The ferret community comes through again! After hearing about the Oregon Ferret Shelter’s emergency, Ferret City Shelter & Rescue, a Mt. Vernon, WA, shelter, has stepped in to pick up the slack.
After Chris Mathis, the owner of the Oregon Ferret Shelter, broke her right leg last week, the fate of more than 200 ferrets hung in the balance. The volunteer staff was just not large enough to take care of all of the animals without Chris’ hard work, supervision, and expertise. Most importantly, the difficulties posed by Chris’ bedridden status would have interfered with the medical needs of several ferrets who needed special food and medicines, some as often as three times per day.
Like the proverbial cavalry, Lacey Ruddell of Ferret City Shelter & Rescue rode in and offered to take in as many as necessary for the duration — six to eight weeks, longer if needed.
Immediately, 51 ferrets were loaded into the Oregon Ferret Shelter truck and driven across the state line to Washington. This allowed the central area of the main shelter room to be opened up wide enough for a wheelchair to easily pass.
Lacey took the ferrets even though her own situation provided little “wiggle room” for taking on newcomers. She was in a “nasty car wreck” last month and was off work recovering, but she still stepped up to help out.
In spite of her injuries, and the inconvenience of adding more than four dozen animals to her already-bursting shelter, Lacey still has a positive attitude. Things might get a bit tough, she admits, “But as you know, I will always make it work.”
The Oregon Ferret Shelter is grateful to Lacey Ruddell and her volunteers for making what seemed to be an intolerable situation into a bearable one.
If you would like to donate to the Ferret City Shelter & Rescue, or you would like to volunteer, all contact information can be found at: www.ferretcityshelter.org. It is located east of Mount Vernon, about 30 minutes from Everett or 30 minutes from Bellingham. The address is 16884 Mountain View Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98274. Their telephone number is (360) 707-2739. And Lacey Ruddell can be reached by email at email@example.com.
In the meantime, the Oregon Ferret Shelter is still in crisis and needs more help. If you would like to volunteer for the Oregon Ferret Shelter, please call Volunteer Coordinator Kim Reynolds at (971) 570-4549, and she will set up a time when you can come in. If you would like to send donations, here is their address:
Oregon Ferret Shelter
17560 S Holly Lane
Oregon City, OR 97045-8523
Phone number: (503) 557-8369
You can find more information about volunteering at and making donations to the Oregon Ferret Shelter at www.oregonferretshelter.org/home.htm.
Both the Ferret City Shelter & Rescue and The Oregon Ferret Shelter are Federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Your donations are tax-deductible. Both rescues are “no-kill” shelters, which means that no animal is ever euthanized due to a lack of funds – only when it becomes medically necessary to do so. And no ferret is ever turned away, no matter what condition they are in or behavioral issues they may have. If you can, please send a donation their way or devote a day of service to their causes.