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.

Updated March 21,2019:

You must live within a maximum 4 hours of Winnipeg for us to complete the adoption as we deliver the ferret to your home. An 8 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 is by cash, Pay Pal, E-Transfer.

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 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

Up Dated:  April 1, 2019

Bandit and Rockit are currently in foster care.

These two bonded boys are a joy to have. They play like they are still young kits! They are used to cats and dogs. Bandit and Rockit have wonderful manners. They don’t nip, even in play.  They are both 4 years 2 months (as of March/19) and would love to grow old with the right family.

 

 

Cooper and Bailey ON HOLD AT THIS TIME

Cooper and Bailey have had a tumultuous time. They were surrendered by their original owner who hoped to re-adopt them. Sadly it never came to pass. After spending some time in the shelter, they were adopted by a loving couple. An unexpected pregnancy and other family commitments saw them returned to the shelter.  Cooper is a huge laid back boy, sweet and cuddly.  Bailey has trust issues and is quick to bite in fear.  She continues to be a work in progress and I know that she will stop once she feels safe and settled.  Both Cooper and Bailey have lived with cats in the past. This pair is for a very experienced ferret owner who will not give up on and will work with Bailey. They will also need to have ongoing contact with the shelter.

******** We have 6 young adults all living and playing together in a Ferret Nation 2 level cage. They all get along really well with each other.  Because they are used to having playmates; we will not adopt out as a single ferret in a home. We would consider a single ferret joining other ferrets in a home if they accept each other.  We have seen where they seem to have preference and so will will post them as pairs. First up is:

 

 

Storm is now a year and half. He is lean, with lovely white mitts. He self starved himself as a young kit. We caught it in time and found a combination of foods he likes.  Storm is still learning manners but is improving every day . He may test the water with his new owner, but does know what No Bite means! He plays hard with all his friends. He would not be happy being a single ferret.

 

 

These two lovely ladies are best of friends.  They both have high energy. Coming on 2 years old these furries need a home where they can be out of their cage for long periods of time. They need an owner who will love their trouble making ways; such as climbing to the top of the cage.  We love to chase each other up and down the stairs.  We are so full of energy that we sometimes forget ourselves and nip out of pure joy. We need the occasional reminder. *Although we play with all the other furries in our cage, we really want to be kept together.

Flash came to us when he became the last ferret in the pet store. His friend was purchased and he was left behind. He pined for a bit and then got real cranky.  He is very happy to have friends again. He loves to play with his friends.  He needs to have friends to be at his happiest. Flash does have a foot fetish and can focus on your feet. Distraction from your feet seems to work better than scolding.

Truffle is a gorgeous sable.  She lives happily with her friends but when out of the cage she becomes a bit of a loaner.  She prefers quiet play while she broods about life.  She sometimes wakes up in an off mood and will forget her manners. Ferretone and a firm No Bite seem to bring her around. I think she would thrive in a home if she was the only pet and could have all the attention.  You will have to look beyond how cute she is and give her time to bond with you.

Opie and Buddy – On Hold due to medical issues

Buddy and Opie are a bonded pair of 3 year old sables.  We are looking for a quiet home where they can be the stars.  Opie is recovering from having his paw nipped by another ferret. Buddy follows his best friend everywhere.  We are not sure if they would accept other furries but they did have an older girl that lived with them but has since passed away. Opie loves to chase my dog, so he would not be great in a home with dogs.

 

 

Fido and Fiona are new surrenders.  This is a bonded pair.  Fido is doing very well post surgery for removal of bladder stones. Unfortunately the stones were because of genetic issues. Fido will have to be closely monitored and must be kept on a low protein meat diet. We can not guarantee that Fido won’t need more surgeries down the road but with a good diet we feel pretty sure that he will be fine.

Fiona is a toothy little girl that just hasn’t had enough nip training.  She adores her Fido and Ferretone.  Nip training is ongoing but we know she will get the hang of playing without biting soon. We will consider experienced ferret owners with the financial means for adoption of this pair.

 

 

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.