Our Mission



Our Mission

The Ferret Rescue & Education Society (FRES) is a non-profit, charitable organization that was started by a group of devoted ferret owners in the Calgary area who recognized the need for a locally based rescue dedicated to ferrets.  Our committed volunteers assist FRES in their goal to find permanent homes for all of the ferrets surrendered to us.  They also provide shelter, basic needs, veterinary care, and if necessary, rehabilitation for all abused, unwanted, and abandoned ferrets regardless of their health status.

With the rapid rise in the popularity of ferrets as pets, there is a great need for public education.  While ferrets make wonderful pets, it is important that those who select them, as well as those in contact with them, have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding ferrets care.  FRES places a high priority on educating potential and present ferret owners as to the special needs required by these increasingly popular, but often very misunderstood, pets.  FRES also offers ferret information and care workshops for pet store employees as well as information tables for ferret owners to provide them with tips on the best care for their fuzzy friends.  Additionally, active FRES volunteers are continually seeking out and sharing new information on the latest ferret facts and medical care.

All ferrets surrendered to FRES are fostered and cared for by members of our Society.  While our foster families generously provide these ferrets with love, FRES provides all necessary supplies and medical care.  No ferret is ever, or will ever, be turned away for any reason, and FRES will care for them until adoptive homes can be found through our three step adoption process.  To date, FRES volunteers have been very successful with the rehabilitation of sick, injured, untrained, and fearful ferrets.

FRES operates entirely by volunteer efforts and owes its success to frequent donations and an extensive fundraising program to cover our increasing expenses.  With the support from some very kind veterinarians in the Calgary area we can ensure that all surrendered ferrets receive any medical care they require.  Without their knowledge and assistance it would be extremely difficult to care for the ferrets to the extent that we do.

FRES has established excellent working relationships throughout the community whose ongoing partnership, assistance, and sponsorship has allowed our organization to continue working towards our mission of enriching the lives of ferrets in our community.

The Board of Directors have all volunteered for other animal rescue organizations in the past and bring a great deal of experience to the Society.  To date, they have collectively cared for over 200 ferrets, many of whom have since been adopted into loving, permanent homes.

Through education, collaboration, communication, rehabilitation, and rescue, the Ferret Rescue & Education Society is working diligently to increase public awareness and responsible ferret ownership.