• Covid-19 and ferrets: The Animal and Plant Health Agency is concerned about the risk between Covid and mustelids. Due to the risk they have asked that we share their guidance with ferret handlers – see our Covid page.
  • Operating during Covid-19: We are extremely busy and are only answering queries when we can assist. Due to work commitments most queries are answered at the weekends.
  • Adoptions are currently restricted: Lockdown restrictions, the risk of Covid to ferrets and difficulties in getting sufficient neutering appointments are causing problems. Previous adopters will be considered but applications from new adopters can be made but will not be dealt with until the rescue can reopen.
  • Surrenders: Our ability to help depends on our available space and how easily we expect to integrate your ferrets (neutered ferrets are easier to accommodate)
  • Boarding: Ferret boarding is available as normal
  • Ferret racing: Event bookings are being taken but understandably cannot be confirmed yet
  • Lost and found: Details of ferrets notified to us as lost or found can be found on our lost and found page

Purbeck Ferret Rescue rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes stray and unwanted ferrets. The rescue is run from our own home on the outskirts of Weymouth in Dorset, England. This means that we do not have a centre with lots of help. It is mainly one person managing the rescue with a second person providing some extra help. We also have some volunteers who assist us with events, home checks and collecting ferrets. We have an average of 50 – 60 ferrets looking for new homes at any given time as well as a small group of permanent residents. We receive no external funding to run the rescue and so rely on donations to exist.

Ferrets come to us from all different situations; stray, neglected or handed in when care can no longer be provided. If you are contacting us to ask us to take in a ferret then please see our rescue intake page. For lost and found ferrets we have a dedicated page which list details of ferrets which we have been notified as lost or found. There is also guidance on dealing with lost or found ferrets.

All ferrets on intake are quarantined for a minimum of seven days where they are monitored and assessed. They then join one of our groups in preparation for rehoming. All ferrets are neutered and microchipped before becoming available for adoption. We undertake home checks on all potential owners. For unadoptables we offer a permanent home.

Throughout the year you may see us at events, both public and private. These allow us to raise much needed vital funds for the rescue as we receive no funding. We provide ferret racing and sell a selection of ferret items and gifts. Events also provide an opportunity for people to volunteer their time to help the rescue. We promote ferret welfare, educate the public about the wonderful pets ferrets make and provide advice on caring for ferrets.

Additionally we offer ferret boarding to those looking for holiday accommodation for their ferrets, whether a short break or for several weeks.

For those looking for ferreting for vermin control, we do not work our ferrets. However please use our contact form, giving details on the nature of the problem (such as rabbits) and we will try to put you in contact with someone who can help.