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!
5/27/21: We currently have 28 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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Ferrets rescued to date: 1211
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Operations in the time of Covid-19 Update
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 of 2020, when schools shut. We will be reopening Summer 2021 for social visits, but on a limited basis, and all visitors will need to mask up. Remember that we operate in our home, and we want to welcome everyone to the shelter. While Shelter Mom Nanci and Shelter Dad Alex are vaccinated, we're still in a time when kids can't get vaccinated, ferrets can contract Covid-19, some immuno-compromised visitors may not be able to be vaccinated, and we continue to worry about variants coming up to bite us if we just go back to business as usual. So safety first, and since our ferret crew can potentially harbor and perhaps spread Covid, we need to be extra careful to keep the virus out of our home and ferret population. Stay tuned for upcoming events!
CARE: Our vet, North Hills Veterinary Hospital in Rochester Hills, is
open for care now, but only critters are allowed in the building. 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.