Every few years, another pet fad sweeps the nation. Usually triggered by a popular film or a viral video, we’ve seen people going mad for micro-pigs, pining for terrapins… and at least twice during the past decade, the country has had a hankering for exotic hedgehogs. But these crazes are a dangerous thing: unscrupulous breeders chasing a fast buck sell to clueless owners who can’t provide adequate care. Once the fad passes, the poor creatures are often abandoned… not just a tragedy for the animal, but often with nasty consequences for our local wildlife. It’s just as well, then, that we have fantastic charities like National Exotic Hedgehog Rescue clearing up the mess we make when another collective “awww” hits the nation.
This little organisation is the only tax-registered charity dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitation and re-homing African Pygmy hedgehogs. But it needs your help.
Just last week it put out a plea on Facebook for more foster carers across the country who can help look after the animals on a short-term basis while being assessed and rehomed. The charity also needs more adopters to provide a permanent home to rehabilitated hogs. For the animal lovers among you, now’s your chance to get close to one of these cute critters while giving back in the process. You just need to check out the website and fill in the forms.
If you can’t commit to be giving a hedgehog a home, don’t despair – you can still do you bit to help. The charity is currently raising funds for transport costs, vet bills and any other treatments the animals may need before being able to be rehomed. So far, they’ve only managed to raise £150 of their £10k target… but we hope that a bit of a push from the GOTiLo community can make a big difference. So get yourself onto their GoFundMe page to donate.