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Hey everyone!

With Christmas just around the corner, and bad pet stores stocking up on animals as presents, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that if you see a hedgehog (or any other animal) being mistreated, you can do something about it! No heat in a cold storefront? Babies clearly too young to be away from mom? Please contact your local humane society or similar organization. A report from a concerned member of the public is enough to warrant a check on the welfare of the animals at the location in question. This can lead to confiscations, fines, and revoking of animal licences. By contacting your local animal welfare group, you're helping prevent "puppy mills" for hedgehogs while increasing the overall quality of life for our little friends.

Here's a recent reptile success story from Calgary, Alberta, to give you an idea of what can be going on unseen and is uncovered when a complaint about one or two animals is submitted: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local...eizes-333-exotic-animals-from-citys-northeast

Note that even the live rabbits used as food weren't healthy.

Thank you very much for your time!
 

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Another thing you can do is not "rescue" from the pet store. When you buy an animal from a pet store you are telling the management that there is a demand in the area for that particular animal.
If it's in poor condition the best thing is to contact the authorities and report what you've seen, just like Ashley said. Another person to contact is in America is the usda, as they have regulations for pet stores.
 

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Also if you try to talk to the manager/employees at the store, always, always try to be polite & friendly! :) Unfortunately, not everyone who works in a pet store is knowledgeable about every animal in the store (or even any of them), so don't assume that they know better & are just not doing it. Also if it's a chain store, keep in mind that the store employees may have very limited ability to do anything - often corporate has specific requirements for how to house the animal, how much product can be used, what quality of product, etc.

If you try to nicely & gently give advice on how to improve conditions & it's ignored, then definitely report the store. But it doesn't hurt to try talking to the store manager first, if this is something you can handle.
 
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