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Between our 2 organizations we rescue and save 450-500 cats and ferrets each year. We provide shelter, medical care, food, and love for all in our charge, 365 days a year, until they find their forever home through our adoption and foster programs. Help us save many more!
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Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day by adding some cookery to our kitchens and raise some “dough” for the shelter ferrets! Do you like cooking or know someone who does? Looking for simpler ways to make yummy things? Need easier storage ideas for your batches of ferret soupies? Or maybe you just tend to ruin the average cookware with use?
During the event our Pampered Chef Consultant will introduce different products and recipes and provide instructions on how to accomplish them. The ferrets challenge you to find at least one item to add to your cooking arsenal and use it to honor your honeys on Valentine’s Day!
Please share the event (links in the dates) with friends, family and co-workers—every purchase helps the ferrets in the shelter.
The GCFA is not participating in The Ferret Giving Tree this year because we’ve been so blessed from generous supporters during our distemper outbreak. Please also consider supporting other shelters via the tree if you can!
The tree is set up for ferrets who would love to have a Santa this Christmas. There are over 300 ferrets from shelters all across the United States on the tree.
This is from their site:
"Please meet some of the wonderful shelter ferrets that need your help to have a happy Holiday Season! Click on their picture to get to know them a little more personally. Each one has his or her own story to tell. These kids are living in the safety of a shelter, where many will stay until their time for the bridge comes. Some are elderly and not considered adoptable while some, due to behaviour problems may not get a home until someone can take the time to teach them how to behave correctly.
Shelter Moms and Dads love these kids, but can only give so much since they have so many they must care for. Please choose a Ferret this year that you can play Santa to. Even the smallest of gifts can mean the world to these special little ones. Give them an extra joyous holiday this year.
There will be a Ferret Santa Form link on each page. Just click on it to fill out the form, click submit and you’re done! That’s all there is to it, so don’t hesitate, fill out the form and make a special Ferret’s Christmas wish come true.”
Greater Chicago Ferret Association, the only no-kill ferret shelter in the Chicago region. Providing adoption services for ferrets as well as a shelter for the delivery of uncared for or unwanted ferrets.
How can I get into volunteering for you guy? I live in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and would love to know how I can help out donating my time! I love ferrets but am not able to have one at this time!
The best way is to contact Robin or Lila - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You could also try calling the shelter at 708.442.8650!
A couple of major announcements regarding the GCFA shelter:
Our ferret sanctuary, the shelter, is still currently quarantined due to an outbreak of Canine Distemper Virus. We are anticipating reopening our shelter on December 1, 2013. Until this date, we can not take in ferrets or adopt ferrets out.
While we prepare for reopening the shelter, as well as its future, I am happy and proud to announce that the GCFA has just received the corner stone for our reopening and future to build on. Susan A. Brown, DVM has agreed to be our medical advisor going forward for the GCFA! If any of you do not know Dr. Susan Brown, in 1986, she co-founded the GCFA and served as medical director from 1986 to 1997.
Dr. Brown has lectured extensively since 1987 to veterinarians and to the general public, both in the United States and Europe, particularly on the veterinary care of rabbits and ferrets. She has written numerous veterinary and non-veterinary articles in a variety of magazines, and has published chapters in a number of veterinary texts as well as co-authoring two veterinary books on small mammals. Dr. Brown also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University Veterinary School in 1998. We can not describe how pleased the GCFA is to have Dr. Brown back with us helping care for the ferrets and ensuring quality and compassionate care for all our current ferrets and those to come in our future.
The GCFA is run by all volunteers and has been open caring for homeless, abandoned, and abused ferrets for 26 years. Throughout those years, we as an organization have saved and cared for over 7,100 ferrets. Please keep us in mind during this crisis and don’t abandon us. Together, we can continue caring for thousands more!
I have three ferrets, and mostly they just roam the house and stay away from my bf and I unless we instigate play with them. They don't like to be held and squirm instantly when we pick them up. Admittedly we don't try to pick them up often because of this, should we persist with the holding? Would they warm up to it in a while do you think?
Swinkerpot, It’s very common for ferrets to not want to be held when they’re young. They’re very busy little animals! As they age you may find that they want to snuggle a bit. It could also be an indicator that they feel sick if they’re still young. To be “lap-ferrets” just isn’t in their nature. Once in a great while you may find one that likes to be held for a minute or two and enjoy some scratching on the shoulder blade or neck. But other than that, they prefer to be doing their own thing!
Don’t be discouraged, pick them up and love them for a few precious seconds and then enjoy their energy as they play. Still interact with them and play with them.