GCFA Blog

Sep 06

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Aug 28

(Source: mrpjnk, via thefriendlyferret)

celestial-ferret:

Baby 9 week old Mira ;0; <3

celestial-ferret:

Baby 9 week old Mira ;0; <3

(via thefriendlyferret)

Aug 09

A friendly reminder of some important deadlines and information for The Greatest Ferret Show on Earth #26 (more detail on GCFA.COM):
*Show Date:  10/11/14
*New Show Venue:  Kane County Fairgrounds&#8212; 525&#160;S. Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL 60141
*Entry Deadlines:  Early entry deadline is 9/1/14, however the only way to receive the discount is to use the online Excel Registration form.
All paper entries will be surcharged $1 each entry.  Entries will not be accepted after 9/20/14.  For questions, contact Registrar.GFSOE@gmail.com.  First time show-goers registering ferrets can use the “Showing Your Ferret Checklist” on the website to help you through the process.  (More information on GCFA.COM)
*Vending:  Please register for your vendor booth asap.  Our space this year is slightly smaller.  Please finish the registration process as soon as possible by using the same link to the form above.  Vendor set-up is 10/10/14 from 4pm to 7:30pm.  If you have questions regarding the venue or vending contact Karin.
*Food Vendor:  We are searching far and wide for food options so attendees will not have to leave the Show hall for grub.   
*Hotel information:  We have several hotels we have been able to block rooms at, please visit GCFA.COM for much more detail!
*Raffle donations:  If you plan to make a raffle donation with a value of $50 or more, contact Robin Pikscher with a description of the donation, and whether the item will be mailed or brought with you to the show, as this will qualify you for a ½ page ad in our show book.  She must receive this information and your ad before 9/1/14 for the donation to qualify.  Half page ad specs are:  5” tall &amp; 7.5” wide.  
*Picture Contest:  The picture contest is a fun way to have the babies you can’t bring represented or just to show off your favorite fur-baby pictures.  Please either email the pictures to RobinP.GFSOE@gmail.com or bring them with you.  Size 4”X6” preferable, but not required.  $5 per entry and $.50 per vote&#8212;unlimited stuffing of the ballot box acceptable!  Ribbons for 1st through 5th will be given.  This is just another way to help raise money for our shelter ferrets!
Our deepest gratitude for attending and helping us make this a fun and profitable show for the GCFA shelter ferrets.
Thank you!

Show Committee 

A friendly reminder of some important deadlines and information for The Greatest Ferret Show on Earth #26 (more detail on GCFA.COM):

*Show Date:  10/11/14

*New Show Venue:  Kane County Fairgrounds— 525 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL 60141

*Entry Deadlines:  Early entry deadline is 9/1/14, however the only way to receive the discount is to use the online Excel Registration form.

All paper entries will be surcharged $1 each entry.  Entries will not be accepted after 9/20/14.  For questions, contact Registrar.GFSOE@gmail.com.  First time show-goers registering ferrets can use the “Showing Your Ferret Checklist” on the website to help you through the process.  (More information on GCFA.COM)

*Vending:  Please register for your vendor booth asap.  Our space this year is slightly smaller.  Please finish the registration process as soon as possible by using the same link to the form above.  Vendor set-up is 10/10/14 from 4pm to 7:30pm.  If you have questions regarding the venue or vending contact Karin.

*Food Vendor:  We are searching far and wide for food options so attendees will not have to leave the Show hall for grub.   

*Hotel information:  We have several hotels we have been able to block rooms at, please visit GCFA.COM for much more detail!

*Raffle donations:  If you plan to make a raffle donation with a value of $50 or more, contact Robin Pikscher with a description of the donation, and whether the item will be mailed or brought with you to the show, as this will qualify you for a ½ page ad in our show book.  She must receive this information and your ad before 9/1/14 for the donation to qualify.  Half page ad specs are:  5” tall & 7.5” wide.  

*Picture Contest:  The picture contest is a fun way to have the babies you can’t bring represented or just to show off your favorite fur-baby pictures.  Please either email the pictures to RobinP.GFSOE@gmail.com or bring them with you.  Size 4”X6” preferable, but not required.  $5 per entry and $.50 per vote—unlimited stuffing of the ballot box acceptable!  Ribbons for 1st through 5th will be given.  This is just another way to help raise money for our shelter ferrets!

Our deepest gratitude for attending and helping us make this a fun and profitable show for the GCFA shelter ferrets.

Thank you!

Show Committee 

Annual Walk-a-Thon and Picnic

WHAT: Annual Walk-a-thon and Picnic

WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:30a

WHERE: Bemis Woods in Western Springs

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.

REMINDER - THROUGH AUGUST!
gcfa:

GCFA Shelter is Over-Run with Mustelids!
Adoption Info | Adoptable Ferrets | Become a Member
Dear Members, Volunteers, and Friends:
It’s that time again, we have our usual increase in surrenders and rescues due to: students going away to school, people “upgrading” to prettier and younger pets, sudden allergies, strays, dumps, “trash can ferrets”, moving, no longer wanted, and a plethora of other reasons. The shelter is now packed with close to 100 wonderful ferrets plus more ferrets on a waiting list to be rescued!  
This jump in the population is taking its toll on all of our resources: volunteer, medical, food, litter and time.  
In response to this influx of ferrets, we are hosting an adoption event for Members only…
Adoption Event | Member Exclusive | August 2014

Fall in Love with a Fuzzbutt 2 years old and older!
Your adoption fee is $20.
Can’t resist a Fuzzbutt under 2 years old?
Your adoption fee is $40.

Special Adoption Dates and Times Have Been Added! Adoption days in August are Saturday, Sunday, and Thursdays.
Call the shelter at 708.442.8650 with any questions and to make your adoption appointment to pick out a new friend- and save a life!
If you help just one ferret by giving them a forever home, you are really helping two or more as we would then have space to save another life.  The GCFA has a list of people waiting to surrender their ferrets.  In some cases, when we get to their name on the list, it is too late for the ferret.
Sincerely,
Greater Chicago Ferret Association

REMINDER - THROUGH AUGUST!

gcfa:

GCFA Shelter is Over-Run with Mustelids!

Adoption Info | Adoptable Ferrets | Become a Member

Dear Members, Volunteers, and Friends:

It’s that time again, we have our usual increase in surrenders and rescues due to: students going away to school, people “upgrading” to prettier and younger pets, sudden allergies, strays, dumps, “trash can ferrets”, moving, no longer wanted, and a plethora of other reasons. The shelter is now packed with close to 100 wonderful ferrets plus more ferrets on a waiting list to be rescued!  

This jump in the population is taking its toll on all of our resources: volunteer, medical, food, litter and time.  

In response to this influx of ferrets, we are hosting an adoption event for Members only…

Adoption Event | Member Exclusive | August 2014

Fall in Love with a Fuzzbutt 2 years old and older!

Your adoption fee is $20.

Can’t resist a Fuzzbutt under 2 years old?

Your adoption fee is $40.

Special Adoption Dates and Times Have Been Added! Adoption days in August are Saturday, Sunday, and Thursdays.

Call the shelter at 708.442.8650 with any questions and to make your adoption appointment to pick out a new friend- and save a life!

If you help just one ferret by giving them a forever home, you are really helping two or more as we would then have space to save another life.  The GCFA has a list of people waiting to surrender their ferrets.  In some cases, when we get to their name on the list, it is too late for the ferret.

Sincerely,

Greater Chicago Ferret Association

Aug 01

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I need help right now

thefriendlyferret:

One of my guys keeps having VIOLENT sneezing attacks. What is going on.

Jul 29

Volunteer Opportunity - Open Board Positions

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:  

  1. Determining the organization’s mission and purpose.
  2. Provide proper financial oversight. (Budgeting/planning)
  3. Ensure adequate resources. (Make sure things can get done.)
  4. Ensure effective organizational planning. (Are programs in place to further the mission and goals of the organization?)
  5. Enhance the organization’s public standing. (This is telling the world about the organization and recruiting new members and support.)
  6. Determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization’s programs and services. (Managing overall operations including fund raising.)
  7. 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.

Jul 26

GCFA Shelter is Over-Run with Mustelids!
Adoption Info | Adoptable Ferrets | Become a Member
Dear Members, Volunteers, and Friends:
It’s that time again, we have our usual increase in surrenders and rescues due to: students going away to school, people “upgrading” to prettier and younger pets, sudden allergies, strays, dumps, “trash can ferrets”, moving, no longer wanted, and a plethora of other reasons. The shelter is now packed with close to 100 wonderful ferrets plus more ferrets on a waiting list to be rescued!  
This jump in the population is taking its toll on all of our resources: volunteer, medical, food, litter and time.  
In response to this influx of ferrets, we are hosting an adoption event for Members only…
Adoption Event | Member Exclusive | August 2014

Fall in Love with a Fuzzbutt 2 years old and older!
Your adoption fee is $20.
Can’t resist a Fuzzbutt under 2 years old?
Your adoption fee is $40.


Special Adoption Dates and Times Have Been Added! Adoption days in August are Saturday, Sunday, and Thursdays.
Call the shelter at 708.442.8650 with any questions and to make your adoption appointment to pick out a new friend- and save a life!
If you help just one ferret by giving them a forever home, you are really helping two or more as we would then have space to save another life.  The GCFA has a list of people waiting to surrender their ferrets.  In some cases, when we get to their name on the list, it is too late for the ferret.

Sincerely,
Greater Chicago Ferret Association

GCFA Shelter is Over-Run with Mustelids!

Adoption Info | Adoptable Ferrets | Become a Member

Dear Members, Volunteers, and Friends:

It’s that time again, we have our usual increase in surrenders and rescues due to: students going away to school, people “upgrading” to prettier and younger pets, sudden allergies, strays, dumps, “trash can ferrets”, moving, no longer wanted, and a plethora of other reasons. The shelter is now packed with close to 100 wonderful ferrets plus more ferrets on a waiting list to be rescued!  

This jump in the population is taking its toll on all of our resources: volunteer, medical, food, litter and time.  

In response to this influx of ferrets, we are hosting an adoption event for Members only…

Adoption Event | Member Exclusive | August 2014

Fall in Love with a Fuzzbutt 2 years old and older!

Your adoption fee is $20.

Can’t resist a Fuzzbutt under 2 years old?

Your adoption fee is $40.

Special Adoption Dates and Times Have Been Added! Adoption days in August are Saturday, Sunday, and Thursdays.

Call the shelter at 708.442.8650 with any questions and to make your adoption appointment to pick out a new friend- and save a life!

If you help just one ferret by giving them a forever home, you are really helping two or more as we would then have space to save another life.  The GCFA has a list of people waiting to surrender their ferrets.  In some cases, when we get to their name on the list, it is too late for the ferret.

Sincerely,

Greater Chicago Ferret Association

Jul 24

ksklwaas said: 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.

le-coffee-bean:

Calvin after his shower

le-coffee-bean:

Calvin after his shower

(via mintyferret)

Jul 23

Shelter Population Reaches 100

Our population is now at or over 100 ferrets. Visit our website
for pics and call 708.442.865 to set up an appointment to adopt today!