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Legion of Superferrets of Iowa & Black Dragon Ferretry & Shelter

Surrender Information

If you have a ferret you can no longer keep, please read on to find out how we can help both you and your fuzzy.

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We realize that sometimes, life circumstances dictate that people can no longer keep their pets, for whatever reason.  Our goal, as a shelter, is to rescue, rehabilitate, restore to health and adopt out homeless ferrets to qualified applicants.  No matter what the reason is that you need to give up your ferret (or group of ferrets), we will gladly take them in and give them a chance for another life with a ferret friendly owner.
Some things you should know about the shelter:
1) We are strictly NO KILL.  The only time a ferret is euthanized is if they are critically ill, and only then under the advice of our veterinarian.  We do anything possible to save a ferret, including those with health problems.  Euthanasia is a LAST RESORT.
2) We will not buy ferrets for resale.  We do not pay people for their ferrets.  If you want money for your ferrets, try an ad in the paper.  Sorry to be harsh, but we spend a lot of money each year in medical bills, supply costs, etc.  We cannot afford to pay individuals for their ferrets or their ferrets' supplies if they can no longer keep them.
3) There is sometimes a surrender fee.  If your ferret is not current on vaccinations at the time of surrender, there is a $25 surrender fee (this is used to defray the costs of bringing the ferret current on vaccinations before adoption).  If your ferret is not spayed/neutered at the time of adoption, there is a $50 surrender fee.  A $75 fee is charged for ferrets not altered AND not current on vaccinations. 
4) You must provide current vet records.  If your ferret is current on vaccinations, we need to have a copy of the vet records.  We pass this information on to the new owner, so they, in turn, know when the ferret is due for its shots.
5) In most cases, we will not separate ferrets.  If you surrender a pair or trio, we will not separate them in the adoption process.  However, if more than three ferrets are surrendered (I have had a group of 6, and another group of 12), it is almost impossible to find someone willing to adopt a large number, so separating is necessary.  We do, however, make sure that they go in pairs or trios - no one will be adopted as a single.  If you are surrendering a large group of ferrets, please let us know who cannot be separated, so that we do not make a fatal mistake when adopting them out.
6) We will restore the ferrets to health before adoption.  If the ferret you surrender is in need of adrenal surgery, has skin tumors, needs to be spayed/neutered, etc. it will be done PRIOR to adoption.  We will not adopt out a ferret with an untreated health condition.  All ferrets will also be brought current on vaccinations and tested for ADV prior to adoption.
7) We carefully screen all potential adoptors.  Those wishing to adopt from the shelter must fill out an application and have references that we check.  They must sign an adoption contract and undergo a personal interview, and in some cases, a home inspection, before an adoption will be allowed.  The ferrets in our shelter have been homeless once (sometimes twice or more), and we want their next home to be FOREVER.  We have no qualms about saying "No" to someone who isn't fit to be a ferret parent.
If you have any specific questions about our shelter's policies, please feel free to email Jen at

Email Jen

Q: Can I meet or talk to the people that are going to adopt my ferret?
A: Typically, no.  This is up to the people that are adopting.  If both they, and you, wish to contact one another, it can be arranged.  However, in all my years of sheltering, I've only had one new owner keep in touch with a former owner. 
Q: Can I keep in touch with the shelter to find out how my ferret is doing and if it's been adopted?
A: Yes.  You can call or email Jen for an update on your ferret's progress at any time.  However, we do not allow visitations once you have surrendered, for the ferret's's harder on the ferret, and on you.
Q: My ferret is considerably older.  Will he do well in the shelter and find another home?
A: Older ferrets do not do as well in the shelter as younger ferrets.  This is because they are usually very bonded to their owners, and separation causes depression for them.  If they make the transition to shelter life well, they usually do well and find a home.
Q: What kind of life will my ferret have in the shelter?  Will he still get out to play?  How much attention will he get?
A: Shelter ferrets are treated like royalty here.  My husband often accuses me of putting them above my own ferrets!  They all get playtimes (at least 2-3 hours) outside of the cage in a ferret safe playroom (complete with tubes and toys) each day.  We make sure they have plenty of food, water, clean litter and attention.  Also, if they need vet care, they get it ASAP.  If their personalities allow it, they often play with other shelter ferrets, and sometimes even my own.
Q: Can I make a donation to the shelter in addition to surrender fees?
A: Of course.  All donations are tax deductable.  You can donate cash or supplies.  If you want to donate money to be used exclusively for vet bills, email Jen, and she'll give you the contact information for her vet and how to go about making a vet bill specific donation.  The shelter can also always use cleaning supplies (paper towels, parvocide, etc.), bedding (t-shirts, hammocks, blankets, etc.), toys, food, litter, or anything else you'd like to provide.  You can also shop with iGive...make sure your charity is listed as LOS of IA, and we'll get a portion of the profits!
Q: Should I surrender my ferret's cage and other supplies?
A: We highly recommend it.  It helps to make the ferret's transition into the shelter much smoother, since they're in a familiar cage with familiar bedding, food and other things.
Q: What if I surrender my ferret, then change my mind?  Can I reclaim him?
A: Yes.  You have 14 days after you surrender to reclaim your ferret should you change your mind, no questions asked.  After the 14th day, you are subject to the same terms and conditions as other potential adoptors.
Q: Is there any legal paperwork involved in surrendering?
A: Only a surrender agreement.  We need a signed statement from you stating that you are surrendering all rights and claims to the ferret, which allows us to legally put the ferret up for adoption.  You do not need to provide this statement - we have one already printed up for you to sign at the time of surrender.
Q: How can I contact the shelter to surrender?
A: You can email Jen at or call the shelter (712) 256-3074 to set up an appointment to surrender your ferret.
Q: I work at a humane society that does not deal with ferrets very often.  Can you take in the ferrets we get so they don't get euthanized?
A: Yes.  We try to work closely with local humane societies to make sure they have the staff to appropriately care for ferrets, and will also take in any ferret from a humane society that is scheduled for euthanasia.  If you would like a shelter representative to conduct an educational meeting for humane society staff on the proper care and housing of ferrets, email Jen for details.

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