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Current Shelter Population: 102



Thinking about donating to the GCFA? There are many options that can suit your wallet, lifestyle and even shopping habits!



  • Volunteering your time at the GCFA Shelter - For more information about become a volunteer, visit our GCFA Volunteer Interest page.
  • Attending GCFA hosted events - To find out about upcoming events, visit or GCFA Events page.
  • Bestow gently used ferret supplies, such as cages, bedding, toys, books, food. Please visit our Shelter Requests page or our 'Donate Food' page for more information. 
  • Giving a gift in memory of your ferret, such as funds for other ferrets in the shelter. Please visit our Donating Funds page for more information.
  • Remembering the GCFA in your will or in your yearly tax donations.
  • Shopping & iGive!
  • My Favorite Nonprofit, Give At Checkout, and Donate Now 
    • Make an online cash gift to your favorite nonprofit organization on eBay. You can donate as little as $1 using PayPal and our nonprofit partner MissionFish will ensure that your gift is delivered safely and securely. And everything you give is tax deductible!
    • My Favorite Nonprofit
      • With My Favorite Nonprofit, it's easier to support your favorite nonprofit organization whenever you buy or sell on eBay - because you decide which nonprofit you see when checking out or creating a listing.
      • How to designate your favorite nonprofit
        • Through My eBay:
          1. Go to My eBay. (You might need to sign in or register.)
          2. Under the Account tab find your Donation Account.
          3. In the My Favorite Nonprofit section, use the search tools to search for your favorite nonprofit by name.
        • Through eBay Giving Works:
          1. Search for your favorite nonprofit by name in the "Shop By..." section of the eBay Giving Works home page.
          2. In the search results, click the View button in the "About My Nonprofit" column.
          3. On your nonprofit's page, click the Save as Favorite button. (You might be asked to sign in to eBay.)
          4. The organization will automatically be saved to your favorites.
      • That's it! Next time - and every time - you shop or sell on eBay, you can give a little extra to help your favorite organization achieve its important mission. You can choose as many nonprofits as you want, and you'll see one of them each time.
    • Give At Checkout
      • You can donate $1 or more (up to $25) to support your favorite nonprofit whenever you complete a purchase on eBay and pay using PayPal.
        • At checkout, we'll invite you to add a donation to your transaction.
        • If you choose to give, we'll automatically deduct your donation from your
        • PayPal account and our partner MissionFish will forward it to the nonprofit you chose*.
        • You can preselect which nonprofits will appear on your checkout page, through My eBay, or let us suggest one for you.
        • There's no obligation to donate and there's no extra charge for this service.
  • Other generous donators have given gifts via their online bill pay service, their paypall or even their employer's charity as they often match funds!


It takes a great number of people to make it possible to operate and maintain the GCFA shelter; there are those who devote time to volunteering services and others who donate money. It takes every one of these volunteers to make the GCFA shelter program possible. Considering such, we, as well as the ferrets, want to take time to say “Thank you!” to all our generous volunteers and donators - So Thank You!!

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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 

Companion Title Class


Casey's Hidden Pantry

Late Alter Title Class

 Totally Ferret

Adolescent Title Class

Ferret Breeders Network

Breeder Title Class

---additional note---
bissel lost pet
We Support Bissel Lost Pet USA