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Available Hedgehogs


Please read this before you submit an application !!!
*** We DO NOT accept applications from "not legal" or "illegal areas" without prior authorization ***

The following is a list of states and municipalities where hedgehogs are considered to be either "not legal" or "illegal" (there is a difference). If you live in one of these areas, please do not fill out and submit this form without having contacted me in advance. If you do submit this form, without the proper permit(s), and you live in a "not legal" or "illegal" area, your application will not be approved unless you can show that any proper permits have been applied for in your area, if they are available. You will not receive a refund of your application fee.

Maine - Not legal without permit.
The latest information that we have is the following:Two permits are required to own a hedgehog in Maine. The first is an importation permit and the other is a Possession permit. There is a fee of $27 for each permit application. There is some uncertainty as to what the requirements for permit acceptance are but it is apparently a lengthy process due to the fact that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife are currently updating their unrestricted species list.
Here are applications for Maine's permits:
Wildlife Importation Permit (2013-2014)
Wildlife Possession Permit (2013-2014)
Wildlife Exhibitor's Permit (2013 - 2015)
Wildlife Propagation Permit (2014-2015)
The unrestricted species list can be found at:
At present, any hedgehog found in the State without the proper permit will be confiscated with the individual owner being fined.

California - not legal without permit.
Why can't I have a hedgehog, sugar glider, ferret, or other restricted, non-native species as a pet in California? Hedgehogs are considered to be not legal in the entire state of California. California has a law that deems all animals not specifically listed as legal under State law as being illegal by default. Until such time as California's Department of Fish and Game is willing to consider hedgehogs for legal status, they will continue to be considered contraband pets and may be confiscated and either moved out of state or destroyed with the owner being fined. Restricted Species Permits ARE available under some conditions.

Georgia - Legal to own as a licensed breeder, illegal to otherwise own as a pet.
For some time the State of Georgia was unclear on their attitude toward hedgehogs. Unfortunately, recent clarification has deemed them illegal. It seems they are concerned that escaped pet animals may set up a resident wild population. Oddly enough, licensed breeders are allowed, but any hedgehogs sold as pets must be shipped out of state.

Due to the risk of hedgehogs being capable of surviving in the wilds of these Pacific islands, hedgehogs are illegal throughout the state and are confiscated whenever they are found.

IF you are a hedgehog owner, you MUST GO AROUND the entire state of Pennsylvania if you are travelling with your hedgehog. They are not even allowed to change planes at a Pennsylvaina airport, when being shipped. HEDGEHOGS IN PENNSYLVANIA, WILL BE CONFISCATED AND DESTROYED! A very unfortunate political battle has developed within the State of Pennsylvania making hedgehogs illegal to the point where threats have been made against even the transport of hedgehogs through the state on the way to another state. All of this is the result of an initial (and unusual) law established in the 1990's. Under that law, hedgehogs within the state were legal, but it was illegal to import fresh bloodlines into the state. A few breeders violated that law resulting in the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) declaring all out war on all hedgehogs within the state. Breeder's homes have been raided and ransacked! Their hedgehogs confiscated with all of the zeal of a major drug bust, even destroyed immediately on the premisis. Suffice it to say, owning a hedgehog in Pennsylvania under the draconian rule of PGC is extremely dangerous for both owner and hedgehog.

Municipalities Where Hedgehogs are Illegal/Not legal:
" The 5 Boroughs of New York City
" Douglas County, Nebraska.
" Windsor, Ontario
" Langley, British Columbia

Application Information

PLEASE NOTE: When you pick up your hedgehog you will be required to show your ID, and any state permits, if required by your state or local jurisdiction. If ID shows that you are from an "illegal to own" state or municipality, AND you DO NOT have a permit, you will not be allowed to adopt a hedgehog, and any deposit made will be forfeit. I'm sorry, but this is a part of our Hedgehog Breeders Code of Ethics , and we are entrusted to abide by it. It is also a requirement of our licensing.

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