Helping ferrets and their owners in the
Tucson region and southern Arizona

A 501(C)3 Nonprofit Rescue Group

Who We Are and What We Do

Our primary purpose is to provide information about ferrets, and to rescue homeless and unwanted ferrets. A lost and found file is maintained, ferrets are kept until the owner is found or they are adopted. All rescued ferrets are given thorough vet checks, vaccinated for canine distemper and rabies, and if needed spayed and neutered. Our rescue sponsors an annual Fall Fun Show Picnic, and a Spring Fling Picnic. Ferret Friends also publishes a newsletter, and has three vaccination clinics per year.
We have recently teamed up with the Petcos in Tucson to have Ferret Adoption Days; these are usually held on a Saturday once a month at various Petco locations. It is a great opportunity to meet some of us and also meet some of our ferrets that are looking for forever homes. We try to have our board of directors meetings at least once a month, and they are always open to the public and free. Individuals do not have to be ferret owners to participate in club events. We enjoy meeting new people and talking about ferrets.

Ferret Friends Inc. is run solely by volunteers; these volunteers take surrendered ferrets into their homes, care for their needs, get them to their checkups, have them vaccinated and take care of any other medical attention they may require.

We do not have a dedicated building we run out of; it is due to our volunteers and their dedication that we continue to exist. Almost all of the people who volunteer, including the board members, have jobs. Please keep this in mind when contacting individuals for information, adoptions, or help. We try to respond quickly, but this doesn't always happen. Please leave messages on answering machines or try more than once to get a hold of someone. However, e-mail is really the best way to contact one of us.

We want to help you in any way possible. We also ask that if you reconsider and decide not to adopt, to please call or leave message so that we do not waste time trying to get a hold of you. We understand that things happen in your life to change your decision, we would like the courtesy of you letting us know.

What Are Ferrets ?

Ferrets are domestic animals, cousins of weasels, skunks and otters. (Other relatives include minks, ermines, stoats, badgers, black-footed ferrets, polecats, and fishers.) They are not rodents; taxonomically they're in between cats and dogs, a little closer to dogs. They are friendly and make excellent pets. If you've never met one before, the easiest way to think of them is somewhere between cats and dogs in personality, but rather smaller. They can only see reasonably well, but they have excellent senses of hearing and smell. Some are cuddly, others more independent; they vary a lot, just like other pets.

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