We have had a rare opportunity to assist a local breeder by taking in their ferrets after their decision surrender them to a shelter. Tuesday, March 4th, we received 70 ferrets, the majority of which are in excellent condition. They are fat and healthy with their winter weight. They ALL have thick, gorgeous coats. There are 16 males and 54 females. Surprisingly, they are all socialized with other ferrets. A few of the females were scared and attempted to bite but I'm sure they will calm down quickly when the stress of the move to our shelter is forgotten. All the males were "love bugs" and gave us no trouble when we bathed them, cleaned/treated their ears, and trimmed their nails. The few ferrets that needed medical care were seen by our vet for ear mites, 2 females had vaginal infections, and one little girl that seemed very lethargic was sub-q'd and put on antibiotics. She's making a quick recovery.
As with any breeding stock, we have several pregnant females. Now, before you get all excited and start thinking you want to take one of these ladies home, let me say right now that these "mother's to be" will be going to a foster home with previous breeding experience. That foster home has already been decided and the new mommies and kits will get excellent medical care. Also, no ferrets will leave our care without being spayed or neutered and complete vaccinations. Period. We are a rescue and do not condone private breeding. Thank you all for your understanding in this matter.
Now, with that said, all of us at the rescue want to thank the following people, businesses and organizations for making this happen.
for agreeing to pay the vet bills for the spay/neuter of the 70 ferrets
Rainbow World Exotics
for donating 500 lbs of ferret food (ZuPreem and Mazuri)
Petco and their employee's
for donations of cages and supplies and their personal time volunteering during the surrender
for donating the distemper vaccines
for their donation of crocks and water bottles
Girl Scout Troop in Houston
for making fleece blankies for EACH ferret
for their donation of ferret food
Drs. Foster and Smith
for their donation of testing tubes of ADV
AND numerous individuals
for volunteering their time, money and compassion to help with this surrender
but ESPECIALLY Millie Sanders
for opening her home and her heart to these little poop monsters