By inviting Purbeck Ferret Rescue to attend your event you are supporting a non profit rescue. We offer ferret racing for a donation to the rescue at public and private events throughout the year, both outdoors and indoors. These include carnivals, country fayres, village fetes, corporate events and weddings. We can also attend with just our PR ferrets. We are based on the outskirts of Weymouth in Dorset but will travel to events.
You will need to complete our event enquiry form. Once we have receive your details, we will then send further information and a booking form. Please note that we require a donation to attend an event with our ferret racing team.
Ferret racing: An incredibly popular fun activity, it will help attract visitors to your event. Our friendly ferrets love racing plus it is an ideal opportunity to promote them in a positive light. A selection of the ferrets that we have for adoption are usually included in our racing team so we actively encourage the public to meet our ferrets. Racing comes naturally to ferrets as their wild cousins are experts in weaving and turning around in narrow tunnels. They are inquisitive creatures and enjoy interacting with people. There is no training or bribery involved for the ferrets, although our volunteers are partial to cake! Despite this we have no control over which ferret will win.
Our course can be adjusted to suit your space but usually consists of four lanes of pipes and coloured obstacles. We can adjust the length of the course and may conduct single, return or relay races. Once we have introduced our ferrets to the crowd, our compere will encourage the crowd to cheer as the ferrets prefer the excitement of a noisy audience. With a running commentary of the race, the ferrets negotiate the course as quickly as possible (if we are lucky) as the fastest ferret wins by a tail.
We ask for a donation in exchange for providing ferret racing. We take small value bets on the outcome of the race with winners offered the opportunity to double their money. All money from your attendance donation and any raised on the day goes straight back into rescue. Our volunteers freely give up their time for us and usually bring their own ferrets to race.
We bring all necessary equipment; you just need to provide us with suitable space and the public. As well as the racing course and viewing public, we need room for our gazebo. A shady spot on grass is our preferred racing ground. Bookings are taken on a first booked basis, upon receipt of payment and our completed booking form. We hold public liability insurance and can provide a risk assessment if needed. As our calendar fills up fast, if you are considering adding ferret racing to your event please fill out the form below to discuss your requirements.
PR events: We also attend events where we do not provide ferret racing but attend to promote the rescue and ferrets. We bring our ferrets to show you what amazing animals they are and to dispel some of the myths and stereotypes that surround them.
If you are interested in booking us for your event, whether it is for ferret racing or offering us an opportunity to promote the rescue, please complete our event enquiry form.
Volunteers: As with most rescues, we rely on volunteers to assist us. If you feel that you would like to help us at events then please complete our volunteer application. You do not need to own ferrets or have experience with ferrets. All you need is a willingness to help. We are a friendly team, with everyone pitching in to help to make it a fun enjoyable day for all.