Where do pet stores get hamsters?
Most pet stores carry hamsters, which are likely obtained from breeders or pet mills, Paul said.
Instead of starting your pet hamster search at a pet store, Paul advises prospective owners to go to a small animal rescue for a healthy hamster that needs a home.
What do pet stores do with unsold hamsters?
If a hamster stays at the store more than 6 months it would either be transferred to a new location or adopted out (free). Even if the hamster is aggressive or has health issues that don’t hurt quality of life, most stores would rather find a home than euthanize. The (good) employees do care about them, after all.
Is Petsmart a good place to buy hamsters?
It all depends on the specific Petsmart. Some people look down on buying hamsters and other animals from pet stores because it promotes over breeding of the animals from the suppliers. I bought my hamster from the Petsmart in Newmarket. It’s a really clean store and the animals are all very healthy.
How much is it to buy a hamster?
A hamster will cost you about $20-$25 to buy from a reputable source. The cost of ownership, however, is far more expensive. Expect to pay around $150-$250 for setup costs (cage etc.) and then an average of $600 a year or $50 a month (including veterinary care costs).