Below are the attached forms. Please print both the Surrender and Dept. of Agriculture forms. If possible, please print the Dept. of Agriculture form on the back of the surrender page. If you can’t print the forms, please read over them before bringing the ferrets. (You may have to adjust the margins on the surrender form to get it to print correctly.) Complete the surrender form with as much information as you know. Leave anything blank that you don’t know. At the top of the Dept. of Agriculture form, fill in your name, address, and phone #. I will complete the rest.
Department of Agriculture Form
Surrender Form for Younger Ferrets (2 or Younger)
Surrender Form for Ferrets 3 Years Old
Surrender Form for Ferrets 4 Years Old
Surrender Form for Older Ferrets (5 Years+)
We also ask that you bring all the ferret supplies with the ferret. This is for two reasons. First, we try to lessen the stress on the ferret by keeping things around it that it is used to. Second, we sell what we don’t need to raise funds for the rescue. The ferrets at Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue are all free to roam, meaning they are not kept in cages. They have five kinds of food available and have many toys and tubes to play with throughout the house.
On arrival, ferrets are treated for fleas, ear mites, and intestinal parasites and are given a heartworm preventive. They receive any medical help needed, as well as two distemper vaccinations, a second worming treatment, and monthly flea and ear mite treatment. The ferrets are eventually put up for adoption. There is an extensive adoption process, including a review of pictures from around the home and talking with a reference, vet, and landlord. Do NOT bathe the ferret before bringing it. This will cause stress on top of the stress of changing homes.
Plan to bring the cage and all supplies you have. Please try to clean the cage and supplies. Volunteers are limited here and there isn’t enough time to clean things coming in. Wake the ferret and give it a chance to go potty before transporting it. Put it in a pet carrier and not in a box or loose. A plastic pet carrier is preferred. Put a full-size towel in the bottom of whatever you bring it in. This absorbs any accidents, so it doesn’t get all over the ferret. It also keeps it from slipping and sliding around, which is really scary to a ferret.
SURRENDERING A FERRET
When surrendering a ferret, please be thoughtful of the costs involved for the shelter. It takes an average of three months to find just the right home for a young, healthy ferret, and longer for a ferret that is older or has medical problems.