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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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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
Team Crusher from North Pennine Ferret welfare celebrated by doing and education day xx
Karen, Durham
Posted: 4/2/2011 11:49:04 AM
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