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Foster Requirements

Current Shelter Population: 102

Foster Requirements


Being a Foster Parent saves lives! It is one of the most loving and compassionate things you can do! 

Because our foster ferrets can live for years on maintenance drugs, we have a $50.00 drug maintenance fee, per year, to help off-set the cost.  This fee is an annual fee and not per ferret.

Fostering Requirements:

  • Foster ferrets are the legal property of the GCFA.
  • Foster homes represent temporary placement.
  • If anyone voices an interest in adopting a ferret that has been fostered, the foster parent has priority rights to adoption. If the current foster parent cannot commit to adopt, the interested party, if approved by shelter staff, has rights to the ferret.
  • The GCFA has final say on all matters concerning the treatment and final disposition of the ferret.
  • Foster homes will be financially responsible for providing housing, food, water and non-medical needs of the foster ferret. This includes special diets that may be required.
  • The GCFA will be financially responsible for all 
    • veterinary examination 
    • diagnostic testing
    • surgery
    • medical fees incurred by the foster animal within fostering guidelines.
  • All medical work will be done at a hospital or clinic that the GCFA chooses. All veterinary appointments must be approved by and made through your foster care coordinator ahead of time. For various reasons, we may not always be able to send you to your favored veterinarian.
    • Our primary veterinary hospital, especially in emergencies, is Midwest Bird and Exotics Animal Hospital. We try to do as much veterinary care in house with Dr. Susan Brown when she comes in every few weeks or with our trained medical staff between those visits.
  • If veterinary fees are incurred at an unapproved veterinary hospital for any reason, or appointments are made at partner vets without the foster care coordinator’s consent or cooperation, the GCFA will not be financially responsible for reimbursement.
  • All medications will be picked up at the GCFA shelter.
    • This may mean at least one trip to the shelter per month for medications.
  • All fosters should know or be willing to learn how to perform the following basic medical necessities:
    • Give oral medications
    • Compound (mix) Pepcid/Famotidine
    • Glucose checks with a glucometer
    • Administer subcutaneous fluids
    • Administer injectable medication
    • Triage medical symptoms
      • What is an emergency and what isn't
      • What is a mass vs adrenal bruising vs injury
      • What is a low glucose symptom vs a true seizure

Maintenance Drugs:

  • Prednisolone (1mg/mL and 5mg/mL)
  • Lasix
  • Melatonin Implant
  • Leuprolide (Lupron)
  • Suprelorin F /Deslorelin Implant
  • Other, as needed or prescribed

Foster Contact

Moira Koppe, Foster care Coordinator:
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
GCFA Shelter: 708-442- 8650

NOTE: Shelter staff can not authorize care, and will typically refer you to the foster care coordinator. However, in an emergency, they may be able to help you until your foster care coordinator can return your call.

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Monthly Shelter Expenses

Cleaning Supplies:

..all prices are approximate..

GFSOE Sponsors

Greatest Sponsor On Earth

In Honor of Patrick & Gisele Fund

 Ness Exotic Wellness Center

Ringmaster of Specialties

 Animal House of Chicago

Ringmaster of Titles I

Glenwood Village Pet Hospital

Ringmaster of Titles II

Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital 

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Casey's Hidden Pantry

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 Totally Ferret

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Ferret Breeders Network

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