The Adoption Process

First Things First
The ladies here at Cheeks and Squeaks would like to thank you for considering adopting one of our animals. We want you understand that you will be getting an ethically-raised animal. This means a bunch of awesome things for you:


  • Your animal comes from a loving home, not a rodent mill. We breed our females when they are of appropriate age, and take all proper steps to ensure the health of our pups. We treat our animals with respect and kindness—they are pets first, baby-makers second.
  • Our hamster pups are tamed as soon as they are safe to handle. This means your little guy or gal will go home with some basic manners on interacting with humans. Think of us as hamster charm school.
  • You can embarrass your hamster for years to come with the baby pictures we provide you!
  • Your hamster leaves our house party with a goodie bag—a pound of food, and a signature gift!
  • Impress your friends with your extensive knowledge of your hamster’s genetic history! We can provide their genotypes and phenotypes.
  • We are your resident hamster nerds! Come to us with any questions you might have at any point of your hamsters’ life. 
  • We are mentored by the amazing Julianna at Strong Brew Hamstery. She thinks we’re cool and we hope you do too!


This Sounds Awesome! What’s The Catch?

Because we love our hamsters and their cute little babies so much, we want to make sure they’re going to good homes. We hope this means you! Take a look at our guidelines and see if you can meet them. If you can’t right away, let’s have a chat! We would love to work with people who are dedicated to giving ​our hamsters an awesome life. However, we do reserve the right to refuse to sell our animals to any applicants that do not meet these standards.


Guidelines:

  • Cages must meet or exceed 450 square inches with a bar spacing of no more than 1/2 inch. No wire ​bottoms. Wheels must be 8" or larger in diameter. No wire wheels. No Crittertrails or Habitrail Ovo.

  • Hamsters must be housed indoors.

  • Soft, paper-based bedding is recommended. Hamsters must NOT be kept on cedar or pine bedding! These products can damage their respiratory systems and cause a chemical burn to the skin from urine. 

  • Hamsters must be kept solitary—no exceptions!

  • We STRONGLY discourage breeding our hamsters. However, if you are planning on breeding your hamster, please let us know up front. We would rather point you toward our best stock than have you breed a hamster that would have been better as a pet.


I Can Do That!
Awesome! We are so happy to hear it! Please check out our adoption application. Fill it out honestly, and we will get back to you shortly.

Where’s My Hamster?
Because we do care so much about our pets, we take the time to breed them when they are ready. That means your babies are healthier because our mamas are happier! However, that also means you might be on our waiting list for a short time. No worries! We will not forget about you. Follow us on social media to see all our upcoming litters, and we will contact you again when it’s your turn!