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By misslake (Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 01:26:35 PM EST) (all tags)
the local animal shelter is my friend on facebook. that's where i got mr. fuggles.
one day, i noticed a post expressing a need for small animal foster homes.
then i got entangled in the complexities of hamster transport.

"Fostering is a great opportunity to help out the animals without worrying about a long-term commitment. Spring is coming and we'll need foster homes to raise the little ones until they're old enough to be put up for adoption. And we always need small animal foster homes! No prior knowledge is required, we'll tell you everything you need to know.
At the moment, we are especially looking for hamster fosters."

so i email, tell them how perfect i am for the job, and offer to take as many baby hamsters as they can give me. i'll tend the hamsters until it is time to leave for cuba, then they can all go to new homes. i imagine myself in my hoodie, with a nest of hamsterlings in the pocket, syringing them full of formula (and love). i imagine i can probably convince some friends to adopt some of my hamsters.

after a week, i have heard nothing, so i assume they had a huge response and don't need me. then a few days later, i get an exciting reply.
"Sorry for the slow reply! Thank you so much for your interest in fostering! We are expecting a large amount of hamsters sometime this week or next, would you be interested in fostering a hamster short-term, until there's room at the shelter?"
YAY! i totally can! i restate everything in my previous email. i can foster more than one! i've got a couple sizable cages, i figure i can handle one or two moms and litters, or three or four babies who need hand feeding.

another week, then an email -the hamsters will be arriving in the shelter that saturday, and can i pick one up sunday between noon and 6?
i sure can!
i got so excited. i dug the cages out of storage, found bravo's old wheel and accessories.

then saturday morning i get this email:
"There was a problem with the hamster transport and it's been pushed back to next Saturday, which means they won't be available for foster until then. Are you able to pick up the hamster next Sunday instead?
Sorry for the delay, thanks again!"

a problem with the hamster transport?
i had imagined them already possessing several pregnant females, and preparing for them all to give birth. or maybe being in contact with another shelter in the city who had an excess of hamsters, and offering to help find foster homes downtown where the demand for small pets is greater.

so i make plans to go the next weekend. their facebook page is updated with several pleas for cages, food and supplies, so i figure it's really on this time. i send an email on friday, restating the supplies i have, and confirming the pick up time.
"I'm really sorry about this but the hamster transport was cancelled again, so there are no hamsters for foster at the moment. Usually our fostering is not so chaotic, I swear! This was the first time we were trying to arrange a large transport and it was more complicated than expected. Sorry again! I will let you know as soon as we really do have fosters."

now i imagine the hamster transport is a sort of cargo train, a cattle car, loaded with hamsters, waiting in some shadowy rail yard, with intimidating men carrying clipboards and guns,  preventing the shipment from leaving.

it's been three weeks now, i've put all the stuff back into the closet. i wish i had some hamsters! i had gotten attached to the idea. i'd been reading about hamsters - i recommend "The Untold Story of the Hamster, a.k.a. Mr. Saddlebags" in the smithsonian magazine.
who knew hamster foster care logistics could be so elaborate.

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It's regulations by Herring (4.00 / 6) #1 Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 01:37:58 PM EST
A lot of paperwork involved in transporting certain livestock - especially across state boundaries.

Also they have to search their cheeks for contraband.

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Hamster transport by ambrosen (4.00 / 4) #2 Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 01:52:09 PM EST
Presumably they have to lay out tubes all the way from where the hamsters are coming from to their destination. That's an awful lot of habitrail.

Turns out by kwsNI (4.00 / 4) #4 Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:26:22 PM EST
They've been running for 4 weeks and while the wheels are spinning, they're still in the same place. 

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ob. by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 02:49:15 PM EST
Call Richard Gere.

I suspect their social arrangements by Breaker (4.00 / 2) #5 Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 05:43:34 PM EST
Have caused all sorts of problems getting them off the dancefloor

I have the perfect Hamster transport device by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 11:49:11 PM EST

Straight from table to mouth!

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but... by misslake (4.00 / 1) #8 Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:50:50 PM EST
i don't have any hamsters to make hammie sammies with!

if only i had a hamster.

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Who would have thought? by lm (4.00 / 3) #7 Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:02:56 AM EST

One of Aharoni’s colleagues, Saul Adler, thought that the animal might be similar enough to humans to serve as a lab animal in medical research


the mother, upon being placed in a box, began to eat her babies


the brother and sister hamsters mated

Not only can they replace humans in lab settings, they can also replace humans on the Jerry Springer show.

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That's too bad by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #9 Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 11:46:08 AM EST
you would be an excellent hammie foster mom. Do you know where they are transporting the hamsters from? I'm curious about the issues one would have with hamster transport.

no idea. by misslake (4.00 / 1) #10 Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 10:58:36 AM EST
the email replies are so sporadic and weird, i don't know where the hamsters were supposed to come from.

i can't imagine how hamsters could be hard to transport, i've got a shoebox and several toilet paper rolls, i figure i could transport nine or ten on my bicycle, no problem. get me another box and my capacity would be DOUBLE!

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