Ferret Rescue and Halfway House has been in existance for several years, and in 2002 we incorporated Ferret Rescue. The shelter rescues from a variety of situations, including owners who no longer want or can care for their ferrets, Humane Societies and Animal Controls, strays that people turn into the shelter, and those who have been abandoned. On average 250 and 400 ferrets come through the shelter on an annual basis. We are always looking for people who are conscientious and dedicated to providing a ferret a forever home. All ferrets are cared for by a veterinarian, are up to date on their rabies and distemper shots, have roomy clean cages with plenty of comfy bedding and toys during their stay at the shelter. Ferret Rescue is a "not for profit" organization, and all revenues, donations, etc. go into the care of the ferrets. The shelter also provides education to the public in various ways, all in an effort to get more information to the public on the care and treatent of ferrets.
The shelter is not large, but we can handle up to 100 if needed. We have a large assortment of bedding available and stock a variety of used cages. The sales of these items and others, provides some support for the shelter. The majority of the funding comes from donations of money and supplies. We also have several voulenteers, though more are always welcome, who help with the running of the shelter.
Any and all ferrets are taken in; we make no judgements on health, age or condition. If health is a problem, they are taken to a vet immediately and the vet will handle the problem. All efforts are made to save the ferret. Euthinasia is not an option until all other options are exhausted. Only two ferrets have ever been euthinized in the last 8 years.
Mason and W.M. Lowrey got into the ferret 'buisness' 36 years ago, in 1977, knowing absolutely nothing about ferrets, save for the fact that they are truly adorable. With a stubborn determination to learn, biting ferrets notwithstanding, their first ferret was quite an education. They were fortunate to be in the Chicago area, and so was Dr. Susan Brown. Without her help and guidance with Cuda, their first ferret, they may not have persevered. A friend, Gary Holowicki, was also quite instrumental in helping Cuda get over his biting problem. A move to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1981 added to their efforts as their ferret population increased. When they became overloaded with ferrets, they found people willng and able to adopt them.
When they moved to Indiana in 1990, they found a real need for a shelter and had room to get much more involved. Their efforts increase every year and are able to place between 87% and 92% of all incoming ferrets. Those ferrets who are not adopted out for whatever reason, stay at the Halfway House, or with any of five foster homes in the surrounding areas.