Ferret Rescue Society of Ottawa and Area

FRSO Updates => Announcements => Topic started by: ferretfan on August 18, 2005, 08:36:21 PM

Title: Fall 2005 Ferret Frolic
Post by: ferretfan on August 18, 2005, 08:36:21 PM
Greetings everyone!

It's geting close to that time of year again, when it's cool enough outside for all ferret owners to gather together with their ferrets and have lots of frolicing fun.  This years Fall 2005 Ferret Frolic will be held on Sunday, September 18 from 2pm to 5pm, so mark it on your calendars so you don't forget!  

Planning of the event is under way and we'll be posting more details as they become available.  One important item to note is the NEW LOCATION.  This years fall frolic will be held at McNabb Park (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=bronson+and+gladstone+ottawa,+on&spn=0.007571,0.017429&hl=en) at the corner of Bronson and Gladstone.  There is plenty of parking on the street and at the adjacent McNabb Community Centre.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Title: Fall 2005 Ferret Frolic
Post by: ferretfan on August 23, 2005, 10:51:46 AM
Media Release

August 23, 2005

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

The Ferret Rescue Society of Ottawa and Area (FRSO) are proud to present their Fall Ferret Frolic in McNabb Park (corner of Bronson and Gladstone) on Sunday, September 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This annual event is presented by the FRSO to help to 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 hilarious ferret competitions. Tube races, sock stuffing, table clearing, best matching costumes, best ferret impersonation and a children’s relay race are among this year’s events. Additional highlights include a silent auction, a display of the FRSO's foster ferrets, 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. All 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. Their mandate is to care for unwanted, abandoned or abused ferrets. They are the only animal rescue group in the Ottawa area that aids ferrets in need. Ferrets that are brought to the Humane Society are transferred to the FRSO for special care. Ferrets are rehabilitated and given any medical attention they require. All ferrets who are healthy enough are adopted out into carefully screened new families. Unfortunately, some ferrets that arrive at the group are no longer compatible in regular family environments. These ferrets will become long-term residents of the group, or will go to special homes. The FRSO has a no kill policy. The only exception is if 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 they become more recognized and well known. In 2004, they took in 44 ferrets, adopted out 36 and 6 passed away before finding a forever home. So far this year, they have already completed 28 adoptions. The total budget for 2004 was approximately $6,500. An increasing number of ferrets and increasing vet expenses will push their needs to over $10,000 in 2005. Currently, the group is caring for 28 ferrets - some who are waiting for a forever home and some who are permanently placed in special foster homes. The FRSO does not receive any government grants and relies solely on donations and money gathered from fundraising events. The Fall Ferret Frolic is one of the society’s biggest fundraisers.


Title: Fall 2005 Ferret Frolic
Post by: ferretfan on August 25, 2005, 06:48:40 AM

If you are willing and able to take care of the following frolic tasks, please Contact Us (http://ferretrescue.ca/contact.php).

1) Transportation.  To save us money, we would like to have 2 mini vans or a van and a pickup to help move items to the site.  We figure we can take the first load from our storage area in Blackburn Hamlet, drop it at the site, and then pick the remaining items up at a nearby location downtown (5 blocks away from McNabb park).  Please let us know if you are willing and able to assist with this, otherwise we'll have to spend $150 on a van rental.

2) Registration.  We need someone to assist Cathy at the registration table.

3) Sales. We need someone to assist Marion at the sales tables.

4) Food.  We need someone to staff the food table and watch over the auction items.

5) First Aid.  As part of the City of Ottawa's contract, we need a certified first aid person on-site, along with a first aid kit.  Can anyone help with this?

6) Folding Tables. We're going to see if we can rent some from McNabb centre, but it would be better if we could find five more 6' folding tables.

7)  Sun Shades.  As always, the more we have, the better it will be in case of showers.

8) Garbage Cans.  We need to place at least 4 cans around the site.

9) Prizes and Auction Items.  Andreas doing her best, but if you can help solicit prizes, it would be even better!

10) Posters. We need help printing and distributing them to vets, pet stores and on the poster collars downtown.  You can download the posters from this forum.

11) Event Assistant.  Elizabeth will need help running the events.

12) Rope & stakes.  We need to rope off the entire event area.  That means we either need to buy two 100' ropes and stakes to hold them up, or we need to find someoene who can lend us ropes, etc.

13) Drinks and Snacks.  We need someone to go to Loblaws or Loeb to solicit free snack packages and drinks (pop, juice, water).

14) Folding chairs.  We might have just enough, but a few more would be helpful.



Title: Fall 2005 Ferret Frolic
Post by: ferretfan on August 31, 2005, 06:29:26 AM
Silent Auction Item # 1.

Used Multi-Level Cage and Accessories.


Silent Auction Item # 2.  

Used Multi-Level Cage and Accessories.


Silent Auction Item # 3.  

Used Marshall's Cage and Accessories.


Silent Auction Item # 4.  

Relaxing Evening at Home:
Gift Basket with Videos, Wine & a nice candle

Title: Fall 2005 Ferret Frolic
Post by: ferretfan on August 31, 2005, 06:35:43 AM
Following are the events to be held at this years Fall Frolic.  More details will be posted within the next 2 weeks.

Frolic - 2pm to 5:30pm

Registration & Ticket Sales - 2pm to 4:30pm

Ferret Health Clinic (Ears, Nails, Mites) 2pm to 4pm

Silent Auction - 2pm to 5pm

Sales Table - 2pm to 5:30pm

Custom Beaded Ferret Collars - 2pm to 5:30pm

Snack and Drink Sales - 2pm to 5:30pm

Heaviest and Lightest Ferrets 2pm to 4:20pm
- Heaviest & Lightest Male
- Heaviest & Lightest Female

Best Costumes - Parade @ 2:15, Awards @ 4:15
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Table Clearing 2:30pm
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Tube Racing 3:15pm
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Best Ferret Impersonation 3:45pm
- Best Overall
- Best Face
- Best Body Movement
- Best Under 16 yrs Old.

Sock Stuffing 4:30pm
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Guess our vet bill 2pm to 5pm
- Gift Certificate for Maxwells

Visit the Fosters: 2pm to 5:30pm  
  • Howie and Willie
  • Hershey
  • Pantz
  • Anna and Bandit
  • Chase and Mikey

Title: Fall 2005 Ferret Frolic
Post by: ferretfan on August 31, 2005, 08:04:23 PM
Here is a map of the area around the park....


Title: Fall 2005 Ferret Frolic
Post by: ferretfan on September 10, 2005, 04:32:41 PM
Here is our current prize list!


1 Gift Certificate for Maxwell's Bistro

1 Gift Certificate for Barley Mow Pub

1 Slightly Used Ferret For Dummies book

1 Teal Climb-N-Sail Ferret Boat

3 Dream Catchers

6 DVD's

1 Zeebra Mug

2 Golf Shirts

1 Slightly Used Hanging Baloon Bed

1 Jigsaw Puzzle (1500 pcs)

2 Large Stuffed Animals

4 Medium Stuffed Animals

5 Small Stuffed Animals

1 Fling Shot

8 $5 off coupons for FRSO Sales Table

Title: Fall 2005 Ferret Frolic
Post by: ferretfan on September 12, 2005, 07:31:56 PM


Dalian Enterprises Inc. (http://www.daliansecurity.com)

Barley Mow Pubs (http://www.barleymow.com)

Super Pet (http://www.superpet.ca)

Loblaws (http://loblaws.ca/)

Maxwell's Bistro (http://www.maxwellsbistro.com/)

The Mud Oven (http://www.mudoven.com/Home.html)

Title: Fall 2005 Ferret Frolic
Post by: ferretfan on September 15, 2005, 06:50:43 AM
Please Note:  There are no tables and benches on the new frolic site.  We strongly encourage you to bring your own folding chairs or a blanket to sit on.


Title: Fall 2005 Ferret Frolic
Post by: ferretfan on September 19, 2005, 02:57:27 PM
Fall Ferret Frolic 2005
Post Frolic Report

The skies cleared just in time for another wonderful Fall Frolic.  Warm sunshine brought 70 registered ferrets and we lots of participation in all the games. The total amount raised at this event was $1,655. If we subtract our expenses for food, supplies and site rental, our total profit from this event was $1,370. This will allow us to pay off our vet bill, and still leave almost $1000 in the bank to pay for needed surgeries.

Following are the results of the various events:

Lightest Female Starla 0.59kg
Heaviest Female Anika 1.00 kg
Lightest Male Nahum 0.77kg
Heaviest Male Griffin 1.52kg

Winning Vet Bill Guess
  Jeanne $1385 (actual total was $851.16)

Table Clearing
  1st Basil
  2nd Chopine
  3rd Brogan

Tube Races
  1st Max - 12 Seconds
  2nd Mocha - 20 Seconds
  3rd Gismo - 22 Seconds

Sock Stuffing
  1st Sylvester - 8 seconds
  2nd Sniff - 13 Seconds
  3rd Bailey - 19 Seconds.

  Best Overall: Matthew - "Towel of Doom"
  Best Face: McKenzy - "Ferret Wardance"
  Best Body: Trevour - "Back Into Corner"
  Best Under 16: Blake - "Don't Take Away My Kibble"

Best Costume:
  Wizzard Ferret - Alastair

Auction #1- Cage - Angela $150 (1 bid)      
Auction #2 – Cage - Rick $180 (10 bids)
Auction #3 – Cage - Jill $150 (1 bid)
Auction #4 – Gift Basket - Suzanne $  40 (4 bids)
Auction #5 – Ferret Plate - Cathy $ 30 (5 bids)

The new site has a lot of postive points about it.  It's central to everyone - even people taking transit, it's dedicated to our use (ie we're not competing with other events for access, etc), the walls make a good barrier for escapees, it's visible to the street, which attracts more attention, the open site makes it easier for people to find the various tables and for those working the tables to see what's going on, the trees give a good amount of shade to keep everyone cool.

We also had a really good turnout of volunteers which made setting up and running the frolic much easier and enjoyable for everyone.  

For those who missed the event, event photos will be posted at Frolic Photos (http://ferretrescue.ca/photo-e.php?catid=6) over the next few weeks.

Thanks for your help and participation!

Title: Fall 2005 Ferret Frolic
Post by: ferretfan on September 26, 2005, 07:14:58 PM
Greetings everyone!  Lots of Frolic photos and videos are now on-line.  If you have more photos you would like to see, or if you wish full size copies of specific photos that are posted,  please Contact Us (http://www.ferretrescue.ca/contact.php).

Photos (http://www.ferretrescue.ca/photo-e.php?catid=6)

The following videos are now posted on YouTube for easier viewing!

Opening Parade Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9H7ZShlBok)

Sand Box (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEQ__s-jxrs)

Tube Race Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2hhE_7PaS0)

Table Clearing Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7Q5Z-AEBsA)