DID YOU KNOW?
So, you may think that only dogs and cats are at the Prince George's Animal Facility but you would be wrong. In addition to the many dogs and cats that live there waiting for a loving, forever home, many wonderful animals are picked up or surrendered to the facility every day that do not fall into that category and we thought you would like to know.
"Pocket Pets" are some of the animals that the Prince George's Animal Facility receives daily. To date they have received Guniea Pigs, Ferrets, Rabbits, Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice, Chincillas. In addition to pocket pets, you can find unique reptiles such as Caimen, Lizards, Iguanas, fish, turtles and snakes, to name a few, that need a home.
So What Are Pocket Pets?
The term “pocket pets” refers to all small mammals kept as pets, particularly those in the rodent family. This includes Guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, rats and mice. Because these animals are closely related, their care is very similar with a few exceptions.
This handout covers general care that is applicable
to all species, as well as facts and recommendations that are unique to each
Basic Pocket Pet Facts
Pocket pets are smaller than most other pets, such as dogs and cats, and usually fit easily into the palm of your hand. Although they are small, they are typically playful and non-aggressive. Most species are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and are awake at night. However, many pets will adjust to a schedule of daytime activity if handled regularly. These animals are usually very active and agile. Special care must be taken when holding or handling them to prevent them from escaping from your hold and injuring themselves during the fall. Below is some general information about guinea pigs: Guinea Pigs Guinea pigs are calm, non-aggressive animals that rarely scratch or bite unless provoked. They are social creatures and respond well to human handling and interaction once they become accustomed to being handled.
The Prince George's Animal Facility receives "Pocket Pets" daily. To date they have received Guniea Pigs, Ferrets, Rabbits, Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice, Chincillas. In addition to pocket pets, you can find unique reptiles such as Caimen, Lizards, Iguanas, fish, turtles and snakes to name a few.
Whatever the animals, they need a home so please stop by or call the Prince George's Animal Facility at 301-780-7201.