Throughout the country, hundreds of ferrets end up homeless every year.  For one reason or another many of these ferrets end up in our Welfares & Rescues.  In many cases the majority of these are brought to us by the RSPCA .  Some of the reasons these ferrets end up in our Welfares & Rescues include: 


 a/  Escaping from their home and becoming lost.  

 b/  Being abandoned by their owner.

 c/  Inability of the owner to cope with the cost of necessary veterinary care.

 d/  Ownership being relinquished due to changes in lifestyle or place of residence. 

 e/  Owner unprepared for the unique nature of ferrets.


Unfortunately for the ferret it has become a 'Trendy' pet.  But trends change and the ferret is no longer fashionable and the owner is then left with the problem of disposing of the unfortunate creature.  Luckily, for the ferret, the BFFW is a nationwide organisation with branches throughout the country, ready to give them a second chance.

If, after careful consideration, you have decided that a ferret is what you really want then contact your

local BFFW Welfare/Rescue for sound, solid advice before commiting yourself.  Assuming everything goes well  and you haven't changed your mind the adoption process can begin.  One last thought.  Welfare ferrets are neutered and vaccinated before placement and are usually beyond the demanding juvenile stage being calmer with a well defined character and personality.  A great advantage for the first time ferret owner.



Adoption Process


1/   The Federation Welfare reserves the right to carry out a home-check prior to any proposed ferret


2/   The applicant shall have prepared adequate housing & shelter for their ferret(s). We advise a sturdily

       built 'cub', for no more than two ferrets, measuring a minimum of two feet wide by two feet high by

       four feet long with an open front of one inch square (max) weldmesh, having a seperate sleeping

       compartment within the cub - usually taking up one third of the cub - and not forgetting a waterproof,

       overlapping roof.

3/   There must always be access to plenty of clean, fresh drinking water and the applicant must be 

       certain of a regular supply of suitable (quality) ferret food.  We  recommend a good quality dry ferret

       food such as James Wellbeloved 'FERRET COMPLETE'.

       Feeding meat is quite acceptable or given a mixed diet is ideal.

4/   The applicant shall have prepared an exercise area for their ferret(s), whether an  outside or else the

       freedom of their house (a room) - it's their choice.

5/   The Federation Welfare reserves the right to refuse any application should the conditions or

       arrangements for the ferret's general welfare prove to be unsuitable.

6/   The Federation Welfare asks that the adoptive keeper will refund the cost of any Veterinary fees

       that have been paid out for neutering and vaccination of their ferret(s) against canine distemper.

7/   The Federation Welfare reserves the right to contact the adoptive keeper either by post, telephone or

       email to arrange a home visit, at a mutually agreeable time, to ensure that the ferret is being cared

       for in the appropriate manner and that it is settling into its new home and surroundings.

8/   The adoptive keeper shall ensure that the ferret is allowed to act naturally and to express its own

       character as a ferret without being demeaned or degraded.  i.e. By being dressed up in weird

       costumes and the like.

9/   The adoptive keeper will ensure that the ferret will not, in any circumstances, be passed to the care

       of another person, or persons, for money or any other goods or reason.

10/ The Federation Welfare reserves the right to reclaim any adopted ferret(s), without repayment, should

       the terms of the contract not be adhered to.

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