The Cost of Caring for Hedgehogs
The average cost to rehabilitate and release an overwintering hedgehog is £150 per animal, roughly. Given that we overwintered upwards of 90 hedgehogs for the winter of 2018 – 19, well, you can imagine how quickly costs mount up.
The table below gives a list of some of the more common items and the prices.
|To give life saving first aid treatment to one hedgehog||£10.00|
|To administer a course of antibiotics to one hedgehog||£12.60|
|To feed a hedgehog during an average 12 week stay||£60.00|
|To wash and disinfect one hedgehog's food bowl & bedding||£0.50|
|To buy feeding equipment to feed orphaned mammals||£14.99|
|To provide life saving laboratory diagnostic test results||£25.00|
|To hand rear one baby hedgehog||£75.00|
|To keep one hedgehog in the Hospital for the whole winter - to prevent it from hibernating (which could be dangerous if hedgehogs are underweight or injured)||£150.00|
|To have a Vet operate on an injured hedgehog||£150.00 plus|
|To buy one intensive care unit (Brinsea TLC40 Advanced)||£533.23|
|To provide a heated mat for sick/injured hogs that need to keep their body temperature up||£22.00|
|Housing for one hedgehog (Zoozone Medium)||£45.00|