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Policies aren't the fun part of being an ethical breeder, however they are necessary to protect the animals,, the breeder and potential adopters. These policies were developed based on scenarios that have occurred during my experience as a breeder. I am a very reasonable person, so if you are having an issue, or a unique situation arises, please contact me. I would rather talk out a situation than have any type of issue. Most situations can usually be resolved quite easily through open communication.
TO SEND PAYMENTS
To send payments via PayPal, please use this email address: email@example.com
To send payments via ZELLE please use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also send payments via VENMO, our venmo id can be sent if needed.
Payment and other polices apply to all all animals for sale. Payment policies are the same for all species of animals sold.
By sending payment you agree to the policies and terms on this website and those communicated to you by the breeder.
a $75 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold/ claim an animal. The remaining balance is due at pickup. The remaining balance is also nonrefundable.
You may also pre pay, in full, for an animal.
We do not schedule pickups until either payment in full or the $75 nonrefundable deposit is received.
Animals must be fully paid for and picked up within 7 days of the date they're ready to go home. If pickup does not occur within the 7 days due to fault of the buyer, the any payments will be forfeited and the animal will be relisted. No credits will be issued.
PLEASE only send any payment if you intend on following through with purchase and pick up.
This policy is mentioned a few times on my website, only because there has been an increase in people placing payments then later requesting them be refunded. Please think through animal ownership before making any payments, please do not place any payments impulsively. There will be no return of payments if you change your mind, your family says no pets or if any other personal issues arise that make it so you'd no longer be able to get the animal you sent payment for.
If an adopter backs out of an animal they have claimed, though it is unfortunate, it is the buyer's responsibility, not the breeders. Refunds will not be issued to those who change their minds after making a payment. Please be sure you're ready to become a hogparent at the time of sending any payments, as they are not refundable. When a hoglet is claimed, it is taken off the market for the person who claims it. That animal, being off the market , costs the breeder money when the buyer backs out. Hence, the no refund policy.
I DO NOT chase people for payments or pickups, so please only make a deposit or payment to claim an animal if you have all intentions of following through with the adoption. If you pay by paypal, venmo etc, please understand that it is our policies you agree to. I have had people pay for an animal and then make fraudulent paypal claims in order to receive a refund, meaning the animal was free of cost. In these cases, I do pursue them in court. Making a refund request in order to get a free animal is fraudulent. Anyone who does so or attempts to will be responsible to pay an additional $1,800.00 in damages, on top of court fees, animal cost and attorney/other fees.
THE GENERAL FREE WAITLIST
The GENERAL waitlist is FREE. However it does not guarantee priority selection of animals. It doesn't guarentee that you'll get an animal. It is merely an alert that new animals have been listed on this website as being available.
With the GENERAL waitlist, you can send along your name, contact info and animal preferences and I will contact you when animals are listed on the website. It's then up to you to claim an animal if you'd like AND send payment to make that animal yours.
Emails regarding your name on the general waitlist are not computer generated. It takes time for me to organize, type and send the emails to all the members. If you receive an email and do not respond, your name will be removed from the general free waitlist. If you are not ready to select a hoglet at the time of receiving the email, please respond and let me know. I will then keep your name on the list for the next round. If you do not want to be on the waitlist any longer, please respond and let me know.
Animals are priced according to their markings, gender, temperament etc. I do monitor local and national hedgehog price averages and offer fair pricing that is below those averages. Animals with reduced pricing do not qualify for payment plans.
CAN YOU COME TO MY HOME TO MEET ANIMALS ?
** licensing and insurance does not allow the public into our home to view animals. I do not have a physical pet shop. No one is able to enter my home and view animals here. This is for the safety of myself and the animals here and is a requirement of my insurance. Also, our home is our safe place, we do not feel comfortable allowing the public into our safe place.
Animals are selected via photo and/or video.
IF YOU WANT TO MEET HEDGEHOGS IN PERSON BEFORE BUYING
If you want to pick out a hedgehog in person, feel free to visit us at our next expo. The expo is the only time where adopters can interact with hoglets and pick one out in person. We attend expos when they occur in Rhode Island and when we have hoglets available to bring to the expo for sale. If you're interested in visiting us at an expo, please text us and we can let you know when the next one is (#401-442-3827). When we have hoglets to sell, we typically attend the expo until the hoglets sell out. They do tend to sell out quickly, so please be sure to show up at the expo early.
No-shows for scheduled pick ups forfeit all payments. I ask for 24 hours notice in scheduling initial pick ups and any rescheduling. When rescheduling, the mentioned policies apply from the date of original correspondence do not "renew" or "start over".
Not showing up for a scheduled pickup, will forfeit payment and animal. Incessive rescheduling will also forfeit payment and animal. Please respect my time and schedule a time and date when you are able to show up on time.
If I attempt to contact you to schedule a pickup to no response, or response is late and does not allot for a 24 hour scheduling, payments may be considered forfeited at I, the breeder's, discretion. I have had many people pay for animals ( particularly reduced fee or "Free" animals) then not keep in contact regarding pickup. This is unfair to the animal and to the breeder and may indicate an inability by the adopter to provide quality care to the animal. In these cases, of difficult communication, any payment will be forfeited and can be applied towards a future animal. If it is believed that the adopter may not be able to properly care for the animal, a partial refund will be issued based on the amount of time the breeder has corresponded with the adopter and the amount of resources and care that have been used on the animal since claimed. Payments typically depreciate by $25-$30 a day.
Please be on time for pickup. Plan for traffic and the distance you'll be traveling.
If an adopter is more than 15 minutes late, I will be leaving the meet up spot and the appointment can be rescheduled. Please respect my time, it is greatly appreciated. I often have other appointments that I need to attend, hedgehog related and otherwise. So waiting long amounts of time just isn't doable. I try to be very fair as I do understand that things like traffic happen. In such cases, please keep me updated on arrival time. If the projected arrival time doesn't work with my other appointments, we will reschedule the appointment.
YOU MUST BE OF LEGAL AGE TO BUY AN ANIMAL
You must be aged 18 or older to adopt a hedgehog. By sending payment, you agree that you are of legal age to purchase a hedgehog. It is assumed that all who contact us regarding hedgehogs are of legal age to do so.
ANIMALS FOR BREEDING
All who purchase animals from me agree that they will not breed the animal. Breeding will result in having to pay damages due to a breach of the "no breeding" contract in the transfer of ownership that must be signed upon pickup.
All adopters must sign a transfer of ownership form when picking up their animal. This form is required by law. The transfer of ownership makes the animal your legal property at the time of pickup. Animals are considered property by law and this form is required by state law.
I do accept returns of animals, even years down the road, of animals adopted from within my care. Returns are subject to space that is available within my home to house the animal.
*Refunds are not given for returns. I do not charge a return fee as many other breeders do. Even if the animal has medical issues, I will take care of them and love them just as much as when they were born here, without charging any fees.
We do not give refunds on hoglets because; A hedgehog is a living thing with a psychology. We do not know what experiences that hoglet has had while not with us, so cannot be sure it's behavior has not been negatively effected. Also, returned animals have to be quarantined for a lengthy time AND be checked out by a vet to be sure they're healthy upon return. We can not be sure what germs a hoglet was exposed to in it's new home, hence this policy.
We do permit adopters to find new homes for hedgehogs on their own. The animal may not be rehomed in exchange for money that exceeds what the adopter paid to us at time of original purchase. The new owner of the animal must also sign a copy of the transfer of ownership form and agree to our policies.
HEDGEHOG BOARDING/BABY SITTING
I am unable to offer boarding services. In order to legally board (baby sit) animals special licenses are required, including costly additional insurance.
ANIMAL TRANSPORT / DELIVERY
Regarding Transport: If you elect to have your animals transported to you, that is done by a third party transporter service. I do not deliver nor transport animals, I am not responsible for any animals once they enter the transporter's care.
REGARDING ABUSE TOWARDS US OR ANYONE AFFILIATED WITH US
By communicating with us and adopting from us, you agree to not abuse the breeder ( or anyone affiliated with) in any way. If you threaten, slander, insult, yell or assault us in any way, you will NOT be permitted an animal from us. Any payments you have made will not be refunded. Your payments will be considered compensation for the abuse in conjunction to any damages awarded to us in court. We do pursue damages in court from those who : assault, harass, slander or post false info/ reviews about us. We do not tolerate mistreatment, unkindness, aggression or abuse what so ever.
By sending payment you agree to these terms and understand that if you commit any abuse against us you will forfeit all payments and be pursued in court for further compensation.
This unfortunate policy was necessary after being threatened and assaulted by an adopter.
Policies may change at anytime without prior notification.
I totally understand that sometimes things happen in life that change our plans to become HogParents,. If something comes up please contact me and talk to me about it. I have created and follow the policies listed here due to various experiences that prompted their creation, unfortunately they were necessary. I have been ghosted more times than paranormal investigators on Halloween. It's not fun and it's not fair to the animal. I work hard to keep my pricing low and in order to do that, there are important policies in place to protect both the breeder and the adopter.
I care about each and every HogParent who gets their pet from me, If life happens and silly situations arise, message me, let's talk about it.
All pets carry salmonella and other bacteria in their GI tract. Always use universal precautions when handling your animal, keep the cage clean and use only approved disinfectants and sanitizers according to product labels. All those who obtain from us, agree to use universal precautions and agree that they understand what universal precautions are.
*This notification is required by our licensing
Regarding Animals purchased at expos and at expo pricing:
At this time there is no warranty on animals purchased at an expo OR at expo pricing OTHER THAN a life time WHS replacement. Hedgehogs purchased at expo pricing/at an expo may not be exchanged at any time, even if the animal hasn't been picked up yet. Also, animals sold at expo pricing/ at an expo may not be shipped. / transported. Expo pricing is limited to one animal per customer. * not all hoglets qualify for expo pricing. This is determined by the breeder and is based on color, gender, markings and lineage rarity. what does this mean?: only certain hedgehogs are available at expo pricing/ for sale at expos.
Animals purchased at an expo do not qualify for this warranty. Animals transported or shipped also do not qualify for this warranty. Only hoglets that are purchased in full and picked up in person at the meet spot, qualify for this warranty.
The best match between hoggo and hogparent is very important. Though, I cannot guarantee hedgehog behavior, I do try my best to raise hoglets that have a reduced prey animal instinct: less huffing and easier handleability. Because hedgehogs are all individuals and they go through the process of quilling and hormonal changes within the first year, A hoglet may present undesired behavior during that time:; huffing, popping, balling up ect. This behavior is perfectly normal, but it may intimidate some owners or cause them stress.
If a hogparent adopts a hoglet who they are unable to bond with within the first 3 months, and no progress is made, I do allow an exchange for a hoglet who may be a better match.
All reasonable bonding efforts must be made by the hogparent first AND the hoglet cannot be over three months old at the time of exchange. An exchange is only permitted once.
exchanges where shipping has been/will be involved.
Situations in which the exchanged animal appears ill or mistreated.
Any other weird situations in which it would be in the animal's best interest that an exchange not take place.
No exchange is available for reduced price animals and animals with a personality star rating of under 4.
When a hoglet is purchased online, I always inform the hogparent if any behavioral changes develop. The hogparent can then choose another hoglet if they desire.
Exchanges happen when other hoglets are available so they might not happen right away.
*please note before reading fully: The warranty for animals purchased at expos is different from this one, this warranty does not pertain to them. The warranty for expo animals is WHS lifetime only. This is due to the nature of sale at expos AND because animals sold at expos are less cost than usual in order to offer healthy animals to the public at an affordable price in a public venu.*
Many breeders offer limited health warranties, limited being the key word.
When I was merely a pet owner, I never understood the "limited" part of any warranty. Either you back your pet parents or you don't.
Many warranties require necropsies (animal autopsies) from a veterinarian when something goes wrong in order to get any type of replacement. All WHS guarantees, that I've seen, require a necropsy (WHS is currently only diagnosed via necropsy) to exercise a replacement. Well, a necropsy costs an average of $300. ($416 new average cost as of Oct 2021)
So, in addition to loosing a pet, owners must shell out $300+ in order to MAYBE get a replacement animal. If it wasn't WHS that the animal died form, and it was say a stroke or heart attack instead, the owner is out all the way around.
This didn't sit well with me.
I do not require a necropsy in order to get a replacement for an animal that has suspected WHS. Please read all of the details below. The warranty details start after this line.
Regarding animals who die due to a care related factor
If your animal dies within the first year of life, due to a care related error , contact the breeder *
The breeder will go over your set up, diet and care routine.
The breeder will review to determine if this was a preventable care related issue that caused death to the animal.
If it was care related (at the breeder's determination) , the breeder will review proper care with the owner and advise the owner how to correct any mistakes, causes or contributing factors to the Animal's death*.
When the care is corrected to the breeder's satisfaction (proof via photo and video required) the owner will receive 50% off their next animal from me, the breeder.
No other refunds, reimbursement, or compensation will be provided.
*Proof of the animal's death may be requested. Proof includes a photo of the deceased animal (satisfactory to the breeder) and/or a letter from a veterinarian stating the animal is no longer living. Believe it or not, I was recently contacted by someone claiming that their hoglet from me died after only having it for 3 weeks. Oddly, I hadn't placed any animals ( or had any available) for almost two months. The person's name also wasn't in my records system. They were trying to scam me for a free hedgehog. Hence this proof policy.
Regarding possible Genetic related illnesses
If you purchase a hedgehog from me and it develops any of the illnesses listed below, within it's first year of life (EXCEPT WHS. WHS carries a lifetime replacement warranty), I will gladly replace the animal with another at no additional cost (see below for full details). This offer only applies once. No other refunds, reimbursement, or compensation will be provided.
The Possible Genetic linked health issues that will be honored with a replacement (as described above) are:
~All Cancers EXCEPT skin Cancers
~Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome (WHS)** (Life time replacement warranty)
**as suspected to be the most probable diagnosis in relation to symptoms, as stated in writing by the attending Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine.
A letter must be provided from a veterinarian who has diagnosed the animal with any of the above listed conditions in order to obtain a replacement animal at no cost.
If the animal passed away and it had not yet been seen by a vet, no help will be offered to the owner. Just kidding, I'm not mean like that. (Sorry, just trying to make light of these serious policies here).
If the animal passes away and it was never seen by a vet or a vet hasn't determined it to have passed due to any of the above conditions, 50% off a replacement animal's cost will offered. I know this policy may seem odd, and yes It will cause me to loose money. But I believe that loosing a pet is traumatic enough without all the red tape and replacement denials. Symptoms prior to passing will have to be discussed and photos and set up/care stats must be provided. If It seems probable (to the breeder) that the animal did in fact pass from one of the above conditions, the 50% off will be honored. If it was a care related mistake, as determined by the breeder, the warranty info earlier listed on this page will be honored. Bot warranties are basically the same, except the care error warranty will require fixing care or habitat mistakes.
Hedgehogs may develop other medical issues that I am not able to offer a warranty towards. This is because many factors can contribute to those illnesses. Here, Those items are listed and how to reduce occurrences are mentioned. Such illnesses include, but are not limited to; reproductive system infections and disorders, infections in general, parasites, poisonings, broken limbs, Gastrointestinal disorders and infections, tumors, Eye injury or pop eye due to skull or sinus pressure, respiratory diseases and infection, and urinary or bladder infections. kidney or liver disease.
The best way to lessen chances of these and other issues is by keeping a clean and safe cage, offering a high quality diet, fresh water and supplementation via your vet's recommendation such as; fish oil, monthly trace minerals, and/or a multi vitamin. Several of our HogParents opt to give canine red cell twice monthly as a vitamin supplement along with Fish oil weekly. Hogparents have put their hedgehogs on cranberry extract and blueberry extract supplements on a 2x weekly basis. Bene-bac or Remard Total equine probiotics have been a successful favorite of Hogparents. Probios multi species probiotic powder is the third most recommended gut flora supplement. It's important to always discuss supplementation with your veterinarian.
FEEDING FRUITS , NUTS AND VEGETABLES TO YOUR HEDGEHOG CAN CAUSE ILLNESS. Do not feed your hedgehog these items. Please only feed the items listed on the care page. Feeding Plant matter can make a hedgehog very sick and it may develop long term intestinal, colon, and malnutrition related issues.
Other conditions, terms and policies regarding this warranty
Any requests for replacement or discount in situations in which an attempt to breed the animal is suspected, no warranties will be honored and the damages listed in the transfer of ownership will be due to be paid to the breeder immediately ( by the animal owner). Damages owed to the breeder for breaching the no breeding agreement are $700 and up. If you are looking to illegally breed hedgehogs, I am not the breeder to go through.
All replacement animal availability and discounted animal availability is dependent upon the length of the waitlist and number of animals the breeder has available. It may take some time before a replacement is able to be honored.
If the breeder is no longer breeding at the time of a discount or replacement request, the stated will not be honored.
All offers to replace an animal or offer a discount on another animal only apply once.
No refunds, reimbursement, or financial compensation will be provided for any reason.
The breeder holds no liability over the animal nor it's conditions once it leaves the breeder's facility.
The listed warranties and replacements are a courtesy only. The listed warranties and replacements may change at any time, at the breeder's discretion.
Everyone who purchases an animal from the breeder, agrees to these statements. A payment for an animal is considered an acknowledgement and agreement to these terms.
Any and all shipping/transport costs are the responsibility of the buyer. The breeder/seller holds no liability nor responsibility regarding costs, arrangements for transport or incidents/illnesses that may be experienced during the transport/shipping process.
Any Health Certificates supplied at time of purchase are a courtesy only. A health certificate signifies that an animal was healthy and free of suspected illness at the time of it's issuing. A Health certificate does not guarantee an animal will not contract a disease after the Certificate's issue date. A health certificate does not prevent future illness.