Welcome to the web site for South West Ferret Rescue.
South West ferret rescue is based in the far South West of Cornwall, England in the town of Camborne.
Comments and suggestions are welcome and you can contact us at

www.swfr@supanet.com (remove the www. first) or telephone (01209) 717140

It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of SWfr. At present we have many ill,geriatric and infirm ferrets that it is unlikely that we will be able to rehome, this is limiting our ability to take on any more of these delightful animals.

During our 17 years we have been privileged to have met a large number of ferrets, even so they never cease to amaze and amuse.

Their ability to adjust their hearing from total deafness, as in the case of screaming at them from 3 feet away while they are digging up the latest seedlings, to acute hearing when you open the treat tin or pop the top of the ferretone bottle, this they can hear from 30 feet away. How do they do it?

Their definition of a straight line when they are called in (ferretone and treats excepted) is via every stone, rock, bush, tree, puddle, hole etc. within 10 feet of a normal straight line.

How they have an attention span a goldfish would be ashamed of yet when it suits them they can remember things and places from long ago. We had one of our ferrets come for a visit when its humans went on holiday, he had been re homed over 3 years earlier yet as soon as he was allowed out into the garden he went straight (our straight not ferret straight) to the place where he used to stash his treats and goodies (long since raided by the other fuzzies). Thats an amazing memory. Now what was I talking about?

What is a Ferret?

The Domestic pet ferret, Mustela Putorius furo, is a member of the weasel family (polecats, mink, otters, ermine etc.) and whose size ranges from 1 to 5lbs at maturity.
This site details the diet, health, and keeping of ferrets in captivity. Information regarding the upkeep and well being of these animals can be found on this site.
Information details the history of South West Ferret Rescue, its aims for the present and the future. We also intend this page to feature various toy's and supplements (other than plastic shopping bags and banana's) and housing that we have built, used or have been seen by us.
The gallery shows pictures of the many and varied ferrets that have been rescued and cared for by SWFR. Most of these animals were full time residents with us, they were unsuitable for re homing due to medical or mental reasons.

In Links there is a growing list of Internet links that give further information on ferrets, their health and wellbeing, and how to care for them. In addition there are links to other areas of interest, not all to do with ferrets as well as books available for ferret care.
The Contact section gives details on how to contact us for any queries, comments or ideas that you may have regarding this web site and/or what we do. It will also from time to time give site addresses of ferret centers as we acquire them.
The Left Over section has listings for ferrets that are at present at the center. These are all the bent and broken animals that for one reason or another have not found a home. Most require attention and anyone wanting to take them on has to bare this in mind. That said they are without doubt some of the best ferrets ever to pass through our hands, one reason we have never pushed to re-home them.
Success Stories goes into more detail about the lives of some of the animals at, and re-homed by SWFR.
The Rainbow Bridge Sadly this one has become large enough to warrant a page to itself. Over the years we have lost many animals, some in the early days may well have gone due to lack of experience both by us and the various veterinarian's we used. These days we know that they have received the best and we have allowed them to go to the rainbow bridge as it is their time. We have a policy to always keep the old or infirm ones so that they get the best care they can at SWFR.
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