Artie's CageArtieArtie

Quick Bio

Type of pet: Hamster
Breed/Species: Dwarf
Age: Adult
Gender: Female
  • Good with kids
Adoption Status: Adopted

UPDATE: Artie will go to her new home next week! :)

This listing is for Artie, the mother. She is named after famous orphan Artful Dodger. She is a sweetie. She is very curious, not afraid at all. She loves to be held and isn't 100% sure about the hamster ball, but likes to run around on my couch under close supervision. She would be great for a family with kids calm enough to hold her safely. Age is unknown, but she was an adult in July when I took her in.

If you need a cage, you are welcome to the one in the picture. It is just a big plastic bin from Daiso, as it was much bigger and cheaper than the pet store equivalent.

Background: I never wanted to get any pets in Korea, but a pair of cute little dwarf hamsters were dropped in my lap this summer after my friend found them abandoned on the street in a garbage pile, cage and all. So sad! My friend was leaving soon and already had adopted a puppy, so was unable to keep them. After no one else wanted them, I said I would take care of them. Well, I had 2 happy little hamsters for over 2 months before one day, I came home to quite a surprise - 2 babies! I felt extremely stupid for not realizing that "the fat lazy one" was actually pregnant. I had tried to determine their sex, but frankly, they are just so tiny, it was really difficult and I wrongly assumed that since they were already together in the cage that they must be brothers or something. I immediately put the father in a separate cage upon finding them...however, 16 days days later SURPRISE 4 more hamsters. I feel very guilty about how this situation has played out, but honestly, I don't see how I could have prevented it. I know that hamsters come into heat quite often, and I know there gestation period is very I thought I was in the safe zone after having 2 adult hamsters in a cage together for so long without reproducing. However, what's done is done, and I have managed to find homes for 4 of the babies. I've asked everyone I know, but there are no bites for the last 2 babies, who aren't really even babies anymore. And of course, I still have the parents as that's 4 cages in my tiny apartment. Now I'm going to be leaving in February, and I'm starting to lose hope of finding homes myself.

Please contact me if you have any questions. I can meet anywhere in Seoul pretty easily and I also take fairly frequent trips to Daejeon and Gwangju.

Thanks for looking!

Adoption Fee: ₩10,000
Location: Namyangju - 남양주
Living Situation: With owners


megs's picture

All these guys are so cute! You're doing a great thing (even if it's frustrating at times). I heard that if you post/ cross-post on some of the military-frequented sites, you'll probably get some bites, since they're more likely to have kids in Korea.
I hope they all find families soon!

smilesformiles's picture

Hi Megs,
Thanks for the comment and encouragement! I posted on the Yongsan Flea Market page here:

Do you have any more page suggestions that might be good?

megs's picture

I think might be good, and craigslist, too. I remember someone mentioning other websites on the FB Korea animal rescue group, but I can't remember them! :(
If I wasn't trying to find Platy and Barny a home, I'd probably adopt one of your little fuzzies!

megs's picture

Hey smiles, any luck?

smilesformiles's picture

Hey, Megs! Thanks for checking in. No luck so far, but I'm hoping that maybe people were going away for the holidays and will be interested after vacations are finished. Fingers crossed!

megs's picture

That's a really good point - I'm sure there'll be a lot more interest now that Christmas is over. Plus, you won't have to worry about "Christmas pet" syndrome. :)
Fingers crossed!

megs's picture

Wonderful! :)