What if Fish and Game Came Knocking on Your Door: Know Your Rights!
By California Domestic Ferret Association
Due to the constant threat of confiscation and euthanasia, and the impediments to proper veterinary care caused by its "illegal" status, the California Domestic Ferret Association (CDFA) does not encourage ownership or possession of this pet in California. However, we do recognize that there are an estimated 500,000 ferrets residing in California, and for that reason we want to provide the following helpful information. This information is based on the California Department of Fish and Game's Civil Code book, section 671.3.
When a Fish and Game warden or a police officer knocks on your door, you DO NOT have to allow them entry without a properly signed search warrant. This search warned must show "probable cause" (for example, if your neighbor reported you, his name must appear on the search warrant).
If they have a search warrant that meets the above criteria, and they find domestic ferrets on your property or in your home, you have the right to make decisions regarding your pet's safe transport out-of-state:
1. At your expense, you may choose to have them shipped to a permanent adoptive home of your choice, in one of the 48 states that permit ownership.
2. You may choose, at your expense, to have them sent to an adoptive center in a "legal state". Please be advised that your pet(s) will be placed in a carefully selected permanent adoptive home(s).
3. You may elect to have the confiscating officer handle the situation at his or her discretion. There is, however, no guarantee that your pet(s) will not be destroyed.
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