This week’s featured pet is Abe, a very sweet ferret who is a real gentleman. Abe has been to hell and back, so nobody would blame him if he were to be bitter or afraid of humans. But he is gentle and good-natured, and he even gives kisses. He’s a real testament to the resilience of ferrets and their ability to bounce back from anything.
Abe was found abandoned in a hoarder’s apartment. His owner had left him behind among the piles of trash that littered the apartment. Abe was found in his cage, standing in piles of his own excrement. He had severe urine burns, where the skin gets inflamed due to constant exposure to body waste. He was thin and listless due to long-term neglect and starvation. This 3-year-old ferret has seen suffering that no animal should have to endure.
Fortunately for Abe, a good Samaritan found him and brought him to the Oregon Ferret Shelter. With lots of love, care, and medical attention, this dark silver boy was brought back from the brink of death.
Abe is now ready to be adopted by someone who will love and care for him. They will have to make sure he gets plenty of food and exercise – something he most likely never had at his previous home. And they will have to be trustworthy. Abe deserves nothing less.
If you are interested in adopting Abe, you should call the Oregon Ferret Shelter at (503) 557-8369.
Ferret adoptions are available for $100 through 3 years of age, and $60 for ages 4 and up. Right now, the shelter is having a special on 5-year-old and older ferrets at $30 each.
The adoption fee covers:
- spaying or neutering
- a coupon for a free visit to their veterinarian (Full Circle Vet at http://fullcirclevets.com/)
- a current distemper shot
- an AVID microchip that you can have registered in your name
The Oregon Ferret Shelter typically has more than 100 ferrets available for adoption. Right now, they have almost 200 adoptable candidates (not including sick or elderly ferrets who for some reason cannot be adopted out). The selection is huge, all kinds of colors and temperaments.
All adoptions are by appointment only. Please call (503) 557-8369 to schedule one. The regular shelter hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but the shelter staff will work with your schedule too. The shelter is attached to the home of Chris and Dave Mathis in Oregon City at 17560 S Holly Lane, Oregon City, OR 97045.
Before they let you take one of their ferrets home, the shelter will make sure that you are ready for the pet. Their adoption form covers many basic questions, such as whether you have owned ferrets before, if you have other pets, if you have permission from your landlord (if you need it), and even such basics as if you have a cage ready for them at home. It’s important to the shelter staff that you know what you are getting into and that your transition into ferret ownership is a smooth one.
If you would like to download an adoption form so you can have it ready to go, you can do so here: http://www.oregonferretshelter.org/ADOPTIONFORM.pdf
If you would like to see other shelter residents that are up for adoption, please check out the OFS’ listing at Petfinder: http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelter_id=OR12
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