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Project information

Vasectomise Hob Ferrets for non breeding plus ID

To meet the cost of vasectomising hob (male) pet and working ferrets for use in non-breeding programme and providing positive ID.
To accommodate one or more vasectomised hobs for the benefit of stray jills and to offer a service to the ferret owning community.


Charity information: Droitwich Ferret Welfare

Droitwich Ferret Welfare logo
  • Need


    Ferrets, particularly jills (females) are rehomed in groups. Spaying is a major factor in the development of adrenal disease. Leaving jills in season can be fatal as it leads to oestrogen induced anaemia. The best way, of solving the problem is to bring the jills out of season safely by mating with a vasectomised hob (male). Intact stray hobs can be mistaken for intact hobs so permanent ID is required.


    Vasectomising yhobs and re-homing with two or more jills will allow the sterile hob to live with the jills all year, with periods of respite for the jills in the breeding season. He will bring them out of season naturally without risk to their health or need for multiple hormone suppressant injections - “jill jabs”, and without the birth of litters of unwanted kits. Microchipping will provide permanent ID for these hobs. Services of the Welfares hob will be offered to ferret owners.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise sufficient funds to meet the on-going cost of vasectomising young hobs.


    » Raise funds by donations from new ferret owners
    » Attend shows and other events with ferrets to attract donations
    » Publication of an annual calendar to raise funds.

    What success will look like

    Rehome more unwanted hob ferrets and see a reduction in the number of unwanted kits and sick jills arriving at the welfare.

    Aim 2

    Accommodate, feed and re-home the ferrets to approved homes.


    » Invite donations from supporters and people adopting ferrets from the charity.
    » Invite a local veterinary surgeon to offer discounted rate to the charity for vasectomising hobs
    » Publicise our aims on the charity's web site.
    » Purchase microchips for use in vasectomised hobs and other ferrets.

    What success will look like

    Complete a dedicated court large enough to accommodate the hob all year together with groups of visiting jills to be brought out of season.

    Aim 3

    To educate ferret owners about the serious health risks surrounding jills in season.


    » Provide advice and information when new owners adopt animals from the charity and on the charity's web-site.

    What success will look like

    To see more ferret owners seeking the assistance of the charity because of their knowledge of the serious health risks surrounding jill ferrets either spayed or left in season.

  • Impact


    Fewer unwanted ferret kits
    Fewer jill ferrets suffering from debilitating adrenal disease - ie adrenal tumours.
    Fewer jills dying from oestroegen induced anaemia
    Ferret owners better educated in ferret husbandry


    Vasectomy failing in an unproven hob resulting in an unwanted litter of kits.

    In this case the Welfare would accept all unwanted kits into our care for rehoming.


    Verbally and via the charity's web site.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Dedicated Court Erection of a ferret court for a vasectomised hob and visiting jills to be brought out of season.
      £2,500 Veterinary Fees Discounted at approx. £50 each to vasectomise 50 young hobs.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Donations £500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Bromyard in Worcestershire. At the premises where stray and unwanted ferrets are accommodated.


    Owners of pet and working ferrets
    The charity which will be able to rehome more young hob ferrets
    The ferrets themselves!

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity takes in over 200 ferrets every year and rehomes them throughout worcestershire and the surrounding counties - gloucestershire, shropshire, herefordshire - both pet and working ferrets. There are very few dedicated ferret welfares in this part of the UK and Droitwich is not only one of the largest but has an excellent reputation over the last ten years since it was established.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jo Chedgzoy

    Foster carer who, with the person named below, carries out the majority of the charity's practical work.

    Steve Chedgzoy

    Foster carer who, with the person named above, carries out the majority of the charity's practical work.

    Anne Robinson

    Secretary of the charity - responsible for communications including the web site. Treasurer, responsible for promoting the challenge.

A hob and jill ferret

A hob and jill ferret

The RSPCA strongly advises that you do not breed ferrets