16 ferrets had to be removed from a house that was going through
foreclosure. The ferrets had to be out of there by Oct. 7th. If the shelters
didn`t step forward, the animals would be euthanized.
had no litter pans. All 16 were very thin. The ferrets had to walk through
five inch deep excrement to get to their (mostly empty!) food & water
dishes.The guy took them out of the cage once a month & hosed it out!!!
The place reeked so badly it would have gagged a maggot. They were
covered in feces & urine burns. All had fleas & ear mites. Poor things.
so it was decided that the group could be split. (Usually it isn`t a good
idea to split a group.)
adrenal, with health issues.
One has an egg-sized tumor in her chest. She is old, and doesn`t have
long, but I have promised her we`ll make it as wonderful as possible for
her. One little boy had a TERRIBLE case of ear mites.
They had chewed clear through his ear drum. He was badly dehydrated, as
well as severely anemic. He`s somewhere between four & five years old.
There`s a long, skinny albino who is missing half his fur. He arrived
covered with a rash, & scratches, infected by urine burn. Dehydrated, and
very tender in the tummy.
The last one, a male--maybe four years old, is
totally bald, except for his black socks. All four will be on lupron now.
sent us a plea--and we couldn`t just let the ferrets die...
get the Indiana Four. We will spend the rest of their lives trying to make it
up to them for what the last human did to them. I`m not sorry we took
Slinky (adrenal, with egg-sized tumor in chest)
It is now early March of 2010. Little Slinky lived out her last few months in
comfort, here with us. She loved to cuddle.
Panda left us, several months later. He died with a full, lush, beautiful coat,
but was riddled with cancer.
Foster died as well :(
We knew, when we took them in, that our time together would probably
be short. The important thing is that it was as comfortable & happy for
them as possible.
The only remaining member of this group is Fresno (the little adrenal boy
whose eardrum had been chewed through by ear mites.) He runs with the
Star Wars group, and is pictured below, with his buddy Mac. Fresno gets
along with absolutely everyone.He is one of the sweetest little ferrets I
have ever known--both with other ferties, and with humans.
Fresno is still given special feedings, but you can see by his color & weight,
that he`s not particularly well. There is a large mass in his abdomen, but
there`s no way he would survive surgery.
The lupron he gets is relieving his adrenal symptoms, but he has never
regrown all of his fur. (This is another indication of more serious issues.)
Still, he runs & plays--and is truly enjoying his last days/weeks/months
left on this earth. He`s comfortable & happy--and surrounded by love...
He is such a joy....
Fresno "Is it treat time yet, mom?"
UPDATE: March 19, 2010
We lost our little Fresno today. He died in comfort & peace, at home,
surrounded by love. He got to enjoy really being a ferret, before he died.
It was wonderful for him. We were able to make a big difference in his
life.This is what it`s all about.
I`m so glad he came to us. He was such a gift...