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« on: July 07, 2007, 03:33:19 PM »

MEDIA RELEASE
July 1, 2007

Ferret Rescue Society of Ottawa and Area presents the Fall 2007 Ferret Frolic!

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The Ferret Rescue Society of Ottawa and Area (FRSO) is proud to present its Fall Ferret Frolic in McNabb Park (corner of Bronson and Gladstone) on Sunday, September 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This annual event is presented by the FRSO to help educate ferret owners and the general public about these wonderful pets and to raise funds for the society.

The Fall Ferret Frolic welcomes ferrets, their owners and curious onlookers to witness a variety of fun ferret competitions. Tube races, best ferret costume, maze race and ferret bowling are among this year’s events.  Additional highlights include a silent auction, a display of FRSO's foster ferrets, a presentation by Dr. Daren Auger DVM, opportunities to ask ferret experts questions on ferret health and ownership, sales tables with a large assortment of pet accessories, items for ferret owners and both human and ferret treats.  Proceeds from this event are used by the FRSO to help continue their rescue efforts.  

The FRSO became a registered non-profit corporation in the winter of 2002 and a registered Canadian charity in 2006. Its mandate is to care for unwanted, abandoned or abused ferrets. It is the only animal rescue group in the Ottawa area that aids ferrets in need. Ferrets are rehabilitated and given any medical attention they require. Those that are healthy enough are adopted out to carefully screened new families. All others become long-term residents of the group at special foster homes. The FRSO has a no kill policy. The only exception is when it is medically impossible to treat or heal a ferret that is suffering.

Each year the FRSO takes in and adopts out more ferrets as it becomes more recognized and well known. In 2006, the FRSO took in 60 ferrets, adopted out 53.  Eleven passed away before finding a forever home. Currently, the group is caring for 50 ferrets. The FRSO does not receive any government grants and relies solely on donations and funds gathered from fundraising events. The Fall Ferret Frolic is one of the society’s biggest fundraisers.

Please note that all ferrets attending this event must have received a negative ADV test result within the past year.  ADV clinics will be held before the frolic.  Contact Us for more information.



 
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2007, 06:34:49 PM »

For those who are interested, here is a description of each game to be held at our upcoming Fall Frolic!

1:30 pm  Best Costumes 1 Ticket per ferret
After the opening Parade of Ferrets, all ferrets dressed in their finest costumes will gather round the honored judges.   1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes are awarded to the best costumes based on originality, execution, and of course the ever important "cute factor".


1:50 pm Tube Racing 1 Ticket per ferret
Ferrets race through the tubes to reach their prized possession, human or favorite treat as fast as they possibly can.  The fastest ferret to exit the tube without any help from their humans wins (you can encourage them, bribe them, squeak their toys at them, but you cannot touch the ferret or the tubes until the ferret has finished the race).  1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes are awarded to the three fastest ferrets.


2:30 pm Paper Bag Escape 1 Ticket per ferret
Place your ferret in the warm cozy darkness of a paper bag.  Fold the top closed and wait for the magic word... GO!  Let go of the top and do what you can to encourage your ferret out of the bag as fast as possible.  As with tube racing, you can talk to them, bribe them or use their favorite toys but you cannot touch the ferret or the bag until the race is over.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes are awarded to the three fastest ferrets.


3:00 pmTrick or Treat 1 Ticket per ferret
How long will your ferrets patience and stamina last when going for that oh so good treat?   Hold their favorite treat up high and see how long your ferret can stand up straight for it.   1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes are awarded to the three ferrets who can stand up the longest.


1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Fortune Telling 1 Ticket per ferret, 3 Tickets per Human
Ferrets will be placed on the Ferret Wheel of Fortune, from which they will get to select their own fortune, along with a tasty treat to accompany it.  A certain percentage of fortunes will be marked with a star,  and ferrets who select these will get to choose a small prize as well  (a small stuffy, crocheted egg, treat sample pack, six-pack of ping-pong balls, etc).  

For humans, Marie will be doing six-card Tarot spreads, which are designed so as to last about 5 to 8 minutes.


1:00 pm to 4:15 pm Ferret Bowling 1 Ticket per ferret
If you saw the Ferret Curling at the Spring Frolic, then you'll have an idea what the bowling will be like!  We'll have a special "bowling alley" setup along with ferret safe plastic pins.  Gently slide your ferret down the alley and knock down as many pins as possible. You have 3 shots, so make em count!  1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes are awarded to the three ferrets with the best score.


1:00 pm to 4:15 pm Clown Tipping 1 Ticket per ferret
You've seen Sheep tipping and cup tipping at our past events... now we have Clown Tipping!  Same idea, except these clowns will be less prone to falling over in light breezes.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes are awarded to the three ferrets who tip over the most clowns in 1 minute.


1:00 pm to 4:15 pm A"Maze"ing Race 1 Ticket per ferret
How smart is your ferret?  Can they find their way out of our custom maze?  What about with a little help from their favorite treat, human or squeaky toy?  You can encourage your ferret through the maze, as long as you don't touch the ferret or the maze until their nose pokes out the exit.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes are awarded to the three ferrets who navigate the maze in the shortest amount of time.


1:00 pm to 4:15 pm Ferret Pageant 1 Ticket per ferret
Our talented and knowledgeable judges will be checking over each contestant carefully and evaluating their Appearance, Weight ,Teeth, Coat and Personality.  You'll also get some great health care tips while they are doing the evaluations.
Top score in each category wins a ribbon.


1:00 pm to 4:15 pm Guess Our 2007 Vet Bill 1 Ticket per guess
How much money has the FRSO spent on vet bills from January 1 to August 31 this year?   Is it $1000, $5000, $10000, or More?  If you think you know, then make a guess and you could win a prize!






 
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2007, 11:25:45 AM »

Can you help us at the Fall Frolic?  This is a great opportunity for High School students to earn community hours at a fun event. Assistance is needed for the following areas:

Poster Distribution
We need assistance distributing posters to local vets and pet stores as well as posting on poster collars and local bulletin boards.

Transportation
Most frolic items will be stored in Blackburn Hamlet.  On the morning of the frolic, these items need to be moved to McNabb park and on-site by 9am.  After the frolic, they need to be returned to Blackburn Hamlet.  If you can assist by transporting a few bins, tables, etc, please let us know!

Setup/Teardown
We’ve got a number of tents and tables to setup before the frolic starts (4 large tents and up to 5 sun shades).  We will need people on-site at 9am to help put up the tents, move everything into place, install the signs around the area and setup all the tables, etc.

Sales Tables
Three people will be needed to setup and staff the product sales table.

Pageant
At least one person will be needed to assist Beth with the Pageant table (weighing and judging the health of ferrets).

Nutrition
At least one person will be needed to assist Jen with setting up and staffing the Nutrition table (selling ferret food and treats, answering nutrition questions).

Timing Assistants
Six people will be needed to help time the Tube Races, Paper Bag Escape and Trick or Treat competitions.  

Maze Operator
One person is needed to run the Maze race.

Signup and Prize Tables
One person is needed to setup and staff the Event Signup and Prize Tables.  This includes taking tickets, answering questions about the games, handing out the awards and ensuring all winners are photographed.

Play Area Supervisor
One person is needed to ensure the play area does not get over-crowded and that children do not play with the ferret items.

If you can help with any of these areas, please Contact Us.

Thank You!
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2007, 06:02:47 PM »

Our Panel of Experts has spoken!

Have you ever wondered what our CafePress products look like?  The frolic will be your chance to see a limited selection up close.  The following items will be on display at our Prize table... and if you're lucky you might even win one!

Women's V-Neck T-Shirt Size:  Medium

Cap Color: Khaki

Tote Bag

Dark T-Shirt Size:  X-Large Color: Black

Dark T-Shirt Size:  Large Color: Navy

We'll also have a limited number of "Buster" magnets available for sale at our Product table.  To see the actual shirts and designs, Click Here (This section will be removed after the frolic as all designs are available in our main CafePress).

 
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2007, 11:59:33 AM »

Dr. Auger has confirmed that his frolic presentation will be on the signs, symptoms and treatments for Insulinoma.  Don't miss this very important discussion!
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2007, 07:50:49 PM »

In addition to all the ferret events, students from the Veterinary Technicians program at Algonquin College will be in the tent next to the fosters handing out information on their program and as a bonus will be doing face painting for only 3 coupons ($3)!  
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2007, 07:56:55 PM »

To our Members and Friends

The results from the latest ADV clinic (Sept 3, 2007) are in. With the exception of two tests, all samples tested were negative.

As for the remaining two, one sample did not contain enough blood to test as the sample leaked and the other sample tested positive. It should be noted that the "positive" ferret has no symptoms and is otherwise healthy and has previously tested negative.  Also note that the other 18 ferrets in this home all tested negative.

All the ferrets in this home will be re-tested monthly for the next two to three months as the current tests for ADV are known to have both false positives and false negatives (in other words, they are not completely reliable).  In addition, all the ferrets from other homes that have recently had direct contact with ferrets from this home will be tested in one month.   Once we hear the results of all the tests (over the next two months) we will let you know.

So, what does this mean to the FRSO, public and the Frolic. We are in close consultation with Dr. Auger of Blair Animal Hospital on this issue. The first thing is not to panic. The ferret in question, and all other from that household, have been quarantined. Furthermore, as a precautionary measure, all ferrets in other households that may have been in either direct or indirect contact with the ferret that tested positive have been quarantined and will be retested in a month. Since there are no specific symptoms for this virus, an ADV positive ferret could be perfectly healthy, and may even test negative for ADV at certain times. On the other hand, a sick ferret could have ADV or a number of other diseases or problems.  Only through a series of tests will we be able to determine if any of these ferrets actually have ADV.

Please note that given the fact that these households contain foster ferrets, any/all adoption request for ferrets which are quarantined are on hold until we have all of them re-tested in order to ensure that they are still ADV negative.

This being said and with all of the precautionary measures taken, we will still be holding the frolic. The only noticeable change is that only a limited number of ferrets from non-quarantined foster homes will be attending.

As always, we ask that you leave sick ferrets at home, and remind you that no matter what precautions we take, it's always possible to pick up a virus, mites, or other "bugs" at an event where many animals interact with each other. In light of these events, we wish to take this opportunity to remind everyone that for the health and safety of all ferrets attending our events, we ask that all ferrets have their Distemper and Rabies shots up-to-date and that they are tested at least once a year for ADV and have received a negative result.

You can find more information on ADV on our website at
http://ferretrescue.ca/faq-e.php#ADV . As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2007, 07:30:29 AM »

Don't forget to check out the vendor tables!  Dizzy Critter Creations, Sandy Hill Pet Food Co-op and Canadian Ferret Forum will all be on-site.  Also, there will be face painting at the fosters tent done by the students of Algonquin College Veterinary Technician program.

After the frolic, we would appreciate it if you could complete our Frolic Survey so we can continue to improve the frolics!

Thank you.
 
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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2007, 06:33:23 PM »

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make last Sundays Frolic another Success.  We could not have done this without your assistance, attendance and support!

Following are some of the frolic results.  More details will be posted on our website forums as time permits.  Photos will be posted on the website in the coming weeks (feel free to send us your photos and we will post them).

Thank you!

Grand Total        $1,411.15

If we subtract our expenses for insurance, site rental and van rental
($183.46), our total profit from this Frolic is $ 1227.69.

Registered Ferrets:    66

Canadian Tire Money:    $2.60

SILENT AUCTION RESULTS

Auction #1
Krystyl R.
$12.00
4 bids

Auction #2
Derrick B.
$20.00
1 bid

Auction #3
Sarah N.
$15.00
3 bids

Auction #4
S. Rowe
$11.00
4 bids

Auction #5
No bids

Auction #6
No bids

Auction #7
Derrick B.
$50.00
2 bids

Vet Guess
The vet bill total was $8,356.58.
7 Guesses
Closest guess was Diane & Kent F.


GAMES & GUESSING RESULTS

2007 Vet Bill Jan-Aug:  Diane & Kent F.  $14,000 (actual = $8,356.58)

Best Costume
1st Elise - Frolic Organizer/Volunteer

Maze 25 entrants
1st Fergie (31s)
2nd Coco (39s)
3rd Oreo (67s)

Tube Races 21 entrants
1st Snuffles & Rambo (15s)
2nd  Daxter (19s)
3rd Mocha (21s)

Bag Escape 15 entrants
1st Coco
2nd Snuffles
3rd Mocha

Clown Tipping 22 entrants
1st Coco & Mocha (11)
2nd Tala (7)
3rd Spunkmeyer, Daxter, Q-Tip, Toby (5)

Bowling 16 entrants
1st Snuffles (30)   
2nd  Gizmo (29)   
3rd Coco, Mocha, Badger & Hubert Comberdale (28)

Health Pageant

Ferrets were judged on Appearance, Weight, Teeth, Coat and Personality.  

Under 1 year old Male (5 entrants)
1st   Badger & Pudge
2nd   Daxter &  ?
3rd   Hubert Cumberdale

1-3 years Male    (3 entrants)
1st   Damon
2nd   Rascal & Spunky

3-5 years Male (2 entrants)
1st   Invyasha
2nd   Boomer

1-3 years Female (3 entrants)
1st   Tara
2nd   Boo
3rd   Chaos

3-5 years Female (2 entrants)
1st   Alli & Bella

Female Over 5 (2 entrants)
1st   Cassie & Bailey

Overall Winners
1st   Tala
2nd   Hubert
3rd   Boo
 
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2007, 10:11:02 AM »

Frolic Photos have now been posted in our Photos section!
 
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