The Ferret Nook Ferret Shelter
phone: (608) 423-3315
fax: (608) 423-9575
PO Box 3
For persons interested in adopting a ferret from The Ferret Nook, listed below
are some of the guidelines that we follow. All applications/adoptions are handled
on a case-by-case basis.
- You must be adopting the ferret for yourself - NOT as a gift for someone
else. Animals do not make good surprise gifts. However, we do have gift certificates
- We prefer to keep the adoption radius to a 2 hour driving distance from
The Ferret Nook. This allows us to keep in touch and remain a resource for
you. If you are beyond this radius please check our links for a ferret shelter
closer to you.
- You must agree to take full responsibility for the animal - giving it
fresh food and water; medical attention (including annual vaccinations) when
needed; give it play and exercise time in a safe environment (check for holes
under cabinets and appliances and make sure there aren't any other hidden
dangers that a nosey little animal might get into, especially chemicals and
cleaning supplies); provide the animal with LOVE. You as an owner and companion
help to mold the personality and temperament of your pet. If you give a ferret
love and patience, it will learn to trust you and will show its affection
- We normally do not adopt ferrets to families with children under 5 years
of age. This is for the protection of the ferret as well as the child. Small
children like to grab at things that bounce merrily about, and they have no
concept that what they are doing might alarm or cause pain to the animal.
The ferret, in turn, does not know that the child is just trying to play and
may react by biting. PARENTS SHOULD SUPERVISE THEIR SMALL CHILDREN AROUND
ANY PET IN THEIR HOUSEHOLD, NO MATTER HOW WELL THEY THINK THEY KNOW THE CHILD
- We do not adopt ferrets to people in "ferret free" zones. Check your local
or state laws to see if ferrets are allowed where you live and check with
your landlord, too, to see if h/she allows pets before you adopt.
- We do not adopt or sell ferrets to institutional situations. The ferrets
in our care are adopted out as family companions, not for lab experiments
or exhibition purposes. If a ferret is terminally ill and can't be adopted
out, it may be humanely euthanized.
- You must be at least 21 years old or be accompanied by a parent or head
of household who is at least 21. Our adoption contract is a legal document
and should be signed by someone of legal age. This also helps avoid the situation
of "Look what I bought, Mom! Can I keep it?"
- You must be willing to learn. We don't require you to be an expert on the
subject to adopt a ferret, but be willing to ask questions on things you aren't
sure of. The more you know about your four-footed friend, the more enjoyment
both of you will get from your relationship.
- The ferrets are neutered; given their canine distemper (FerVac-D or
PurVax) vaccination, and microchipped. It is the adopter's responsibility to have the
ferret checked by a ferret knowledgeable veterinarian and vaccinated against
- A membership in our
is $25.00 per year and entitles members attendance to all functions held by The Ferret Nook, a membership
card. Membership also includes a discount on ferret-related merchandise
offered by Kritter Koncepts.