Big Lick's Isabella
Big Lick's Isabella As dark as she can be, Isabella is a very sweet young lady ferret of 3 1/2 years of age. She was an only ferret surrendered to us in August ’15. She came in with an almost empty bag of ferret kibble from Walmart. As the product was not the greatest of food for any ferret I tried to switch her over to the shelter kibble but after 2 days of her refusing to eat I had to break down & purchase a bag of it and for the longest time that was all she would eat. She is now happily chowing down on the shelter mix and has accepted the other ferrets. She can be found being very mothering to the buddies she curls up with.

Ferrets love to play. Ferrets love to sleep. Ferrets love to eat.
The shelter wish list consist of….

any ferret safe toy like soft fabric balls, crocheted jingle eggs, small stuffies with sewn on eyes/noses (no button or hard type things that can be chewed off & swallowed), & basically any rattling toy that is not made of foam or soft stuff that can be chewed off & swallowed.

….bedding; we are blessed to have ample bedding so we are okay in this category.

any of the following foods:
Totally Ferret Turkey & Venison, Totally Ferret Active Show, Zupreem (not the grain free variety), 8in1 Crunchy Ultimate, Drs. Foster & Smith Signature Series Premium Ferret Diet, Chicken Soup for the Kitten Lover’s Soul, & Natural Gold.

any of the following treats:
FerreTone, Totally Ferret Vivify, Cheweasels, 8in1 Ultimate Advanced Nutrition Diet Soft Moist Ferret Food, & N-Bones.

Donations can made directly to our account at Roanoke Animal Hospital, 2814 Franklin Rd., Roanoke, VA 24014; please be sure to make note that it is for the Big Lick Ferret Shelter & Hospice account. These donations allow us to provide medical care & vaccine boosters for the ferrets in our guardianship.

Want to avoid wrapping & expensive shipping? Gift ecards to or Dr’s Foster & Smith would be super! Basically any gift card to would be appreciated; stores local to us are Walmart, Sams Club, Kroger. & CVS.
Please Send Gifts to:
Big Lick Ferret Shelter & Hospice
The Big Lick Ferret Shelter & Hospice (BLFSH) has been serving SW VA & portions of Central VA since 2005. We are a small shelter functioning in a private home & on a very slim operational budget. The ferrets we have surrendered to us come from regional Animal Control/SPCA shelters as well as from owners. Many of them are older, with terminal medical or social issues so a lot of our support for them is palliative hospice type care & behavior modification. We continue to place a high percentage of the others in quality, screened furever homes.\r\nOver the past few years we’ve see an increase in the number of Insulinomic ferrets coming into the shelter. Our Veterinarian, Dr. Mark Finkler, is always reviewing proactive treatment for ferrets and we are hoping to see some new advances in Insulinoma treatment similar to what has been developed for Adrenal disease.\r\nWhen surrender requests come into us from areas too far for us to give proper consideration to we endeavor to network with other shelters that may be geographically closer to the ferret in need than us, and the same holds true for adoption requests.\r\nWe are a no kill shelter, never putting a ferret to sleep because of medical conditions when treatment options are available, unless the decline in quality of life & our Veterinarian has determinate their time has come.
Vet Bills Can Be Paid At:
Dr. Mark Finkler
Roanoke Animal Hospital
2814 Franklin Rd
Roanoke VA USA 24014
Payment is due at time of service but we have been able to carry a balance from time to time. At the moment we are currently have a zero balance. Please list the Big Lick Ferret Shelter & Hospice account as the recipient if you choose to send a donation to them for us. Also please include a contact name & email or snail mail address so we can properly thank you.

Big Lick's Isabella has a Santa.


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