WHEN YOU ADOPT A FERRET FROM THE RESCUE, you are required to attend a FREE adoption class at the rescue. In this class you will be taught basic ferret care, such as ear cleaning, nail trimming, teeth brushing, and a few other topics. You can also ask any questions regarding ferret care and other information in this class. After you complete this class and you still think a ferret is right for you, then the adoption process can begin. Please see our link to care/grooming for specifics.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER PRIOR TO ADOPTION: ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS AND ANSWER HONESTLY TO SEE IF A FERRET IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
1. HOME LIFE: You should first consider if it’s ok to have a ferret living with you. If you rent, is it ok to have pets? If you live with others, are they ok with a ferret(s) in the house? Does anyone in the house have allergies? Do you have other animals?
2. JOB/MOVING: The biggest reason we get surrendered ferrets is owners move and are unwilling to take them with you. Do you have any intentions of not taking your family pet with you?
3. TIME: Our second reason for getting surrendered ferrets is owners just don't have the time. Will you be able to let the ferret(s) have their own playtime? We recommend 1 hour twice a day. It is not fair to have them caged all the time. They need to run and play. You can get a lot of enjoyment watching them run around while you relax after work. Often times parents get a ferret for the kids. Do they lose interest quickly or will they be able to give them love and attention? They can let them run around the room while they do homework. Most ferrets live between 6-8 years, some even longer. Are you willing to take this responsibility? If not, consider adopting an older ferret.
4. COST: Ferrets are considered an exotic pet. Will you be able to provide for them? They will need to go to the vets at least once a year. Often times they will need medicine or surgery which can be costly. Are you able to afford treatments? Costs can be $50-$500 or more for minor checkups and surgeries. They also require special "ferret food".
5. FERRET PROOFING: Please go to our ferret proofing section for tips.
6. WHAT ABOUT YOUR FERRETS HOME: You should have a cage large enough for an area to eat, sleep, and poop. They should also have enough room to roam around till you can let them out.
7. WHAT IS THAT SMELL?: Ferrets are in the mustelid family, that means they will have a musky smell. This can be offensive to some. Ferrets should only be bathed every 6 weeks to keep the oils in their skin. Owners have surrendered ferrets to the rescue due to the smell. Many times the owner will also donate their bedding with the ferret. One good wiff of the bedding, and we can "smell" why they were returned, (no one cleaned the sheets). As long as you change the blankets, and hammocks, the smell will be very slight. We recommend changing linens at least once a week. Twice a week is ideal. When they have fresh bedding, they smell fresh too.
START LOOKING FOR YOUR NEW FERRET BY CLICKING THE "ADOPT HERE" LINK BELOW. We try to keep this as up to date as possible, but we have last minute adoptions and drop offs. Even if you may not see a ferret on line, don't rule out coming to the rescue. Please note that some of the ferrets must be adopted with another ferret. These ferrets have been cage mates for their whole lives and should remain that way. This could be the hardest part of the adoption process since there are so many ferrets that need a good home. However, the ferrets usually choose the person they want to adopt them, so it makes the process a little bit easier.
TO SET AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE FREE CLASS AND ADOPTION PROCESS, call Dona at 954-977-4583 and leave a message. She will get back to you as soon as possible. Adoptions will primarily be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays..
ADOPTION FEE: Once you have chosen your new family member(s) the adoption paperwork needs to be filled out. A fee of $70.00 per adopted ferret and $120 for two, must be paid.
Broward Ferret Rescue & Referral