Posted: February 24, 2011, 8:30 p.m. EST
© Courtesy Kim Crivello
In addition to participating in events like the Shamrock Shuffle run, Kim Crivello also attends Greater Chicago Ferret Association events, such as the ferret kissing contest at its last holiday party.
Many people help ferrets by feeding them, grooming them, cleaning up after them and more; a more unique way to help ferrets is by running — we’re talking mini-marathon here, and raising funds and awareness to help ferrets in need.
That’s what Kim Crivello plans to do this April at the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago, an 8K (4.97 mile) run that starts and finishes in Chicago’s Grant Park on April 10, 2011. Crivello is a ferret owner and enthusiast who is also a board member of the Greater Chicago Ferret Association. She got the idea to participate in the Shuffle this past November.
“I am always on the lookout for ways to promote responsible ferret ownership,” Crivello said. “The Shamrock Shuffle is historically a very fun-loving event and the official start of the running season in Chicago. Ferrets are fun-loving party animals, and the idea just clicked in my head. I will wear my jersey with all the names of my supporters written on it and, of course, my ferret ears.”
Information about the race, nicknamed by Crivello as “Shuffle For The Ferrets,” is posted on the Causes.com website. People listed on the Causes site are helping to spread the word about Crivello’s run, and some are running themselves.
This year is Crivello’s first time in the Shuffle, and she’s taking it seriously. She’s been concentrating on conditioning and nutrition, and on February 13, she started an eight-week training program.
Her pet ferrets are lending their support. “The ferrets are active participants in my training program,” Crivello said. “They steal my stinky socks and are diligent at removing the insoles to my running shoes so they air out. Most importantly, they keep me motivated.”
Crivello said that 14 of her ferrets are foster ferrets from the GCFA shelter. “Whenever I think of being lazy, I think of how many shelter ferrets won't find their forever homes,” she said.
Part of the reason Crivello is doing this is because she wants people to know that they can turn to the GCFA not just to adopt ferrets, but to get information about ferrets. “Even if you don't adopt a ferret from us, we invite you to call our shelter, e-mail us with questions, or visit us at a local Meet The Ferrets event. Our volunteers welcome questions and are happy to take the time to help. A properly informed ferret owner is a happy ferret owner — and that makes for a happy ferret.”
And "Shuffle For The Ferrets" could just be the beginning. Next in Crivello’s sights? “Participating in the 2011 Chicago 'Ferrethon,' of course [aka the Chicago Marathon]!”
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