About the Rescue

How we operate

The Broward Ferret Rescue & Referral exists to rescue abandoned and surrendered ferrets where they may be placed in loving forever homes while educating the communities on their humane needs.


Dona Michaels is the Director and primary caretaker for the fuzzies at the rescue. She depends on dedicated volunteers to help with the day to day operations. With an average of 30 ferrets, the rescue is always in need of dedicated ferret knowledgeable volunteers to assist with cleaning the cages and giving the ferrets playtime. The ferrets also need their weekly grooming of nails, ears, teeth and baths. We need help with picking up surrendered ferrets or taking them to the vet for a checkup.  


We operate strictly off donations. The two largest costs at the Rescue are the food and vet costs. The ferrets get distemper and rabies shots, and if they are ill, they will be seen by a vet. Three times a year we have fundraisers where for a small admission, folks can get some food, play bingo, try to win a raffle basket, and meet other ferret owners. It's always a great time and we do get enough to buy food for 3-4 months. 

Why choose a Rescue ferret over a pet store ferret

The Rescue takes in up to 200 ferrets each year. Their ages range from 4 months to 6 years. 

Reasons why we get surrenders: We do have families that have allergies or fall on hard times. Those folks care enough to try to get them another loving family. But not all of their stories are easy to hear.  We typically get younger ferrets in because the owners just didn't do their homework on their needs or "musky smell". Others come in due to kids loosing interest, or people just not spending enough time with them. Those ferrets typically spend the majority of their life in a cage. We have also had ferrets that were abandoned in an empty apartment, while others were left in a box in a dumpster. They don't deserve to be thrown out like the trash. They have so much love to give someone that understands them. It is our goal to find them forever loving homes!

Thank You

Whether you help through monetary donations, want to volunteer your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.