Listed in Washington
- 12514 128th Lane NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
- Washington Ferret Rescue and Shelter
Washington Ferret Rescue & Shelter, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are a no-kill shelter based near Seattle. We provide rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming, outreach and education services for ferrets and caregivers in the Puget Sound region.
The Washington Ferret Rescue & Shelter was launched nearly 15 years ago by a small group of ferret lovers who opened their hearts, and homes, to neglected and abused ferrets.
From a single garage in Bothell to the shelter’s current “base camp” in a small, attractive commercial center in Kirkland supported by about 20 active foster homes, WFRS has evolved into one of the best-known 501(c)(3) organizations dedicated to rescuing and rehoming ferrets in North America. We are here because many people acquire a ferret without knowing much about them. Ferrets are delightful pets, but just like certain dog breeds, they are not well-suited for every home. Also, very few municipal or county shelters are able to care for “exotic” species. These facilities often contact us when a ferret is rescued or surrendered to them.
WFRS currently houses more than 150 ferrets in multiple locations, including about 70 in the central adoption facility. Our ferrets range from playful young adults to elder ferrets receiving supportive hospice care.
The philosophy is no-kill. The work – all volunteer – is round-the-clock, 24/7. The shelter is entirely supported by donations. On any given day, the emotions range from great big smiles over a successful adoption or nursing a severely ill or injured animal back to health, to grief at the loss of those who couldn’t be rescued in time or who waited in vain for their own “forever home.”
In all cases, ferrets are given the loving care they deserve by people who are committed to giving them the best possible quality of life. Cages are cleaned daily. Food, water and litter is cleaned and replenished every day. Out-of-cage playtime and socialization are also daily priorities. Without a strong network of donors and volunteers, this mission could not succeed.