Rescue & Conservation

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

Disclaimer: 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


European Badgers

Badger culling in the United Kingdom is a controversial form of controlling European 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.

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

Ferrets & Polecats

Black-Footed Ferrets

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)


American Minks

Mink International Rescue and Recovery

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

European Minks

The Lutreola Foundation


Pine Martens

While 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 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.

Vincent Wildlife Pine Marten Reintroduction Project


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 Otters

River Otter Ecology Project

Sea Otters

Sea Otter Foundation & Trust


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.

Mustelid Rescue UK


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.

The Wolverine Foundation

Multiple Mustelids

•  The European Mustelid Colloquium

•  The Vincent Wildlife Trust

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