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Ellington (Hortonville), Wisconsin           (920) 574-2277 (main number)

 e-mail:  friend@FoxValleyFerret.com    (920) 735-1896 (emergency cell phone)

If "your" ferret isn't here yet, we do maintain a "waiting" list and people on the list will get a call before ferrets are listed on our site.
Please call or email us at
friend@FoxValleyFerret.com. Please use "ferret" somewhere in the subject line as that will help your message stand out from all the spam.


FVF offers special adoption packages for harder to place ferrets:
Senior Ferrets
Ferrets with Special Veterinary Needs
Large Ferret Families (3 or more wanting to stay together)
Ferrets with Behavioral Problems needing gentle correction.

  We are happy to talk to you about all of our available ferrets, profiled or not. 
   Please feel free to call or email us and ask about ferrets that haven't been posted for adoption.

Some senior ferrets have been removed from our adoptables page and reclassified as permanent residents because they realistically have very little chance of being adopted.  You can see their profiles on the sponsor a ferret page.

Do you have room in your heart for a pair of very sweet seniors?  Lazy (sable) and Sparky (gray) arrived at FVF because their family was moving and had to reduce the number of animals they had.  Initially, the ferrets' names were reversed, but based on the personality traits listed with each, we have reassigned names to match the traits.  Lazy is very sweet and likes to be loved on.  He is obsessed with shoes and will try to take them.  He has never bitten.  Sparky is more "on the go".  He will tolerate being held, but only in short bursts.  He has given the shelter mom kisses.  He reportedly will nip your toes if you have socks on.  At their vet check we had Lazy's glucose done because he did not seem as active as we would expect-it tested at 73, but he had been sleeping prior to being taken to the vet so we don't know how recently he had eaten.  We do believe he gets car sick as well-he seems to get kind of drooly during a car ride.  Vet check and distemper done on 2/27/12 .  These boys were adopted briefly but they were very aggressive toward another male ferret in the home and came back to the shelter.  They did get along well with the two female ferrets in the home.  Dentals were done on 3/16/12 (LS) while with the adopters (FVF paid for them as they had been scheduled prior to the adoption).  The records for the dentals are under the names Shooter (Sparky we think) and Thompson (Lazy we think).  We believe these ferrets were born early 2008 or late 2007.  These boys had their 2013 health check (LS) and distemper shot (FVF) on 4/8/13.   

Copper and Nibbler arrived via BAHS when their owner moved.  He reported that Copper "bites" but the most we have seen has been excited nipping, which can get hard, during play.    Nibbler has not done this as of yet, but he does play in water-including his water dish.  He would probably love going into the shower with his person.  These boys have been around cats and have done well.  Because of Copper's rough play we do not recommend them for homes with children.  They MUST go to a home with  experienced owners who understand how to "correct" Copper without making him afraid to play.  Based on the condition of their teeth these boys were likely born late in 2010.  Vet check and distemper done on 3/20/12 (amc).  2013 Vet check done on 4/8 (LS) and their distemper shots were updated at the shelter the same day.

Sprinkles and Jimmies arrived from HAWS in Milwaukee.  They had been listed for adoption for about three weeks before Jimmies bit someone during an adoption meeting.  After a ten day quarantine they were turned over to FVF.  While at FVF we have found that these are very nice ferrets, but that Jimmies does tend to play rough-especially if he is excited.  He is an extreme war dancer.  Sprinkles tends to be a little more cautious but once she adjusts she does fine.  She was reportedly very protective of Jimmies and had issues with other ferrets at the short term foster home, but we have not seen that here at the shelter and she appears to be doing fine with the other ferrets in the room they are in.  We did note that these ferrets tend to get cage stressed, so we want to make sure they will be getting lots of "out" time in their new home.  A large cage would also be very desirable.  Based on the condition of their teeth, we believe they were likely born late 2008 or early 2009.  Vet check and distemper shot done on 1/9/13 (amc).  These ferrets were adopted, but came back to the shelter under a three month foster contract in June 2013.  Part of the contract requires monthly contact, and we have not heard from the adopter since the ferrets were dropped off and the contract signed-therefore, we are anticipating they will not be reclaimed.

Puma (albino) and Steele were surrendered because their owner was dealing with chronic health issues and an autistic child and felt she could no longer give them the type of care they deserved.  According to her, Puma has never bitten, dislikes baths and doesn't like any treats.  He likes to be stroked rather than cuddled and got along with cats and dogs.  He was born June 2009.  Steele gives kisses but will bite your socks.  He will knock off and climb your dryer tube.  He will steal dog food and eat stuff he shouldn't.  He is a big cuddler who will follow you around to be held and will lay in bed with you.  If you fall asleep with him he will scratch you to wake you up for attention.  He was great with her dog, but played too rough for her older cat.  He was born Sept 2010.  These boys were adopted in Feb of 2013, but the adopter's situation changed and they have now been returned to the shelter.  They will be scheduled for a vet check and to get their distemper shots updated, then they will be looking for a forever home.  Most recent vet check and distemper done on 7/3/12 (amc).

Buttons his brother Jax (now at the bridge) arrived at FVF on Dec 15, 2012.  They were adopted in January 2013, and Jax went to the bridge very unexpectedly a few weeks later.  Puma and Steele (see above) were adopted to keep him company.  Unfortunately, the person who adopted them had some changes in her situation and all three were returned to FVF.  The original people who had Buttons and Jax said they had them for about 2 years and no longer had time for them.  According to the old owner's report, they can be a little nippy when they first come out to play, although we have not seen that at the shelter.  We believe they were kept someplace cool because of the plushness of their coats.  Both have worn canines, indicating that they were likely kept caged for extended periods and chewed the bars out of frustration.  The bedding they were originally surrendered with was filthy and smelled of wood shavings-further suggesting they were caged in a garage.  Both are decent with the litter pan while in the cage, as long as it is large enough and kept clean.  When they arrived, they had diarrhea and were treated with Metronidizole for 10 days.  The diarrhea cleared up within two doses.  They were reportedly okay with the family dogs, but were not allowed to play with them.  Vet check and distemper shots done on 12/31/12.   Based on the condition of their teeth they were probably born Sept-Dec 2008.  Buttons has had some digestive problems and should be on a special diet (he does well with low allergin cat food and 8 in 1 ultra blend ferret food).  He will be accompanying Puma and Steele to get a health check although he is not due for his distemper shot. 

The following ferrets will be listed soon:
Clark Kent (3 1/2) and Lois Lane (2)  Special needs adoption: Clark only has one kidney.
Rocky (adoption pending)
Bandit (adoption pending)
Gunnar (5 yrs)
Sully (5 yrs)
Alice (female 1-1 1/2)
Rupert and Lenore (both 3 1/2-4 yrs)

 *Fox Valley Ferret is also caring for ferrets not considered adoptable at this time

  • New arrivals are evaluated and vet checked prior to their listing as adoptable. 
  • Ferrets with veterinary needs.
  • Aggressive biters (those that "lock down" or draw blood).
  • Ferrets that are very elderly or frail.
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