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Include Your Ferrets In Your Moving & Travel Plans

Research the laws regarding ferret ownership before moving to or visiting a new location.

By Wendy Bedwell-Wilson
Posted: July 28, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

If you’re planning to move — whether it’s to a new town, county, state or country — be sure to research laws regarding ferret ownership and husbandry in your new location, said David Gaines, director, legal and legislative affairs for the American Ferret Association in Annapolis, Md.

“There are things you do as part of moving, like getting a new driver’s license or registering your car,” he said. “And when you have a ferret, a part of responsible ferret husbandry is to dig a little deeper than people who have dogs, cats and rabbits have to. And you may find that the place you’re moving to requires you to have a license to own a ferret, and you have to have proof of rabies vaccination.”

Even if you’re traveling between counties or states with your ferret, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with local animal-control laws. Gaines frequently takes calls from concerned vacationers.

“We’ll get an inquiry from someone who’s traveling to Texas, asking if they can bring their ferret along because they heard they are illegal in some places,” he said. “You have to literally go down to the town level, go to that town’s website, look at their ordinances, and find out.”

Wendy Bedwell-Wilson writes about pet topics from her home in Oregon.

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Just a warning: Ferrets are still illegal to own in California. Ferret enthusiasts have been trying to get the law changed since about the 1980s, but the law still stands.
Karen, Somewhere, CA
Posted: 12/14/2010 10:21:51 AM
We recently moved from s.c. to calif. we drove 2800 miles with 2 teenagers," Bones" our tarantula, and our 3 ferrets.Baby, Demon-d, and Digger. The ferrets traveled beautifully.We were concerned about it being illeagal to have them here but what are you going to do. Luckily enough for us that ridiculus law has been overturned. Now the "girls" get to go everywhere with me. And they get to be good will ambassadors to all of those who never had the chance to be around ferrets.
Brenda, riverside, CA
Posted: 12/13/2010 12:50:01 AM
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