F.A.C.T. has been active for 18+ years. Experience dictates that it is time to address an issue that has been bad since the beginning, but in recent years has reached an unimaginable epidemic degree: NASTY CAGES
In fostering and facilitating adoptions, F.A.C.T. volunteers constantly see ferrets arrive in cages that can only be described as "haz-mat environments" .... poop encrusted, urine saturated, nasty piled-high litter pans (if there is even a litter pan, sometimes it's just nasty poop/urine soaked shavings in the bottom of a cage and shavings of any type are a huge NO for they are toxic to a ferret, regardless of what you see or hear in a pet store), bedding too filthy to even handle, disgusting fly covered food bowls and moldy scummy water bottles. The winner is roaches crawling out of the cage.
No exaggeration, it takes our vols hours to clean these cages sufficiently to make them suitable and safe, occasionally with no alternative than simply tossing the cage in the trash. These cleaning hours don't include getting the ferret groomed ... bathed, ears cleaned, toe nails clipped, and usually flea-treated.
PEOPLE ... what makes you think a ferret wants to live in such nastiness? Ferrets are fastidious, tidy critters ... but they can't clean a cage, wash food bowls and water bottles, launder bedding, or change litter!!! You may not mind living in squalor, but your ferret wants and deserves better.
Daily - it takes 5-minutes to clean the litter pan, tidy the cage, and check food/water supply .... 5-minutes PEOPLE! Weekly - wash the food bowl and water bottle; Monthly - launder the bedding and wash the litter pan and clip toe nails/clean ears; Every 4-6 weeks - bath your ferret.
If you are too sorry to provide a clean, healthy environment for a ferret, then you don't deserve to own such sweet, charming pets.
WHO WE ARE
F.A.C.T. is a non-profit Education, Adoption, and Rescue organization founded in 1991 and located in upper East Tennessee. F.A.C.T., with the help of volunteers and foster homes, has been able to handle over 100 ferret adoptions each year. If you would like a free ferret information packet, want information on how to adopt one of our ferrets, or wish to make a donation to F.A.C.T., please contact us at the e-mail or phone number below.
Note that F.A.C.T. networks with volunteers, shelters and other rescue organization throughout Tennessee, for approximately a several hundred mile radius. However, F.A.C.T. DOES NOT ship ferrets to locations out of our working areas.
Note also that F.A.C.T. is not a shelter per se, i.e., not a building at a specific location, but instead a series of foster homes. Consequently, since we are all private residences, phone calls are not accepted; please use email addresses below.