To see the full list of all of our adoptable mice see our   Petfinder and   Adoptapet pages.

We are glad that you are interested in opening your home and heart to rescued mice. Mice are incredibly intelligent creatures with a wide array of personalities. While males tend to prefer to live alone unless they have been raised with other males, females are generally more social and prefer to live in groups with other females. Because we respect these natural bonds, female mice are only available for adoption in pairs or groups or to homes that already have one or more females or neutered males.

Make sure your mouse has clean water available all day, every day. A drip-bottle or two on the side of the cage will work well. Ceramic bowls (such as the ones sold for lizards) are also good, although they can be harder to keep clean.

Mice can be fed a commercially prepared complete diet - a rodent mix or hamster diet is acceptable, either in block or pellet form. Pellets are available for mice and are completely balanced, but this is a monotonous diet. Grain and seed-based loose mixes provide more interest to the mice and will probably be more readily eaten. However, your mice may just pick out their favorite bits and leave the rest, leading to an imbalanced diet. The basic diet can be supplemented with small quantities of fresh fruits and vegetable. Peas, broccoli, carrots, apples and bananas are good foods to start with, but you may need to experiment to find your pets’ favorites. Please don’t overdo it, though—mice have tiny tummies! Watch for diarrhea, and if a particular food item does cause diarrhea, discontinue feeding it. Sunflower seeds are a favorite treat of many mice (but are quite fatty so should be limited), as well as other seeds like millet spray. Cooked pasta and whole grain bread or crackers can also be given. Commercial treat sticks make a good treat but only very occasionally as they are often quite sweet. Do not give your mice cabbage, chocolate, corn, candy, junk food, peanuts, uncooked beans or onions.

Large glass aquariums and wire cages with solid flooring are the best types of cage for mice.

Aquariums *(ten gallon as a starting size!) will need a tight fitting mesh lid and lots of furnishing supplied for climbing and playing. It is also important to remember that ammonia and other fumes will build up faster in an aquarium or plastic sided cage than in a wire cage. However, as long as the lid is tight fitting, they are pretty much escape-proof and have the added advantage of allowing a deep layer of bedding that the mice cannot spread all over your floor.

Wire cages (with horizontal bars) are nice because they provide lots of climbing opportunity on the sides of the cage, and it is easier to fix furnishings, platforms, and toys to the sides of the cage. The most important thing is to make sure the bars are not too narrowly spaced so that the mice can escape (or get stuck trying to escape) and that the doors are placed to allow easy access to the entire cage for when you need to catch the mice. Wire cages marketed for mice are generally quite small, so larger hamster cages or even bird cages are preferable, but ideally the bar spacing should be 1/4 inch. Do not underestimate how small of a space a mouse can squeeze through!

Plastic cages can be made out of large storage bins. If you are handy, or know someone that is, you can cut out parts of the bin, and replace them with firmly attached hardware cloth to provide proper air circulation. Benefits of these DIY cages is that you can stack them on each other, and by attaching flexible tubes, make it possible for mice to navigate from one to another bin having fun in the process, and having much more space available than in a regular cage.

The most important part of training for a companion mouse is getting your new friend accustomed to sitting on your hand. Give the new mouse/mice several days or a week to settle in to their new home before starting to try to touch them. If you need to pick them up before that, use a paper cup.

Once they’ve settled in, lower your hand into the cage, and wait for the mice to come to you. Let them sniff and investigate. Repeat this several times. Eventually, one will probably climb onto your hand. Let her/him sit there and wander off on their own time. After they are done this a couple times, raise your hand a little bit. If the mouse panics, put the hand down again. Once the mouse/mice is comfortable walking on your hand, you can let her/him climb your arms, shoulders, and so on. Remember that she/he can crawl through any hole she can get her/his head through, so be careful about gaps under doorways and bookcases.