FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a pocket pet?
A pocket pet is any small mammal (with the exception of sugar gliders which are marsupials) that is commonly kept as a pet. MN Pocket Pet Rescue takes in the following species: chinchillas, degus, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, hedgehogs, mice, rabbits, rats and sugar gliders.
I want to get a pocket pet for my child, what species do you recommend?
For kids ages 5 - 9 we recommend rats or guinea pigs, for kids ages 10 - 13 we recommend guinea pigs, rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, ferrets and degus. We do not recommend hedgehogs for children under the age of 13 and we do not recommend chinchillas or sugar gliders for children under the age of 16, and even then it depends on the child and the animal. Sugar gliders and chinchillas are a very big commitment as they have very long lifespans and sugar gliders require a lot of time and money to care for.
Do you ship animals?
No, we absolutely do not ship animals.
Can I surrender my pocket pet to MN Pocket Pet Rescue?
MN Pocket Pet Rescue is currently full. If you need to surrender your pet, please fill out a waiting list request form here. If you are unable to to wait, please reach out to Animal Humane Society or other local rescues.
Are you surrendering due to behavioral issues? Email us and we may be able to help you work with your pet. Are you surrendering due to allergies to hay or litter? Try switching to a different kind of hay such as orchard grass or oat hay or try a compressed hay item which has low dust. For bedding/litter try Carefresh or Yesterday's News.
I found a lost pocket pet, what should I do?
If you found a lost pocket pet, try to catch it and place it in a secure pet carrier or a box with holes punched in it. Treats can be helpful in getting the animal to come to you. Feel free to email us if you need tips. Contact Animal Control or Animal Humane Society.
I found a nest of wild baby bunnies, can you take them?
If you find a nest of baby rabbits, LEAVE THEM ALONE. Mother rabbits are not always in the nest and just because you cannot see her does not mean she has abandoned her kits.
"If you find a baby wild rabbit that is not injured, leave it alone. It is most likely not abandoned unless you know for a fact that you killed their mother. Rabbits return to feed their young only once or twice a day for a few minutes, usually at night. Just because the babies have been by themselves for 5 minutes does not mean that they have been abandoned. The mother is typically gone from the nest to eat and draw attention away from the nest. Additionally, baby wild rabbits can survive on their own at a surprisingly young age. In most countries, it is also illegal to possess and take care of wildlife without proper permits." (Source:
If you know for sure the mother rabbit has been killed and the babies are particularly young, please contact the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota. MN Pocket Pet Rescue does not have the capacity to take in any wild animals.
I need to rehome my dog, cat, reptile or bird, can you take them?
Unfortunately, we only take in pocket pets, not cats, dogs, reptiles or birds. While we would love to help you out with your pets, we do not have the capability. Please contact one of the following rescues: