Before you adopt ferrets please think about the commitment you will need to have to look after them.
As with any animal they need time each day to be played with and cleaned out. Thats 7 days a week 52 weeks a year for maybe over 10 years. Whereas we do appreciate that life throws up lots of unexpected events and crises there are some things that can be planned for.
For example, if you are looking to move into rented accommodation, will you be allowed to take pets with you? If your pet was poorly would you be able to afford vets bills?
Ferrets and children can get on well as long as the child is supervised, although we do not recommend rehoming ferrets to families with very young children. Also please bear in mind that children will be very enthusiastic about getting ferrets but the novelty will usually wear off, leaving mum or dad to lookafter the ferrets. Even if the child is very conscientious, young ferrets who are obtained when the child is 10 or 11 may still be alive 10 years later by which time the childs life will have changed dramatically!
We dont wish to dampen any enthusiasm but so many animals are handed in for exactly the reasons we have listed that we do want prospective owners to think carefully about what they are undertaking.
Ferrets are naturally playful animals who live better in pairs or groups. We do not rehome single animals unless they are going to live with another ferret or group of ferrets or, rarely, they will not tolerate other ferrets.
They can get along with other pets i.e cats and dogs but this depends on the type and nature of the dog/cat/ ferret. We recommend all interactions are closely supervised. Obviously ferrets do not live with other small furries i.e rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and hamsters.
We operate a no breeding policy, therefore all ferrets are neutered before rehoming. If a young ferret is rehomed we ask that the new owner signs an agreement to neuter form, confirming that the ferret will be neutered when old enough.
All animals are rehomed in apparent good health, although we cannot guarantee they will not become sick. It is useful to check that your vet is happy to treat ferrets if they become unwell although we do have a list of 'ferret friendly' vets in the area who can help with specific needs.
We ask for a donation of £35 per ferret to help cover the cost of neutering.
We have recently had to increase our adoption fee to cover microchipping and vaccination.