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.

A Welcome to The Ferret Zone and a Brief History of How I Came to Have Pet Ferrets

Since this site isn’t really about me, I’m going to kick things off by introducing you to my two lovable ferrets – Rikki and Possum.

Rikki – My Rescue Ferret

Rikki, whose name comes from Kipling’s children’s story “Rikki Tikki Tavi,” is a femaleFemale Albino Ferret albino ferret. (I found out later that a ferret is only very distantly related to a mongoose.) Rikki is the one who started my love affair with ferrets. (My husband even took to her soon after I found her and brought her home.) Here’s how it happened (although my husband still raises an eyebrow when I tell this story).

I found Rikki at work one cold, wet December night. When I went out to my truck during my break, I spotted a white object on the ground by the front tire. I couldn’t, at first, tell what it was. Then it moved. And I thought: “Oh, crap! It’s a white rat.” Then, the “rat” started walking toward me, and I realized it was a white ferret.

She was soaked through and cold and, apparently, had nowhere to go and no one to go home to.  So I scooped her up, dried her off, and took her home. (I did do my best to locate her owners.) And that is how my life with ferrets began.

After a couple of months of observing her eating habits, I finally decided that Rikki is a fairly old ferret. Now, she won’t eat unless I soak her food in water. But she has energy and is never still. One of her favorite activities is “helping” me make my bed.

Possum – My Adopted Marshall Ferret

I got Possum, a male panda ferret, about a year after I found Rikki. He is a playmate to Rikki and both a joy and a trial to me.

After having Rikki for about a year, I began to feel very guilty about not being able toMale Panda Ferret Marshall give her the attention she needed (because of work and family and all that). So, in early November that year, I put on my brightest, most-fetching smile and in my sweetest tones asked my husband for an early Christmas present. And he said, “We’ll see” – which was close enough to “Yes” for me.

So in a few days we set off to our local pet store to find Rikki a “baby brother.” I took Rikki with me so she could help me pick out her “brother,” but she couldn’t make up her mind. Right away, she got along well with both candidates. So I decided for her – and it turned out that I made a very good choice.

I really wanted a sable ferret, but they only had two panda ferrets. So I named my new ferret Possum. When he was young, he really did look a lot like a fuzzy-tailed possum.

Possum is a Marshall ferret (and so is Rikki). You may have heard bad things about Marshall, but Possum was healthy and happy and full of life when I got him. Marshall ferrets are spayed or neutered and de-scented when you get them. The females have one small dot tattooed in their ear, and males have two dots to identify them as Marshall ferrets.

And that’s how I adopted two ferrets and became an irredeemable ferret lover. If you have any stories like these, I would love to hear them.