Submitted by Steve on 17:39, 5th May, 2015 | 0

Today is Ferret Day and many ferret owners will be celebrating with their wonderful pets.

In recent years we have seen a growing number of stray and unwanted ferrets and currently we have 6 ferrets in need of homes at the GSPCA.

Over the last few years the numbers of stray ferrets being found has gone up each year and we now see over 40 rescued every 12 months with the peek time being through the Summer months.

Our ferrets are neutered before rehoming and we also treat them for any other ailments they may have and we will carry out a home visit before they are homed.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "Today is Ferret Day and every year we help find dozens of them new and loving homes."

"Each year at the GSPCA we have seen an increase in the number of ferrets coming in as strays and unwanted pets."

"Last year we saw over 40 ferrets come through our doors at the GSPCA and it is likely to increase once again in 2015."

"Many of the ferrets we have brought in are escaped pets and during the Summer we often see youngsters that are born in the wild by females that haven't been neutered."

"Ferrets make fantastic pets and are very clever, you can walk them on a lead and this has been going on since the time of the Egyptians and once neutered don't smell as bad as many people think."

"The ferrets currently at the GSPCA in need of homes are Rose of the Brier, Rudy, Elsie, Little Man, Sanchez and Tobias."

"You can house train ferrets and if you are interested in adopting one please call us on 257261 or pop in for details."

To see the ferrets in need of a new home please click here.

Here are some interesting facts about ferrets:


  • An unspayed female ferret is called a jill while a spayed female is a sprite.
  • An intact male is a hob and a neutered male is called a gib.
  • Baby ferrets are called kits.
  • Ferrets have been domesticated for thousands of years; in fact, on the walls of some Egyptian tombs there are pictures of ferret-like creatures on leashes.
  • Ferrets have no inherent fear of humans.
  • A group of ferrets is known as a business.
  • A newborn ferret is so small that it can fit into a teaspoon!
  • All ferret kits have white fur at birth. After kithood (6-8 weeks of age) ferrets make very few sounds.
  • The average ferret lives to be 6 or 7 years old. Ferrets like to crawl into small dark spaces to sleep.
  • Ferrets are members of the mink family.
  • Ferrets can sleep so soundly that they cannot be woken up even when picked up and jostled.
  • A small ferret may be able to squeeze through a hole just over an inch in diameter.


To donate towards the many animals in our care, you can do so by:

Calling: 01481 257261

By post or popping in the Shelter: GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey, GY6 8UD

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If you would like to know more please contact the GSPCA on 01481 257261 or email [email protected]

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