Adopting Gerbils

Terms and Conditions

I only offer a limited number of gerbils for adoption. If you are interested in adopting, please let me know, and I will put you on a waiting list. The length of the list varies; sometimes there is no wait at all.

I will only adopt out gerbils in groups, unless you already have a cagemate in mind.

Pups cannot be adopted until they are at least 8 weeks old.

Non-breeding, pet-only gerbils may be adopted by the general public.

At this time, gerbils that are intended for breeding may be adopted only by persons active in the gerbil community, and/or those I know personally.

A note about class pets: Yes, gerbils do make great pets for the classroom! However, in this day and age, there is often a fair amount of red tape involved in having class pets. In light of this, I ask that you either get permission from your supervisors in advance, or be willing to keep the gerbils as personal pets in the event that they are not allowed in the classroom.

If you are interested in adopting, email me at shootingstargerbils(at)gmail(dot)com, and put "Gerbil Adoption" in the subject line.

Pet adoptions will require a signed copy of our Adoption Agreement, at or before the point of sale.

Adoption Fees

    A pair of young same-sex gerbils = $30
    A single gerbil as a same-sex companion to a gerbil you already have = $15
    Older and "special needs" groups = $20 per group
    A single gerbil for breeding = $20 (see above)


If you live a reasonable distance from Gainesville, but are unable to pick up your new gerbils, I am usually willing to drive them to you, or meet you part-way. There is a fee - for gas, time, and effort - based on how far I have to drive.

Pick-up (near I-75 Exit 390) = Free
Within Alachua County = $0.75 per mile (the distance from I-75 Exit 390, one-way)
Outside Alachua County = $1.50 per mile (the distance from I-75 Exit 390, one-way)

If you live farther away, I do not ship, but I am willing to work with professional transporters. I usually work with My Bunny Village Transport, which does monthly runs vith varying routes. For more information, see the MBV Facebook group.

I also typically attend the annual American Gerbil Society Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Southern shows. Meeting on the way to/from shows can often be arranged if you're close to the planned route.

Last updated: June 2020
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