LOCAL animal lovers are being asked if they could take care of one of these cute furry creatures.
The Scottish SPCA have been flooded with scores of ferrets in recent weeks, and currently have 35 of the animals in their care with six being looked after at the Angus, Fife and Tayside Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.
Many of the ferrets arrived in the charity’s care after they were found straying, although it’s likely several have actually been abandoned as few are ever reclaimed by their owners.
Scottish SPCA Superintendent, Sharon Comrie said: “A ferret might not be the first animal you’d think of when considering a new pet, but in our experience they are fantastic little creatures who can bring a great deal of enjoyment to their owners.
“Some people think ferrets are wild animals but they’re not. They’re domesticated pets that cannot survive outdoors on their own.
“It’s very sad to see so many coming into our care. Whether this is from them escaping from their enclosures or being dumped, we can’t say.
“We have lots of friendly ferrets of various ages and personality types in our care right now. From youngsters who have been raised in our centres and are easy to handle to the more timid or cheeky ferrets who would appeal to experienced owners.”
Anyone interested in offering a ferret a home is being urged to call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.