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Dizzy the Hamster Gets Jazzy New Life

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The first time that PETA staffer David Perle saw Dizzy, the hamster was nestled in the arms of a young girl who had rescued him from an apartment complex parking lot and was searching for his owner. A group of boys had tried to tell her that he was theirs, but she suspected their motives were less than pure and refused to hand Dizzy over. (A PETA staffer in the making, perhaps?) When she happened upon David, he agreed to take the little hamster in if no one claimed him.

So that very night, David’s two cats, Ella (after Fitzgerald) and Billie (after Holiday), welcomed their new roommate. When a friend sent David a picture of Dizzy Gillespie with his cheeks puffed out as he played the trumpet juxtaposed next to a picture of a hamster whose cheek pockets were stuffed with goodies, the resemblance was uncanny, and the hamster was named, completing the jazzy family. It’s a wonder that Dizzy didn’t get dizzy rolling around the apartment inside his plastic hamster ball.

We’ll never know how Dizzy’s life started—it’s possible that someone purchased him from a pet store and then dumped him outdoors when he was no longer wanted. But we know that he was happy and loved after he was lucky enough to be rescued by a wise little girl and adopted by a caring guardian.

Do you have a great animal-rescue story? Share it in the comments.

This post originally appears on PETA.org.

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    thomas moore says...

    March 30th, 2012, 4:22 pm

    These folks also have feelings.

    Paula says...

    March 30th, 2012, 6:29 pm

    I have a opossum named Mel (Gibson) ,because M.Gibson /Passion of Christ.Now my opossum was found with his sister clinging to life on his mother that was killed on the road .He and his sister made it through ,and I have been given Mel because he could not be released into the wild because of a injury . Mel is a beautiful animal ,we live side by side and he likes to make clicking sounds at night ,people like a photo opportunity with him !

    Natasha says...

    March 31st, 2012, 7:11 am

    That girl deserves a true honouring. She was very smart and knew her stuff, not handing the hamster over straight away!
    Sadly, people in this world can be dishonest – that’s how an owner can end up getting a different animal back and not their own, or give money in order to have a pet brought back home and end up being robbed and not seeing them again.
    A cat my mum used to have (she’s died now) – Treacle her name was – went missing at one point and she turned up at one of the RSPCA centres. She kept telling them that they had her cat and that she recognised her but they were saying ‘no, that can’t possibly be your cat’. Only when she went down to the smallest detail of the black spot on the little toe of her right front paw did they finally return her to us.

    eloise lanum says...

    April 1st, 2012, 5:36 pm

    That little girl should get a free tour of PETA offices – after all, she’ll probably be working there in the future!

    camille says...

    April 2nd, 2012, 12:25 pm

    Dizzy the hamster is freaking adorable, man! Good for that chick for saving him! :)

    nirmala says...

    April 3rd, 2012, 7:28 pm

    blessings to the young girl, she showed both compassion and quick insight into the possible unthinkable intentions of the boys. One of my guinea pigs, Gopal was found dumped in a bucket left in a park. Fortunately he was noticed by a caring person and handed to the RSPCA. I was fortunate to be able to adopt this beautiful big boy, friendly and cudly [and spayed] he gets along really well with the girls. I cringe to think of his possible fate had the wrong person picked him up.

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