Experienced ferret mom Carole G was sharing her wealth of information with newbie ferret mom Deb K over a cup of coffee. Deb had done the unthinkable. Purchased a baby ferret from a pet store without doing any research!

Deb loved the idea of keeping Carole around constantly for quick reference each time a new question entered her head – Carole, having a life; wasn’t as interested in living in Deb’s closet, so the thought of an association was formed. Today a ferret owner has somewhere to turn when needing answers to all their questions or just a group to hang out who’s passions align. The Manitoba Ferret Association No Kill Shelter came into official existence April 1997. We are a registered, non profit, Charitable foster based rescue operating 100% on volunteers.  

In 2019 our main shelter has transitioned from housing all available ferrets to fostering the elderly and sick ferrets. We are transitioning to a foster based rescue where ferrets will go into an approved foster home until a permanent home can be found.  Acquiring a list of approved foster homes is an ongoing process at this time.


There are two types of memberships offered; Personal and Corporate Memberships.

Personal memberships is for you to; support the many ferrets in the shelter, come to members only events, receive discounts for ferret adoptions and access to our ferret bedding and accessories. Whether you have ferrets or not, you are always welcome to the annual Spring frolic hosted  in May. Download the form; Application-Form

Corporate memberships were setup by request from a passionate supporter of our mission who doesn’t actually own any ferrets but wanted to support an organization he believed in.


Leaving your ferrets with a responsible person while away on holidays can be a challenge. The Manitoba Ferret Association has the solution; we offer ferret sitting for members and non members depending on availability of sitters. Several of our members will volunteer to look after your furries in their home.

As of December 2020 we have made a change to our ferret sitting protocols

Please be advised that all our ferret sitters are bedbug free.  In order to maintain a bedbug free atmosphere, we are no longer accepting your ferrets bedding.  Our families have ferret sitting bedding consisting of  split hammocks,  sleep sacks and  towels. If you have concerns that your ferrets will pine for you dramatically then we suggest you pack a clean piece of your clothing in a zip lock bag.  The item will be placed in a hot dryer for 15 minutes as a safety precaution.

You must provide a cage (negotiable),as well as  food and litter. The sitter will provide the love and attention and daily playtime. The volunteer sitter donates their time so that 100% of the monies paid for ferret sitting are turned over to the shelter. This is a unique way of helping raise monies to support our shelters.

Our fees are very reasonable. Members(must be a member for a minimum of three months) are charged $5.00 a day per cage no matter if you have 2 ferrets or 6 ferrets in the cage! Non members are charged $10.00 a day per cage. We also have a very limited number of cages that can be rented for an additional fee of 2.25 a day. *Fees subject to change without notice. The ferret sitting is cash or E-Transfer to manitobaferrets@gmail.com on the day of drop off, please allow enough time for us to process your E-Transfer.  

We do require that you complete the Ferret sitting contract. Boarding Agreement 2020 Ferret-Sitting


There are many ways to support the shelters! You can;

– Donate one time amounts of your choice

– Setup ongoing payments amount of your choice through E-Transfer or Pay Pal

– We collect pop cans to recycle

– We have a co-op number you can use [#113061]

– You can sponsor, foster, adopt ferrets

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