Hamworthy Hedgehog Rescue

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 140 hedgehogs for the winter of 2020 – 2021, 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
To administer a course of antibiotics to one hedgehog
To feed a hedgehog during an average 12 week stay
To wash and disinfect one hedgehog’s food bowl & bedding
To buy feeding equipment to feed orphaned hoglets
To provide life saving laboratory diagnostic test results
To hand rear one baby hedgehog
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)
To have a Vet operate on an injured hedgehog
To buy one intensive care unit (Brinsea TLC40 Advanced)
To provide a heated mat for sick/injured hogs that need to keep their body temperature up
Housing for one hedgehog (Zoozone Medium)