A Little About I Am Ferret
Who's in charge:
I Am Ferret is a license 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. As such, the general running of the organization is done by a board of directors. The board basically defines what the organization focuses on, it's policies and procedures and what's its yearly goals and objectives should be. We currently have a four seat board, with a Chair (Mike Wood), Vice-Chair (currently vacant), Secretary (myself, Michael Culey) and a Member-at-large (Michelle Espinoza). The day-to-day business operations are handled by what's considered a staff member, in this case, our President, Angela Simpkins. She decides how the business is actually run, how to handle incoming surrenders and out going adoptions, etc...
Almost all of the money we bring in through donations is used for veterinary care. Since we are a no-kill facility, we work extremely hard to insure that all the animals we are responsible for are as healthy as they can be. This includes regular checkups, vaccinations and long term care for the senior animals who require medications and surgeries. If there's any money left after that, it is used on supplies for the ferrets, mainly food, litter, bedding and cleaning supplies. I would also say that our organization is completely run by volunteers. No one participating in the organization draws funds of any sort for their efforts.
All but 3 of the ferrets in our care our housed in one location. We have several that are considered seniors that need a little extra care. Basically, we have a morning and afternoon routine. The morning starts with refilling food and water bowls and rotating the ferrets around. Currently we have 2 large pens that the ferrets can get out and play in, 4 three-story Ferret Nation cages and 1 one-story Ferret Nation cage. We rotate the ferrets around so that each group gets time to either play in the large pens or out in the room itself during the day. So, in the morning, the ferrets that were out all night go into cages and groups that were in cages go in the pens. While the ferrets get moved around we also do a small amount of cleaning of the cages and pens. Once the rotation is done, the senior ferrets are given soup (a mixture of cooke chicken, kibble and other high fat and high protein foods) and any medications that are required. In the evening, around 7 or so, another rotation of ferrets take place and another feeding of soup and meds. While this is going on, a more in-depth clean of the room takes place. This includes scrubbing down all the cages, cleaning up the pens, cleaning litter boxes and replacing any dirty bedding. While all the cleaning is going on, we often have ferrets lose, running around the room, playing with us and getting some exercise. The evening routine generally takes about an hour and a half with one person or about 45 minutes with two. For the most part, this routine is done by myself and Angela Simpkins as the organization is run out of our home. We have a few volunteers who come by a couple nights a week to help with the cleaning but for the most part, it's just us.