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Orphaned Baby Mice

Hi.  Sadly my dog uncovered a mouse nest yesterday and killed the mother mouse along with one of the babies.  My two daughters and I were able to stop her from getting the other 3 babies.  My 12 yr old loves animals and has always wanted to grow up to rescue animals so she has insisted on helping them. I am wondering what I should do with them?  They are safe in a box that my daughter filled with fleece material, but I am worried they will starve.  How do I find a safe place for these babies where they can be cared for properly?  Thank you.

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Re: Orphaned Baby Mice

Hi canesm.

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community! I'm happy to hear that your daughter wants to grow up to rescues animals! All Petco stores work closely with local animal rescues to help animals in need, I suggest calling your local store to see if they can offer advice on places that will take in mice. You can find the number to call the store nearest you here:

In the meantime, here's an article with information on the basic care for mice and a blog with tips on how to keep their habitat fresh. I hope this helps!

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Re: Orphaned Baby Mice

I would get dog or cat milk mix and a plastic small cage about 4' by 5' and water down the milk then feed them with a eye dropper.  Line the cage temporarilily with shredded tissue.  Keep them warm by heating up their food.  Let me know it you are going to keep them.  -Mousegirl101Cat Wink

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