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Washington Metropolitan Area Ferret Outreach

Pet adoption saves lives. Adopt a pet and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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Welcome to the Washington Metropolitan Area Ferret Outreach, serving ferrets and ferret owners in the Washington, DC metro area. We do not have a central shelter, but are a home-based rescue and placement service for ferrets. We are a 501(c)3 charity and all donations are tax deductable.
We serve the Washington, DC metro area including Northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs.

About Our Shelter:

Founded in 2010, WMAFO is a foster-based rescue and network of ferret enthusiasts in the Washington, DC metro area. In late 2010, a ferret shelter in the DC area closed its doors permanently, while another announced they were no longer taking in surrenders. Some volunteers from those two rescues came together to found Washington Metropolitan Area Ferret Outreach to fill the gap in no-kill ferret shelters in the mid-Atlantic area.

The goals of WMAFO are simple: prevent ferrets from being unnecessarily euthanized in county animal shelters and provide support and education to keep ferrets in their current homes. The organization has two branches related to those goals, one that takes in ferrets from county shelters and private individuals as foster homes are available and places them in new, forever homes, and an educational branch, which holds outreach events at petstores, local animal expos and other venues and provides guidance and support for ferret owners. The organization also provides a support network for DC area ferret owners including pet-sitting, information sharing and advice, social events and a sense of community.

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Our Adoption Process:

View our adoptable ferrets Adoption Application

One of the main goals of WMAFO is to find forever homes for the ferrets in our care. We aim to place our ferrets in loving homes where they will recieve proper care and attention. We are happy to adopt to new and existing ferret owners as long as the homes meet a few simple criteria.

Some of the things we look for in forever homes are:

Basic knowledge of proper ferret care, nutrition and health
A stable and safe home environment
Willingness to stay current on new developments in ferret health and wellness
An ability to provide adequate food and medical care for a ferret for the entirity of their life
A love and respect for ferrets in all of their stages, from playful kit to cuddly old weasel
We reserve the right to deny adoption to any applicant without reason.

Adoption Fees

Under 2: $95

2-3 years old: $75

3-4 years old: $55

5 and older: negotiable

Please note that adoption fees are not tax deductable, although any donation you choose to make in addition to the adoption fee is greatly appreciated and we are happy to give you a tax receipt for your donation.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

small animals can make wonderful pets, and rather than buying a small animal for sale or finding a small animal breeder, adopting a small animal from an animal shelter or rescue organization is the perfect way to add a small animal to your family. Keep in mind, there is a lot you will need to know when you provide a home for a small animal. You will need to learn what to feed them, how much exercise or attention your small animal needs, and many other important things about how to house and care for a small animal. There are different types of small animals including Chinchilla, Degu, Ferret, Gerbil, Guinea Pig, Hamster, Hedgehog, Mouse, Prairie Dog, Rat, Skunk, and Sugar Glider.

Pet adoption saves lives. Adopt a pet and you'll have a friend for life! Please consider a rescue pet before you buy a pet from a breeder or pet store. Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.