Give a Good Home to a Needy Hedgehog
We sometimes have elderly or disabled
hedgehogs needing a safe place to live out the rest of
their lives, if you think you have a suitable enclosed
garden please contact us
Many of our patients are not able to be released back
into the wild as they would not be able to fend for
We also need suitable gardens to release healthy
hedgehogs that have recovered from their injuries or
babies that have been hand reared, but are now ready for
We are compiling a list of people
who want to adopt one of these hedgehogs
Before you say "yes, I want a hedgehog",
think carefully and remember that taking on any animal is
a big responsibility.
A disabled hedgehog will need a certain type of garden
- Where it cannot escape, with secure solid fencing
or walls all the way round, including the gate.
- By fully enclosed or secure we mean either
high solid brick walls all around or high solid wooden fences with
either concrete or wooden gravel boards sunken into the ground
deeply enough to stop a hedgehog digging its way out.
- The gate should have a
strong self closing spring so it cannot be accidentally left
open and the hedgehog escape.
- Will have no predators
- Will be supplied with regular food & water
- Provide a hedgehog house for it,
- With enough open space and undergrowth or
shrubbery for it to be happy.
- Remember with the right conditions and care a
hedgehog will live for 6 or 7 years, but can go
on until they are 9 or 10 years old, so it can be
a great responsibility to take on.
- Many are elderly hogs with no teeth or very few
teeth who cannot eat natural food and need a diet
of sloppy cat/dog food to survive. It is very
important that they get this diet.
- Some are blind or have other eye damage and can't
see whether it is day or night, so they wander around
in daylight hours and need protecting from
predators and other dangers.
- Some may have had a leg amputated
You will have to accept responsibility for it and
- Give it food and water every day
- Give it regular checks
- Provide a hedgehog house for it to sleep in
- In other words it will become your outdoor pet
- Contact us if it becomes unwell or needs any
treatment, when we will immediately get it treated.
- If you change your mind or feel unable to cope or
do not want the hedgehog for any reason do not
just open the gate and let it go, phone us at any
time and we will pick it up straight away.
Please only contact us to offer a place if you
live very close to us. That means within the Epping Forest District area
( Loughton, Epping, Ongar), West Essex ( Brentwood, Harlow &
Sawbridgeworth) or East Hertfordshire (Bishops Stortford) or
other areas very close to us. If you live elsewhere please contact
your local centre and offer
If you think you might be able to help, please read
the dangers & garden and the captive pages first.
If after reading everything, you feel you can offer a good safe place
then please contact us
check and inspect the gardens carefully before allowing
any of our hedgehogs to be adopted.
We NEVER give hedgehogs to anyone who
wants one to keep the slugs under control.
Read why HERE
So far we have found loving caring owners for these disabled
We always need more suitable caring homes