BLFSH Chance
BLFSH Chance Chance came to us September ’16 by way of a concerned citizen that had a friend with this ferret. The friend was feeding him low grade grocery store cat food & he was kept in unsavory conditions. Since his entry he has gained a good amount of weight & his coat has blossomed into a beautiful, luscious white. He’s an older fellow about 5 yrs of age. Chance is a bit shy & somewhat standoffish but he’s coming around. He has a way of seeking out the most cushy sleepy spots, usually under a pile of his new brothers & sisters.

Eat, sleep, play…repeat. Such is the life of a ferret. Even those in shelters still have basic needs. We at the Big Lick Ferret Shelter & Hospice have been so blessed with donations of much of what we have needed over the years. Things we run short on are the consumables like food, treats, & cleaning supplies.

The shelter wish list consist of:

—Any of the following dry kibble foods:
Totally Ferret Active, Totally Ferret Turkey/Venison, Totally Ferret Complete, Chicken Soup for the Kitten Lovers Soul, Zupreem (not the grain free), 8in1 Crunchy Ultimate (if you can find it now), & 4Health All Stages Cat & Kitten

—Any of the following wet/canned foods:
Evanger’s Ferret food Turkey flavor (we’ve tried the Beef & the Chicken but they prefer the Turkey), Hills Science Diet AD, Beechnut Turkey baby food (not Gerber, they add starch)

—Any of the following treats:
FerreTone, Totally Ferret Vivify, Cheweasels, 8in1 Ultimate Advanced Nutrition Diet Soft Moist Ferret Food (if you can find it), N-Bones, Foamy Fries (molasses flavor)

—Other supplies:
Frontline Spray, Paper towels, Gain laundry powder, Clorox Cleanup, ProForce disinfecting concentrate, OdoBan concentrate, disinfecting wipes, clean newspapers

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, Sam’s Club, & Kroger.

If making donations 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. Also please include a contact name & email or snail mail address so we can properly thank you.

Donations can also be made thru our PayPal account at:

These donations allow us to provide medical care & vaccine boosters for the ferrets in our guardianship.
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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 fur-ever homes.
Over 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.
When 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.
We are a no kill ferret shelter; we never put 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.
Anyone wishing to make a direct donation to the Big Lick Ferret Shelter & Hospice can do so via our PayPal account:

We have 2 special needs ferrets in our care.
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 currently have a zero balance. Any donations to our account would be deeply appreciated. Their address is: 2814 Franklin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24014, & their phone # is: (540) 343-8021 Please list the Big Lick Ferret Shelter & Hospice account as the recipient if you choose to send a donation to them for us. Also if you would please include a contact name & email or snail mail address so we can properly thank you.

BLFSH Chance has a Santa.


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