Current Shelter Population: 125
We have 125+ ferrets right now. Including foster ferrets, that is over 150 ferrets that we need to provide medical care for, as well as feeding, cleaning, and enriching the 125+ in the shelter.
We never turn a ferret away, no matter what health issues, age, etc. However, we have had to put a waiting list in place. We will always take in emergencies, but we can't keep doing that with out a few things:
- Adoptions. We have a lot of ferrets of every look, age, and personality. If you've been really thinking about it, and have the space for another furry soul in your home, hearts, and budget, now is the time.
- Shelter volunteers. We literally could not care for these souls without our daily volunteers. They always need help, any time, any day of the week. Duties include cage cleaning, play pen cleaning, ferret socialization, laundry, dishes, etc
- DONATIONS. We are a registered 501c3. That means any donation(monetary, food, supplies, etc) are tax deductible. We receive no government funding. WE SURVIVE ON PRIVATE DONATIONS AND GRANTS ALONE!
- Social media. Share these posts, Help us network. It only takes a few seconds, but you never know who could see this. Use the links in the upper right of this page to connect to our social media sites.
That all being said. We recently look in 5 baby girls rescued from a fur farm. They will not be cleared for adoption for some time yet. They still need to be fully vetted, vaccinated, and spayed, so please do not inquire about them at this time. We will share more as they grow and are ready for adoption. These girls take a lot of volunteer time to socialize, train, and care for. They will also be a significant cost to the shelter because of the surgeries they need to be spayed - just to survive.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, there is no such thing as too small a donation, too little volunteer time, or too many shares. With out people like you, and all of the effort of our volunteers, who knows where these poor babies would have landed.
Mark your calendar for Saturday September 12, 2015
- 10:30a - check in
- 11:00a - walk
- 12:00p - picnic (to about 3p)
Annual Walk-a-thon and Picnic - Saturday, September 12, 2015.
We really need all of your help this year!! The shelter currently has 125+ 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 #3, which is different than 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.
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.
Some important deadlines and information for The Greatest Ferret Show on Earth #27:
*Show Date: 10/10/15
*Show Venue: Kane County Fairgrounds-- 525 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL 60141
*Entry Deadlines: Early entry deadline is 9/1/15
The planning for The Greatest Ferret Show On Earth #27 is in full swing! This is the largest event fundraiser for the GCFA. The shelter ferrets rely on its success and we need your help! For every vendor that signs up, every raffle item that’s donated, every raffle ticket that’s bought, every person that shows their ferrets, every show flyer that is shared--it means more money to support the shelter.
Fostering Impacts Lives at the GCFA Shelter
If you look at the adoptable ferrets on our website, you may notice that some of our ferrets are hitting their one year anniversary of being relinquished to the GCFA. They have been brought in for numerous reasons: “allergies,” “going away to school,” “having a baby,” “I just can’t take care of them anymore.” When ferrets come in with certain characteristics, they tend to have an extended stay at the GCFA shelter. Aside from a ferret that doesn’t get along with others or is a biter, the biggest reason they aren’t adopted quickly relates to a ferret’s health. For those of us that have spent years loving and taking care of ferrets, we know that with the good times also come the bad. The myriad of diseases that affect these special little fuzzies is heartbreaking. For many ferrets, this is where fostering comes in.
It doesn’t take much to be a foster parent. All you need is heart and some experience in taking care of a ferret with health problems. Fostering ferrets through the GCFA entails taking on a ferret that has a known medical condition: typically insulinoma and/or adrenal disease. You will not be on your own as you care for a foster ferret. You would be working with GCFA managers and our connection to medical staff. The beautiful fosters at the shelter range in age from 2 to 7 years old. They come in assorted colors, sizes, wellness, and energy levels. Their conditions range from minor to more advanced; extreme old age, insulinoma, adrenal disease, liver disease, etc. Not all ferrets require daily medicine or specialized care.
Taking home a foster ferret doesn’t mean you are taking home a ferret that is ready to die.
Most of our fosters are bundles of energy waiting for a chance to play with each other and especially you. Unfortunately, they have an issue that needs some extra attention. Many fosterable ferrets are overlooked at the shelter because people are afraid to open up their hearts to a ferret that they do not know how long they will have in their lives. Once you see past the fear, you can see just how much love those ferrets can offer.
One of the amazing people that does this on a consistent basis is one of our volunteers, Heidi Sliwinski. Heidi and her husband Tom are two of our most frequent fosterers. I asked Heidi how she does it year after year and this is what she had to say:I have had more [foster ferrets] than I can count over the years. We have 6 fosters at home right now, in three separate play groups. Oz is by himself because he prefers that. He has adrenal disease and insulinoma. We fostered him 3 ½ years ago, and he is now over 7 years old. He has the energy of a youngster and is naked. Yuppy was originally from a group of three, and he is now 6 ½ years old with insulinoma. We have had him for 2 years. His friend is Tootsie who is 4 years old, has adrenal disease and has been with us for a year. Sponge is 8 years old and came into the shelter in pain with a broken leg that was never taken care of and didn’t heal properly. He drags it behind him but is able to get around. He is on a high dose of 5mg/ml prednisone for insulinoma and has an enlarged spleen. His best friend is Bella, who is a tiny white girl about 6 ½ years old. She has adrenal disease and adores him. You will always find the two of them together. We have had them for a few months. Last but not least is Suzy who is the tiniest ferret we have ever had. She is 6 years old and anemic. She doesn’t do much of anything anymore but is such a cutie.I can’t imagine my life without fostering. I feel so good being able to give the ones in most need a happy, safe environment to be in. None of them deserve to be in a shelter. They need love and exercise. It makes a huge difference in how long they will live and how well they stay. I have brought fosters home thinking they would die soon and a year later they are doing better than ever. I have also brought ferrets home and they have died in 24 hours, days, or weeks later. This doesn’t come as a surprise to me; I am well aware of what will happen when I take home a really sick ferret. The good part of that is: they did not die at the shelter. They died in a loving home, sometimes in my arms, and I’m always glad I had the chance to love them. Not everyone can do or say that. Like any ferret, their time in our lives is always too short. I want to give them a chance. Don’t they deserve that? I’ve never regretted any of them.
If you are interested in joining our foster program, you can find the requirements on our website, or you can call the shelter at 708-442-8650 and ask to speak to a manager.
We hope to see you at the shelter!
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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