So You Want to Buy a Squirrel?
If you've watched videos of people playing with squirrels on our site or YouTube, you understandably might now be thinking, "Hey, that looks like fun! Where can I buy a squirrel?" This article will explain how you can get all the cuddly squirrels you want for free.
First, before you jump in to getting your own squirrel, it's important to learn some basic facts.
Baby squirrels are remarkably willing to be raised by humans. It's amazing. For the first six months of their life, if you give them good care and love, they will happily accept you as their mama. They are enthusiastic fun loving little creatures, and you can experience many hours of joy with young squirrels.
As the babies come to maturity, the situation changes. Adult squirrels are like adult humans. They want to go off in to the world, live the life a million years of evolution have designed them to live, revel in their freedom, and engage in, um, baby making activities.
If an adult squirrel is denied the life they were designed to live, they become less cuddly, anxious, and maybe even a bit ornery. All the energy they would normally use in a natural life outdoors now gets applied to chewing on your furniture, electric cords, and maybe your fingers. Adult squirrels can not be house trained either.
The point here is, baby squirrels make excellent pets, but adult squirrels do not.
So, the smart way to have squirrels as pets is to have a series of baby squirrels that you keep a few months each, instead of one squirrel you keep for years.
You release the babies in to the wild when they're ready, before they become a problem to you. They're happy, you're happy, everybody wins.
You'll be amazed at how much your squirrels love their first encounters with the natural world. Watching their enthusiastic joy goes a long way to relieve the sweet sadness of watching your little friends go off to live their own lives in the wild.
And here's some good news. You don't have to spend your hard earned money on buying a series of baby squirrels.
You can get them for free!
If you live in an area where squirrels are found in the wild (almost everywhere), it's a sure thing that there are baby squirrels nearby who need your help. Once you learn how to find them, you'll have access to plenty of free baby squirrels.
Somebody in your community has probably already discovered the joy of raising baby squirrels. There may even be a wildlife rehab group.
At certain times of the year, say when a storm coincides with squirrel baby season, these rehabbers are probably flooded with calls frompeoplewho have found a baby squirrel. All you have to do is find these rehabbers.
Contact your local humane society. Try the pound. Call some veterinarians. Tree trimming companies in your area also probably know who is rehabbing squirrels in your area.
When you find the rehabbers, don't offer to buy a squirrel. That won't be what they'll want to hear. Instead, volunteer to help, and ask for their advice.
To maximize your chance of being welcomed by your local rehabbers, do some research first, and learn something about raising squirrels. You don't have to become an expert, just put yourself in to a position to ask good questions, and demonstrate you have a sincere interest in serving the needs of baby squirrels.
If you take this approach, you'll find the vast majority of wildlife rehabbers will welcome you with open arms, and help you have the experience you want to have.
You don't have to dive in to raising baby squirrels until you're ready. As example, you might volunteer to baby sit baby squirrels for a few days when the rehabbers go out of town. You might volunteer to assist the rehabbers with their squirrels.
Once you're ready to have your own baby squirrels, you will have to spend some money on supplies. It's not real expensive, but especially the first time, you need to stock up on formula, syringes, nipples, cages and so on.
So, you've learned that baby squirrels make great pets, and adult squirrels do not. You've also learned that, if you do it right, you'll never have to buy a baby squirrel.