Okay Ferret Family, here he is. On the left and middle are Max’s before pictures, on the right his after. The befores were taken by the woman who found him in her front yard a week ago (in 30 degree weather!). You can see the black areas on his ears, those were big clusters of fleas, they were also all over his back paws. It took well over an hour to remove all the fleas, but it revealed such big beautiful ears! He’s also been bathed and nails trimmed and what not. His weight isn’t an issue and his teeth are spotless; which is curious, but a blessing.
From what I understand, no one has been looking for him, so I’m extremely thankful for the woman who (with literally no prior knowledge of ferrets) grabbed him out of her yard, and cared for him for a week and tried everything to find the original owner before deciding to rehome.
From how things look right now, he’s been an extremely lucky little dude.
NOTES/WARNINGS: Let me know if I missed something, like a trigger
She was aware of something in the room. She’d been in that place so long, she knew when the energy changed. But she couldn’t see it. Another of the Enemy’s tricks? Possibly. She decided to not react. He’d been trying to irritate her for years. He’d flirted with her, but she’d never spoken to him. Not once. She hadn’t spoken to anyone ever. She wasn’t even sure she could at this point. She heard whatever was in her room shift and then take a sharp breath. And then a little while later, the deepest and quietest snarl she’d ever heard sounded in the room. And she turned again, looking for the source. She blinked, and then narrowed her eyes, and she stepped back as a man in green and silver clothes appeared. She stared, for he was…perfect. But she looked away, certain it was another of Hostem’s men to try and…she didn’t finish the thought, but she shivered slightly. The man smiled at her, and she was taken by it, and he put a gloved hand on his chest, and he bowed to her.
“My dear, I must ask…what made those marks on your beautiful skin?” He asked, and she blinked in surprise, not expecting the question. She glanced at the razor sharp metal on her bedside table, and he nodded. “I thought so…” He said, and he was mesmerising, and then she blinked again, and she looked away. He was hypnotising her. She turned away, disappointed.
How to tell if a reptile rescue is reputable or not
The first thing that everyone needs to know is that ANYONE
can claim that they run a rescue. There is no special form, no permits, no tests
that have to be taken to gain the title “rescue”. Whether or not they’re
actually a good rescue remains. This
post will hopefully help identify the key elements on determining whether or
not a rescue is a scam.
qualifications! And by qualifications, I mean things like 501c3 papers, tax
exempt documents, any permits that are needed for animals, etc. While not ever
rescue will have a 501c3, the majority SHOULD. A 501c3 guarantees that they are
a non-profit organization. They should also be willing to show you these
documents if asked of them.
pictures on their website or facebook! Look closely at the animals. Do they
seem healthy? If any pictures show an animal’s enclosure, examine it! Are they providing good enrichment? Do their
setups look right? Warning signs would be any pictures of animals in dangerous
situations (i.e animals that are kept together, animals that have their picture
taken with other animals such as cats, etc) or animals with incorrect husbandry
(i.e animals on sand that definitely shouldn’t be on sand).
their vet! A proper rescue MUST be in contact with a reptile vet. Ask about
their vet; get the name. Research the vet and find out if it is, in fact, a
proper reptile vet.
adoption fees! Adoptions fees are not retail price. Adoption fees should
only be there to help the rescue and discourage impulse adoptions.
ask questions? If the rescue does not ask you questions about your
husbandry and setup, run. Good rescues will ALWAYS be concerned about where
that animal is heading to. They should ask about your setup, temperature,
humidity, diet, home life, etc. They should ask to see pictures or, better yet,
visit the enclosure before adopting the animal out. They should ask about basically
anything that could possibly affect their animal.
non-profit or for-profit? Do they make money off of this? Running a rescue
is not cheap. In fact, its extremely expensive and often times, rescues rely
completely on donations from others. A rescue should NEVER be making enough
money to gain for themselves; it should always go towards their reptiles.
rescue seem knowledgeable about the animals in their care? Rescues should
know at least a little bit about their animal’s past. While not every person
gives a good story as to WHY they’re surrendering their animal, rescues should
know to ask questions before even beginning to think about taking in another
Do they quarantine
their animals? This is EXTREMELY important. If a rescue does not quarantine
their animals, they should not be called a rescue. An animal should receive AT
LEAST a month of quarantine and possibly vet care before they’re even
CONSIDERED to be adopted out.
Are they acting defensive when you ask a lot of questions? Are they answering
all your questions? Be sure to ask the following:
Where is the animal currently housed and can I
Can I meet the pet before I adopt it? (This is a
What veterinary care has this animal received so
What kind of enclosure would this animal need?
Does this animal have any behavioral issues that
Why was this animal surrendered?
realistic about their animals? Often times, people will try to sugarcoat
the temperament of an animal when adopting. A good rescue should avoid this and
be able to tell an animal’s personality without making it seem like “the
animals off of craigslist or from pet stores is not rescuing! While an
animal may seem like it’s suffering in the hands of cruel past owners, if you
have to buy the animal, then it is not a rescue. Giving profit towards the
abuser only encourages the abuser to continue what they were doing.
allowing you to visit the animal before adopting! Last but certainly not
least. It is a GREAT idea to visit the animal while still in the rescue’s care.
This not only lets you make sure the animal you’re getting is perfect for you,
but also lets you see the rescue’s facility. Look at all the animals and cages
they have; make sure they look right. Examine the animal you’re wanting to
adopt for any signs of injury or sickness. Know that you are ALWAYS allowed to
back out if you think you can’t handle the animal or the animal is just not
right for you. A true rescue will understand for they want the animal to go to
a perfect home.
Running a rescue is hard, expensive and time-consuming. The
amount of care that is needed to treat sick and injured animals is nothing like
regularly taking care of a healthy animal. False rescues are unfortunately
common in todays line of work and it’s imperative that you are able to tell the
difference between them. There are other ways to tell if a rescue is real or
not, but these are some of the most common and obvious things to look for. I
hope this helps and good luck adopting any reptiles in the future!
Tonight’s Wander episode features a story very close to my heart, The Search For Captain Tim. My dogs, Violet and Daisy (the Brown Boston Terrier and the French Bulldog above) are both rescues and came from extremely abusive situations. They had both been written off for a variety of reasons.
Violet was a forced breeding dog for an illegal puppy mill and spent the first four years of her life locked up out doors, a death sentence for short snout dogs in Southern California. Daisy was kept in an abandoned apartment in a wire cage with another dog that caused extreme scarring all down her back side. While neither of them was a deranged, carnivorous space spider, both came to our family with severe health, temperament, and trust issues.
And today, they are easily the most loving loyal dogs I have ever known and best friends to each other and my two young girls. I had never been a “dog person” before these two, and now I couldn’t imagine my family without one.
Through a little hard work and a lot of love and patience, their true personalities shone through, because we were willing to look past the physical and emotional scars. They remind me every day that while no one is perfect, a little love can make a world of difference.
There are rescue shelters full of dogs and cats looking for homes that, for one reason or another, be it age, history, looks, plain old bad luck, or whatever, haven’t been able to find them. If you’re looking for a pet, I encourage you to start here first. Because even if no one else can see their potential, it only takes one right person to change an animal’s life forever. And the rewards can be immeasurable. It never hurts to help.