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Mission: Dedicated to promoting kindness to animals, people and our planet.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Lee S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue, founded and operated by Debbie Whorley, is aptly named. Should you visit this rescue considering adopting a ferret(s), you’ll have ample time to ask Debbie questions and chose you’re new addition (or let them chose you). And you’ll leave with baggies of your new ferret’s preferred food, detailed information on their health, habits and resources, and a toy or two.
Adopting a pet is a joyous and memorable event, but for my husband and me, the most impactful and appreciated gift from Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue, Debbie, was at the end of our ferret’s life.
A few months ago we called Debbie on a Sunday evening as Brandi’s health seemed to be declining rapidly. Debbie asked us to bring her in. After Debbie examined Brandi - Debbie is not a veterinarian but has a wealth of study and hands on experience - she told us to call a vet the next morning and take their earliest appointment to have Brandi euthanised. She warned that the veterinary clinic might offer hope in the form of treatment but advised us to stand firm. “Brandi is dying. She is in pain. Any treatment will only prolong her suffering.”
Then she gave Brandi a sedative and a shot for pain. No charge. (Although donations of time or money are greatly appreciated and needed.)
The next morning we did as Debbie advised. Initially the vet offered treatment options but soon agreed with Debbie’s assessment.
I have long observed that the kindest among us do not look away from or sugar coat the truth. Debbie’s unflinching honesty helped my husband and me do what was called for without doubt or guilt. Brandi died peacefully. Kindness matters.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kindness Matters Ferret rescue is the BEST rescue that I have ever encountered! Debbie Whorley is extremely knowledgeable and always offers education to anyone that inquires. She also helps in any emergency situation. She has an on-site store where you can purchase items for your new fur baby as well. The rescue is very clean, the animals are free roaming so they are not stressed. She has a foster program and always welcomes volunteers!

1 Nicholas Chase B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderfully ran ferret rescue and the owner is super knowledgeable and helpful and genuinely cares for the animals.

1 Cheyenne L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can not praise this rescue enough! My story is long, and I can say that in the end it was worth it and I would do it all again if it meant Sage could be in my family. I got Sage from her she was a special case you could say, an Angora ferret going through her doors didn’t seem like something common. Out of all the people I was chosen for her, I felt a little happy since I never thought I would have passed for a normal ferret let alone Sage.

Sage came home with me and lived in a playpen. I let her free roam alone so my youngsters didn’t bother her. I noticed blood in her urine. I didn’t think anything of it… and just brushed it off because maybe she was stressed. Her whole world did just change in two weeks time. Then the morning came and my roommate noticed she had blood once again. This wasn’t a little this was her whole puddle. My roommate contacted me while I was at work, and rushed her to my vet (who owns ferrets but doesn’t have the equipment to be able to properly treated them) and managed to get a urine sample to take to her. Needless to say, Dr. Bell called me and said Sage had a possible bladder stone but she wasn’t 100% sure because she couldn’t get the X-rays. She works for Banfield corporate won’t let her get the X-ray tubes and ect because she doesn’t have enough ferret patients. She suggested to just treat her for a UTI and keep an eye on her.

I called Debbie and she was a little upset that she wasn’t notified immediately but we both agreed to see how the UTI treatment went. I mean stress can do that and to say that Sage was stressed was an understatement. I removed her litter boxes and put down puppy pads and a few days went by and Debbie checks in on her every day. I said it appeared to be well, no blood at all. Then I get home to 3 puddles of blood filled urine. We both agree to take her to Dr. Potts immediately but turns out he was on vacation so she sent me to another vet. Sage had a bladder stone that took up her whole bladder. She was literally a ticking time bomb. The bladder stone also explained her lack of energy (despite being playful during that time but she is more now and it explained her screaming when my young ones played with her).

Both of us spent some time on the phone together getting a plan and freaking out. This vet wanted $1,800 to do the surgery which is a lot compared to what the normal vet charges. My care credit wouldn’t even cover it. Debbie called the original owner for help and even stood up for me when the owner wondered what I did to Sage. We got a fundraiser going all I could do is wait and Debbie managed to raise enough to save Sage’s life, I didn’t have to pay a dime. She even paid me back for the visit from Dr. Bell by allowing me to raid her ferret store, I walked out with so many goodies for my ferrets!

The thing is she didn’t have to do any of this, the contract stated once adopted the owners are liable for any cost. Debbie felt so bad because she truly didn’t know that Sage was going through any of this. I was so scared that I wouldn’t be able to get the money and have to give her back even if I didn’t voice it out loud. Debbie agreed to pay for half but paid the full thing once the fundraiser reached over the goal. She apologized any chance she got and we stuck together to get through it. Sage is alive because of her and that is important to me.

Once Sage was better we had to introduce her back in, which is when we found out how aggressive she can be. I was in tears to my roommate because I didn’t want Arioch to be unhappy or her ferret Orion. Arioch is my first ferret and means the world to me. Debbie guided me through training Sage even allowing me to use her rescue as a safe space. I loved watching my babies play in her huge house and all the toys that I haven’t been able to provide for mine (we have toys just not a lot of space to put them all down). I learned what to look for aggression wise and how to handle it. She was a bit concerned with Arioch size (my little girl rarely gets over 1 pound 9 ounce) once hearing her age she told me that she was fine but just to be mindful of possible adrenal with her as she ages.

Now four months later Sage is cuddling and playing with my other two like they are all friends. They haven’t quite learned that she is an old Lady and like to sleep. So we get some scuffles when they find her sleeping somewhere and wake her up but for the most part, she has accepted them. I even cried when I first saw Sage snuggled up with them. Then the butt promptly moves like she wasn’t napping with them.

Even sometimes when I volunteer she has the kindness to give things to my ferrets to help improve their lives. We have a fun tunnel, an air purifier and she has even taken her own money and got my raw fed fuzzies meat. Even paid for Sage's implant. I even told her that our main ferret vets didn’t make me wait an hour with the ferrets after some shots which left me confused because my other did, I ended up waiting in the parking lot looking for the signs my other vet told me to look for. She told me that she would get with him on that right away because if they had a reaction I probably wouldn’t have made it back in time. Debbie is amazing and despite all my research she has managed to teach me so much. I am glad they are around, I’m glad Sage is apart of my family, I’m happy to be a volunteer and if there is anyways for me to help out more I would do it in a second.

She even let's my babies over to play!

1 Rachel Rane A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an excellent ferret rescue. Great care for the animals, thorough checks of adopters, and lots of knowledge about ferret health and well being. Debbie not only does rescues and adoptions but she is full of info and always willing to share and help ferret parents get the best care for their fur kiddos. I'm convinced that my eldest is still with us because of Debbie's help and advice and our two KMFR ferrets are doing great!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I'm in NW Indiana, I would road trip anytime to adopt from them. They are so helpful & answer all questions we have. They have shared so much knowledge with us. I'd give em 10 stars if possible they love the fuzzbutts

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

i almost had to consider rehoming a ferret i rescued due to having to move. the rescue was great trying to help arrange transport and vaccines for my ferrets and when i was able to keep them she offered to send me info

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted three ferrets through KMFR, and I couldn't have been more pleased with the plethora of knowledge and advice that I was offered, not to mention all of the supplies! I wouldn't even consider anywhere else. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

1 Beth I.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are very knowledgeable about ferrets. The owner is kind and caring and takes great care of the ferrets in her care❤️

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Debbie has an open door policy. She will take in almost any ferret in distress. I have personally worked with he on several occasions. She is caring and thoughtful around these little devils. I have 4 ferrets and got one of them from her rescue.
She will do her very best to help a ferret that is sick. She has a vet that is well verst with ferrets. Debbie is a caring person. I would highly recommend her rescue if you are considering adopting a ferret. She is a wealth of ferret knowledge.

1 Cassandra T.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beutiful house/rescue. Little ferrets are happy you can tell! The owner tries her best to keep everything in tip top shape! Her love for these creatures melts my heart. And the ferrets live a good life untill they get adopted by their forever home for having alot of ferrets you would think it would stink. But WOW i was so surprised that i couldnt really smell much of anything. Very impressed !!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue is a godsend! After one of my ferrets died, the remaining one was lonely and depressed. I asked my vet if he knew any older ferrets in need of a home. Not any in our area, he said. He recommended this place, so I got in touch with Debbie, the owner of the rescue. Such a nice person. We emailed each other a few times, and a few weeks later my ferret and I made a 5-hour road trip to Georgia to pick out a new friend. My ferret was surprisingly shy around the new ferrets (which is odd for her), but 3 hours later she found a buddy. Or rather another ferret chose us and curled up next to her for a nap! They’ve been buddies ever since, though she does drive the new ferret crazy at times. I also got a lot of advice for ferret proofing my house better and other tips on ferret care. If you live in or near Georgia and are looking for a ferret or need info, get in touch with Debbie. She really knows and cares about these silly little critters!

Thanks, Debbie and everyone else at Kindness Matters.
—Allison, KCee, and Heidi
from Mt Pleasant, SC

1 Meghan V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue helped me when my ferret needed her second surgery in a short time! After all the money was spent, and we were out of funds, they helped by fund raising with us and saved our Lily girl! Very friendly, and give great advice!

1 Zachary G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Debbie (the owner) and Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue are absolutely amazing. Debbie is so knowledgeable on Ferrets in general about ferrets. She takes the time to get to know the ferrets and their personalities to ensure a successful furever home. Hands down best rescue ever. I have adopted and volunteered with the rescue.

1 Lin W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the rescue! Debi has put so much hard work in it and she is equipped with all kinds of knowledge dealing with every issue around the ferrets. I constantly get educated by her. She is very responsible in the adoption process, and I recommend the rescue to everyone if you are trying to decide whether a ferret is the right pet for you.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kindness Matters is the only licensed and state registered companion Ferret Rescue and Shelter in Georgia. This rescue provides a service which benefits animals control and humane groups alike. By giving companion ferrets a safe and loving environment until they can find a home of their own Kindness Matters frees up space at shelters who main focus is dogs and cats. Kindness Matters provides a much needed and valuable service for the community, for the homeless ferrets and for those looking for a loving companion ferret of their own.

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kmferretrescue 11/21/2018

Thank you Sharon!