FACT’s Foster Program
FACT’s foster program was one of the first of its kind in the ferret sheltering community. Even today it is considered one of the most robust and professionally operated foster programs.
Many of the ferrets that arrive at FACT are in good health and adoptable. However, a significant number are ill or elderly and face large medical bills. Realistically, it is almost impossible to find an adopter for these animals. Our solution has been to place them in permanent foster homes and pay the cost of their veterinary care. We will NOT PUT AN ANIMAL TO SLEEP unless it is medically necessary.
We support these ferrets through a special Foster Contribution Program.
Ferrets that arrive at the shelter are evaluated for health, any potential behavioral issues, and assessed as to the chances for adoption. Should the Executive Director determine that it is in the ferret’s best interest, he or she is may be placed within our Foster Program. These ferrets remain FACT’s responsibility for life.
Foster homes are selected very carefully. All foster homes must meet a higher standard than a typical adopter. Generally, foster homes are previous adopters. All must agree to maintain a membership in the Ferret Association of Connecticut for the duration of their fostering commitment. That commitment is generally for the remaining lifetime of the ferret or ferrets they agree to foster.
The foster family provides day to day care and usually provides basic health care services. The Ferret Association of Connecticut approves and is responsible for any major veterinary care.