Ten years ago, MaryBeth Stanistreet knew very little, if anything, about ferrets.

But one night in 1999, she was surprised when a ferret ran out of a bush and sat on her foot.

“I took him home,” she said. A week — and a bit of research — later, Chichi had won her family over, she said. And as for Stanistreet, she was hooked.

Now the president of the Ferret Rescue Society of Ottawa and Area, Stanistreet fosters 30 ferrets in her country home.

Yesterday at McNabb Park, the society held its annual spring Ferret Frolic to raise funds for ferret rescue, educate the general public and current ferret owners about ferrets as pets and give ferrets a little face time with others of their species.

One of the society’s biggest fundraisers, the frolic is held twice a year. Since its inception, the society has taken in over 380 ferrets and adopted out 266.

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