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

 

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.  Because they are so high energy, we would prefer someone that has had ferrets before and can handle them!

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. We will adjust the adoption fee for the right family.

Bear and Joe came in this summer.  These two extra large boys did not have much handling so they needed to learn manners.  They were fast learners! Bear has a slight mouth deformity. He always looks startled “Oh”.  Bear is offered regular shelter mix and also Ferret Extrusion. The Extrusion comes in a small round ball shape which is easy for Bear to eat when his jaw gets tired from eating the regular kibble. Joe now gives Kisses, Bear will sometimes nip.  We prefer an experienced ferret owner who would be willing to monitor Bear.

Kaos is a wonderful boy, small in stature, he makes up for in personality!  He is a gorgeous sable boy with a double kinked tail.  I’ve tried to explain to Kaos that he’s now 5 years old and should act like it! Nope, this boy plays like he’s a 2 year old! He doesn’t take kindly to sharing his time with humans, so he should really be the only ferret in the home or have separate play times. Kaos can be fostered if you are a current member of our association.

This handsome boy has been in the shelter for far too long.   Tiko is almost 4 years now 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.