The ferret is a very popular pet, and for good reason! They're energetic, adorable, and are sure to bring a smile to your face. Although they're quite common and there's many different types of ferrets, it can be hard to find a good ferret breeder. Fortunately, we've made the process of finding a reputable breeder easier for you.
There are very few ferret breeders within the United States. For many states we're unable to find a breeder. In this case, we've highlighted a reputable ferret shelter where you can adopt a healthy ferret.
In many cases this is a better option, as ferrets in shelters are in desperate need of a loving home. Some states don't even have a dedicated ferret shelter.
To make them easier for you to identify, we've underlined the names of ferret breeders.
If you're a breeder/rescue and would like to get listed, please contact us!
American Ferret Breeders
Below we've highlighted some very passionate and credible ferret breeders, as well as shelters in states that don't have breeders. We strive to keep this directory current and accurate. Please note that we do not know all of these breeders/shelters and cannot personally endorse them.
Jeremy's Boggle Ferret Bungalow
Fuzzy Ferrets of the North
Butch and Debbie Sims
AZ Ferret Rescue
Circle B Ferretry
Barbara & Dennis Burnett
West Coast Ferret Rescue
Ferret Dreams Rescue and Adoption
Ferret Association of Connecticut
Oxford Ferret Rescue
Oxford, PA (services Delaware)
Broward Ferret Rescue
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue
Greater Chicago Ferret Association
Peggy S Martin
Animal Rescue League of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
Louisiana Bon Temps Ferret Rescue
Breaux Bridge, LA
Ferret Rescue of Maine
Just a Business of Ferrets
South Shore Ferret Care & Fortunate Ferret Shelter
West Michigan Ferret Connection
Grand Rapids, MI
Bandit & Friends Ferret Sanctuary
Fargo, ND (services Minnesota)
Furry Ferret Rescue
Saint Louis, MO
Angel Ferret Shelter Services
North Las Vegas, NV
4 Lil Paws Ferret Shelter
Mi Corazon Ferrets
Daniel and Linda Gurule
Lakeroad Ferret Farm Rescue/Shelter
Bandit & Friends Ferret Sanctuary
Noah's Ark Ferretry
Four Paws Wrecking Crew
Scarlett's Happy Dookers
Scarlett A. Gray-Saling
Rainy Day Rescue
Willamette Valley Ferret Shelter
Willamette Valley, OR
Ruth L. Heller, DVM and Beth Bowles
Harrison City, PA
Ferrets in Paradise Ferret R & S
Novel Beginnings Ferretry
State College, PA
Southern Dooks Ferret Rescue And Sanctuary
Top Notch Ferrets
Rainbow Ferret REscue
The Clay Ferret
Ferret Patch Kits
Newman Lake, WA
Ferret Haven of Spokane/Wannabe Wild Weasels Ferretry
Paula C Woodland
Nirvana Ridge Ferret Rescue
Brandy Station, VA (serves West Virginia)
The Hidey Hole
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Wyoming NO KILL Ferret Rescue Sanctuary
Identifying A Good Ferret Breeder
Ferrets can be susceptible to certain diseases, especially if they come from a bad breeder. Good breeders should take excellent care of their ferrets and keep detailed records of their lineage and genetics.
If you decide to purchase a ferret from a breeder, you need to do your research. Backyard breeders are much more likely to neglect their ferrets' needs.
When you find a ferret breeder/rescue, you'll need to do a little bit of vetting. There are a few questions that you should ask them to verify that you're supporting a good business and getting a healthy ferret:
Additionally, you should take a mental note of the living conditions of the ferrets. The ferrets should be kept in an environment that meets all of the following:
Buying Ferrets Online
There are not many ways to purchase ferrets online, as most breeders and shelters don't ship their ferrets and don't provide ways to purchase them directly from their website. You must make the purchase in person. However, there are some ways to make purchases online.
Essentially all websites that sell their ferrets online have images of the ferrets in addition to their name and their age. Really good sources will mention the genetic history of the ferret (or will provide it to you when asked).
While it may be convenient to buy a ferret online, it's definitely not cheaper. You'll still incur all the costs of a ferret, but you'll also likely have to pay shipping (if the seller offers shipping). Airlines do offer live animal shipping, but it's often quite expensive as it requires a lot of care and expedited shipping.
You'll also want to make sure that you still ask all of the questions highlighted above. Just because you're buying online doesn't mean that you can neglect the background check that you must carry out. Several emails and phone calls should provide you all of the information that you require.
Where To Buy Ferrets Online
As stated, there are a few places to purchase ferrets online. While most sellers won't ship ferrets, some allow you to easily do your "shopping" online before picking up your new ferret.
Ferret Breeder/Shelter Website
This is an obvious source for finding ferrets online, as these are the sources listed above! Essentially every ferret breeder and shelter will list their ferrets online for easy shopping. Some websites will list prices, too, so you don't have to call or email to figure out their price points.
There are quite a few ferrets for sale on Craigslist at all times, so it's a nice way to find one to purchase. Do note that Craigslist doesn't have the best reputation, so you should do your due diligence when purchasing a ferret from there.
Still ask the owner about the previous living conditions of the ferret, why they're selling it, and if the ferret has any health problems. If the owner is close, meet up with them to look at the ferret in person before making a decision.
There are a bunch of different websites that are essentially classified ad listings for a particular area. An example of this could be KSL, which is a classified website for Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
There are also some more generic classified sites along the lines of Craigslist, such as Hoobly.
Facebook groups are a phenomenal way to find ferrets that are either for sale or that desperately need a new home. You're able to find either a local ferret group or find a more generic country-wide group. This particular ferret and accessory buy/sell group has over 5,000 buying and selling ferrets and ferret supplies.