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Pet mice are quiet, low maintenance pets who are timid by nature but can be very social with humans. You can learn more about how to care for pet mouse, the best cages for pet mice and more in our Pet Mouse Care Section.

If you are interested in adopting a mouse, you can learn all about our adoption process in our How to Adopt Section and fill out our Online Pet Adoption Application.

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Pet hamsters are entertaining low maintenance pets, and there are a variety of different species with different personalities. You can learn more about how to care for pet hamsters, the best cages for pet hamsters and more in our Pet Hamster Care Section.

If you are interested in adopting a hamster, you can learn all about our adoption process in our How to Adopt Section and fill out our Online Pet Adoption Application.

Click Here to See Our Adoptable Hamsters on Petfinder.com

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Pet rats are intelligent, social animals who do best when housed in pairs or groups. You can learn more about how to care for pet rats, the best cages for pet rats and more in our Pet Rat Care Section.

If you are interested in adopting a rat, you can learn all about our adoption process in our How to Adopt Section and fill out our Online Pet Adoption Application.

Click Here to See Our Adoptable Rats on Petfinder.com

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Pet guinea pigs are adorable, vocal pets with gentle dispositions by nature. You can learn more about how to care for pet guinea pigs, the best cages for pet guinea pigs and more in our Pet Guinea Pig Care Section.

If you are interested in adopting a guinea pig, you can learn all about our adoption process in our How to Adopt Section and fill out our Online Pet Adoption Application.

Click Here to See Our Adoptable Guinea Pigs on Petfinder.com

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Pet chinchillas are acrobatic, entertaining pets with very long life spans, some of them living to be over 20 years old. You can learn more about how to care for pet chinchillas, the best cages for pet chinchillas and more in our Pet Chinchilla Care Section.

If you are interested in adopting a chinchilla, you can learn all about our adoption process in our How to Adopt Section and fill out our Online Pet Adoption Application.

Click Here to See Our Adoptable Chinchillas on Petfinder.com

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Pet rabbits are social, dynamic personalities who do best when they are included in your home like a cat or a dog. You can learn more about how to care for pet rabbits, the best cages for pet rabbits and more in our Pet Rabbit Care Section.

Here you can see the listings for rabbits currently available for adoption at North Star Rescue. If you are interested in adopting a rabbit, you can learn all about our adoption process in our How to Adopt Section and fill out our Online Pet Adoption Application.

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After you adopt your pet(s) from North Star Rescue, we are still here to help you if you have any questions that arise about your new pets. Below you will find information to help you get off to a good start with your newly adopted animals.

Bringing Your New Pet Home

 

Habitat Set Up

If at all possible, we recommend having your pet's habitat set up and ready for them before you pick them up from one of our rescue's locations. This way when you get home with your new pet(s), you can move them directly into their new habitat and start letting them get acclimated to their new home, instead of waiting inside the carrier while you build their cage.

Transportation

We recommend bringing along a chew-proof carrier of a suitable size for the animals you are adopting from our rescue. For rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs and adult rats, a small cat carrier can work very well. For smaller animals such as baby rats, hamsters or mice, a secure wire carrier with very small bar spacing, or a plastic carrier such as a critter keeper that provides ventilation can be a safe carrier to use for your new pet. We recommend covering the flooring of the carrier with either fabric that won't slip and slide, such as a small scrap of carpet, or enough bedding to absorb any fluid in the carrier.

If you are travelling a short distance (less than one hour) from the point where you have adopted your pet to your home, your pet will likely be fine without any food or water until they get home with you. If you are travelling a longer distance (more than one hour), we recommend bringing some food and water to keep your pet full and hydrated. Never hook up a water bottle to a carrier when it is being moved, as the motion will cause it to leak and soak your animal's carrier. Instead, you can offer them water from a bottle at rest stops on the road, or you can provide fruits or vegetables for hydration such as cucumbers, romaine lettuce, carrots, apples or tomatoes. Remember to take your pet's dietary needs into consideration when feeding a hydrating food, for example a chinchilla with a very sensitive digestive tract should not have large amounts of fruits and vegetables and should instead be given plain water.

The First Day Your Pet Comes Home

Remember that the first day you have adopted your pet has been a very long day for a small animal! We recommend giving them some quiet time to get aquainted with their new habitat and that you keep handling to a minimum to allow your pet to settle in at home. While it can be very exciting to have a new pet at home, it is also important to remember that a majority of small animals are nocturnal and the first day often greatly distrupts their sleeping schedule. Allow your new pet a quiet day to rest, relax, and get to know the sights and scents of their new home.

Introductions to Other Pets

If you have other pets of any species in your current household, we recommend that you temporarily quarantine your new pet away from others until they have acclimated to your home. Quarantine needs vary from species to species, so if you are unfamiliar with quarantine needs for the species you are adopting please be sure to discuss it with one of our volunteers at the time of adoption or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you are introducing your newly adopted pet(s) to animals of the same species, it is VERY important to be sure that the animals are of the same gender, or that at least all animals of one gender (male or female) have been neutered/spayed. Rabbits, Chinchillas, Guinea Pigs, Rats and Mice can be introduced to each other, and some social species of dwarf hamsters can be introduced to each other, but syrian hamsters should ALWAYS be kept solitary. Never introduce your animals in a cage that is already territory for one of the animals involved, instead you should always introduce your animals in a neutral territory where neither animal's scent is dominant. Introduction techniques vary from species to species, if you are unfamiliar with doing introductions of small animals please discuss it with one of our volunteers at the time of adoption or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you plan to introduce your new small animal to an animal of another species, it is important to determine if it will be a safe introduction first. There are several special considerations to remember before planning an introduction. Remember that your small animals are prey animals, and larger animals such as cats and dogs may seem them as a possible toy or food item. Pet rats are also omniverous and will prey on animals smaller than them, so it is not safe to introduce your pet rat to a hamster or another smaller animal. Never leave your small animals unattended where another animal can reach them, or potentially knock over their cage and injure them. If you are not sure if you can introduce two animals of other species, please discuss it with one of our volunteers at the time of adoption or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Continued Support from the Rescue

 

14 Day Trial Period

When you adopt an animal from our rescue, we give you a 14 day trial period to take the animal home and see if they are the right match for you and your household. If for any reason you do not feel like you have found a good match in your new pet, you may contact us at any point during the first 14 days to request to return the animal for a refund of your adoption fee, or to exchange them with another animal you feel is a more suitable match for you at our rescue.

30 Day Trial Period when Bonding Animals

If you have adopted from our animal from our rescue to bond with an animal you own of the same species, we will extend the trial period to 30 days. This is to provide time for you to set up any necessary quarantine for your new animal coming in, and see if the animals are getting along well after you introduce them. If at any point during this time your newly adopted pet and your previous pet are not getting along, you may return your adopted pet to the rescue to exchange with a more suitable match, or request a refund of your adoption fee.

14 Day Health Guarantee

We provide a 14 day health guarantee for each animal adopted from our rescue, which covers any non-genetic illness that occurs. Please note that this health guarantee does not cover your newly adopted pet if they are injured in your care, or contract an illness from another animal you own or bring home after the adoption. If your pet becomes sick within 14 days after adoption, you may contact the rescue for help. At our option, we may request that you return the animal to our rescue for treatment through one of the veterinary offices we work with, or we may authorize you to take your adopted animal to one of our vets. Please note that we will not reimburse any medical fees if you take an animal to a vet without prior written notice from our rescue that we are agreeing to cover the medical expenses. Remember that any illness is best caught and treated as early as possible, if you have any concerns make an effort to contact us immediately so we can get you and your pet help quickly.

This health guarantee does not cover genetic disorders, such as cancer, epilepsy, megacolon, pituitary tumors, heart defects, and other genetic conditions.

An Open Door at the Rescue

If for any reason during your adopted pet's lifetime you are not able to keep them in your care, you may return them to the rescue. If your animal is healthy at the time you return them, there is no fee for returning them to the rescue. If the animal is sick when you return them and you are outside of the 14 day health guarantee, there may be a surrender fee to help offset the rescue's costs of treating your animal. This is to discourage people from adopting animals and returning them when they do not want to pay veterinary fees. We may waive a surrender fee with proof of financial hardship, but this will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

If you are not able to keep your pet and need to return them to the rescue, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There may be a waiting period to return your pet to our rescue if we do not currently have an open space available for them. Please allow at least two weeks so that we can stop intake of animals from shelters to allow a space to open back up for the animal you are returning.

Other Questions

If you have a question about health, behavior, habitats, care, or anything else about your newly adopted pet, remember we are here to help! The best way of contacting us is to send an e-mail to your local coordinator, visit our Contact Page to find the nearest foster home that can assist you with your questions.

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North Star Rescue is a network of multiple foster homes and adoption outposts spread all over the California Bay Area. We currently have public adoption outposts in Pacifica, San Jose, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa where many of our adoptable animals can be seen any time during participating store hours. You do not need to make an appointment at any of our Adoption Outposts to meet animals, but please call before your visit if you are interested in meeting a specific animal to make sure they have not been adopted before you arrive.

South Bay Area

Dandelion Dreams - Pacifica Adoption Outpost

Location: 1610 Francisco Blvd., Pacifica, CA 94044
Phone Number: (650) 516-7287
Services: Adoptable Guinea Pigs, Rats, Hamsters & Mice
Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00PM to 5:30PM. Saturday: 11:00 to 6:00. Sunday 11:00 to 5:00.
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Additional Notes:
Dandelion Dreams is becoming North Star Rescue's primary public location in September, 2014. Dandelion Dreams carries a variety of healthy choices for small animals, as well as hand made toys and accessories for small animals from local artists. We invite you to drop by and see what we are working on!

Andy's Pet Shop - San Jose Adoption Outpost

Location: 51 Notre Dame, San Jose, CA
Phone Number: (408) 297-0840
Services: Adoptable Chinchillas, Guinea Pigs, Rats, Hamsters & Mice
Hours of Operation: 7 Days a Week, 10 AM to 8 PM
Website: http://www.andyspetshop.com
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Additional Notes:
Andy's Pet Shop is our largest adoption outpost and features the greatest variety of adoptable animals from our rescue, as well as other species of animals available from other Bay Area Rescues. As this is our busiest adoption outpost, we always recommend calling before you visit if you are interested in meeting a specific animal to make sure they are still available.

North Bay Area

Sonoma Pet Center & Aquatics - Sonoma Adoption Outpost

Location:201 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (In the Whole Foods Shopping Center)
Phone Number: 707-996-1672
Services: Rat, Hamster and Chinchilla Adoptions
Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM
Website: http://www.sonomapetandaquatics.com/
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Bennet Valley Pet Center - Santa Rosa Adoption Outpost

Location: 2700 Yulupa Avenue #19, Santa Rosa, CA
Phone Number: 707-577-0663
Services: Chinchilla, Rat and Hamster Adoptions
Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM
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Want to learn more about adopting a pet from North Star Rescue? We've put together an article to walk you through everything you need to know about our adoption process so you can feel comfortable bringing home your new pet.

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When you adopt a pet from North Star Rescue, you'll be asked to sign an adoption agreement agreeing to provide humane care for your new pet. You can preview our adoption agreement to become familiar with the terms and conditions here.

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If you are interested in adopting a pet from North Star Rescue, please take the time to review our adoption requirements. We have several basic requirements as well as specific requirements for each species that are designed to make sure you get off to the best start with your new pet.

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See our current schedule of adoption fees for rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice and chinchillas.

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