The Ferrets with Soul(e) Shelter in Gardnerville invites everyone to its ninth annual open house and ferret frolic on Sept. 15, from noon- 5 p.m.
Gardnerville Ranchos resident Linda Soule operates the shelter, which houses abused, abandoned, or found ferrets. The open house is a way for people with an interest in ferrets to come together, enjoy good food, and bid on ferret-themed items. It's also a way to raise awareness about ferrets and their care.
The frolic features games along with a ferret costume contest. Speedy ferrets can join in on the tube race; purchase the tube for the race and you'll get to take it home after the event.
Fellow ferret owners are invited to participate in a gift exchange; bring a wrapped ferret gift valued at no more than $20 and take a different gift home to your pet. Those who don't own a ferret can still bring a gift and make a shelter ferret happy.
Many silent auction items will be available for bids. They include a one-of-a-kind ferret sculpture, a wooden box with a ferret image inlaid on top, and several varieties of food. Raffle ticket items range from ferret toy baskets to a free standing hammock to bags of food and a hand-painted beach bag featuring a ferret in "hang ten" mode.
The shelter welcomes donated items in order to keep things running smoothly. Items in short supply include: HE laundry soap, Simple Green cleaner, paper towels, fabric softener, regular bleach, 30-gallon trash bags, ferret toys, double bed comforters and child-size sleeping bags. Donations of ferret food are always welcomed; manufacturers include ZuPreem, EVO Ferret Food, Marshall's Diet (both chicken and regular) and 8-in-1 Ultimate Ferret Food. Monetary donations help offset operational costs and veterinary bills, and gift cards to PetSmart, Walmart, Target and Costco are greatly appreciated.
Anyone with a love of or interest in ferrets is encouraged to volunteer at the shelter. Soule also encourages people to consider acting as foster parents to one or more shelter ferrets; she visits homes free of charge to assist with ferret-proofing. Several ferrets at the shelter are available for adoption and the open house provides a perfect opportunity to see if a ferret could be the right pet for you.
Admission is $1 per person and per ferret, along with a $1 donation per ferret for each game (ferret lovers from California are asked to leave their furry friends at home and "rent a ferret" instead).
Hamburger and hot dog lunches will be available for a small donation. Cakes, lemon bars, peach cobbler and cookies will tempt the most discerning sweet tooth aficionado.
The Ferrets with Soul(e) Rescue Shelter is located at 977 Pleasantview Court in Gardnerville. For more information, contact Linda Soule at 265-6744.
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What: Ferret frolic and open house
When: noon-5 p.m. Sept. 15
Where: 977 Pleasantview Court, Gardnerville