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National Ferret Day

April 2 is National Ferret Day, a day to celebrate ferrets.

By Marylou Zarbock
Posted: April 2, 2009, 4:15 p.m. EDT

two ferrets sleeping
Courtesy of Megan McGarry
Ferrets take center stage during National Ferret Day on April 2 in the United States.

Although not as popular as Halloween, Memorial Day or other observances, National Ferret Day, on April 2 in the United States, has gradually gained momentum through the years to be celebrated by more and more members of the ferret community. Ferret owners and enthusiasts celebrate the day in their own way, usually by doing something special for their ferrets. But what is the origin of this event?

A member of the USDA National Agricultural Library staff revealed that National Ferret Day is not listed in the federal records as of 1994.

After 1994, the National Special Events Registry took over listing such observances, according to its website. “In December 1994, the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives announced that Congress would no longer officially recognize special days, weeks, or months sponsored by associations, corporations, or individuals.” Access to this database of events is available only for a fee. [Update: National Ferret Day has been in the National Special Events Registry since 1995 according to John Kremer, president of Open Horizons, the company that operates the registry. No informaton is available about the founder of the day.]

An Internet search reveals that although National Ferret Day was mentioned as occurring in February a few times, other mentions overwhelmingly put the day on April 2. Possibly the first mention of National Ferret Day is on the Daily Miscellany page from 2001. And possibly the earliest recurring mention of it begins on the Holidays For Everyday page for April 2, 2004.

Interestingly, a National Ferret Day began in the United Kingdom in 2007, with May 5 chosen as the day. The founder of National Ferret Day in the United Kingdom is Ian Kearns of the Ferret Education and Research Trust (FERT). 

Whatever the origin, ferrets and ferret enthusiasts continue to celebrate this day.

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Happy National Ferret's DAY!!!!
I have been a ferret owner since I was in my early 30's, so that makes it several years. I consider myself an expert when it comes to raising ferrets. The simple joys of having ferrets from start to finish, from getting the kits that is biting your fingers to much and having to make baby bottles nightly so that he/she becomes socialized with human interaction to the dreaded "I did everything I could to make him well" at home, is it time to make that vet visit. Can I even afford it? All the way to the very end when they are holding on and they will not let go because they do not want to leave you. I find from being a ferret owner, having one of mine pass in my arms is comforting and a loving memory. The way I celebrate this national Ferret holiday is to embrace all the things these tiny creatures have brought to my life: the tiny scuttling sounds of their paws as they run across the carpet, them playing and knocking the trashcan down, them breaking out of their cages in the middle of the night, or just having them love me unconditionally, I would never want to be without one of these guys in my life. Thank you for reading. Happy National Ferret's Day from Celeste and her ferrets: Jackson, Hoss, Wendell, Rue, Bella, and Freddie Ferret!!! 2016
Celeste M. Gamez, International
Posted: 4/2/2016 10:43:45 PM
Forgot to mention all my ferrets names...Happy National Ferrets day to my little business of ferret friends! They are Oddy, Dixie, Jackson and Rue. I recently had my close friend pass away and I took her three. My friends name was Candy who has passed and I know she would of wanted me to honorably mention her ferrets are Olivia, Freddy and Bella! Have a great day all my ferret friends
Celeste M Gamez, Tucson, AZ
Posted: 4/2/2014 12:07:20 AM
I love all my ferrets and today is their day to celebrate! I just saw it on my calendar, "National Ferret Day!" I will do something fun for them and give them extra kisses! Happy National Ferret Day!!
Celeste, Tucson, AZ
Posted: 4/1/2014 11:55:41 PM
Excellent -I will be celebrating 'National Ferret Day' with my 4 babies- there will more than likely be some treats such as chicks or pinkies and probably a new hammy..Considering I am in a Rescue Group on facebook-I sure the locals will organize a 'get togethe'
Nicole, International
Posted: 3/13/2014 8:25:08 PM
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