I thought it would be fun to share with each other how we all got our ferret babies! What got you started in ferrets? How did you aquire each of them? How long have you had ferrets? Please share your story
My ferrets where each aqquired differently- although I have to admit 3 of them (each under different circumstances) did indeed come from a pet store, which some people are totally against, but everyone has their opinions.
I love talking about my little ones & appreciate any opportunity for doing so.
~ My first ever ferret Sissy (who is the one I was talking about that passed away) I actually got from my mother-in-law because she was moving to California & they are illegal there.
~My 2nd ferret, who happenes to be my favorite, is Snoopy. He is a canadian ferret & is HUGE. He was my first petstore rescue. Nobody would buy him because he was so big & they all wanted cute little ones. As a result he became nippy & started drawing blood from customers. I was approached by the manager one day & asked if I wanted to take him home with me. At the time I couldn't afford to buy another ferret as I was still adjusting to the one we had just gotten. I was then told no, I didn't have to pay for him- they would GIVE him to me, or else they may have to put him to sleep since he had become a biter. I COULDN'T have that!! So home he came. It was very trying on the patience for the next 3-4 months thereafter. He would clamp on to my hand & not let go. I was soo ready to give up on more than 1 occasion. NOW- I am am glad I didn't. He is such a baby- full of cuddles & kisses. You'd never know he was a biter when he was young (about 8 weeks old)- he is now a little over 5 years old & the love of my life in the ferret world.
~ My 3rd ferret is Tigger. She is now about 2-3 years old. There was no special reason as to why I got her, just that she looked like a little grey wolf to me (My husband has an indian heritage). She was the only one in the cage & even though I know she would have been sold... I just couldn't walk away & leave here there alone. She is my smallest little girls, even though she is not the youngest.
~ My 4th was Winnie. She is a Champaigne Panda & unfortunately is deaf. She as just barely 2 years old. Another petstore rescue- she just seemed to have a look of help me on my face. We didn't know she was deaf when we got her, but we did sense that something was wrong. She has come a long way in the past year & a half since we found out about her deafness & even thugh I was considering rehoming her... I just could bare to think about someone adopting her & not being able to properly care for her because of her disability. So she will stay with me till her time comes.
~ My 5th & most recent adoption was Mojo. She is 5-6 years old. Her former owner surrendered her to a humane society because he just didn't want her anymore. (there were 2 others with her also- but I didn't have the room to take all 3). Since ferrets are illegal in Hennepin County (at least as far as I know) a kind samaritan who runs a dog shelter/rescue purchased them from the humane society in hopes to rehome them. Again, it was kind of her to do so, but she didn't have the ferret knowledge she should have had to properly care for them. I saw an ad on Petfinder.com for Mojo's sister & was actually interested in her, but sparked with Mojo better when I went to look at them in person.
And here I am today