The average adoption fee to take a ferret home from a shelter runs $60 - $75. Incoming vet visit, rabies and distemper shots for a healthy intake $30-$50. Vet treatment and medicine for abused, neglected, or sick intakes can and do run from $30 to hundreds of bucks. Add to this the cost of food, litter, treats, linatone and hairball medicines and it is easy to see that the shelter operator is not making any money off of "selling" you a ferret. And this doesn't even take into account the cost of cages, litter pans, bowls, water bottles, toys, blankets, flea spray, paper towels, and the increase in utilities from watering, cleaning and cooling. Basically they pay for the privledge of helping secure loving homes for fuzzies.
Think you can't help? Wish you could afford to send a donation but don't have any change to spare? Many shelters are now actively pursueing internet fundraising such as igive.com and alladvantage.com. These services are free to you while paying the shelters a referral fee for your participation. And as always, the best things in life are free - Your Time - to clean cages, play with babies and share the worry over a sick one.
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