Hello. I'm gathering some information on shelters and would like some help. Does anyone here have a ferret that was adopted at a shelter or is currently fostering one for an organization? Any recommendation of a shelter that you may have visited? A website would be helpful but if they only have an e-mail or phone number, that is fine too. Thank you :3
I am planning on getting another ferret in April but this is more of a research for a directory I am doing. Some of the shelter listings that I found online are no longer opened or does not have any responses from several e-mails or calls. I'm just trying to have an active list with shelters all over the place :x
I personally had a huge issue with getting shelters to get back in contact with me. I called several times to several shelters, no one called me back. E-mailed them, got no response. I even joined one shelters yahoo group and asked there and the shelter owner never replied. finally there was a woman who had her own small shelter who was friends with the shelter with the yahoo group and she contacted me and I was able to adopt two fuzzes from her. I'll E-mail her and see if she would like to be listed.
I had the same problem as vkp23 and eventually decided to go with a breeder due to the amount of risk involved. We've had a lot of problems finding a rescue ferret here and all four of them between OR-WA that I know of require you to vaccinate yearly and feed a commercially approved diet. They state on the contract that they will set up a time to visit you a year from adoption to make sure you are doing these things - if not, they reserve the right to take the ferret away. (And, as my husband pointed out, could very well report you to AC for being negligible pet-owners since they are so adamantly against natural feeding and rearing. Thus putting your other pets at risk.) It is true that you could buy some dehydrated commercial ferret food to put in a bowl, like Wysong - for while they visited - but if they check up on your vet reference to make sure you are following the other protocol, one could be in deep trouble and that just wasn't worth it.
I'm not saying all shelters are this way but you should definitely study their contracts carefully before you agree to sign anything. I also don't know where you're located so I can't suggest any within your state or a state near you. (If you are in the U.S. at all.)
This is the woman I got Timmy and Zip from. Her contract does state I agree to let her visit at least once if she asked, and if I could just keep in contact with her on how they are doing. I honestly don't think she really can drive the 100+ miles from her place to mine and I don't think she would really do that any way unless she felt they were treated poorly. And all I do is E-mail her every so often to let her know how they are. I don't mind and take the initiative myself to e-mail her. Mostly in her contract she just wants to be sure that if it doesn't work out you bring the ferret(s) back to her instead of taking them else where. She is very kind and even friended me on FaceBook. She also supports raw feeding.
Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue Debbie Whorley Acworth, GA 770-235-0070
This is one of the rescues I had a hard time getting in contact with and their yahoo group is where Debbie found me and contacted me about adoption from her. Debbie also told me to not tell this rescue about raw feeding because some of the people involved in the rescue do not support it.
I've only just discovered this rescue in Indiana, but I will be attempting to volunteer once every now and then as they are an hour from me. They do however, drive to places to pick up ferrets if an owner has threatened harm or throwing them out (which is sadly very common where I am ...)
Also not sure yet how they feel about raw, but maybe next week I will go visit. =]