Adoption

Please Note:  The MFA is unable to accommodate out of province adoptions at this time. We would be happy to re-direct you to a ferret shelter closer to your home.

Are you interested in adopting a ferret? Ferrets are not the pet for everyone and the shelter mom will help you decide by asking questions and sharing information on the care needs of a ferret.

The shelter mom will go over your lifestyle and housing arrangements. Ferrets can not be placed in homes with dogs bred for “rating”. A dog can not tell the difference between a ferret and a rat! Our policy is to only do adoptions if the children in the home are at least 6 years old. This is for the safety of both the child and the ferret.

Special housing arrangements need to be made if the ferret is also going to share your home with small critters like a gerbil or hamster or with feathered friends. It would not be fair to your bunny if you brought home a ferret as your bunny could be stressed into a fatal heart attack.

Do you go camping every weekend?  Ferrets can not handle temperatures above 85 degrees. Unless you own an air conditioned cabin, your ferret should not be camping with you and it would be unkind to leave your ferret home every weekend. Being left behind all summer will create a grumpy ferret that may turn to biting you to show his displeasure at being left behind.

Are you interested in getting a ferret as a pet for your small children? If you are a first time ferret owner with children under the age of six years old we will ask that you wait till the youngest is six years old.  Even a well mannered ferret will bite if poked, dropped or squished by small hands. The MFA wants your experience with ferret ownership to be a positive one.  The exception is  experienced ferret owners that chose to start a family and are better prepared to ensure the safety of both their furry and human babies in the family!

The Adoption Process:

After the initial telephone interview, the shelter mom will make an appointment for you to come to the shelter to meet the prospective ferret.   If you are looking for a playmate for your current ferret(s) you must bring them along for the meet and greet. Not all ferrets get along and the shelter mom will not  adopt a  ferret that hates and wants to beat up your ferrets or visa versa!

During the meet and greet the shelter mom will go over all the ferret’s care needs including proper housing (cage or dedicated room), what foods are the best and the safest litter to use. The shelter has a great selection of brand new split hammocks for only $25.00 each, gently used harness and leashes and gently used pet carriers.

If a heart connection between the ferret and new ferret owner happens, a deposit is required.  Arrangements will be made for the shelter mom to deliver the ferret.  This is non negotiable. The shelter mom will also want to go over  how to  ferret proof your home when the ferret is dropped off. This is especially beneficial to first time ferret owners. There is no fee for this ferret proofing service.

The standard adoption fee is *$115.00. Current members receive a discount on the adoption fee.  If a pair of ferrets are adopted, the adoption fee is discounted to *$155.00 (usually experienced ferret owners).  Older ferrets may also be discounted as the shelter mom’s discretion.*fees subject to change. Payment is by cash, Pay Pal, E-Transfer or credit card.

The MFA offers a 30 day full money back guarantee.  If you need to return the ferret(s) due to unforeseen circumstances such as allergies, job or housing relocation we will refund the adoption fee.  We can not refund any product purchases such as cage, bedding or accessories.If you have adopted a pair of ferrets and wish to cancel the adoption; please note that BOTH ferrets must be returned or surrendered. You may not break up a pair.  No Exceptions.

The MFA contract stipulates that if  at any point past the 30 day mark you can no longer care for the adopted ferret(s), we will take the ferret(s) back; no questions asked. Why? We hope that every ferret(s) is placed in their forever home but understand that life sometimes gets in the way and sadly the only solution is to return the ferret(s) to us.  We simply do not want to see our furries being sold online.

So, if you are interested in proceeding with an adoption, please contact the MFA at manitobaferrets@gmail.com or leave a message at 204-661-1389 or 204-291-8357. All calls are screened.  If you are interested in adopting the forms needed are here;

Adoption-Agreement & Adoption-Form

Spot and Bueller were adopted May 2017

Spot and Bueller are a bonded pair. Spot and Bueller can not go into a home with dogs as Spot is aggressive towards dogs.  Spot and Bueller are very sweet and gentle with people and other ferrets. Poor Spot has lost his spot and is a very handsome Silver boy now. Yes, Bueller is a bit of a sad sack and somehow he ends up with more treats than Spot and extra cuddles too!

Bear is an almost two year old cinnamon male that is looking for his forever home. He has been in the shelter since July 2016. He plays well with other ferrets (once he has trashed them once lol).   Bear is a high energy ferret. If you are looking for the energizer ferret; he’s it!   Bear will thrive with lots of attention. 

Beau was surrendered to the shelter as the first time owners were overwhelmed with training him. Shelby came to us because he played too rough. These two bitey boys met at the shelter and it was an instant friendship.  As they are both very high energy and inclined to get carried away playing with humans; these two boys would be better suited with an experienced ferret owner. Their nip training is going very well and we rarely have to remind them of their manners. They will need continued reminders not to play so hard with humans. Shelby wants everyone to know he can weasel war dance higher and better than his best friend Beau or any other  ferret for that matter!

Snooki turned a year and 4 months in April 2017. She has been at the shelter since last August. Her best friend in the whole world Cheech is the same age as her.  Do not let those sad little eyes of Snooki fool you. This gal lives to climb and if she can reach a potted plant it must be disemboweled! Cheech will certainly put to rest the old wives tales that Albino ferrets are nasty! He is high energy but very gentle. These two are sweethearts and deserve a forever home.

Romeo and Mini came into the shelter during July of 2016; saved from being euthanized because they were bitey! Well all they needed was some tender loving care and lots of play time.  They have developed into sweet fur babies and it is a shame that they have not found their forever home.  Mini is a little more shy than her Romeo and may nip if startled. I’m sure they will continue to blossom with lots of love and playtime.

Tilly and Scout were adopted-May 2017

**Note to photographer Scout does NOT have a belly button, she’s a FEMALE. Ok, now that we have that out of the way; let me let you about these two sweet girls.  They are a bonded pair that has lots of extra love for their humans. Scout is the snuggle-bug and kisser. Tilly is too busy seeing what kind of mischief she can get into. Normally we tell first time ferret owners to start with one but these two girls are so easy to care for that they will not overwhelm at first timer. Their former owners did a wonderful job of training them and it broke their hearts to give their girls up.  

Annie was adopted June 2017

This beautiful little girl was found as a stray near St. Annes Manitoba.  Whomever owned her took very good care of her.  The MFA really hoped that her owners would come forward; sadly we never had any responses to our adds.  It’s time this little lady gets settle into a new loving home. She is a quiet girl, certainly not high energy like most females.  She is content to explore and to cuddle.

This handsome boy has been in the shelter for far too long.  At three years old Tiko thinks no one will want him. We know that the right ferret mom or dad that is willing to give him a chance.  He is normally a real sweetheart but every once in a blue moon, he may give you a “pinch” on the cheek. Because of this, we would recommend an experienced ferret owner.  We have been training Tiko to “kiss” our cheek by adding a drop or two of Ferretone to our cheek!  Tiko is loving this new training technique! Hmmmm, wondering if he has us trained to give him extra Ferretone with his “supposed pinches”!!

This adoption page is updated each time a successful adoption has taken place. So, if the ferrets are featured on this page, it means they are still available for adoption.