Galway SPCA finds hamsters in a ball outside in the cold – ‘It was a cold, tired and tiny hamster’

Galway SPCA has urged people not to leave animals outside during the cold spell after they found a hamster in an exercise ball in the city.

In a post on social media, the charity, which rescues a multitude of animals and gives them new homes, said a member of the public found the hamster ball earlier today.

The charity has a cattery in Athenry and a dog sanctuary in Killimor.

“Sometimes we get calls that take some time to process. A young gentleman came across a ‘football’ in Galway city,” reads the post.

“It was a little hamster ball with a cold, tired, hungry, tiny hamster in it. Please do not purchase small pets without properly sized secure enclosures #AdoptDontShop.”

Meanwhile, Ireland’s largest dog charity has shared some tips for keeping pets safe on the go during the darker, colder months.

Dogs Trust Ireland urges pet owners not to leave their dog outside or in their car, especially in cold weather.

The charity said it’s okay to occasionally miss a walk if it’s too cold or unsafe to walk your dog.

If it’s snowy or icy, pet owners should wipe down their dog’s paws, legs, and underside when they get back indoors to remove any sand, snow, or ice.

Reflective clothing and leashes, luminous collars, and lights attached to harnesses are recommended so pets can be seen by cars or other pedestrians.

The charity recommends sticking to familiar trails in the dark and dressing your pet in a coat if they’re older, smaller, or have thinner hair. Make sure it fits well and is comfortable.

Pet owners have also been advised not to take chances with traffic and to be mindful of wildlife.

Dogs can get disoriented in the snow, so it’s best to keep them on a leash in case they get lost.

It’s also a good idea to check that your dog’s microchip details are up to date and make sure he always wears a collar and tag with your contact details. Galway SPCA finds hamsters in a ball outside in the cold – ‘It was a cold, tired and tiny hamster’

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