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Old 09-04-2021, 03:30 AM   #1
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Question anyone know where to get roborovski hamsters in/near London?

hi,

I would like to get a roborovski hamster some time in the near future, so I was wondering if there are any breeders/small pet shops etc near london that sell robos? I'd just prefer the hamster I get to have been handled for a bit before I get them as I've never tamed robos before and I'd like the job to be easier haha. I don't mind where they come from as long as they're not from a mill (so not pets at home or something cause I don't wanna support unethical breeding) whether that be a breeder, rescue, small pet shop (both my previous hamsters were from pet shops that bred their own hamsters) or anywhere else. I just can't seem to find anywhere that sells them :(

I'm in East London (Essex) and I'd prefer to travel an hour or less, but as long as the travel time is less than 2h I don't mind too much :)
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Old 09-04-2021, 05:57 AM   #2
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There's a rescue near Croydon (Gerbil and Rodent Rescue) that has two Robos (separate) right now. I don't think they are tame though. They also have hybrids, and a female Syrian. Animals looking for new homes

There's also GBH Rescue which usually has lots of hamsters though I don't know about Robos. They're in Beckenham. They don't seem to have a website anymore but this is a Facebook page for them: Log into Facebook If you're not on Facebook you won't be able to see the page but the email address it lists is gbh.rescue@yahoo.com.
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Old 09-04-2021, 08:21 AM   #3
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There's a rescue near Croydon (Gerbil and Rodent Rescue) that has two Robos (separate) right now. I don't think they are tame though. They also have hybrids, and a female Syrian. Animals looking for new homes

There's also GBH Rescue which usually has lots of hamsters though I don't know about Robos. They're in Beckenham. They don't seem to have a website anymore but this is a Facebook page for them: Log into Facebook If you're not on Facebook you won't be able to see the page but the email address it lists is gbh.rescue@yahoo.com.
OK thank you!!
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Old 09-04-2021, 08:47 AM   #4
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Robos are very difficult to tame unless they have been handled from young so I would try and find a breeder.
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Old 09-04-2021, 09:37 AM   #5
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Robos are very difficult to tame unless they have been handled from young so I would try and find a breeder.
Yeah ik, that's why I made this post hoping to find a breeder, or at least somewhere that handles them before selling :)
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Old 09-04-2021, 11:58 AM   #6
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IME it's hard to find them! Certainly in the north anyway - I am looking at rescues at the moment.
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Old 09-04-2021, 12:50 PM   #7
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IME it's hard to find them! Certainly in the north anyway - I am looking at rescues at the moment.
Yeah I can tell haha, it's so much easier to find Syrians or Russian dwarfs (ww or rcd)
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Old 09-04-2021, 01:03 PM   #8
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You might be lucky with a breeder of you’re near London. Nothing near me. Also look on gumtree etc as you get people who’ve had accidental litters after buying a pair from PAH etc. I did that last time but then he was extremely nervy as had a bad start with owners who didn’t really know what they were doing.
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Old 09-04-2021, 02:20 PM   #9
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You might be lucky with a breeder of you’re near London. Nothing near me. Also look on gumtree etc as you get people who’ve had accidental litters after buying a pair from PAH etc. I did that last time but then he was extremely nervy as had a bad start with owners who didn’t really know what they were doing.
it's surprising, you'd think there'd be at least a few breeders in/around London as it's such a big city but there's practically nothing. I checked on pets4homes and preloved and there was a couple robos but less than i thought there'd be. I'm still waiting to be accepted to the gbh rescue Facebook group so I can see if they have any for rehoming.

if after like a month of looking I don't find anything I'll probably just go with a ww or rcd cause they're so much easier to find
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Keep looking. I just found a rescue with robos and have one coming next week (they're too far away from you unfortunately). I also don't think I'd be up to making a full level so have gone with cardboard round the insides to reduce the height Cut up an amazon box and have 4" high cardboard round the inside. Works ok - only thing is means you can't take the top off without removing a lot of substrate first. I rarely take the top off anyway.

Try and find rodent rescues in your area on google. As Souffle says though, a rescue robo may not be easy to tame (or may never be tame) unlike one from a breeder.
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