The Flash and Thelma Memorial Hedgehog Rescue

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hedgehog pictureZ.G. Standing Bear

Unusual Shelter: The Flash and Thelma Memorial Hedgehog Rescue

Location: Divide, Colo.

Named after the first two hedgehogs ever taken in as pets by founder and 70-year-old retired criminal investigator and criminology professor Z.G. Standing Bear, Ph.D., the Flash and Thelma Memorial Hedgehog Rescue, Inc., has served since 1999 as what is believed to be North America's only 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation fully dedicated to hedgehog rescue, rehabilitation and sheltering.

Hedgehogs are less popular housepets compared to dogs and cats. What are the most misunderstood aspects of hedgehog ownership that often lead to an unwanted hedgehog arriving at your shelter?
Our hedgehog rescue began due to the terrible hedgehog-care information that's published both in print and on the Internet. Children often talk their parents into getting them a pet hedgehog and then lose interest, especially as they approach teenage years. Also, with a lot of the literature out there incorrect, people often don't realize the basic care needs and the personalities of hedgehogs.

Virtually all of the pet hedgehogs in North America are the descendants of some 80,000 Central African and Algerian hedgehogs that were imported from Lagos, Nigeria between 1991 and 1994. Of the 14 species of hedgehogs, the Central African and Algerian species are the only two that cannot hibernate, since they came from such a warm climate. Therefore, they must be kept warm, at 72 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

There are many other reasons why a hedgehog may be placed at our rescue, such as the owner moving to one of the seven states where hedgehogs are illegal to possess, abandoning a hedgehog that needs medical care, economic difficulties, etc.

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