Current Shelter Population: 94
GCFA Shelter is Over-Run with Mustelids!
In response to this influx of ferrets, we are hosting an adoption event for Members only…
Special Adoption Dates and Times Have Been Added! Adoption days in August are Saturday, Sunday, and Thursdays.
Your adoption fee is $20.
Your adoption fee is $40.
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 has a list of people waiting to surrender their ferrets. In some cases, when we get to their name on the list, it is too late for the ferret.
The GCFA Board of Directors (BOD) currently has two open Director positions. We are seeking current GCFA members who are interested in volunteering to fill these positions which ends in April 2015. Candidates interested in a position on the BOD must have the time to commit to the position. These positions are vital to keeping the shelter open caring for homeless ferrets. Board members, in addition to any volunteering at the shelter shall be responsible for:
- Determining the organization's mission and purpose.
- Provide proper financial oversight. (Budgeting/planning)
- Ensure adequate resources. (Make sure things can get done.)
- Ensure effective organizational planning. (Are programs in place to further the mission and goals of the organization?)
- Enhance the organization's public standing. (This is telling the world about the organization and recruiting new members and support.)
- Determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization's programs and services. (Managing overall operations including fund raising.)
- Support the board president and the shelter director.
Some important deadlines and information for The Greatest Ferret Show on Earth #26:
*Show Date: 10/11/14
*New Show Venue: Kane County Fairgrounds-- 525 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL 60141
Venue has RV hook-ups for $30 per day. Pre-arrangements must be made. KCF bills the GCFA
so payments need to be pre-made to the GCFA.
*Entry Deadlines: Early entry deadline is 9/1/14, however the only way to receive the discount is to use
*Food Vendor: We are searching far and wide for food options so attendees will not have to leave the show hall for grub. To rent the kitchen it would have been more than $800, which just isn’t feasible. A couple of the prospects we have would require us to have them as an exclusive food vendor which means no other outside food items would be allowed in the show hall. We hate to do that, but just a heads up, it may be necessary.
*Hotel information: We have several hotels we have been able to block rooms at, however two are a good distance from the venue but appear to be worthwhile options. “The Scarecrow Festival” at Kane County Fairgrounds is the same weekend as our show, and hotels book quickly this holiday weekend, so please do not delay making your reservations. As a side note, if you are coming but will not have pets, please book under the “Ferret Show” but let them know you do not need a pet-friendly room. This may help keep more rooms available for those with ferrets.
For those coming from the east: Candlewood Suites is right off I88 and includes a full kitchenette, but as such, it does not offer a morning breakfast. It is located approximately 17-20 minutes south of the venue. Block is under “Ferret Show”, rate is $99 per night with a $25 pet fee. Free wifi. Must book by 9/10/14 to receive the rate and there is a limited number. Karin, our vendor coordinator, has had friends stay in this hotel and have liked it. Check in is at 3:00pm and check out is noon. 630-907-9977
Quality Inn & Suites, located in downtown St. Charles, is approximately 8 minutes east of the venue. Block is under “Ferret Show”, rate is $79 per night with a $25 pet fee. Serves a hot breakfast buffet daily. Free wifi. Must book by 9/19/14 to receive rate and there is a limited number. Check in is at 4:00pm and check out is noon. 630-584-5300
Super 8, located in St. Charles, is approximately 11 minutes east of the venue. Would not block rooms, must call for rates. Pet fee is a standard $10 per day. Breakfast and free wifi. Check in is at 2:00pm and check out is at 11:00am. 630-377-8388
Residence Inn & Suites Bloomingdale, located approximately 25 minutes east of the show venue. Block is under “Ferret Show”. Rates are $84 for a one bedroom and $149 for a two bedroom per night. Pet fee is $25. Check in is 3:00pm and check out is noon. Free breakfast & wifi. There will be a booking link on our show website soon for this hotel. If you need more than two nights (Fri & Sat) you will need to call and talk to Zach as the booking link is only for a two-night stay. 630-893-9200
Our deepest gratitude for attending and helping us make this a fun and profitable show for the GCFA shelter ferrets.
Valerie Michalski Show Director
Kim Ormond Raffle Coordinator II
Norine Barnes GCFA Sales Table
Mike Scott Special Projects
Mark your calendar for Saturday September 6, 2013
- 10:30a - check in
- 11:00a - walk
- 12:00p - picnic (to about 3p)
Annual Walk-a-thon and Picnic - Saturday, September 6, 2014.
We really need all of your help this year!! The shelter currently has 106 ferrets. The GCFA needs to raise much needed funds. All you have to do is take a leisurely walk along a tree-covered nature trail to help all the injured, sick and abandoned shelter ferrets that are very lucky to find their way to the Greater Chicago Ferret Association ferret shelter. With so many ferrets, we need more food, medications and supplies. Also our veterinarian expenses are rising with many of the ferrets coming in with critical medical conditions that need expert care.
Ask your co-workers, friends, relatives and neighbors to sponsor you on the walk. A sign-in sheet will be available through a link on GCFA.com. If you can't participate in the walk, please email the GCFA to find out how to sponsor one of our designated volunteers that will be walking. This event will be held at Bemis Woods in Western Springs, rain or shine. We are located in grove #2, which is the same as last year. The entrance is located off of Wolf road, about one half mile North of Ogden. This location is very accessible; it is just about one mile from I294 and the Ogden exit.
Check-in time for the walk-a-thon is at 10:30am. The walk will start at approximately 11:00am. The GCFA will be awarding first, second and third place prizes for the most money/pledges collected on your sign-up sheets. For everyone that participates in the walk-a-thon you will be receiving a beautiful T-shirt with a hiking ferret on it that tells everyone that you “Walked your tail off for the GCFA.” Unfortunately sizes are limited. You will also receive a summer hammock for your babies. We all know your ferrets can never have enough hammocks.
Please don’t forget, THE PICNIC!!! It is a separate event from the walk-a-thon. EVERYONE is invited to the picnic. The picnic usually starts around 12:00 noon and ends about 3:00pm or whenever we are too full to move. The GCFA will provide grilled hot dogs, hot buttered corn, ice cold water and soda. Please bring your favorite side dish to share. We will have some games for all of us to play. “Pin the Tail on the Ferret”, “Bandit Bucket Toss" and "Ferrety Bean Bag Toss.” We will give out first place prizes to the winners of each game.
Ferrets and other animals are welcome at the picnic, but they must be current on distemper vaccinations. Also, if it is too hot, please do not bring your ferrets. Most ferrets cannot tolerate temperatures over 80-85 Degrees Fahrenheit. If the weather permits and you bring your ferrets, make sure they are in an adequate cage or carrier with a litter box and plenty of food and water. We will have a pop-up for shade and shelter. The mosquitoes always seem like aerial attack units, so bring your bug spray to keep the squadrons at bay.
Hope to see you there. You will have a great time being with ferrety people and sharing your stories about your special ferrets. Don't forget, if you can't be there, please sponsor our designated walker. Also remember your sponsorship is tax deductible.
Ferret lovers are collecting aluminum cans to raise money for the GCFA with the help of the Frank Family. How so? Rather than just dropping your aluminum cans in your city recycle bin, please save your cans for the little fuzzies at GCFA!
The first collection date will be Saturday, March 31st and then the last Saturday of each month after that. You can drop off your collected cans at the Frank House, which is located at 1128 Crimson Ct., Naperville, IL and they will bring them to the recycling center and give the money to the GCFA. If the Frank Family is not home when you come, please just leave the cans securely bagged in front of their garage. The Frank family is also looking for others to volunteer their home to be a collection center for aluminum cans for the GCFA as well.
- Susan Price 2s512 River Oaks Dr., Warrenville, IL 60555
Kisses from all the Woozles at the GCFA Shelter and a sincere thank you goes out to all of you who can help!
P.S. Please do not drop cans off at the GCFA shelter, there just is not enough room! Moreover, if you are interested in keeping the tabs off of your cans for other donation purposes, such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities, please feel free to do so as the GCFA is more concerned about collecting the actual cans for recycling.
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