Ferret-Adoption Time – Ferret Shelters Filling Up

This time of year, ferret shelters are filling up, which puts a strain on limited resources. So if you’re thinking about a first or another pet ferret, now is a great time to consider ferret adoption. Below is an excerpt from a news piece that proves the point . . .

As usually happens, the Greater Chicago Ferret Association (GCFA) finds itself with an oversupply of ferrets by November (currently, 93 in a shelter that considers its cages full at 60). This overpopulation of mustelids puts a stress on all the shelter’s resources: volunteers; funds for medical needs, food and litter; and time: time for ferrets to get out for play as well as volunteers to cover giving basic food and cage-cleaning care.

Why the fall surge? Some surrenders come from students going away to school and unable to bring their pets along or people that suffer sudden allergy onset with the closing up of homes in cold weather.

The continued economic downturn, with its job losses, foreclosures, and moves to no-ferret housing account for many others. Sadly, a large number of ferrets come in as “no longer wanted” pets; from people “upgrading” to prettier and younger pets; or as strays, dumps and “trash can ferrets.” Yes, people dump live animals in dumpsters. Sometimes tied in plastic garbage bags!

So, to give the shelter’s ferrets reason to be thankful by the upcoming holidays, GCFA offers a combined membership and adoption incentive this month of November. With the tagline of “Don’t just buy a ferret, adopt some love,” GCFA offers a members-only Free Adoption Event this month.

Read more here.

Ferret Rescue Centers and Ferret Shelters for Ferret Adoption

As I’ve mentioned before, my first ferret was a “rescue” ferret. I found Rikki curled up beside myAlbino Ferret Playing truck at work on a cold, rainy night. So, with this in mind, I decided to investigate ferret rescue centers and ferret shelters. And, boy, did I get the shock of my life!

I was amazed to find out that there is at least one shelter in almost every state. There are only 6 states without any kind of rescue center or shelter. And that means there are 44 states that have them, with 1 to 15 in each of those states.

If I counted correctly, there are a total of 185 rescue centers and shelters in the US. What does that tell you about responsible ferret owners? If there are that many ferret shelters, then there are far more people who do not want to be responsible ferret lovers like us.

But if you are ready to be a responsible ferret owner and are looking for a pet ferret, I have a suggestion. I would recommend that, instead of buying a ferret at your local pet store, you check out the ferret rescue shelters in your state and adopt a ferret from one of them. There are a lot of homeless babies in need of a good home.

If you noticed, I did not say “unloved babies.” That’s because the 185 ferret shelters indicate a lot of people who love ferrets so much they are devoting their time, energy, and money to these abandoned, abused, and neglected little fuzzies.

And if you live in Canada, you’ll find 7 ferret rescue centers/shelters in your country. I also found one in New Zealand. I don’t know about other countries yet, but I’m still looking.

So . . . here’s a great big THANK YOU to all the people at those 185 ferret rescue centers/shelters – people who are giving a lot of love and care to so many fuzzy babies. Also, and especially, from Rikki Tikki Tavi and Awesome Possum (my two ferrets): “Thank You!”

Go here to see a pretty extensive list (by state) of ferret rescue centers and ferret shelters in the US.