Rescue & Conservation

Here you will find a list of organizations dedicated to helping rescue and protect mustelids.

Although we believe the list of websites are genuine, always do your own research before donating. We at Genuine Mustelids are not affiliated with any of the organizations listed below.

Content by Species

American Mink

Mink International Rescue and Recovery

A mink rescue based near Cincinnati, OH rehoming minks escaped from fur farms.


► Eurasian Badger

Badger Trust (represents around sixty groups dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Eurasian badger)

Badger culling in the United Kingdom is a controversial form of controlling Eurasian badger populations. The act is permitted under licence, within a set area and timescale in the hope of controlling the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB). Animal welfare groups such as the Badger Trust and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) are opposed to what they feel is random slaughter of badgers — which have special legal protection in the UK — in return for what they describe as a relatively small impact on bTB.


► European Pine Marten

Vincent Wildlife Pine Marten Recovery Project

While European pine martens were once very common throughout Britain, habitat destruction and efforts to eliminate predators dating back to the Victorian era had nearly eradicated the population of wild European pine martens. Not only is there a need for funding to reintroduce the marten, there is still public indecision about reintroducing pine martens back into the wild.


Many of the species of otters throughout the world are vulnerable, threatened or endangered. For many species, habitat loss and climate change play a role. Competition with fishermen poses the risk of unnecessary culling of otters in some areas. In Asia, hunting of otters for their fur, or taking otter cubs as pets, are very common issues. Owing to the widespread and vastly varying natures of the problems facing otters, the solutions differ by region.

International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF)

IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group (OSG)

OBC – Chinchemen – Chile

► North American River Otter

River Otter Ecology Project

► Sea Otter

Sea Otter Foundation & Trust


► Black-Footed Ferret

The black-footed ferret is the only native ferret species in North America, and is endangered in the wild. Before colonization of the United States, the populations of black-footed ferrets spread across most of the North American Prairies. Due to habitat loss and disease, the population of black-footed ferrets declined to extinction in the wild in the 1980s. Today, owing to conservation efforts, there are isolated populations of these mustelids in the wild. Reintroduction efforts, as well as research into immunizing them from the Sylvatic plague continue on to protect the prairie ecosystem.

Sylvatic Plague Research

Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Donations

► Domesticated Ferret Shelters

Ferrets are a common pet, and often owners give up their ferrets due to misunderstanding in the amount of effort and resources required to take care of them. To provide these ferrets a chance at finding a forever home, shelters take in surrendered ferrets and offer prospective ferret owners information to take care of ferrets with a history of neglect and/or abuse. These organizations typically operate off of donations and charity; to help ferrets near to you, lists of ferret shelters from different organizations are given below.

American Ferret Association List of Shelters

Ferret Shelters Directory (Global)

► European Mink

The Lutreola Foundation


Mustelid Rescue UK

Mustelid Rescue was established in 2002 and specializes in the rescue, raising, and rehabilitation to the wild of orphaned and injured young stoats and other weasels.


The Wolverine Foundation

Facts about wolverines have long been overshadowed by sensationalism and misinformation. The Wolverine Foundation was established in the interest of promoting facts through research funding, and awareness for the wolverine’s benefit.

Multiple Mustelids

• The Hankensbüttel Otter Centre

The Otter Centre showcases the European otter which is a species threatened by extinction, as well as several related species of marten, in a natural environment. The centre is run by the Aktion Fischotterschutz (“Otter Conservation Project”), a state-recognised nature conservation organisation, and is a popular tourist and visitor destination on the southern edge of the Lüneburg Heath.

•  The IUCN/SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group

The IUCN/SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group (SCSG) consists of  scientists, wildlife managers, and conservationists, who help promote the conservation of the world’s small carnivores through science-based research, management and education.

•  Small Mustelid Foundation

An organisation that leads efforts for the conservation and study of small mustelids in the Netherlands.

•  The Vincent Wildlife Trust

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