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!
10/20/20: We currently have 23 critters in the Shelter!
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
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
greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by
the way its animals are treated."
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The shelter is currently closed for normal, in-person visits. During the closure we will continue to accept surrenders, offer boarding services, and our shop is open for mail or porch pick up orders.
VISITS: In normal times, we have Open House events most Sundays. Open House dates are for folks to visit the shelter to play with the critters, bring their ferrets for a playdate, or if they're interested in adopting, to have a first visit after applying to adopt. We closed for normal visits mid-March, when schools shut. Remember that we operate in our home, and ferrets can contract Covid-19, so right now there's no safe way for us to get back to social visits.
ADOPTION: If you're interested in adopting, visit the Adoption tab above and submit and adoption application. If approved, we'll invite you to a virtual Open House (coming soon), and then figure a way forward. We'll be scheduling virtual adoptions as we can, which may include dropping off your current ferrets for us to do the meet and greet, then we can tune in virtually to discuss options. Human business will take place on the front porch (with masks!), but technology should see us able to visit almost in person.
SHOP: Normally folks are welcome to come by during our Open House events to visit our Shelter Shop. For the time being, you can peruse the selection of most goods in our Etsy shop (visit Supplies & Goodies tab above), then message to place an order for local pickup.
CARE: Our vet, North Hills Veterinary Hospital in Rochester Hills, is
open for care now - but only critters are allowed in the
building, for the foreseeable future. Curbside
service will see your critter(s) picked up from your car, then
you and the vet can have a regular consult via phone. We
trust North Hills completely and are pleased to see them moving
forward with a safe plan. Keep in mind they have been
absolutely overwhelmed with appointments, so for anything
non-urgent it's likely you'll have to wait a few weeks to get
in. If the matter is urgent, best to call in as soon as
the office opens at 8:00 am, to see if they can fit your critter
in that same day.
Visiting with the local ferret community is such an important part of our rescue mission, we've missed being able to have folks over! With enough patience we'll all get through these trying times...stay tuned for updates on shelter ops as time moves along!