Ferret Services of Freedom
Date: Mon, 06 Sep 1999
I am including
an attachment done in Word that I hope you can open. It was my
personal letter to Dr. Taylor. It was not done with any malice--it
was done with a concerned heart.....I have not heard from him yet,
and am not sure I will. But in response to your post, here are some
answers to your questions. I hope they will be helpful to you.
are NO feral colonies of ferrets in NH.
I recently received the Ferret Association of Connecticut's
newsletter and they mention
family of mink that was mistaken as ferrets.
Could these be the "feral ferrets" Dr. Taylor refers to in his
letter? These mink apparently had even the animal control officer
mistaking them for ferrets.
Roughly how many ferrets does your shelter take in a month?
shelter runs in cycles. I cannot say how many we take in a
month. However, because it is the fall, we are receiving many
calls from ferret owners needing to give up their ferrets.
But if I had to average over a year,
would say my shelter takes in roughly one ferret a month.
are a very small shelter)
Roughly how many ferrets (on average) entering your shelter are
"escaped or dumped" -i.e. found outside as strays -vs- being handed
over by the actual owners.
the past 4 years, we have had 5 ferrets come in that were
"found" running loose.
"loose" ferrets out of a total of 58 ferrets in 4 years.
To the best of your knowledge, has legalization of ferrets in NH
lead to an increase of escaped or dumped ferrets?
answer this, since I didn't even know what a ferret was until
they were legalized in December of 1992.
would say no. The dumping is a result of not having a place
to take them (shelter, another home, etc.).
How has the legalization of ferrets in NH (1993?) affected the following:
Health of ferrets in NH
- Temperament/socialization of ferrets
- Likelihood of ferrets being "dumped"
or set loose in the state of NH
- Bite incidents
governor Jeanne Shaheen declared June 12th as Ferret Appreciation
Day in 1997.
a copy of her proclamation, if you'd like it--it's in Word
format or I can fax it to you. It would be my guess that since
NH is a ferret-friendly state, and the first one in the nation
to approve a quarantine for ferrets that bite or scratch,
that the health of ferrets is much improved, that they are
accepted as pets and therefore ferret owners are not maligned
or treated discriminately. As for ferrets being dumped, I
feel that owners will do that as a last resort when they cannot
find a home for them. Regarding bite statistics, I would suggest
calling someone at the NH Department of Public Health (603-271-4501)
and ask them to direct you to the correct department.
Who do you consider to be the top ferret vets in your area? Is there
a particular one that your shelter uses?
top ferret vets in NH would be Dr. George Messenger
of Fisherville Animal Hospital in Penacook, NH and Dr.
Mike Dutton of Weare Animal Hospital in Weare, NH.
may be others, but I am not aware of them.
use the services of Dr. Steve Caffrey of Fryeburg Veterinary
Hospital in Fryeburg, Maine
we are close to Maine and ferrets have been legal in the state
of Maine longer than in NH).
Any comments on the quote:
it were possible to go back and prevent their legalization here
in NH I would do it, despite the fact that individually I may enjoy
them very much. "
his quote, it concerns me very much. It seems a contradiction for
him to say that and then add that he enjoys them very much. I sure
would like to know what he means by this. WHY would he prevent their
legalization, if he could do it over again??? The issues he has
presented in his letter are all hogwash and can be disputed, so
there has to be an underlying issue here (payoff, perhaps???).
Any other comments:
I hope this
helps you. If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.
Ferret Services of Freedom