USDA Information

Dec 3, 2013 by

We are often asked who needs to be licensed to sell hedgehogs and if they want to get licensed what is the next step. The breeding and selling of all wild and exotic animals is governed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Welfare Act. USDA Program Aid 1117 is entitled “Licensing and Registration Under the Animal Welfare Act – Guidelines for Dealers, Exhibitors, Transporters, and Researchers”. What you can  find this guide at  www.aphis.usda.gov/ac/ Contact Information for USDA APHIS USDA Program Aid 1117 Animal Welfare Act Information Page Application Request Form Program of Veterinary Care Information Here are a few tips that we have found useful: Always send anything to the USDA APHIS with a return receipt signature card.  This returned card might come in very handy. When communicating with any regulatory agency (IRS, USDA, etc.) it is important to have a hard copy of all information and correspondence in a file.  Record the time, date, and name of the person you spoke to on the phone. Allow two weeks for information exchange.  Request information via another route if your request has not been acknowledged. Your Program of Veterinary Care (PVC) is one of the most important things you will need for your inspection.  Have it filled out thoroughly and completely. You will need a visit by an attending veterinarian.    Many veterinarians are intimidated by the request and may not want...

References & Further Reading

May 25, 2013 by

Resources Available Information Many pet stores and libraries do not have the most current resources and, therefore, do not have the most accurate hedgehog information. Unfortunately, some of the books on the market and web pages on the Internet are out of date, and contain inaccurate and even harmful information. Books Antigone Means-Burleson published a book titled The Hedgehog Primer. This book has all the latest and most up to date information concerning hedgehogs and hedgehog care. This book may be purchased directly from Hedgehog Valley or here at Millermeade Farms. My favorite book that can be found in pet stores is by Dawn Wrobel with Dr. Susan Brown: Hedgehogs: Guide to a Happy, Healthy Pet. It is a small, hardback book published by Howell House (copyright 1997). Reeve, N: Hedgehgos. T & AD Poyser, London 1997. Websites Hedgehog Central www.hedgehogcentral.com The International Hedgehog Association www.hedgehogclub.com Hedgehog Valley www.hedgehogvalley.com www.hedgies.com The Hedgehog Welfare Society www.hedgehogwelfare.org Laura Ledet www.angelfire.com/wa2/commeetmyfamily or http://tinyurl.com/ptoe Pet Info Packets: Hedgehogs http://petinfopackets.com/hedgehogs/hedgehoginfopacket.html www.mihog.org Websites No Longer Available http://homearts.com/depts/pastime/hedgehb2.htm (printed 1/20/99) Articles Ducommun, Debbie. The Toxicity of Pine and Cedar Shavings. http://www.ratfanclub.org/litters.html 9/3/02 Graesser, Donnasue. Mortality and Longevity Update! Boys vs. Girls. IHA News. September-December 2005. McLeod, Lianne, DVM. Your Guide to Exotic Pets. Top 10 Alternatives to Cedar and Pine Shavings. http://exoticpets.about.com 06/21/07 Miller, Lucinda. Facts You Should Know About Hedgehogs. Ohio 4-H Small Animal Hedgehog Fact Sheet. 1998. Loane, Becca....