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!
We currently have 36 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: 1239
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Operations in the time of Covid-19 Update
In The Before Time, we used
to 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, and
unfortunately it looks like we won't be opening up for social
visits for the foreseeable future.
If anyone in your household is vaccinated but immuno-compromised, visiting now is probably not the best idea for you either. Shelter Mom Nanci and Shelter Dad Alex are of course vaccinated, and we have been extremely cautious throughout the pandemic, but Alex is an elementary school teacher. While his school has been decent on pandemic protections, obviously his job makes it more likely he'll bring home Covid any day of the week. We also have continued to take in surrenders during the pandemic, so there's a risk of Covid walking in our doors with each newly surrendered ferret.
mentioned above, f you don't have an established relationship with a
vet but you already have ferrets, now is
the time to do some work figuring out where you might take any
of your ferrets should they need health care. On our Health page
you'll find a list of SE Michigan's owner recommended
ferret vets. Make some calls now to figure out which vet(s)
in your area would see your ferret(s), should any of yours
develop medical needs.