Author Archives: Barb Carlson

I have owned ferrets since 1987 and have been running the shelter officially since 2002 (although I was doing it unofficially for a number of years before that). I'm also involved with the Three Rivers Ferret Council, and have given two talks on how to care for sick and post-surgical ferrets.

Shelter closed to surrenders

Barb speaking: After 15 years of running the Hide-E-Hole Ferret Rescue, I am retiring. I only have a few ferrets left to adopt out and I’m not taking in any more owner surrenders. Please go to the Animal Rescue League in Pittsburgh on Hamilton Avenue. They vet their ferrets with the shelter vet, Dr. Robert…

List of ferrets on Petfinder

If you’d like to put in an application, please fill out this form: Adoption Application. We usually have more ferrets than those listed due to the time needed to photograph and describe the ferrets. Please note: We serve the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. If you are more than a 2-hour drive away (check Google Maps)…

Food, glorious food — or is it?

Watch this video about why the first several ingredients should contain meat (click on the date): THINK YOU KNOW HOW TO READ A PET FOOD LABEL?Today, marketing research shows that a major decision factor for pet… Posted by Rodney Habib on¬†Thursday, December 17, 2015 Barb’s comment: The ingredients in one food I use: Turkey. Chicken,…

Legalize ferrets in California!

Do you live in California? Are you considering getting a job there? Ferrets are illegal in California, and the rest of the world thinks this is rather dumb. In all the years, there have been NO feral colonies either in California (they may be illegal but there are lots of ferrets in CA) or surrounding…

Why feed high quality food?

Q: Just wondering, what’s the benefit of your custom food mix versus one of the ferret foods out there? A: We feed high protein, high fat, no grain, low carb — as close to what a carnivore should eat as we could get. Plant proteins encourage the formation of bladder stones, which is an emergency…