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Re: Gerbil

Post by CallaLily on Thu 06 Sep 2018, 10:54 am

@Peachy wrote:That's a lot of gerbil bedding!!! Thank goodness gerbils don't come close to smelling as much as mice. Laughing Maybe a shelter could list them as available and let you "foster" them? I thought about doing this with my litters but it's so hard to choose who to let go!

It really is.  They need so so much bedding. Probably silly but I was hoping some would go to at least a friend of a friend, so I could maybe hear how they settle in.  But no one in my circle seems to care to share.  The most I’ve gotten is a few laughs and eeews. Seems my friends and family kind of suck. Laughing  I mean I guess I already knew I was the “weird” one.  I’m going to see about posting on some pet gerbil groups first and if that doesn’t work out I’ll see if any shelters would be able to help get the word out.


EDIT: Ok. I messaged one of my gerbil groups to ask about posting on the page - not sure if it’s agsinst the rules. I’ve sent a request to join the other gerbil group’s rehoming page so I can post there. And I went ahead and emailed a small animal rescue. They’re based in Maryland but technically work through foster homes and not an actual facility. In their FAQs I noticed they said they sometimes offer courtesy posts on their petfinder page, so fingers crossed. I’m not far from the DE/MD border so maybe?

Edit2: Yay I received a message back from the first gerbil group allowing my post. And what looks like an automated response from the rescue saying they aren’t accepting any surrenders at this time — which isn’t what I asked for so we’ll wait and see.

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Post by CallaLily on Mon 10 Sep 2018, 5:48 pm

Here are pics of the babes from Emrys’ second litter. 2 agouti, 1 black — though one of the agouti looks a bit darker so I’m not sure if that’s considered a different coat color or if eventually it’ll grow in the same or change with a molt?



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Post by MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop on Mon 10 Sep 2018, 7:04 pm

Such wee bits of perfection!

While you're looking for homes for some of your gerbil overload, have you checked in with any elementary-level private schools in your area?  Nothing against public schools (as long as they are any good, you know) -- it's just that it seems they might have more rules and less flexibility when it comes to non-humans residing in classrooms than a private school might.

The one big concern, though, would be how to make sure the gerbils receive proper care over weekends and holidays.  Back when I was filling in for one of the science teachers at a private school, the other staff science teacher had 24-hour access to the classroom and could check in on the snake and the hamsters as she felt necessary.

(Don't worry -- the snake and the hamsters were separate.  The hamsters were not there as feeders.)

But there wasn't much you could do about that tank full of crawdaddies -- more often than not, you'd come in Monday morning and you'd have to open the windows to vent out their accumulated stinkieness, and then fish around in the tank to retrieve the pieces of the tankmates they'd eaten over the weekend.  Shake head

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Post by CallaLily on Mon 10 Sep 2018, 8:10 pm

I’ll have to check into that. I hadn’t thought of it, thank you.

I’ve got that post on the one gerbil group and I even made a Craigslist ad but no responses yet. I haven’t heard back from the rescue beyond that first response that looked automated. Maybe it wasn’t and that is that..? I’m still waiting for the other gerbil group’s rehoming page to accept my join request.

And boy have I learned my lesson to check and recheck and triple check genders and then keep checking. Every day I get the boys from the first litter out for play time, I recheck. Every time I get Cream out, I recheck. Don’t want to make that mistake again.

I think this second litter might be 1 girl, 2 boys. But I’ll keep rechecking them too. girl_sigh

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Post by AmyLynn on Tue 11 Sep 2018, 3:31 pm

We had a classroom pet when I was in a private elementary school. (It was a bunny) At the beginning of the year you where allowed to sign up "with parents permission" to be the weekend caregiver for the pet. We got to take turns taking him home for the weekend. It was so exciting when I was a kid. So I think asking some of the teachers.

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