Posted: March 1, 2010, 5 a.m. EST
“An investigation uncovered an illegal exotic reptile dealer who had been feeding his dozens of large snakes live small animals that he had been getting off Craigslist and from ‘free’ ads in the local papers,” Doshier said. “A criminal prosecution on the state and federal levels are ongoing.”
The two ferrets, Baltimore and Douglass, were given away by a family who had lost their home to foreclosure. The ferrets have now been adopted by a wonderful family. “I understand that Baltimore is his new vet’s most favorite patient!”
Doshier urges caution to all pet owners. If you must give up your pets, do background checks and verify what people tell you to ensure that your pets are in the hands of good people who only want to give them good homes.
Ferret Shelter Adoptions And Fosters
Amelia and Olive are a closely bonded pair of 1.5 year old gentle, sweet, playful young female ferrets up for adoption. Amelia is a little, black sable and Olive is a medium, silver girl with a cute little black nose. These little ladies are face-kissers! The previous owner drove four hours to bring the girls to the shelter to ensure that they received proper care and got a decent chance of finding a new forever home.
Raisins From Heaven also needs responsible, caring foster homes. Doshier said the shelter’s foster program is a huge success and vital to the shelter’s ability to take in additional ferrets. “Without the support of our wonderful foster moms and dads, we would be unable to take care of the numbers of ferrets that we have and do,” Doshier said. “This program keeps our doors open to ferrets needing a place to go for whatever reason. If a shelter closes its doors to incoming, then ferrets are at risk for being dumped in municipal or kill shelters, or worse, just let out into a field ... or...”
One of the assistance programs Raisins From Heaven offers is to military personnel. “We are very proud to support our men and women of the military who are stationed overseas for any duration of time,” Doshier said. “We provide a free foster program for these patriots. We have a roster of military families eager to care for their beloved pets while on active duty overseas. Many of these ferrets have been returned to their owners after they return to their homes after completing their service to our country.”
Advice For Ferret Owners“Be prepared for vet bills when the fuzzie gets sick and needs vet care, which can get costly, especially if surgery is required,” Doshier said. “Be prepared to take your ferrets with you when a disaster strikes your area or in the event of an emergency — such as hurricane or loss of a job which may require you to move with your pet. Prepare for someone to care for your ferret should something happen to you, such as illness or hospitalization — or even death. Your ferrets are part of your family and you look after your family members.”
More On Raisins From Heaven
A website for Raisins From Heaven is under construction. Meanwhile, information about it can be found on websites for Petfinder, the American Ferret Association and Support Our Shelters.
Raisins From Heaven is well-known to other animal rescue groups and veterinary clinics in the mid-south as well as the municipal or kill-shelters.
Dr. Gerald Blackburn, Gentle Care Animal Hospital of Memphis, Tennessee, is the veterinarian for Raisins From Heaven. “He was the first vet in the mid-south to care for ferrets and is probably the foremost authority on ferrets in this area,” Doshier said.
Doshier thinks highly of Support Out Shelters. “This is a very important organization, and I am a proud member of it and support them when I can with funds. SOS is a safety net and a lifeline to ferret rescues and shelters all across America. They also purchase items shelters need at a reduced rate and offer that savings to the shelters, such as melatonin implants. An item that I need monthly and that I was able to purchase at a reduced rate. They are a godsend to ferret shelters.”
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Troy Lynn Eckart is the founder of Ferret Family Services, a domestic ferret information, education and welfare public service organization in Kansas.