|It is possible to get Gerbils from breeders, rescue centres and pet shops.|
Reputable breeders are the best place to purchase a gerbil from as they usually show their gerbils and aim to produce a good litter of healthy youngsters. A good, healthy male and female will have been used and the breeding process carefully planned. Breeders will handle the young gerbils regularly so they are confident when being handled and it will be possible to see the parents of the young gerbils and how they interact with people.
You can locate a breeder by finding an advert in a newspaper or small animal/gerbil magazine.
Unfortunately a lot of gerbils end up in rescue centres through no fault of their own, so they are a good place to go to find a new gerbil.
The rescue centre will do an assessment of the gerbil upon arrival and they will be treated for any illness they may have. They will also be handled by the rescue centre staff to assess their suitability as a pet.
Depending on the rescue centre, you may have to fill in some forms and/or have an interview to assess your suitability as a gerbil owner because their main interest is in placing a gerbil with a suitable owner that is going to care for him correctly.
Pet shops often sell gerbils and are usually where people go to buy them. Pets shops mainly acquire gerbils from commercial breeders and upon arrival at the pet shop the young gerbils will have had little handling and nothing will be known about their parents etc.
If you are buying a gerbil from a pet shop you need to ensure that males and females are kept separately, they are kept in clean conditions, they are well fed, their cage is not over crowded and that the gerbils look healthy.
If you are in any doubt about the conditions the gerbils are kept in or their health, it is best to look elsewhere as you could end up with a gerbil that has health problems, is pregnant and/or extra vet expenses.