All you have to do is take a leisurely walk along a tree-covered nature trail to help all the injured, sick and abandoned shelter ferrets that are very lucky to find their way to the Greater Chicago Ferret Association ferret shelter.
Ask your co-workers, friends, relatives and neighbors to sponsor you on the walk. A sign-in sheet will be available through a link on GCFA.com. If you can’t participate in the walk, please email the GCFA to find out how to sponsor one of our designated volunteers that will be walking.
Please don’t forget, THE PICNIC!!! It is a separate event from the walk-a-thon. EVERYONE is invited to the picnic. The picnic usually starts around 12:00 noon and ends about 3:00pm or whenever we are too full to move. The GCFA will provide grilled hot dogs, hot buttered corn, ice cold water and soda. Please bring your favorite side dish to share.
Ferrets and other animals are welcome at the picnic, but they must be current on distemper vaccinations. Also, if it is too hot, please do not bring your ferrets.
Hope to see you there. You will have a great time being with ferrety people and sharing your stories about your special ferrets. Don’t forget, if you can’t be there, please sponsor our designated walker. Also remember your sponsorship is tax deductible.
The GCFA Board of Directors (BOD) currently has two open Director positions. We are seeking current GCFA members who are interested in volunteering to fill these positions which ends in April 2015. Candidates interested in a position on the BOD must have the time to commit to the position. These positions are vital to keeping the shelter open caring for homeless ferrets. Board members, in addition to any volunteering at the shelter shall be responsible for:
Determining the organization’s mission and purpose.
Provide proper financial oversight. (Budgeting/planning)
Ensure adequate resources. (Make sure things can get done.)
Ensure effective organizational planning. (Are programs in place to further the mission and goals of the organization?)
Enhance the organization’s public standing. (This is telling the world about the organization and recruiting new members and support.)
Determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization’s programs and services. (Managing overall operations including fund raising.)
Support the board president and the shelter director.
Any interested members should send an email to our Board President, Martha Cannon. Please include a short bio and why you are interested in this position; how can you help us help the ferrets that find their way to our shelter and how can we keep this organization open caring for ferrets for the next 20 years.
hi, i was just looking at your site and was wondering if the ferrets pictured together necessarily have to be sold together? harvarti and cheddar in particular. :)
Often they do, but not always. If they’re a bonded pair we will not separate them. If you’d like to know more about those two, call the shelter at 708.442.8650. Saturday would be a good to to call. One of our “ferret whisperers” is volunteering that day and will know right away if they must be adopted together.
Hi, I just got my first ferret and I was hoping you could answer a question for me. I don't think he knows how to drink out of his water bottle and I've put his mouth on it a couple of times. Will he eventually figure it out? I've been giving him soaked kibble to make sure he gets enough water.
I don’t like bottles because they never get enough water out of them. If you watch you see that it is hard to get water out. By the time they are at the bottle they are already thirsty.
Isn’t it annoying when you are dying for a drink but you can’t get water??
A lock on bowl of water is better. Some people don’t like a bowl of water because the ferret will make a mess, snorkeling, and taking a bath. But it is way easier to clean. It is a win win for both of you guys.
I had Charlie and Tilly on a bottle when I first got them. I had a hard time getting them to drink and switched to the bowl.
You can try putting out a dish of water and see if he drinks out of it. Just keep it supervised because most ferrets will play in it.
Making sure he is hydrated is great especially during the summer.
Good job on soaking his kibble.
Even though, I have the bowl out, sometimes I put water on their food when it is hotter.
I’ve been looking at ferret forums, information, products, ect. for… About 3 hours straight? And that’s just today. Even though I won’t be able to get a ferret for some time to come - definitely not within 2014 - I don’t think you can ever know too much. Of course, theoretical knowledge can only go so far, but I just REALLY want a ferret someday…
Keep researching! You can also check out our FB page to connect with other ferret fanatics.
The Greatest Ferret Show On Earth is looking for Volunteers! The show is on October 11, 2014 at the Kane County Fairgrounds. The website is http://greatestferretshowonearth.info. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the Volunteer Form.
We are looking especially for the Friday Set-Up Crew, Saturday Take-Down Crew, Stewards, GCFA Info Table, Registration Table, General Admissions Table, Raffle Table, a General Photographer, a Winner’s Photographer, Photo Contest Supervisor, Costume Contest Supervisor, Silent Auction/Wine Raffle Supervisor, Raffle Ticket Sales, and GCFA Sales Table.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me: RobinP.GFSOE@gmail.com, Show Volunteer Coordinator.
4th Annual GCFA Participation in Lyons 4th of July Parade
The GCFA is again going to participate in the Lyons 4th of July parade! The parade kicks off at 1:00 and we usually line up to decorate the vehicle at12:30.
We would love to have lots of people walking in the parade to represent the Greater Chicago Ferret Association’s shelter in our community. This will be our fourth year to participate in the parade. We will need to watch the temperature. If it is going to be above 80 degrees, I would not recommend that you bring your ferrets, but that is up to you. We will have an air conditioned van to keep ferrets cool, when they are not being GCFA ambassadors for the GCFA. Wear you GCFA t-shirts and support the shelter!!!!
If you are interested in being part of the festivities, please email Norine Barnes!!!
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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.