How To help
Contact us if you would like to help. Here are the ways you can help us save the lives of ferrets in shelters across North Carolina.
Adopt a Ferret:
The best way for anyone to help is to provide a permanent, loving home for one or more of our adoptable ferrets. The ferrets that we make adoptable are in need of a full time owner that will spend not only quality, but quantity time with them. Remember that ferrets will adjust their schedules to yours, so that they will learn to be awake, and in the mood to play, when you are able to spend time with them. They normally sleep about 16 to 20 hours each day. The other 4 to 8 hours, they are ready to run. In a shelter, the ferrets receive quality time, but, with so many to care for, they do not receive the quantity of time that they deserve. By adopting one or more ferrets, you are getting them into an environment where they can bond with their owners, and receive the love and attention that they deserve.
Foster a Ferret:
Fostering one or more ferrets provide almost all the benefits of adoption. It places them in an environment where they receive more individual attention. The only disadvantage to fostering is that the ferret may bond with the foster parent. When they are permanently placed with an adoptive parent, the ferret may experience a period of depression. Even though this is a possibility, a foster home is better for the emotional well being of the ferret(s) than is a shelter.
When we receive applications to adopt ferrets, we must check the references to be sure that the applicant will be able to properly and lovingly care for the adopted ferrets. This involves making phone calls and asking pertinent questions regarding the ability of the applicant to be a responsible pet owner. This process can take a little time and can be performed by a current ferret owner.
The home inspection is vital to the placement of ferrets. With applications coming in from all over the state, it is not always feasible for Diane to perform the home inspection. With volunteers, she can ask someone that lives close to an applicant to do the inspection. This can speed up the process a great deal.
Spread the Word:
This is easy for everyone. If you know of, or hear that someone is interested in becoming a ferret owner, simply tell them about the shelter and the application process. Give them the address of this site so they can complete an application.
This one can be a little tougher. Money is tight for everyone including the shelter. There are ferrets at the shelter that are waiting for medical attention that the shelter can not afford. Any donation will be greatly appreciated. In the world that we live there are many scams that target getting your money. If you are not comfortable making a donation directly to the shelter, simply contact us. We will be happy to tell you which Vet to send your donation to. They will apply your donation to the shelter's account, thereby allowing the shelter to afford medical treatment. To make a donation directly to the shelter, you may mail a check, or click on the donation link and pay through PayPal.