If you’re looking for free sugar gliders for adoption in the US, I have some good news and some bad news.
First, the bad news: you’re unlikely to find these unique pets anywhere completely for free.
The good news, though, sugar glider cost is low, and there are plenty of rescues that adopt them.
Let’s talk about how to find them, then we’ll check out some other resources for adopting gliders in the US.
How To Search For Free Sugar Gliders for Adoption
So, like I said, the chances of you finding free sugar gliders for adoption is virtually nil.
Even if you go through a reputable rescue, you’ll likely have to pay at least a small fee.
There’s actually a very good reason for that, too.
First, that fee covers not just the care given to your glider, but towards maintaining the rescue so that others can find a safe sanctuary.
Second, charging a fee helps rescues weed out people who aren’t committed to actually caring for their new pet.
Way too many sugar gliders get rehomed because people snatch them up on impulse without thinking it through.
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How to Find a Good Sugar Glider Rescue Group
The best way- or at least the way that works for me- is just searching “sugar glider rescue + your state.”
You can also use “adoption’ instead of rescue. For example, “sugar glider adoption Florida” will bring up rescues and breeders in that state.
Here’s where it gets tricky, though. You really have to weed through the results to find a legit option.
Like, the first result seems great. It’s a well-known site backed by a major company.
However, a quick click on their dropdown menu shows you that sugar gliders aren’t even included.
So, scroll down a bit until you find rescues that actually have “Sugar Glider” in the name.
These groups have smaller budgets, which means they can’t pay the big advertising and optimization bucks it takes to get their sites to the top of the search results.
FYI, that little trick works for finding any pet for adoption (or heck, anything else you could ever need to find on the internet).
Also, don’t judge the quality of the rescue by the quality of their website. Again, building a good site takes money.
These groups typically prefer to use all of their funds for actually helping the animals.
Are there ANY Sugar Gliders for Free Adoptions?
Well, yes. I mean, you can pretty much find anything for free in this world if you look long enough and hard enough.
I highly recommend staying away from online classified ads for the most par.
However, if you search local Facebook groups for something like “free sugar gliders to good home,” or “sugar glider needs new home“, you may get lucky.
Remember, though, even if you find a free pet, you’ll still have care costs to consider.
Check out our guide to the cost of owning a sugar glider for more tips.
Rescues are always my first choice for adopting any type of pet.
However, if you can’t find one and have your heart set on getting a glider now, the next section will guide you in the right direction.
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Where to Find Sugar Gliders for Adoption in the US
When searching for the best places to buy and/or adopt a sugar glider, check out hobby or United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) licensed breeders, rescue organizations, animal shelters and reputable exotic pet stores.
I am only including breeders who are licensed by the USDA on this list.
Places you should avoid purchasing a sugar glider from are Craigslist (or any classified ads), flea markets, mall kiosks, pet expos and trade shows.
These types of exhibitors/venues prey on impulse buyers by having everything (sugar glider, cage, toys, food, etc.) bundled together, ready-to-go.
Here are some of the top places in the United States to adopt sugar gliders.
I did not include the states of Alaska, California and Hawaii since sugar gliders are illegal in those states!
Also, I searched high and low but didn’t find any information for the following states: Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Last note- The inclusion of a breeder on this list is NOT an endorsement. Think of this list as a starting place for your own research.
Fairy Tale Gliders– Breeder- Florence
Fleeko’s Gliders and Glam– Breeder- Sheffield
KMJ Glider Gems– Breeder- Owens Cross Roads
Arizona Sugar Glider Rescue– Rescue Organization- Phoenix
Ashley’s Animals– Breeder- Tucson
Candy’s Lil Sugar Lumps– Hobby Breeder- Surprise
River City Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Little Rock
Moon Beam Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Brighton
Parker Exotic Pets– Pet Store- Parker
Suggie Savers– Rescue Organization- Northglenn
Southeastern Connecticut Hedgehogs & Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Lyme
Moon Over Miami Gliders– Breeder- Miami
My Gliders– Breeder- Lakeland
Mystical Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Zephyrhills
Panhandle Exotics– Exotic Pet Store- Pensacola
Wild Things Exotic Animals– Exotic Pet Store- Middleburg
Georgia Sugar Glider Connection– Breeder- McDonough
Paradise Valley Farm– Breeder- Cleveland
Tara’s Exotic Rescue– In-home Exotic Rescue- Nampa
Wilmette Pet Center– Pet Store- Wilmette
My Glider Community– Hobby Breeder- Goshen
Uncle Bill’s Pet Centers- Pet Store– 6 locations- Fishers, Fort Wayne, Greenwood and Indianapolis
Animal Rescue League of Iowa– Animal Shelter- Des Moines
C&H Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Leavenworth
Animal Welfare Society– Animal Shelter- Kennebunk
Patagia & Tails Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Waterville
Glider Invasion– Breeder- Mt. Airy
Glidergals Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Boston
Pet World– Family-owned Pet Store- Natick
Mid-Michigan Sugar Gliders– Hobby Breeder- Durand
Serenity Gliders– Hobby Breeder- Edmore
Minnesota Pocket Pet Rescue– Rescue Organization- St. Paul
The Jungle Exotic Pets– Pet Store- Florence
KyTy Critters– Breeder- Kansas City
Sugar Exotics– Hobby Breeder- Vulcan
The Three Sisters Exotic Rescue & Sanctuary– Rescue Organization- St. Louis
Night Sky Sugar Gliders– Hobby Breeder- Missoula
Hand’s Hedgehogs– Breeder- Fremont
Sugar Glider Tree– Hobby Breeder- Las Vegas
NH Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Farmington
Our Sugar Gliders of New Hampshire– Rescue Organization- Raymond
NJ Exotic Pets– Exotic Pet Store- Lodi
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A+ Gliders– Breeder- Albuquerque
Lollypop Farm (Humane Society of Greater Rochester)- Animal Shelter- Fairport
Meet the Pricks– Breeder- Lawrence
Cochran Clan Sugar Glider Rescue– Rescue Organization- Winston-Salem
Rhyver’s Songh Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Garner
Honey Sweet Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Fargo
Akron Sugar Glider Rescue– Rescue Organization- Akron
Ever Faithful Exotics– Breeder- Holland
Glider Palace– Breeder- Cincinnati
Pet Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Andover
To & Fro Gliders– Breeder- Tulsa
Critter Cabana– Pet Store- 2 locations- Newberg and Wilsonville
House of Exotic Pets– Breeder- Eugene
Carolina Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Aiken
Sugar Gliders Galore– Breeder- Blythewood
Sugar Glider Alley– Breeder- Kodak
Sugar Gliders R Us– Breeder- Eagleville
Critter Love– Breeder- Beeville
Dragonstone Ranch– Breeder- Gatesville
Hartland Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Red Oak
The Pet Glider– Breeder- Houston
Epic Gliders– Breeder- West Jordan
My Little Sugar Glider– Breeder- Lake Havasu City
Outback Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Logan
Vermont Sugar Glider– Breeder- Killington
Fierce Love Rescue– Rescue Organization- Stephens City
Highland Sugar Gliders- Breeder- Smithfield
Oceanfront Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Virginia Beach
White Oak Sugar Gliders– Hobby Breeder- Pound
RJ Snuggies– Breeder- Richland
VC Washington Sugar Gliders– Breeder- Spokane Valley
Sarah’s Suggie Shoppe– Breeder- Butte des Morts
Wisconsin Sugar Glider Sanctuary & Rescue– Rescue Organization- Stoughton
Once again, I want to remind you that this list is merely a good starting place.
We’re not backing or endorsing any of the breeders. You’ll need to do some extra research yourself.
I suggest visiting their location and seeing how they keep their gliders.
Talk to others who adopted through them, ask for references, and trust your gut.
If you do the legwork, you’ll find the perfect sugar glider for your family in no time!