Even though the law denies ferret ownership to California residents, the state still has plenty of ferret enthusiasts and many people working to get pet ferret ownership legalized. The nonprofit organization Ferrets Anonymous has been working to promote ferret awareness and legalization since 1993. It has numerous chapters across the state, including those in the San Gabriel Valley, metro San Diego, Orange County, northern California and more.
On March 16, 2013, Ferrets Anonymous held its annual meeting, called the Round-Up, which continued a tradition that began in 1994 when the first Round-Up was held. If you’re counting, that means this was the 20th anniversary of the Round-Up. The event is a chance for members and nonmembers to meet and talk about ferrets and the future of ferret ownership in California. It also allows members to take care of club business, such as electing officers. Guest speakers inform and entertain attendees on ferret-related topics, vendors offer ferret-related merchandise, a silent auction raises funds and much more.
Claudia T., a past president of Ferrets Anonymous and current and continuing treasurer, gave her view of the Round-Up. “Though attendance may have been less than what would have been liked, it was one of the better Round-Ups in my opinion,” she said. “Several new owners and first time Round-Up participants were present. It was great to be able to spend time talking with them.”
She mentioned that she was one of the speakers at this year’s event, and her talk focused on ferret-proofing the home, giving ferrets names and rescuing animals.
Claudia said attendees heard other speakers, too. “Alison Parker, director of the award winning short film Jake & Jasper: A Ferret Tale was there and showed a trailer on her upcoming feature film based on the ferret legalization issue in California, The Ferret Squad. Alison also showed Jake & Jasper: A Ferret Tale and answered our questions about her films.”
A third speaker was Melinda T. Claudia said her talk was based upon Barb Carlson’s presentation at the June 2011 International Ferret Congress Symposium, which was about nursing sick and post-surgical ferrets.
Officers were also elected at the meeting, with a new president, Dawn H., taking over. Pat W. is vice president, Claudia T. is treasurer and Anita H. is secretary.
“All and all, it was a fun and informative day, finishing with dinner at a local restaurant,” Claudia said. “We would like to thank Liz at Performance Foods — Totally Ferret — for her generous donation to our silent auction.”
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