Hamster Society Singapore is a non-profit, all-volunteer group of animal lovers. We have observed a great need in our community to assist, rescue, foster and rehabilitate unwanted, neglected and abused hamsters we so often see.
Our organization is committed to ending the cycle of neglect, abuse and wanton breeding by providing quality education, resources and advocacy on proper and responsible hamster care. We provide screening of all adoptive applicants to assure that hamsters go to qualified adoptive homes.
Hamster Society (Singapore) was officially approved and registered as a society on 4 March 2019
Our mission is to speak out for one of our country’s most vulnerable pets.
HSS aims to increase awareness on proper hamster husbandry, reduce the neglect, abuse, mistreatment and abandonment of pet hamsters in Singapore. We hope that the Singaporean society will become better educated on proper pet care, especially in the often-neglected area of small pets and hamsters.
We also want to stop senseless hamster mistreatment and accidental breeding by promoting an international standard of hamster pet care. Find out more about best practices in our Hamster Care Blog.
To bring about a new standard for small pet care, especially hamsters with the aim to reduce or eliminate the abuse, neglect and abandonment of hamsters.
Through education and outreach, we hope that potential hamster pet owners will gain a better understanding of their pets’ needs, requirements and behaviours. With proper and gentle care, hamsters and their owners can develop strong bonds, similar to dog and cats.
The 3 hamster logo represents the three species of hamsters commonly found in Singapore - Roborovski, Winter White and the Syrian Hamsters. The stacked hamsters represent our 3 core values, which work together with synergy.
Authenticity: To do what we say we do.
Leadership: To lead by example, developing, promoting and sharing great new ideas and programs to help hamsters.
Positive Influence: To judge our effectiveness by the extent to which animal lives are saved and improved, and by the positive experience of the people we touch
Hamsters are one of Singapore’s most neglected pet species. As they are cheap to purchase, they are often bought on impulse by owners who have not done adequate research or taken enough considerations on caring for a pet. This results in many hamsters being housed in cages that are too small, with inadequate food, bedding, hideouts and even water. Many hamsters have also been found abandoned under void decks, pet stores or even in trash bins in tiny cages.
Surrendering your hamster
This should be done as a last resort and after you have exhausted all your options.
We believe that anyone with basic knowledge on proper hamster care should be able to raise a hamster. For example, if your hamster bites or is aggressive, it could be due to inadequate housing conditions, which can be easily resolved with a larger cage and better accessories. Or your hamster could be suffering from a health issue - which would require a vet visit. Please read our guides on the hamster care blog to learn more about proper care for your hamster.
If you still wish to surrender your hamster, please read our surrender requirements here.