GCFA Blog

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

whoopsipepsi 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

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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!

Jul 13

Meet the ferrets on July 20th!

Meet the ferrets on July 20th!

Jul 10

le-coffee-bean:

Calvin after his shower

Too cute!

le-coffee-bean:

Calvin after his shower

Too cute!

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Jul 09

ohyoucleverthing said: 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.

thelifeofmyferrets:

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.

Any input from my lovely followers?

Jul 06

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the-book-ferret:

Here’s a classy shot of my boys being cool yesterday.

the-book-ferret:

Here’s a classy shot of my boys being cool yesterday.

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Jul 05

I think I’m a little obsessed…

eternallyawkwardme:

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.

(Source: evanescenceofserenity)

Jul 04

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