Do you have room in your home and heart for a ferret in need?
If you have the resources to give an additional ferret quality care and
attention, consider becoming a part of the foster care network of the
Cascade Ferret Network!
If you want to help a homeless ferret by providing foster care, contact
Network Coordinator Elayne Barclay at (503) 231-0887 or at
How foster care works:
- the CFN covers the cost of all veterinary care and medical treatment
needed and can provide a furnished cage
- the foster home typically provides the food and litter needed by the
ferret while in foster care
- the foster home returns the ferret to the CFN adoption facility when
space is available (typically after 3-4 weeks of foster care)
- the foster home keeps the CFN Coordinator updated regarding the health
and behavior of the foster ferret and communicates with the coordinator to
arrange visits for veterinary care
The CFN needs foster homes that are able to provide care for the following
kinds of ferrets:
- those that like people, but don't get along with other ferrets
- those that need extra patience and attention while they learn to trust
people or learn not to play too roughly
- those that are old or need special feeding or medical treatment
- those that may have been exposed to the ECE virus
- those that need to be protected from exposure to the ECE virus
Cascade Ferret Network
Ferret Foster Agreement
The fostering party
agrees to provide a foster home with proper care (detailed below) for all
ferrets in their care, including those fostered from the fostering agents.
The fostering party agrees to provide honest and detailed descriptions of the
fostered ferrets to the fostering agents in follow up calls. The fostering party
agrees to let the fostering agents visit the foster ferrets in their home (with
an appointment). The fostering party agrees to notify the fostering agents if
they move or change phone numbers. The fostering party agrees that the foster
ferret belongs to the Cascade Ferret Network, and must be relinquished back
to the fostering agents upon request, and that the foster ferrets must only be
released back to the fostering agents. The fostering party agrees to return all
equipment provided by the Cascade Ferret Network for foster ferrets to the
fostering agents upon request. The fostering party agrees to never leave the
ferrets unattended for more than 36 hours in a row.
The fostering party agrees that they shall not participate in the
breeding of ferrets in any way while fostering a Cascade Ferret Network
The fostering party agrees to provide the following
minimum care to all ferrets in the care of the fostering party.
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- An indoor cage or living area of appropriate size and design for the
number of ferrets housed within. The cage or living area must be protected
from weather and extreme temperature extremes.
- Proper food, approved by the adopting agents or a veterinarian approved or
provided by the fostering agents. The food must be fresh and available at all
- Fresh and clean water available at all times.
- Clean and dry adequate bedding. The bedding must be washed at least once a
- A litter pan large enough for the number of ferrets housed, filled with a
litter approved by the fostering agents and scooped on a regular, frequent basis.
The litter pan must be dumped, cleaned, and refilled with new litter on a
regular basis as well.
- Proper veterinary care from a veterinarian approved by the
Each ferret must receive a canine distemper shot and rabies shot (at the
discretion of the veterinarian) once a year. Each ferret must receive a
health checkup once a year. All questionable health conditions (lethargy, loss
of fur, loss of appetite, abnormal feces or urine, and other symptoms)
exhibited by a ferret must receive veterinary care and fostering agents
The Cascade Ferret Network will pay for foster ferret veterinary care when
approved in advance.
- One hour of playtime a day with human care and interaction.
Portland, OR 97293
You will be required to provide your home address, home phone number,
and work phone number in addition to your signature on the above
form. The form will also list the ferrets given into your care
for fostering by the Cascade Ferret Network and the equipment
provided for the foster ferrets.