04-03-2014, 03:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I would contact the california dept of fish and wildlife by email or phone call and ask. It can't hurt and at least you'll have your answers. Maybe you can get a permit or something to travel through with ur hedgie. Finding a flight that won't have a layover or driving seems like a better plan if possible.
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