How to Buy

a hamster

Helping you understand the rehoming process

How to Buy a Hamster

Helping you understand the rehoming process

Check for Available Hamsters

You may find a hamster ready for rehoming. Information about all available pups can be found here.

Get an Application Form

If you want an available hamster or to join the waiting list, ask for a form. 

Watch the Waiting List

When you are on the waiting list, you will receive a reference number. Click here to check where you are on the list.

Follow the Updates

Announcements of new litters are made on my Facebook page. When a hamster is available, you will get an offer email.

Collect Your Hamster

Find out what happens when a hamster is ready for you, including the contactless collection process.


Southampton, Hampshire, UK


Species Bred

Chinese and Roborovski hamsters


Rehoming Pack Contents


Birth certificate

Care booklet

Rehoming agreement

Socialisation plan

Transition food


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are popular questions about how to buy your new hamster from Vectis

Do you deliver?

You will need to collect your new hamster from Southampton.

Delivery or use of a courier service is not available.

Are the hamsters 'tame'?

Young hamsters are carefully reared and follow an evidence-based socialisation plan. This introduces them to the noises, scents and environments they are likely to experience during their lives.

They are regularly and respectfully handled. Any hamsters who do not respond well to handling are further evaluated. If they are unlikely to make good pets, they are not offered for rehoming; they remain here at Vectis for their lifetime.

Do I need to bring a carrier?

To enable a socially distanced collection, a plastic rehoming box will be provided.

Can I choose my own hamster?

Vectis works hard to match the right hamster with the right home.

You may be able to choose your hamster from a selection in the litter, or you may only have one hamster offered to you.

The offer email will state what is available to you. If you are not clear, please ask.

Can I visit the hamster room?

This is not possible, however you can take a virtual tour here.

What ongoing support do you offer?

Throughout your hamster’s life, you can contact Vectis Hamstery if you need advice. 

You can make contact through email, the Facebook page, or the contact section on this website.

It is helpful if you can include your hamster’s litter name or date of birth, though this is not essential.

What happens if I can't keep my hamster?

If you are no longer able to keep your hamster, please contact Vectis Hamstery as soon as possible.

Vectis Hamstery will offer no judgement, but will welcome your hamster back here. This applies no matter the age or health of the hamster. All Vectis hamsters are welcome to return although very few have!

No Vectis hamster should ever find itself on Preloved or in a rescue.

Right from the start he was such a loving and gentle boy and really started off my show career. James lived a lovely long life and I am grateful to Vectis for letting me own such a wonderful hamster.

Owner of James

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