Effective Environmental Enrichment for rodents leads, to the medical advancements in people.


Better & Cleaner Nesting Enrichment Additive 

Enhanced environmental enrichment
Appeals to rodents’ natural behavior of nest building.
Its long cotton fibers allow for easy shredding and manipulation.

Unparalleled cleanliness
Extremely clean due to being manufactured from 100% bleached cotton staple fibers to exacting standards.

Helps with grinding
The hard nature of ALPHA-nest provides rodents with food grinding problems, a distraction in turn reducing those issues

Low dust levels
Long cotton staple fibers eliminate the potential for airborne dust after shredding

Labor Savings
Pre-cut and each sheet can fit through wire cage lids for easy dispensing

No concern for limb entanglement
Does not contain threads, so rodents will not end up with limb entanglements

Can be easily autoclaved

ALPHA-nest is sold in 3” x 3” squares. They are packaged
in sealed plastic bags within 2,000- count cartons.


Our Products

Not only do our products promote research integrity and enhance animal welfare, but they also are designed to assist our customers in operating an efficient and cost-effective research program. With a variety of options for bedding and enrichment, SSP offers everything you need for Excellence in the Cage.

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Why SSP?

Shepherd Specialty Papers has been family owned and operated for over 30 years, and we take pride in the unparalleled quality of our products, and our people. When you choose SSP, you are choosing award-winning products that are used in cutting edge studies by the largest research companies around the world.

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When you use bedding or enrichment products from SSP, you can be sure they’ve been subject to stringent standards through our Continuous Monitoring program. Let us show you what consistent, quality products look like for you and your animals. In-depth analysis reports for each of our products are available to all of our customers.

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