US man gives up 94 hamsters to animal shelter after running out of room space

By on Jan 16, 2012 in Animals, United States Comments

A man in Massachusetts recently gave up his 94 hamsters to an animal shelter, after keeping them for five years, claiming that he is already running out of space inside his apartment room.

Four of the 94 hamsters returned by man
to MSPCA shelter in Methuen, Massachusetts

Image Credit: Angie Beaulieu/

According to Eagle-Tribune on Saturday, January 14, 2012, the man, whose identity was not revealed, decided to surrender his 94 hamsters to MSPCA (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) last week.

As noted in the report, the man, who lives in Boehm Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts, visited MSPCA‘s Small Animal Shelter at Nevins Farm in Methuen and told officials about his tons of hamsters and that he will surrender them to their office.

“The situation was not dire, so we asked him to wait a week so we could prepare for them,” Mike Keiley, director at the Methuen animal shelter, told the paper, with all the hamsters believed to be in good health condition.

“He started with one hamster, and there got to be more and more,” Keiley added, noting that a MSPCA van was sent to the man’s apartment and picked up the tiny animals, which were inside cages, aquariums, buckets, among others.

Mr. Keiley emphasized that the owner took good care of the 94 hamsters, with some of them to be sent to other shelters in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, and the ones that will stay in their shelter will be for adoption for a $10 fee.

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