Western States Ferret Round Up - you should have been there!
Jan 2022: More than 50 people and half a dozen vendors showed up last weekend, Jan 15 and 16, in Tempe, AZ, to join ferret owners, rescuers, shelters, vendors, and ferret fanciers in person, along with their ferrets.
Key organizer of the Ferret Round Up was Patrick Wright, head of LegalizeFerrets.org, a California nonprofit, whose mission is to see domestic ferrets legalized in State of California.
Local participants from the Phoenix metro area, especially from the AZ Ferret Rescue, contributed their support and expertise to the event. They were joined by those who traveled from California, Oregon, and as far as New Jersey.
Ferrets and the human counterparts participated in the judging of the “biggest” and “smallest” ferret (“Elvis and Twiggy” contest), timed sport of “tip the cup”, ferret tube racing, and paper-bag escape, among others. Program speakers were: Dianne Simonian, director of the AZ Ferret Rescue, Manny Giuliano, retired animal cruelty officer in New Jersey, and the force behind the soon to be published children's book about an abandoned ferret: "My Name Is Musky", and Brittany from the AZ Ferret Rescue, on Ferret Biology. Bonnie Myer, and Melanie Ellis, along with many others, contributed judging and event management skills.
Although COVID placed somewhat of damper on the event (boxed meals, no buffet), great new relationships have been built. There are plans now to do this event next year in Arizona. So with lots of help from locals and others, we call this a success!