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So you've submitted adoption application here, you've been placed on the waiting list, now what?
Below is the method to my madness in contacting the waiting list. Every breeder is different, but this is what I've found to work the best for us. This, of course, is subject to change.
Note: We do not require a deposit to be placed on the waiting list. We prefer to take a deposit when we know there is a hedgehog available for you and one that is a good fit.
at approximately 3-4 weeks old...
The process begins when the hoglets are between 3 weeks and 4 weeks old. By then, sex, approximate coloring, and price range is listed online here.
I contact the top individuals who I can guarantee that I have a hoglet available. If they are interested in purchasing one of the available hoglets, they respond by the given deadline (usually within a few days) stating that they are still interested. If they do not respond by the deadline, then I begin contacting individuals on "stand-by" (see below). If an individual would like to remain on the waiting list, but would not like to purchase a hoglet from the current litter, I will bypass them and contact them regarding future litters, and they keep their spot on the waiting list.
phase 2: stand-by
While contacting the top of the waiting list, I simultaneously contact the individuals who are next in line, but who I cannot guarantee a hoglet due to the number available. So while the top individuals are getting back to me, I can already know whether or not the next group is still interested in the current litter. This helps make the process move as quickly, and efficiently as possible. As soon as a hedgehog becomes available I contact the individuals on "stand-by" to let them know and proceed with the deposit process.
*It is very common to be on stand-by and be bumped up to having a hedgehog available for you from that litter, so do not fret if you start on "stand-by."*
phase 3: Deposits
I start accepting deposits around when the litter is approximately 4 weeks old. Pick of the litter is determined by the order in which I receive the deposit. If I do not receive a deposit by the deadline given, I begin contacting the next individuals on "stand-by" and we may no longer have a hedgehog available for you from that litter. You will then be placed back on the waiting list and will be contacted about future litters.
Deposits are non-refundable $50 that goes toward the price of the hedgehog. Please do not pay a deposit until we say there is a hedgehog available for you.
This process is repeated until all hedgehogs are placed on hold with a deposit.
phase 5: final payment & pick-up
When the litter is around 6 weeks old, I start arranging pick-up times for once they are weaned (7-8 weeks). Pick-up is available in Pittsboro, NC. Final payment is due prior to pick up and can be paid online via PayPal or in cash at pick-up. Please bring the exact amount, we do not have change. Then you get to take your new hedgehog home. Don't forget to stay in touch and let me know how they are doing!
are you on the hedgehog waiting list?
If you're interested in being added to our hedgehog waiting list to be notified when we have a hedgehog available, go ahead and fill out the brief adoption application.
Do you have any other questions on how the waiting list process works? Let us know below.
Rachel, the owner of Penny's Prickly Pigs has been breeding hedgehogs since 2008, and owned hedgehogs off and on since she was 12 years old. We maintain a small herd to focus on quality and personality. We track pedigrees on all of our hedgehogs.