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Adoptable ferrets from the Oregon Ferret Shelter

The first ferret is Basil. He is an older guy, born on April 18, 2008. Basil's main problem is that he is deaf.
The first ferret is Basil. He is an older guy, born on April 18, 2008. Basil's main problem is that he is deaf.
by Jeni Clark

This set of adoptable pets includes many different looks and ages of ferrets. The Oregon Ferret Shelter always has a good variety of ferrets available, and this is a good cross-section of what you would find on a typical visit.

The first ferret is Basil. He is an older guy, born on April 18, 2008. He's a little over 6 years old, which makes him a senior. Basil is a dark-eyed white from Marshall Farms breeders.

Basil's main problem is that he is deaf. Some people may shy away from owning a deaf ferret, afraid that the ferret won't respond to squeaky toys or to their human's calls. However, having a deaf ferret can be a lot of fun. They don't hear people yelling or street traffic, which makes deaf ferrets great for taking out in public; they are not overwhelmed by sensory input (like hearing ferrets can get in noisy places). Also, you can train deaf ferrets using a combination of sign language, gentle touches, and treats (ferrets have a great sense of smell).

Basil is a loner right now. He lives by himself in his cage, and he is pretty happy that way. You can call the Oregon Ferret Shelter (at 503-557-8369) and ask about how Basil could best mix into your household.

The second ferret is Francis, a 2-year-old chocolate boy from Marshall Farms breeders. He is young and fun to play with. He also loves to pretend to "melt" back down to the floor when he doesn't get his way. He is very interactive with humans and loves to get their attention with leaping, dancing, and other antics.

The third ferret, Amelia, is an older girl, about 6, which makes her a senior. However, she is still playful and has a lot of joy and warmth in her. She is a silver lady with very attractive white mitts covering her paws.

The final ferret, Boomer, is a young strong boy who has a real passion for life and play. At only 3 years old, this sable is in the prime of his life and ready to have an owner.

All of these ferrets are available for adoption at the Oregon Ferret Shelter in Oregon City, OR.

Ferret adoptions are available for $100 through 3 years of age, and $60 for ages 4 and up.

The adoption fee covers:

  • spaying or neutering
  • a coupon for a free visit to our veterinarian (Full Circle Vet at
  • a current distemper shot
  • an AVID microchip that you can have registered in your name

All adoptions are by appointment only. Please call (503) 557-8369 to schedule one. The regular shelter hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but the shelter staff will work with your schedule too. The shelter is attached to the home of Chris and Dave Mathis in Oregon City at 17560 S Holly Lane, Oregon City, OR 97045.

Before they let you take one of their ferrets home, the shelter will make sure that you are ready for the pet. Their adoption form covers many basic questions, such as whether you have owned ferrets before, if you have other pets, if you have permission from your landlord (if you need it), and even such basics as if you have a cage ready for them at home. It's important to the shelter staff that you know what you are getting into and that your transition into ferret ownership is a smooth one.

If you would like to download an adoption form so you can have it ready to go, you can do so here:

If you would like to see other shelter residents that are up for adoption, please check out the OFS’ listing at Petfinder:

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