We are getting a lot of people contacting us asking a variety of questions about CoVID-19.
Firstly I just want to say that according to WHO (World Health Organisation) there is no evidence to support the theory that we can catch this from, or pass it on to, pets (they do not specifically mention ferrets, but pets in general). We have no reason to believe that our ferrets are at risk of this at this time. However, with ALL human respiratory viruses, we always advise owners to limit their contact with their ferrets, this is because ferrets can pick up a number of human flu viruses, and it would be hard to know initially what you have. So we would recommend the same for this.
Wash your hands, cough into your elbow, stay calm, try not to panic buy!
Ordering and supplies
The webshop has been reopened!! But we are only selling the blended oil at this time. The limit on ordering has now been removed, but we continue to only list 30 bottles at a time (this will be replenished each time a post run is completed). We will review this regularly and may impose an ordering limit again in the future if it is needed. We have plenty of supplies, but we need to protect our trustee's physical health, there is a limit on what we can physically get to the post office each week. Deliveries may take longer than normal due to the huge demands on the postal service currently.
Suspension of all visits/ homechecks and adoptions
We have suspended all homechecks, adoptions and visits to the rescue from the 14th of March until further notice, this is for human protection, but also to limit our trustees stress at this time!
How can you help the rescue?
These are really trying times. We have good supplies and a financial cushion at the moment, so we can cover our vet bills etc. However, we have no idea how long this crisis will continue. We had taken the decision not to have a ferret show this year anyway due to trustees health, but many events and shows that we would have finanically benefitted from will be cancelled. If you are able to make a financial donation to the rescue, that's wonderful (we do NOT want anyone putting themselves in finanical difficulty to support us!). We want to make the most of your donations, so if you are able to make a donation and you are a UK tax payer, please consider sending us a giftaid form as well so that we can claim that extra 25p per £1 from HMRC. You can download the gift aid form from gov.uk site HERE and email to us at email@example.com - please let us know when and how the payment was made, and the name, so that we can tie to the two together.
If you want to make a donation of goods, please check out our amazon wishlist, it shows what we need and we will endeavour to keep this as up to date as possible as situations unfold (i.e. if we have ferrets on specific foods etc). You can access the list here .
We know this is a scary time for everyone, some will be more relaxed and some more stressed about it, and we know that particularly ferret owners are worried about the risks.So we call for ferret owners to unite, support each other, be kind, and share the advice to treat it like any other respiratory virus around ferrets.
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