I am having the absolute hardest time trying to find ferret breeders near me. I live in pennsylvania a few minutes away from harrisburg. i feel like every place i look is either not breeding anymore or way too far away. Im trying so hard to avoid marshall's ferrets. I dont mind paying more for the ferret but paying for shipping is way too much. plus i dont like the idea of shipping live animals. im not looking to get anything right away probably more towards spring/summer but I do want a kit. Does anyone know any breeders near me that are still actively breeding? i can also venture to surrounding states as lomg as the drive isnt longer than an hour and a half.
I'm afraid short of rescue, you're going to have to travel. The limitations you've placed on yourself for getting a kit is difficult. You can check the breeder's listing on the AFA site, they were talking about updating it, but I notice that it still states 2016. I know someone was putting together a listing that was more up to date....not sure where that went. There are a couple listed in Pennsylvania that are noted as active. You can try them www.ferret.org/pdfs/2016breederlist.pdf ciao
imho, marshall ferrets need homes too. if you get one from a rescue, 75% chance it will be marshall, with smaller percentages of Triple F (do they still exist?) or Real Canadian. our most recent addition is a marshall (10wks when adopted) and she is turning into a little female reincarnation of Scamp, a RCF. I think I'll keep her. Our 6 are all marshalls, 3 are over 7 yo. one showed signs of adrenal before he got a des implant. he and one female are on pred for insulinoma, well over a year for both.
Last Edit: Sept 11, 2019 17:08:07 GMT -5 by unclejoe
I know this post I a bit old but I'm curious are you trying to avoid supporting Marshalls or just worried about getting a ferret that came from there for health reasons? Rikki tikki was only 9 weeks old when I got him and I was his 3rd home so kits are out there that need homes. I know many of the rescues in my area will not take ferrets so you could be saving a life of an impulse bought ferret without supporting a mill.
The above question/sentiment is exactly what I am facing right now. Marshall ferrets certainly need homes as well, but I'm loathe to support inhumane animal treatment. Seeing how difficult it is to find non-mill kits within any kind of reasonable distance, sadly Marshall's has almost zero competition. Therefore they have no reason to improve their standards. If anyone has any new resources or idea how to address the above question/concern I would greatly appreciate it also. Otherwise a rescue it will be. I'm sure I will love him/her regardless but I have always dreamed of raising a kit that was not mass produced.