HOW IS THE PFRA FUNDED?
Unfortunately, the PFRA has found no form of government funding
available to help support shelters for domestic ferrets. Thus, shelter
directors must rely on their own means to continue running their
organizations. In general, ferret shelters do not bring in enough
money to cover the basic costs of rescuing ferrets, and as a result
much of the expense is taken out-of-pocket by shelter directors.
None of us are in this business to make money; we are all selflessly
devoted to caring for ferrets in need.
The PFRA operates as a not-for-profit organization. Our expenses
are covered through adoption fees, fees for other services, and
by donations made by generous ferret supporters. The rest is covered
out-of-pocket by the directors themselves.
The cost of running a good shelter can be overwhelming. Each ferret
that comes into the Rescue must be checked by a veterinarian to
determine any health problems, and if no proof of current vaccination
is provided at the time of drop-off, rabies and distemper vaccines
must be administered. All ferrets that enter the shelter are tested
for Aleutian Disease
Virus. While ferrets reside at the Rescue, any illness that
may arise is treated as if the ferret is one of our own. The bulk
of expense the shelter must deal with is in providing medical care.
Other costs include keeping the shelter stocked with safe and durable
caging, proper bedding, high quality foods (we do not give shelter
ferrets foods any less nutritional than we give our own pets), and
seemingly endless supplies of litter. Toys, water bottles, food
dishes, litter boxes, nutritional supplements, medications, and
cleaners and disinfectants also add up to great expense. Our educational
materials and publications are also a significant expense, including
contracts, adoption packets, and publicity materials used to inform
the public about ferrets as pets and our shelter's services.
For these reasons, we gratefully accept donations of cages, food,
bedding, litter, and money. For more information about donating
to the Pennsylvania Ferret Rescue Association, see our Donations
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