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Volunteer Information

Current Shelter Population: 102

Volunteer Information


Time Commitment

At least one “shift” of 2-6 hours on the same day each week is necessary as consistency is the key. The amount of time per shift will depend upon how many other volunteers are scheduled at the shelter at that time on that day of the week.

The shelter runs optimally with three volunteers working at the same time. It is possible to have only one volunteer working, but new volunteers never work alone. 


Dress Code

T-shirts and jeans are appropriate. Do not wear anything that you would not be okay with getting somewhat dirty. (Ferrets tend to shake their heads after getting medications, for example.) Closed-toe shoes are also highly recommended.



The GCFA Shelter has 56 animal cages, four large playpens, two desks and basic counter space and sink with one small bathroom. It is kept clean and is no different than a small pet store in many respects.



Expect to learn more about ferrets and enjoy meeting and taking care of furries that need your love and a forever home!

Other Tasks

There is work at the Shelter that is needed other than working with the animals. Assistance with, laundry, record keeping and general cleaning is also greatly needed and appreciated.



If you are interested in volunteering, please read about Basic Volunteer Work and Advanced Volunteer Work.

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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

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