• 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.

A LITTLE ABOUT THE SHELTER

Mission Statement

It was located in Roanoke, VA and operated under volunteer power, providing temporary respite to them in our foster home network.

All ferrets under the care of the Big Lick Ferret Shelter & Hospice were 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 was 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 ​Bridge.

​​THE BIG LICK FERRET SHELTER & HOSPICE HAS CLOSED ITS DOORS AS OF OCTOBER 2018.  
WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY NEW SURRENDERS OR ADOPTION APPLICATIONS.

Most ferret shelters in the USA are in private dwellings.   As such they don't have walk-in hours of operation and require appointments for visits .
To find a ferret shelter please visit:
Ferret Shelter Listing


If you would like to visit a ferret shelter, please contact them directly to set an appointment up if interested
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If your ferret is in need of medical assistance, please contact your Veterinarian.