Stinky Pete's Ferret Retreat

A Florida Ferret Rescue

                       Our Adoption Form


We at Stinky Pete's Ferret Retreat are committed to finding caring, knowledgeable homes for the ferrets in our care. Some of them come to us from abusive or neglectful situations, and we want to make sure that never happens to them again. In order to better screen new homes, we require all potential adopters to complete the application and screening process. Please take a few minutes and fill out the form below by copy/pasting the application and filling out the answers.  Email the completed form to either Kim at or Katrina at


  1. Applicant must fill in an adoption application COMPLETELY. The more details you can give us, the better! Many times the adoption process takes longer because we have to contact an applicant to expand or explain something on their application. Please be as specific as possible (I.e.: when describing what you would feed your ferrets, please list specific foods, don't just state ferret food).  
  2. Applicants MUST be 18 or older. We cannot legally adopt to minors. We will sometimes consider adopting to younger people, but in these cases, the parent or guardian must also complete the application process, and the parent/guardian must be the legal adopter.  
  3. Applicant must be adopting the animal for himself or herself, as a pet. We will NOT adopt out animals as gifts for others, or to be used for research, zoos, etc. These are pet animals only.  
  4. Applicant must provide a veterinary reference. We need to know that you have a vet who is capable of caring for ferrets and their special needs.  
  5. Applicants must demonstrate a THOROUGH understanding of the needs of the animals they are intending to adopt. Please do the research FIRST! If you are not sure about something, please ask us. We are more than willing to work with you to help you learn more about the animal you want to adopt. As long as you are willing to work with us and to learn, we will be glad to adopt to you when we feel you are ready.  
  6. In some cases, we may require a home visit prior to final adoption approval.  
  7. Applicant must be able to provide financially for any animals they wish to adopt. Will we ask you how much you make? No, absolutely not! However, veterinary care for ferret's can be very costly. A health check and vaccinations usually run $100 depending on your vet. Remember, ferrets need to see the vet for a yearly checkup just like dogs and cats.  

  8. We do not adopt to homes with children under 8. It is hard enough to keep track of a young child, let alone a young child and ferrets. We want to protect both the child and ferret.


Adoption Application








Email Address: Please verify that email address is entered correctly.

1. Have you ever owned a ferret before?
     (If no, skip to question #5)

 2. Do you have any ferrets now?          Yes No If so, how many?            What ages?

3. If you have ferrets now, how often and how long are they allowed out of the cage?  what kind of cage do you currently have if you own a ferret already? 

4. If you no longer have your ferrets now, what happened to it/them?

5. What reading or research have you done regarding ferret ownership?

6. Have you located a ferret-wise vet in your area?       If so, name/phone:

7. Have you identified the necessary “starter items” for a ferret such as: cage, bed clothes, litter pan, nail clippers, water bottles, toys, treats, food, etc?

8. Do you have other pets?         If so, please specify:

9. Are all of your pets up-to-date on vaccinations? 

10. What age people are living in your home?                  

11. Will you have at least two hours each day to interact with the ferret(s)?

12. Will you allow the ferret(s) at least two hours of freedom everyday outside of the cage?

13. Specifically, where in your home do you plan to keep the ferret(s)?

14. Have you ferret proofed an area of your home for your ferret to play?

15. Are you prepared to provide the more expensive high quality ferret foods? If you currently have a ferret what kind of food do you feed?  Any treats?  Do you know what duck soup is and how important it is for them in case they get sick? 

16. Are you willing to clean the ferret’s litter box daily and ensure a constant supply of fresh food and water?

17. Ferrets must visit the vet at least once a year for distemper shots. Are you willing to take your ferrets in for their annual vet visit?

18. Since ferrets are prone to several diseases and illnesses, when the ferrets become ill, will you be willing to pay for timely veterinary care which could quickly add up to hundreds of dollars?

19. Are you and your family prepared to make a long term commitment to keep the ferrets their entire natural life of 5 to 7 years or more? This includes lifestyle changes like children going to college, having a baby, moving, etc.

20. What age ferret would you consider adopting?

21. How many ferrets would you consider adopting?

22. Do you own or rent? Own Rent. 

23.  Do you smoke in your home? 

24. If renting, do you have permission from your landlord to keep ferrets? (A letterhead with a note from the landlord is required) 

25. Are you willing to travel to Orlando to pick up the ferret(s) in person?

26. Do you certify that you are at least 18 years of age and have answered all the above questions truthfully?

27.  Can you put up with (but not limited to) the following: plant murdering; stock stealing; knocked over drinks; 80-90%litter success ration; thing hidden; rubber/leather chewing (especially shoes); items thrown off coffee tables; papers scattered; housekeeping “help”; purses rifled; ankles attacked?  :)

28.  Please add any important information that you think would be appropriate.


     Thank you for taking the time to fill out this pre-adoption questionnaire :) 

We will review it and contact you.


Please email your adoption form to either:
Kim @
Katrina @