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.
Droitwich Ferret Welfare
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.
Raise sufficient funds to meet the on-going cost of vasectomising young hobs.
Activities» 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.
Rehome more unwanted hob ferrets and see a reduction in the number of unwanted kits and sick jills arriving at the welfare.
Accommodate, feed and re-home the ferrets to approved homes.
Activities» 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.
Complete a dedicated court large enough to accommodate the hob all year together with groups of visiting jills to be brought out of season.
To educate ferret owners about the serious health risks surrounding jills in season.
Activities» Provide advice and information when new owners adopt animals from the charity and on the charity's web-site.
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.
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 - Project Cost: £3,000Loading graph....
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
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!
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.
Foster carer who, with the person named below, carries out the majority of the charity's practical work.
Foster carer who, with the person named above, carries out the majority of the charity's practical work.
Secretary of the charity - responsible for communications including the web site. Treasurer, responsible for promoting the challenge.
The RSPCA strongly advises that you do not breed ferrets