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.
Covid-19 has greatly affected the rescue with limited funds coming in for 2020 and now 2021. There has been a risk identified between mustelids and Covid-19. The Animal and Plant Health Agency has issued guidance which is available on our COVID-19 page for ferret owners. Most of our funds come from boarding and events (mainly ferret racing). The impact of Covid-19 has meant that events have not been taking place whilst boarding has been limited to those times when people have been able to take holidays. Adoptions have not been able to take place due to the mixing of ferrets with lockdown restrictions and difficulties in getting neutering appointments also causing problems. On top of this family and work commitments have to also be taken into account. Things are gradually improving but please be patient when contacting us. If you can assist in any way then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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 (surrending) page. When dealing with surrendered ferrets our ability to help depend on our available space and how easily we expect to integrate your ferrets. Neutered ferrets are quicker to integrate.
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 ask for a minimum adoption donation but this not cover all of the costs that we incur for each ferret. We undertake home checks on all potential owners. For unadoptables we offer a permanent home.
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, including how to notify us of your lost ferret or contact us if you have found a ferret.
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.