The ferret foster program has it’s own unique challenges. The MFA foster program is very different from fostering a cat or dog from a shelter. For a cat or dog all you need is a bag of food, a dish, litter box and a leash; and of course a heart full of love.
UPDATE: August 2018
The ferrets available for fostering are usually middle aged. These ferrets are in good health, have great manners but folks want baby ferrets and pass over these very loving ferrets. Some of our foster ferrets may come with health or behaviour issues.
Most of our foster ferrets are looking for a permanent life-long foster home. On occasion we do look for short term foster homes as well (1-4 months).
In order to apply to be a foster parent, you must be able to comply with the following:
1. The MFA will require you to become a member. Membership fee is $35.00 for the first year. So long as you wish to foster our ferrets, your membership must stay current.
2. You must have owned a ferret (current or previously) or have extensive knowledge of ferrets (veterinary technician etc.) If you do not have experience with ferrets, but would still like to be a foster parent, we will require you to volunteer at the shelter, getting to know your intended foster and learn all about ferrets. We will lend you our copy of “Ferrets for Dummies” to read and return to us. Yes you will be quizzed! If you are a current ferret owner or had ferrets previously; we will go over care of ferrets to ensure we are all on the same page.
3. It is necessary that every foster parent have a car to access our veterinarians Dr. Singh and Dr. Napier at the Henderson Animal Hospital on Henderson Hwy. We also follow Dr. Napier when she is working at Sage Creek Animal Hospital. All fostered ferrets are registered with Henderson Animal Hospital. All medical appointments must be pre-approved by the MFA.
4. If you currently own ferrets, you must provide documentation showing your ferrets have their current Distemper Vaccine.
5. We will do a home visit in order to see where the fostered ferret(s) will be kept. The MFA can not provide a cage for the fostered ferrets. The foster parent would need to separate their current cage in half or provide a separate cage.
6. As a foster parent, you will be responsible for the costs of litter and food (using only MFA approved foods). The MFA will be responsible for all pre-approved medical treatments and check-ups. The MFA retains legal ownership of the fostered ferret(s).
7. The foster parent would understand that the foster ferret(s) will need separate play times. The MFA is not opposed to integrated play times dependent on the particular ferrets.
8. The foster parent may be asked to give medication (supplied) and supplementary feedings of “Duck Soup” on a daily basis.
9. Foster parents must also be available to come to the shelter with their foster ferret if there is a family interested in adopting their foster ferret. The foster parents will be given first choice to adopt their fostered ferret.
The MFA will provide a harness and leash, some bedding, and a container of start up food mixture. We can only provide a water bottle and food dish when stock is available . The MFA does not have the financial or physical resources to provide a cage.
You will be invited to the shelter to meet the ferrets available to be fostered. Once you have chosen which ferret to foster. Arrangements will be made for you to visit with your chosen foster ferret. You will be able to participate in our events with your foster ferret. When the shelter mom determines the foster parent is ready, the shelter mom will bring the foster ferret your home and do a free ferret proofing of the immediate living area around the cage you have provided.
So, if you haven’t given up on us yet, I would like to summarize: You the foster parent will provide all the love and affection, cage, food, and litter. You will have to join our association and make a commitment to your chosen ferret. Membership fees are $35.00 for the first year and $30.00 thereafter or $55.00 for two years. The MFA will cover all medications and all pre-approved medical costs. Please contact the MFA if you would like to apply to foster.
This is our Fostering Contract: Foster-Agreement
Loki and Steve are a very bonded pair of boys. They are used to cats and dogs. Steve has a delicate tummy and must stay on the shelter mix. They are very playful and love to bounce on the shelter mom’s bed! This friendly pair are in good health, They would love to brighten your day. This would be a permanent foster please.
You don’t often find a group of girls that will get along; but these 3 middle aged gals have really bonded. Pickle and Lisa-Maria’s mom passed away. They were then fostered by our satellite shelter mom who also recently passed away. Peanut was introduced to Pickle and Lisa-Marie and became fast friends with them. These girls are hoping for a permanent foster home. They are still playful and in general good health. Peanut has a couple of bad teeth that a special toothpaste is helping. She may need to have these 2 teeth pulled in the future. If you are willing to take on these 3 wonderful old ladies, contact the shelter to meet them in person
This handsome boy has been in the shelter for far too long. Tiko is almost 4 years now thinks no one will want him because of his challenges. He is normally a real sweetheart but every once in a blue moon, he may give you a “nip” on the cheek. 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”!! Tiko DOES NOT LIKE OTHER FERRETS OR DOGS!