Here Is A Baby Hamster Eating From A Syringe, Because The Shelter’s Tiniest Residents Need Good Care, Too

Photo credit: Humane Rescue Alliance

Neonatal hamsters are as vulnerable as they are cute.

So last week, when four of them, with their mom, found themselves at the Humane Rescue Alliance — Washington, D.C.’s city shelter — it was imperative that they be given the utmost care.

“These guys currently need to be fed via an eyedropper every hour and a half,” spokesperson Alix John Tolley tells Shelter Me. “Protecting, rescuing, and caring for all animals in the District of Columbia is our top priority.”

Photo credit: Humane Rescue Alliance
Photo credit: Humane Rescue Alliance

Being so vulnerable, two of the babies sadly didn’t make it. The two who did, Sektor and Kano, are “thriving,” says Tolley.

“We are a truly open-access shelter and take in any animal in need, no matter the species,” says Tolley. “The Humane Rescue Alliance is here to tenaciously protect and advocate for the animals in our community, and support and celebrate people’s love and compassion for them.”

Next step is finding an experienced foster, or rescue group, to take in the babies.

The Humane Rescue Alliance is also looking for a permanent home for the mom, Sonya Blade — so she can enjoy the benefits of empty nesting, in a loving home.

Photo credit: Humane Rescue Alliance
Photo credit: Humane Rescue Alliance

Find out more about these little ones from the Humane Rescue Alliance.

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Arin Greenwood

Arin Greenwood is an animal writer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously, she was animal welfare editor at The Huffington Post. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, pit bull advocate, and devoted fan of cats and dogs who run for public office. Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Hello From Dog Island!, Arin's third book, will be published by Soho Teen in 2018. Know a shelter with a great, innovative program? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at aringreenwood@gmail.com!