As usually happens, the Greater Chicago Ferret Association (GCFA) finds itself with an oversupply of ferrets by November (currently, 93 in a shelter that considers its cages full at 60). This overpopulation of mustelids puts a stress on all the shelter’s resources: volunteers; funds for medical needs, food and litter; and time: time for ferrets to get out for play as well as volunteers to cover giving basic food and cage-cleaning care.
Why the fall surge? Some surrenders come from students going away to school and unable to bring their pets along or people that suffer sudden allergy onset with the closing up of homes in cold weather.
The continued economic downturn, with its job losses, foreclosures, and moves to no-ferret housing account for many others. Sadly, a large number of ferrets come in as “no longer wanted” pets; from people “upgrading” to prettier and younger pets; or as strays, dumps and “trash can ferrets.” Yes, people dump live animals in dumpsters. Sometimes tied in plastic garbage bags!
So, to give the shelter’s ferrets reason to be thankful by the upcoming holidays, GCFA offers a combined membership and adoption incentive this month of November. With the tagline of “Don’t just buy a ferret, adopt some love,” GCFA offers a members-only Free Adoption Event this month. Not a member? A $25 fee will take care of that. And taking your new pet(s) home before the holidays gives both you and your ferrets a chance to settle in without being overwhelmed by holiday stresses.
Membership does not guarantee an adoption, but only because GCFA is committed to placing ferrets where they will be loved and cared for by knowledgeable owners. If you show the commitment to giving that care and love, they will help you with the knowledge side.
As for the free part? For any ferret 2 years old or older, the November member adoption fee is $0. The November adoption fee on younger ferrets is only $30, less than half the normal cost. So adopting even one ferret makes your membership a bargain. Call the shelter at 708.442.8650 with any questions and to make your adoption appointment!
Want to know more about GCFA or ferrets? This weekend, Nov. 10 and 11, the GCFA will be at the Chicago Pet Show at Kane County Fairgrounds! Print the coupon on the GCFA website and not only will you get $1 off the $7 entry fee but half of the $6 you pay will be donated to feeding and sheltering GCFA’s ferrets.
As the GCFA website says, “If you help just one ferret by giving them a forever home, you are really helping two or more as we would then have space to save another life. The GCFA always needs cage space for the almost daily surrenders to the shelter.”