The Big Lick Ferret Shelter & Hospice is located in Roanoke, Virginia and services a 30 mile radius of the valley.  

We are but a few volunteers dedicated to helping domestic ferrets by providing temporary respite to them while they wait for their forever homes. 

All ferrets under the care of the Big Lick Ferret Shelter & Hospice are vaccinated* upon intake if medical records are not available.  

*(rabies & distemper are given two weeks apart to minimize reactions)

Information is also provided to the public about the proper care of ferrets.

If a ferret is sick, veterinary care is provided before placement. 
If a ferrets' health or age does not allow for adoption, that ferret is lovingly cared for until he or she crosses the Rainbow ​

  • To evaluate all ferrets entering the shelter for adoptability as to temperament, health, and behavior manners and help those surrendered to the shelter find new forever homes.
  • To foster the adoptable ferrets while providing them with a proper diet, health care, rehabilitation and training.
  • To provide a final home and care for terminally ill ferrets, hereby referred to as "hospice".
  • To carefully screen and educate potential owners about ferrets and their special requirements in an effort to facilitate an educated decision when selecting a ferret as a companion.
  • To counsel current ferret owners on solving problems so that they may keep their ferrets in their home.
  • To educate the general public, animal control officers, staff, local ASPCA/SPCA chapters, and local pet stores on the proper nutritional needs, characteristics, temperament, medical symptoms and other husbandry topics regarding the importance of caring for the domestic ferret.
  • To keep statistics and health information on ferrets that enter the shelter system.
  • To network with other ferret shelters & rescue groups in placing ferrets.
  • To network with local animal control and ASPCA/SPCA chapters to assist with reuniting lost and stray ferrets with their owners.
  • To retake possession of any ferret(s) that is/are placed in an adopted or foster home by any agent of this shelter should the placement not be permanent for any reason.


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