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Importing Hedgehogs: Canada into US

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Hello everyone! Does anyone know off hand if hedgehogs are allowed to be imported into US from Canada? I live in Buffalo, NY (roughly 20 mins from the border) and I am hoping to travel to Ontario to purchase a hedgie from a reputable breeder (Prickles & Giggles).

The US customs website says that guina pigs, hamsters, rabbits and other rodents hve no restrictions for importation as long as they are intended as pets. I just want to be totally sure I won't run into any trouble at the border, so if anyone has any experience with this I would be very grateful for your input.

I tried calling US customs for information, but I was on hold for nearly 20 minutes and ended up putting the phone down. will call back, but I thought I would inquire here on the "off chance" anyone has gone through this same process. Thank you very much for your time!

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Thanks for your reply! I have every intention of speaking to a representative from US customs regarding hedgehog importation. It's a 2.5 hr journey to Kitchener, Ontario so I will def be getting a definitive yes or no before I make my travel plans.

I just emailed the Rochester breeder you suggested a few minutes ago, so hopefully I will hear back from her soon. Do you know if she is a registered breeder? I am very interested in purchasing a hedgie with verifiable lineage, so I can have a general idea about temperment and health.

I actually located a few pet stores locally in Buffalo that do sell hedgehogs, but none of them come with papers. One man I had spoken to about local suppliers informed me that a Hedgie he purchased from a local pet store had to be PTS a few days ago, only 2 weeks after purchase. =( Poor thing...
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Thank you very much for your input, Nancy! That is very helpful to know about your experience with US customs. I am very interested in recieving all the papers you mentioned and woman over at "Prickles & Giggles" is more than hapy to provide them.

The more I hear, the more I want to take my time and choose a reputable breeder. I just learned of Hobbly Hedgehog Syndrome after watching some videos on youtube of animals effected by the disorder. That is truly a devastating ailment and something all new owners should be aware of, along with the more common viral and bacterial infections common to the species.

I will post back on here and let you guys know what I decide to do and what breeder I end up going with. I am still waiting to hear back from the Rochester breeder, but from the info I have gathered thus far it doesn't seem like an option I'd like to persue at this point. Speak soon!

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