Please Note: You do not have to be a member to adopt from us. Part of your adoption fee will be your first year’s membership.
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.
Updated December 10, 2019:
You must live within a maximum 2 hours of Winnipeg for us to complete the adoption as we deliver the ferret to your home. A 4 hour drive round trip is the maximum we can drive.
We require a reference from your Veterinarian if applicable.
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 in full is by cash, Pay Pal, E-Transfer at the time of delivery.
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 you can no longer care for the adopted ferret(s), you must return the ferret(s); 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 or passed from friend to friend to…..
So, if you are interested in proceeding with an adoption, please contact the MFA at firstname.lastname@example.org 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;
Up Dated: January 18,2020
Frodo and Marley were purchased directly from a breeder in order to give them a chance at a good life. The person then surrendered them to the MFA so that we could socialize them and find them good homes. The brothers were very nippy at first but have turned into sweet boys. They have adjusted wonderfully to play times and being handled. They were less stressed than their sister Buttons. They love to chase each other and steal each other’s stuffies. As young adults they are high energy.
Buttons was turned over to us along with Frodo and Marley (above). She was very traumatized coming from a windowless shed into the normal sounds and activity of a home. This stressed her out so much, she refused to eat. Buttons had to be sedated in order for our vet to examine her. That was a first for us in over 20 years of handling surrendered ferrets. I had to say Buttons was “feral” in that she really did not trust humans; especially hands. Buttons is on the road to recovery and learning how to be a loving ferret. She is being handled constantly and given lots of time out of the cage to explore. She is still uncertain in open spaces but getting better. She has a fear of hands and we are working on that issue. She is not ready for her furever home until she learns that humans aren’t all bad. In my personal opinion; Buttons is the direct result of someone breeding ferrets for the money only; not taking the time to social them; having no real love of this unique exotic pet and its complex needs.
*Please adopt from reputable pet stores or a reputable breeder (ask us). If they won’t/can’t provide any paperwork proving the ferret was spayed/neutered, given their Distemper vaccine series; run the other way. If they won’t handle the ferret with bare hands or the ferret tries to bite; that is a huge red flag. Please don’t support this type of breeder. You are purchasing an unsocialized “feral” ferret and unless you are very experienced this ferret will end up in our shelter as a severe biter. Bottom line the only way to shut down this type of breeder is to not purchase their ferrets. We must stop this “ferret mill” operation.
Stanley has already had 2 homes in his short life. In both homes, his play time out of the cage was minimal. When he came into the shelter, he was actually scared when let out of the cage. Now, he runs and bounces with joy. He is also a “talker” when out playing! He is still uncertain of hands and his nip training is ongoing. Stanley needs to go into an experienced home where he will have lots of attention and patience has he continues to fine tooth his manners (pun intended). LOL
Honey and Missy are a bonded pair of girls that arrived at the shelter due to a relationship breakdown. Honey is blind in one eye but that doesn’t stop her from getting into all kinds of mischief. They have settled in with their temporary foster family but are looking for a family to call their own.
Bear came in with the 4 above cage mates due to a relationship breakdown. He is often off playing by himself. His original family states he could be adopted as a single. Although we would love to see him adopted with either Mouse and Pepsi or with Missy and Honey; the reality is that a group of 3 ferrets are very very seldom adopted. We would rather he have a home where he will get lots of attention. Bear has a slight jaw deformity. He needs to have his teeth brushed daily to keep them in tip top shape. He is used to this and very compliant. This special boy would love to have his own furever home. Bear is currently in foster care with his other cage mates.