Foster

Our shelter sometimes takes in ferrets that cannot be adopted for medical or behavioural reasons. Because we are a “no-kill” shelter, we will seek out alternative placement for these special ferrets in a foster home. These ferrets are still considered part of our shelter and their medical needs are met with full monetary support by the shelter. Please consider helping us provide ongoing support and care for these wonderful critters with a donation or by applying to become a foster parent to one of our needy ferrets.

I stopped at Petsmart yesterday to pick up more Ferretone and well walked out with a heck of a lot more then ferretone. They had this great playground with a ball and tubes, etc. so had to buy that. Then I saw the tubes and thought they needed some more tubes to run in so bought those. Then I saw some great toys that I thought the boys would like and bought those. So I went there for just a bottle of Ferretone and walked out with $142 worth of ferret stuff. Can you tell I’ve missed having ferrets? Anyways, brought everything home and got it all set up. Elvis and Hardy could have cared a less. They looked at the stuff and looked at me like whatever. Boon and Dork on the other hand had a great time. Boon loves the playground. He spent most of his time going in and out of the tubes and funnels. Dork had a great time checking out the new toys and playing with those. Thanks again for letting me foster these guys. I don’t know who is having more fun – me or them.

Tanya

Want to become a foster parent? Read this before contacting the shelter.
We are always looking for foster parents. Since ferrets are very unique animals with their own complexities, foster parents need to know a great deal about ferrets. It would be a good idea to purchase a book called “Ferrets for Dummies” before you consider applying to become a foster parent.

Our foster parents must be very special people as our ferrets require special care. Most of the ferrets who require a foster parent have a medical issue of some sort. Most of our foster ferrets are looking for a permanent life-long foster home. On occasion we do look for short term foster homes as well (1-4 months).

In order to apply to be a foster parent, you must be able to comply with the following:

  1. It is necessary that every foster parent have a car to access our veterinarian in Toronto. (The FAS can not authorize the use of any other veterinary facility).
  2. You must have owned a ferret (current or previously) or have extensive knowledge of ferrets (veterinary technician etc.) If you do not have experience with ferrets, but would still like to be a foster parent, you must volunteer at the shelter with our ferrets for a minimum of 50 hours (10 volunteer shifts) and read the book Ferrets for Dummies.
  3. If you currently own ferrets, you must have them up to date with shots and tested for Aleutian Disease Virus. You must also be able to provide your foster ferret with a separate run space and cage (The FAS can not provide cages on occasion)
  4. As a foster parent, you must be comfortable administering medication to ferrets. Many of our foster ferrets require daily meds given orally.
  5. As a foster parent, you will be responsible for the costs of litter and food (using only FAS approved feed). The FAS will be responsible for all pre-approved medical treatments and check-ups.
  6. Foster parents must also be available to come to the shelter with their foster ferret if there is a family interested in adopting their foster ferret.

If you believe you can comply with our requirements or you have further questions, please feel free to contact Randy at ferretaid@ferretaid.org.