For Research Facilities
We know many working in research are animal lovers and want to avoid unnecessary euthanasia. If any ferrets are no longer needed and are releasable, the Ferret Association wants to work with you to help find them homes.
You may already have internal adoption programs; we can supplement those. Our organization works with trusted shelters across the country to ensure the ferrets released into our guardianship are well cared for and responsibly rehomed.
CONFIDENTIALITY IS STRICTLY ENFORCED. We do not share or publicize the name of your staff or your facility. Receiving shelters must sign a non-disclosure agreement. Adopters are not informed of the ferrets’ origin; simply that they are former research animals. This prepares adopters for any special handling needed.
THERE IS NO COST TO YOU. Our donors will fund the cost of transport and any necessary medical care. If you can, we appreciate the animals be spayed/neutered prior to release. Facilities often find this a good training opportunity for staff or veterinary interns. Descenting is not required or needed. Vaccination records help us determine what further or updated shots are due. For animals destined to cross state lines, it reduces expenses if someone at your facility licensed by the USDA signs a health certificate.
THERE IS NO LIABILITY TO YOUR FACILITY. Of course, you cannot release animals with any kind of communicable disease. We presume ferrets will be in relative good health and will accept ferrets of any age. Most dedicated ferret shelters are capable of working with animals that bite. Upon adoption, the new owner accepts responsibility for any future medical needs.
The Ferret Association has successfully worked with three different medical facilities thus far. We can provide references so you can check and confirm our organization’s cooperation and ability to successfully place your released ferrets. Please contact us directly for more information using the bottom link.