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Sadly, there are thousands and thousands of domesticated pets in the United States that are homeless or who are living in unsuitable conditions. Nearly everyone in the country is familiar with the SPCA or the Humane Society, and thankfully many people who are looking for a companion pet go to these services to find one. Generally, however, people go there looking for a cat or a dog. There are still many people in the United States that don't know what a ferret is, and even more people believe that there aren't that many ferrets in the country and therefore they would never consider looking for one in an animal shelter.

The sad truth is that there are far too many ferrets that find themselves without a home. If they make it to a traditional animal shelter, often they are put to sleep there simply because anyone that is looking for a ferret doesn't think to check their local shelters. They remain in them until their time is up, and they are put to sleep.

Over the past decade or so, ferret shelters and rescues started popping up in nearly every state in the country. The devoted directors of these shelters have realized that there are many, many ferrets that are unwanted and either abandoned or left living in homes with owners don't really want them. Ferrets were considered a "fad" pet, especially in the 1980's, and many people rushed out, dropped $100-$200 for this "cool" pet, then the novelty wore off. Some people simply lost interest; others didn't realize the committment needed for a ferret. Whatever the reason, ferrets were in need of rescuing.

One major difference between ferret shelters and other animal shelters is that ferret shelters operate as "no-kill" facilities, meaning that no matter how many ferrets are taken in, none are euthanized for any reason except for medical necessity in ill pets. Most of the ferret shelters and rescues have an unwritten reciprocal link to all other ferret shelters, so that if one has too many ferrets in its care, ferrets can be transferred to another shelter with the resources and space to accomodate them.

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