About Motor City Ferrets


Opened in the spring of 2000, Motor City Ferrets is a private, no-kill ferret shelter & rescue service.  We are registered as a Non-Profit Charity (501(c)(3)), licensed and annually inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.  Located in Hazel Park, we serve the greater Detroit metro area.  Browse our site to learn about the Shelter, meet the critters up for adoption, get health & care information, find supplies, or locate a vet or ferret-sitter! 

4/6/19:  We currently have 18 critters in the Shelter!

An old man was walking along a beach after a particularly high and violent tide had receded, leaving thousands of starfish stranded above the waterline to die. Up ahead of him, he saw a youth repeatedly bend down, stand, then fling something into the waves. Coming closer, he saw that the youth was tossing starfish back into the ocean.  "Why bother?" the old man told the youth. "There are thousands here. You can't toss them all back before they die. You can't even toss a small fraction of them back in time. What you're doing doesn't matter."  The youth pondered what the man said for a moment, looking at the starfish he held in his hand.  
"It matters to this one," he replied, and threw it back into the water.


"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
- Gandhi

Rescue ONE until
there are NONE!

If you or someone you know plans to surrender a pet to a municipal type shelter, please click here.

Please don't breed or buy 
while pets in shelters die!

Ferrets rescued to date: 1185

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The shelter is currently closed.  During the closure, we will continue to accept surrenders, and our shop is open for mail or porch pick up orders.  If you're not able to find your regular kibble now, or you're not able to stock up via mail order, we've laid in a supply of kibble and have our house chow available by the pound, ready for pickup. 

If you're interested in adopting, submit and adoption application via the Adoption tab above.  We don't currently have a set plan for when we'll be able to have new people over for adoptions, but we're working on a plan that involves better weather and our backyard, so that we can carry out proper social distancing, yet continue to welcome people to the shelter!  Seems like we'll all know much more about things in a few weeks, so submit your application now and stay tuned for an update.

Our vet, North Hills Veterinary Hospital in Rochester Hills, is open for necessary care now.  While people can't go in the building, if your ferrets need vet care we offer our strongest recommendation to call the Docs at North Hills!  And of course we're always here for advice.  Remember to always call in to the shelter if the need is urgent!

Stay home if you can, and do your part to keep you and those around you safe in these incredibly difficult times.  We look forward to meeting many new friends soon with our outdoor plan!