Pet of the Week: Bandit the ferret

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – In this edition of Pet of the Week, we were introduced to Bandit, a 4-year-old ferret. Lee Chambers, Manager of Marketing and Communications at Dakin Humane Society, told us all about Bandit and about other events going on at Dakin.


Description: Bandit is a 4 year old ferret who is pair-bonded with another female ferret named Smokey, with whom she shares a cage at Dakin in Springfield. Bandit came to Dakin in Springfield a month ago because her person was moving, so we’re trying to find a home for her and Smokey. Ferrets are fun-loving and mischievous and love to collect and hide household items, so you always want to be around to supervise when they enjoy time outside their cage. Bonus, ferrets can also learn litter box training!

Basic facts about ferrets:
-Their habitat should be cleaned about once a week (also, bedding changed once a week), with litter box cleaning daily
-A well-balanced ferret diet consists of high quality ferret food, chlorine-free filtered water
-Limit amounts of ferret treats!
-Ferrets need a large, multi-tiered wire-sided habitat with good ventilation, a secure door and a solid floor. Openings between the wires should be small enough to be escape-proof
-They love to have hammocks to sleep in
-Toys and a hiding box are a must for their habitat to keep them happy and stimulated


Other Events, Happenings:

Pet First Aid & CPR – Sunday, October 30, 8am – 5pm at Dakin Humane Society at 171 Union Street in Springfield
This one-day course begins at 8am and covers many important issues in pet first aid including:
-Rescue breathing
-Canine and feline CPR
-Choking management
-Snout to tail assessment
-Assessing your pet’s vitals
-Insect bites, stings and snake bites
-Heat and cold injuries

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