|Every Ferret Counts UPDATE!
The American Ferret Associationís "Ferret Census 2012"
The American Ferret Association (AFA) finalized data collection in its first-ever ferret census
in March. Throughout the past year, more than 2200 ferret owners logged into the survey and answered
55 questions about their ferrets, health and nutrition, color patterns, ages and more!
The AFAís Education Committee has now analyzed the data for 33 of these questions and continues
to work on those remaining. After the analysis, we will be sharing the results. Ferret owners,
veterinarians, shelters and retailers of products for ferrets will all benefit from the sharing
process! Reports of the data will appear in the American Ferret Report, on the AFA web page, on
the AFA Facebook page and in special publications.
Volunteers interested in assisting with the remaining data analysis, interpretation and sharing
of the census results should contact the AFA.
The winner of the one-year AFA membership (from those who submitted the survey) will be announced
here SOON! Thank you to everyone for participating in this ground-breaking research. We couldn't
have done it without you!
|Canine Distemper Vaccination News Alert!
Merial's Purevax Distemper is not available again this summer!
It is that time of year again when Merial decides to stop producing Purevax. The current batch
will expire on June 14, 2013 and the next batch will not be available until October 2013
Whenever available, the American Ferret Association recommends the use of a licensed vaccine
against canine distemper in ferrets (currently only Merial's Purevax Distemper). When such a
vaccine is unavailable due to shortages or other problems, the AFA recommends considering the
use of a limited antigen vaccine that has a track record of safe and efficacious use in
protecting ferrets. At this time, that is limited to Nobivac DPv, also known as The Puppy Shot,
which has been used extensively in Europe and contains the vaccine strain formerly available as
GalaxyD. Although it does also vaccinate against canine parvovirus, which ferrets do not get,
it is still the most proven vaccine available at times when the licensed product is not. As
always, the AFA recommends discussion of any vaccination protocol with the ferret's treating
veterinarian, and use of such tools as antibody titers and risk assessment to determine the
ultimate protocol used for each individual animal.
|Congratulations to the 2012 AFA Cash Raffle Winners!
- $500 Winner - Lorraine Lordi
- $375 Winner - Kayo Haselden
- $250 Winner - Dixie Demory
- 3 year membership - Penny Potter
- 2 year membership - Catherine Mallette
- 1 year membership - Seth L Schild
We would like to thank all those who participated in this fundraiser. We unfortunately
did not meet our projected goal so the cash raffle will not be run next year.
Stay tuned for some new ideas on fundraisers for 2013!
|AFA Membership Going Green!
The American Ferret Association is aiming to go green whenever and wherever practical.
Starting in 2012, membership renewals are being sent via email. We hope that these changes to
our membership communications will result in big savings for the environment, our budget, and
the amount of time required to manage memberships.
In order for this to be successful you will need to be a proactive member and follow these
- Renew early ≠ the fewer emails and letters we have to send, the more your membership
dollars can be stretched and the more savings of printing ink, postage, paper, and time. You can
find your membership expiration date on your membership card and also on the line above your
name on the AFR mailing label.
- Share your email address ≠ or addresses. We can send to multiple email addresses, as you
- Make sure you add the AFA to your email address book(s). It won't do either of us any good
if you are not receiving our emails and they are ending up in your spam folder. Membership
renewal notices will be coming from firstname.lastname@example.org
- Keep your email address up to date in our database. You can uppdate your membership online
We also look forward to sending out breaking news or other messages we deem important to all
AFA members that can not wait until the next newsletter cycle.
AFA does not share it's database, so you as an AFA member can feel secure in the knowledge
that any information we have in our master database is safe and secure.
If you have any questions please feel free to email email@example.com or call