SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 well-being...it's harder on the ferret, and
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
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
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?
You can email Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.