Ashes was our Directors first ferret. She was unaware of the exotic pet trade at that time and purchased her from Petco. She had felt for her as she was in with one other, very aggressive ferret, that was bullying her. She was just a baby then and has now been with us for almost 4 years. Ferrets are social and should have a companion. Ashes was a lone ferret for several years because she bonded so closely with the cats. She has also always been a cage free ferret, with run of the house. One of the cats she grew up with, Raja, was very motherly to her. When Raja passed from cancer, Ashes became very depressed. Of all the cats she was closest to Raja. Ferrets can die from depression, and she was not eating well. We knew we had to get her a friend. We rescued another ferret named Spirit whom became instantly bonded with her, and later a kitten named Silver. Ashes loves her ferret friends, but her closest bond now is to our kitten Silver.
Spirit and her companions were taken from what her previous owner claimed was a neglectful home. Her goal was to rescue ferrets in need and then re home them to good homes. Unfortunately, Spirit was then being re homed again, separately from her bonded companions. Similar to sugar gliders, ferrets become very bonded to their companions. It is very hard on them to be separated once bonded. We adopted Spirit, in hopes both her and Ashes could comfort each other. It was instant love, especially on Ashes part. Ashes appetite immediately increased, and they cuddled and slept together from the first day. Unfortunately Spirit has a very high prey drive, whereas Ashes does not, so she cannot be cage free and can only be out supervised or in her play pen.
Jasper is our special needs ferret. He is special needs because he is deaf. We were asked to take him in due to his owners health not allowing them to give him as much time and attention a ferret needs. The home prior to that had him when he was a little baby, but did not socialize him. He is not aggressive, but does not like to be held and does not give kisses, something all of our other ferrets do. He is also very dominant, and plays a little to rough with our other ferrets. This could be due to him being deaf. He unfortunately at this time has to be housed separately from the others. However he is allowed to play with the others supervised. He is getting gentler every day.
Killian, the lovely boy smooching on Ashes, is our latest ferret rescue. We were asked to take him in because he was never allowed out of his cage due to the house not being ferret safe. His owners wanted him to have friends and more time being free, so we agreed to take him in. He is an absolute love, and so sweet to our little Ashes, who is half the size of all the other ferrets. He shares a house with Spirit where they share a hammock nightly.