Petfinder’s Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week- Ferrets

When I began learning about ferrets and their care, I was amazed at the number in shelters.  Being a big adoption advocate, I knew I my first ferret would be adopted.  I spent days looking through all the ferrets on Petfinder that were looking for homes.  I finally contacted the Pennsylvania Ferret Club and Shelter (PFCS) and before long Sugar and Spice came home with me.

It can be hard to choose a ferret or two to adopt when there are so many, but there was one reason I chose Sugar and Spice over the others- Spice had insulinoma.  Ferrets are prone to health problems with insulinoma being 1 of them.  It’s caused by tumors on their pancreas that affect their insulin levels and cause them to have low blood sugar often deadly low.  It can usually be managed by medication and/or surgery, but they won’t be cured of it.  Of course, having a ferret with an illness requires extra money for medicine and vet visits and extra time to make sure they get their medicine.  Who wants to adopt a ferret who requires extra work and money?

Me.  After 9 years of working in vet hospitals I knew I could handle the medical part, but mostly I wanted to give a good ferret a chance she probably wouldn’t get, the chance to live in a loving home for the rest of her life.

Many ferrets end up in shelters because they developed these conditions and their owners are not able to care for them. Sadly most of them live the rest of their lives in shelters because  no one wants to adopt a sick ferret.

But these ferrets are often the ones that crawl deeper into your heart.   They just seem to show an appreciation for making a difference in their lives. It is a commitment as any pet is, but adopting a “special needs” ferret doesn’t take any special skills.  Anyone can learn how to give medication and what symptoms to look for that might signal a problem.

In memory of Spice, I am featuring some  ferrets from PFCS that are looking for homes for Petfinder’s Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week. If you are considering adding a ferret to your family, consider adopting a “special” ferret and see what a difference you can make.


Diesel is a 4 year old ferret that has adrenal disease.  He is going to have surgery to remove the tumor that is causing problems.  Surgery can often  keep the disease under control for awhile.  He is in the shelter with 3 other members of his ferret family (including sister Skylar below) so they all need to be adopted together.







Skylar is Diesel’s sister and she also suffers from adrenal disease.  Can’t you just imagine how happy they would be to have a family of their own?








Shasha is a cutie.  An older ferret who also has adrenal disease, her disease is kept under control with monthly shots. Since she really doesn’t like other ferrets, she would be perfect for someone looking for one ferret to spoil.









Kaya has insulinoma and gets medication twice a day.  Her best ferret friend passed away so she would love a home with another ferret friend.









You can find more “special” ferrets on Petfinder by looking for those ferrets with the little heart by their name.



2 comments to Petfinder’s Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week- Ferrets

  • Oh my gosh, these ferrets are so cute! I’m not familiar with ferrets at all as I’ve never had one or known anyone who had one, but I’d love to learn more about them. I admit I’ve never really thought about them ending up in shelters, but of course that should have been obvious. Love the names Sugar and Spice too, I think it’s great you did this post to honor your Spice’s memory. :)

  • Dawn – nominating you for My 7 Links, but I don’t have your email to send you the info. You can email me at wantmorepuppies (at) gmail, or check my blog tomorrow for details! :)

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