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Oregon Ferret Shelter's adoptable ferrets spotlight: Rita and Henderson

This week's featured pets from the Oregon Ferret Shelter are Rita and Henderson, a bonded pair with a sad history.

Rita is a playful and social ferret. She loves to play with humans and with other ferrets.
by Jeni Clark

Rita is a 3-year-old silvermitt girl with a feisty disposition and a lovely blaze on her head. She is quite attractive and very playful. She comes from Triple F breeders.

Henderson is a handsome 4-year-old silver-colored boy with a touch of chocolate in his coat. He is the more mellow of the two. He comes from Marshall Farms breeders.

These two ferrets were left abandoned by their owners. They were left behind in a vacated apartment. Fortunately, a good Samaritan rescued them and turned them over to the Oregon Ferret Shelter, where they were brought back from their malnourished and dehydrated state. Things could have gone much worse for these gentle ferrets.

These ferrets will be adopted out as a bonded pair. They have been through enough, and they deserve to stay together. The OFS is giving them a multiple ferret discount. There will be a $190 adoption fee for both of them.

The adoption fee covers:
· spaying or neutering
· a coupon for a free visit to a veterinarian (Full Circle Vet at http://fullcirclevets.com/)
· a current distemper shot
· an AVID microchip that you can have registered in your name

The Oregon Ferret Shelter typically has more than 100 ferrets available for adoption. Right now, they have almost 110 adoptable candidates (not including sick or elderly ferrets who for some reason cannot be adopted out). The selection is huge, all kinds of colors and temperaments.

All pet 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 OFS animal shelter will make sure that you are ready for the pet. Their pet 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: http://www.oregonferretshelter.org/ADOPTIONFORM.pdf

If you would like to see other shelter residents that are up for adoption, please check out the OFS’ pet adoption listing at Petfinder: http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelter_id=OR12