Party time! If you love or want to know more about ferrets, you should get to know the Greater Chicago Ferret Association, a ferret club and a ferret shelter which has now existed for 25 years. During that time, the GCFA has rescued and taken in more than 6900 ferrets. Membership in GCFA is only $25 for a year, a bargain price that gets you such great benefits as newsletters keeping you up on GCFA events, including this year’s holiday party, which also celebrates 25 years of ferret rescue and educating the public about ferret issues.
This weekend, the GCFA cordially invites everyone, and every ferret, to help celebrate this grand anniversary in conjunction with its annual GCFA Holiday Party. If you want to see some great ferret fun, come to the Community Recreation Building in Lyons Park (320 E. Wildwood, Villa Park, IL) on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, from 1 to 6 p.m., for a raffle (check the GCFA website for pictures of some of the wonderful raffle items), ferrety games, and holiday gift sales, with pot luck lunch and other refreshments. If you can bring something for everyone to share, great—but that is not necessary. The GCFA will provide soft drinks, water and coffee.
You can bring your ferrets for the free ferrety games: tube race, paper bag escape and kissing contest … and you get to take the three foot, black drainage tube home with you for your ferrets to keep enjoying! Last year, the very popular (and also free) costume contest had eleven ferrets dressed up in the cutest of costumes. Attendees vote for the best dressed ferret.
Ferret Photo Opportunities
The GCFA is also sponsoring a ferret-centered photo-with-Santa opportunity at the Mokena PetSmart (21430 Wolf Road, Mokena, IL, 60448) on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. I’d bet that any well-behaved pets would be welcome, as they always are in PetSmart stores, but if you want to call ahead for details, this PetSmart’s phone is 815.464.4979.
Mysterious & Reassuring (9701 Franklin Ave, Franklin Park IL) is having an all-pets-welcome photo-with-Santa event that same day, Sunday, Dec. 9, from 1-5. Pet photographer Kate Quinn donates her services, so all proceeds from basic $10 5×7 photo prints go to the Wet Nose Pet Food Pantry. If you want to purchase additional prints, half of that money will also go to purchase pet supplies for the pantry. The organizers suggest calling 847.451.1703 for a reservation, but drop-ins can also be accommodated.