Droitwich Ferret Welfare

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.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1102038)

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  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation

    Helping

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  • Using a vasectomised hob is the safe and natural way to bring jills out of season and avoid the birth of large numbers of unwanted kits.

    — Anne

  • The RSPCA strongly advises that you do not breed ferrets

    — Anne

  • The RSPCA strongly advises that you do not breed ferrets

    — Anne

  • Using a vasectomised hob is the safe and natural way to bring jills out of season and avoid the birth of large numbers of unwanted kits.

    — Anne

Situation

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.

Solution

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.