Please come see us at the OC fair grounds April 10, 11 and 12.  Ferrets Anonymous is in building 12.  See you then.

 

The World's Largest Pet and Pet Products Expo
OC Fair & Event Center
April 10-12, 2015

Important Show Information
 
 
 
Wednesday, April 8
12:30pm-6:00pm
 
Thursday, April 9
8:00am-8:00pm
 
Parking Passes 
3-Day Discounted Parking Passes will ONLY be available for purchase at show-site during move-in days of Wednesday 4/8 12:30pm–6pm and Thursday 4/9 8am–8pm at the Will Call desk located in front of The Hangar (bldg. #18). Cost is $12.00 (a $9 dollar savings).
 
Parking passes will NOT be held for pick-up at our Will Call booth after purchase. Any booth staff/volunteers arriving without Parking Passes already in their vehicle will be asked to pay the Facility charge of $7.00 daily rate.
 
Will Call - Badges Only
During Move In the Will Call booth will be located in front of the Show Office. For your convenience, the Will Call booth will be located next to Campground Gate/Green Gate during show days. You may drop off and pick up badges for your booth staff during the show at this location.

Early Tear-Down
Exhibit booths must be staffed and operating during ALL show days and hours. You may NOT dismantle your booth at any time before closing of show at 6:00pm on Sunday April 12. An early breakdown fee of $500 may be imposed (as stated on Pet Expo Booth Contract, Basic Terms and Conditions). Failure to exhibit all open hours of America's Family Pet Expo will jeopardize future year's participation.

For details please review the Move In/Out Information and Show Map.
 
Sales Tax in Orange County is 8%.
 
Please access Service Kits for additional information and order forms.

Promote Your Presence at Pet Expo - FREE!
 
Please leave booth space field empty if you have not yet been assigned.
 
For inquiries please contact us at info@wpamail.org.

 

Officers elected at the Round-Up

From left to right, Anita H, Secretary, Pat Wright; vice president, Claudia T; Treasurer and Dawn H; president

Dawn H stepped in and said she wanted to get involved. Other people then said they too wanted to help. Dawn promised to have next year's round up really packed. (Careful what you promise, Dawn!)

It's been only one day - but let's see what we can accomplish with some new energy.

I did over hear Dawn calling her husband. "hey honey, I went to this ferret meeting and now I'm the president!"

First Column from Dawn H - New President of Ferrets Anonymous

Hello my name is Dawn & I am so honored to be the new President of Ferrets Anonymous!

My goal is to accomplish...something BIG!! I will update you as soon as humanly possible. I really will NEED ALL of you to help me get started with information on what has or hasn't worked in the past, ideas, & support. I am happy to jump in these cold & murky waters with both feet. I am a jewelry design & fabricator extraordinaire, mother of three 19-21 year old girls, a new grandma to a beautiful 7 week old boy, mother to 8 asst. pet children, & the most positive & happy person EVER! My background is in sales & I am THE BEST sales person ( in a good way lol) , I am sure this will be a big help in furthering our collective goal of legalizing ferrets!!

I thank you in advance for all the help I'm going to get from you Dawn :)

We would like to thank Totally Ferret for their continued support, not just to California but all the ferrets across the USA. From donations for raffles to the "silly" fundraisers that Isabella Gucci-Jones (the mascot) puts on.   www.totallyferret.com


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Heads Up If You Are Driving Into California

Anyone coming into California with ferrets pay attention!!! All of the Agricultural Inspection Stations are open again and will inspecting ALL vehicles entering California. Truckee has a new station slated to be open soon, so the old bypass will no longer work. (The bypass for the new station is on the Ferrets Anonymous website).

TAKE NOTE We have been told the Ag Station by pass route coming into CA from Yuma on I-8 is not a viable route any longer. If anyone can verify a new route, please contact the Ag Station coordinator at ferretfool@yahoo. com

Rescue has picked up numerous ferrets, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, Quaker parrots, and a raccoon in the last few months.

Please, Please, Please!!! Take care of your animals if you are coming into California. If you go to the "Avoid The Check Point" section on this website, there are directions around the Ag Stations.

If you would like to volunteer to drive ferrets out of state from an Ag station (they must be driven out immediately) please contact the Ag Station rescue coordinator: ferretfool@yahoo. com.

Volunteers are desperately needed in Southern California.

Surrender Ferret

When the shelter isn't the best solution...

In today's hustle and bustle of life, when lives change for whatever reason, sometimes as pet owners we contemplate a change... for us, and for our pet ferrets. There is one change which should be weighed very heavily in the hearts of ferret owners, however, that of turning an older ferret over to a shelter... any shelter, ferret or otherwise. While shelters are good, we must realize several things. For an emergency, a crisis... when there is no other solution -in a life and death situation- a shelter is acceptable. If there is a matter of convenience, or a desire for a change, there is undeniably no reason for a shelter life for your pet ferret.

Yes, in the worldly ferret community we think 'the shelter can provide better for my ferret now,' 'I don't have the time,' etc. Or perhaps the shelter knows what to watch for in an older ferret, etc. However, there is an undeniable action: abandonment. And your ferret will sense this, whatever the reason, whether you think it is for the better or naught.

For example: Dan (not a real name), called the shelter, "Hi, I need you to take my ferret; my work schedule has changed after several years and now I don't get to let my ferret out as often as I used to." Hey, this is a great, caring owner right? Perhaps, then the rest of the story was revealed. "My ferret is 5 1/2 years old and he should have someone who can give him more attention." Aha! This still sounds great UNTIL--we analyze the situation. An older ferret--who has been an ONLY ferret. The ferret lives in a great home, gets good food, and is comfortable but the owner can only give him an hour a day out of the cage now. Not so bad really.

So the alternative is, the ferret would come to a shelter. Most likely this ferret would lose the cage he is familiar with, live in a dormitory style setting, with lots of other ferret smells, all different sounds, different routines. Sure, he would get out an hour or so a day at the shelter, but would have to deal with other ferrets. Not so bad you think? Well what about the single ferret who doesn't even know he is a ferret--after all it has been him and his owner, two buddies, now he has to deal with these fur faced creatures who sniff both ends, push him around, etc. Stressful? YOU BET! It sure isn't home, not even close! All the security the poor ferret had is gone. This ferret will never know the owner abandoned him all in the name of a better life. Abandoned, you bet, and that is how the ferret will feel: for no reason dumped on the door of a strange place. He may be cuddled and talked to, but it won't be home. He may have food to eat, it won't be home.

So, what will become of this lost little ferret? Most likely the ferret will get depressed, develop loose stools, lack of appetite, lose weight and loss of the will to live. In human terms it is called RTS, Relocation Trauma Syndrome and this is seen often with (human) geriatric patients placed in nursing homes. In ferret shelters caretakers aggressively battle this with subcutaneous fluids, forced feedings, and medications. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. When it works, and I see it often, you are left with a ferret that eats, sleeps, battles underlying health problems which surface due to stress, and has virtually no life or luster. Yes, a ferret devoid of character, rejected, and forlorn.

Is this what you as a ferret owner would want to happen? Heck no. You can understand why in an extreme case a ferret would need to endure this existence, say if the family perished in an accident and there was no familiar place for the ferret to go. But because your work schedule changed? Heck NO!

When these points were addressed by the caller, Dan, he said, "You know, I never thought of that. I thought that he would get more attention. I never considered that what attention he got would be shared with umpteen other shelter ferrets. I bet that since his life expectancy is only a few more years, it would be better for him to stay at home."

Sure, I agreed, and told Dan whenever he had a question on behavior or health to call the shelter, that we would be happy to share our knowledge and guide him along. In the end, we know an older ferret was spared the shock, the fear of abandonment which he would have endured otherwise, due to his owner's good intentions. -A.K. Drakiotes

   
 
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