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CAN ANYONE ADOPT A FERRET?

Unfortunately, no. Being in the business of rescuing ferrets, we have seen far too many situations of ferrets being improperly cared for, sometimes intentionally and more often unintentionally. Ferrets are not cats or dogs, and they have different requirements than these pets. To be eligible to adopt a ferret from the Pennsylvania Ferret Rescue Association, one must first pass an application procedure. This procedure includes the submission of an application, a telephone interview, a personal interview, and any further discussions necessary to help the prospective adopter fully understand the commitment necessary when adopting a ferret. It may seem to be a difficult procedure, but it really isn't. Anyone who is willing to commit to the responsibility of ferret ownership should be willing to go through our procedure. We are thorough, but this is simply because we want the next home that our shelter ferrets go into the be the last home they ever live in, as well as the best home they've ever lived in.

While previous ferret ownership is not a requirement for adoption, a demonstrated knowledge about ferrets is required. If the applicant has little or no knowledge about ferrets, but seems to be willing to learn, we are more than happy to take the time to provide information about ferrets and their needs. Once an applicant has learned enough about ferrets to satisfy our requirement, the adoption procedure may continue.

While the PFRA does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, or financial status, we do prohibit adoption in certain instances:

  • We do not adopt to anyone under the age of 21, though we do permit adoptions by the parents of children under 21.
  • We do not adopt to anyone living in a known "ferret-free zone" - an area which prohibits the ownership of ferrets by law.
  • We do not adopt to anyone living in a "pet free" dwelling.
  • We do not permit ferrets adopted from our facility to live in a college dormatory, fraternity house, or sorority house.
  • We do not adopt to anyone more than 150 miles from the shelter facility an applicant has contacted. If you live more than 150 miles from any PFRA branch, please feel free to contact us and we will refer you to the nearest shelter to your home.

We have a standard contract that all adoptive parties must agree to before an adoption may take place. This contract contains provisions that guarantee that ferrets adopted from the PFRA will continue to receive medical care, including annual vaccinations and blood tests (to detect certain illnesses). The PFRA reserves the right to reclaim ownership of adopted ferrets if this medical care is not upheld or if any clause of our contract is broken at any time.

If you would like to apply for adoption from the PFRA, please e-mail your nearest shelter branch and we will send you an application via e-mail right away!

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