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Finding a Pet Skunk

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If you have decided a pet skunk would be a good fit as a pet, the trickiest part may actually be finding a skunk. While sites featuring skunk breeders are few and far between on the internet, it is still possible to use the internet as a tool for finding a pet skunk.

You should first check the legality of skunks in your area before going to the trouble of locating a breeder. Be sure you can find a vet that will vaccinate your skunk and treat it if it becomes ill. Acquiring a skunk if they are illegal in your area can lead to serious consequences, and even if it is just for vaccinations, your skunk will need veterinary care, and you will be stuck if you can’t find anyone to treat your pet when needed.

You might also want to consider taking in a homeless skunk from a shelter or rescue. Sometimes you might have to work a little harder to gain the trust of a skunk that ends up at a rescue due to neglect, but giving such a skunk a second chance at a happy home is a wonderful gift to the skunk.

Perhaps the best way to find a skunk for adoption through a rescue association or a skunk breeder is to network with other skunk owners and ask for their recommendations. There are several email lists/groups that make this possible online. The Owners of Pet Skunks site maintains a list of such groups and would be a good place to begin the search.

Watch Now: What to Know Before Adopting a Pet Skunk

Skunk Breeders

Skunk breeders can sometimes be found locally, although you may need to go a little farther away to find a good reputable breeder of pet skunks. You can check your local paper or even an agriculture-based newspaper in your area. Occasionally, depending on where you live, skunks can be found in pet stores. A breeder who breeds skunks as pets is the best choice, as long as the skunks are raised under good conditions and socialized well as kits. In many cases, the selling of skunks for pets is just a sideline for fur farms. This may be your only option, and you simply need to be educated and aware and evaluate any breeder or pet store by several criteria.

When looking for a breeder, some patience is required. Skunks are seasonal breeders, and kits are usually only available in June or July. Many breeders have a waiting list and you may need to contact them a year or more ahead of time to get a kit.

When you are choosing a breeder, the best option is to visit the breeder in person, as this is the best way to get a sense of how the breeder raises their animals. The skunks should be kept in clean conditions, which you should be able to assess by observation and odor. Do not be concerned if you are not allowed to see the breeding animals, as many conscientious breeders will not allow visitors access to breeding animals. Ask to see the breeder’s documentation (licensing, inspection reports). Ask if there have been any disease outbreaks, especially distemper.

How to Choose Your Skunk

Once you are satisfied with the facilities, carefully observe some skunks. They should be bright, alert, and curious, with a full shiny coat. They should be in good body condition, neither thin nor obese. They should be curious about visitors but not overly agitated. They should also have clean eyes, ears, nose and rear end, and no signs of lameness or other problems. Try to handle some kits to see how they interact with you.

The best sign of a good breeder is one who is sure they are selling you a pet for which you are prepared. While you may feel you are being grilled, a breeder that asks potential owners lots of questions is one who is concerned that their animals are going to good homes. If a breeder can’t answer all your questions about what skunks are like and how to care for them properly, be wary. Research care well in advance so you can tell if a breeder is giving sound advice or not.

If you are some distance from a breeder, they may be willing to ship a kit to you. This is the least desirable option since shipping can be stressful.

If you are looking for a skunk, be prepared and most importantly be patient so you can be sure you are getting the pet that is perfect for you.

If you want a pet skunk, the trickiest part will be finding one. Learn how to find a pet skunk breeder.

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People and animal health and well-being comes first at Skunk Haven Inc. Due to the Corna19 virus, The North Ridgeville Park, County Health Department and the State of Ohio has strict guidelines in place for public gatherings such as fairs.

Since SkunkFest falls into this category, we have decided to replace the in-person event, Skunk Fest 2020, with an online event featuring but not limited to a contest and vendor sale.

The online event is being planned for September 12, 2020. Details are below in the SkunkFest Section.

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Join us for SkunkFest, our annual gathering for merryment and mirth online this year.

Skunk Haven is hosting this online event, which includes an auction, games, skunk photo contest, and vendors sales. Come join the fun!

You may enter a skunk in each of four categories. Detailed rules below.

Submit a good quality photo, not a fun photo, as the judges will be considering the skunk himself or herself. It can be a photo taken head on or from the side, just make sure the entire skunk is in the photo.

Submit a good quality photo, not a fun photo, as the judges will be considering the skunk himself or herself. It can be a photo taken head on or from the side, just make sure the entire skunk is in the photo.

Ribbons will be awarded to the winners!! Winners will be notified via email and announced on FaceBook.

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or call 800.RED.ROOF and use VP#623247

Rates are good from 9/11/2020 through 9/13/2020.
Please book your room early before they sell out!
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Of all the skunks in the contest these breeders bred beautiful healthy skunks and are TOP WINNERS

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Warning > Never let anyone touch or pet your captive born domesticated skunk or allow any of their pets near your skunk. If medical attention is needed, doctors and hospital staff are required to report bites by exotic pets to the local health department. This even means if the owner of the captive born pet skunk or family member gets bit. This may lead to your skunk being seized and euthanized to be tested for rabies. There is no quarantine period. Although there are no cases of our pet captive skunks having rabies, people who do not own captive born skunks still assume the worst.

See Hannah’s and Flower’s Story —>Pet Alert 05/2012

A suggestion is for you to at least have your tetanus shot up to date. If your skunk bites someone and you want to spend the money, hire a lawyer to fight from having your beloved skunk put down and pay for the rabies shots that are required to be taken after the bite. It’s a series of five shots costing around $215.00 each. Sometimes the insurance company will pay for it. You have to work quickly due to the fact that the health dept. wastes no time in killing your pet domestic skunk.


NOTE: This does not pertain to any animal that is taken from the wild; you are taking a risk when taking any animal out of the wild to make it into your pet. It would be wise to leave the wild life alone. Buy captive born skunks by breeders.

If you find a wild skunk please read the following> It is illegal to take skunks from the wild in most states, if you find an abandoned or injured wild skunk contact a wildlife rehabilitation center for assistance. If you live in Ohio click here to find a wildlife rehabilitator. If you live outside of Northeast Ohio, please click here to find a rehabilitation facility near you to take in injured or orphaned skunks. If you need a referral we can assist you with finding a legal rehabilitator in your area.


New Rabies testing may save our skunks from being put down. Read about it here. DNA Test

If your skunk gets out of the house it may not come back again. There are steps to take before and after an unfortunate occurance.

Warning about using METACAM for pain

If your skunk eats chocolate, this is what you should do.

Occasionally we get feedback and we would like to share the letters.

Pet Skunk Fan Letters

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Nixall™ Family of Products
We use Nixall cleaner for disinfecting. In addition, we use this amazing product for oral and topical wound treatment.
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No Mo Skunk Odor Eliminator – Air Freshner
Add No Mo Skunk to Nixall for cleaning. It gets skunk smells out.
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Nature’s Sunshine Products Distributor
You may order Nature’s Sunshine Products for you and your skunks and help Skunk Haven™ at the same time.
We use a lot of VS-C. It helps the immue system and liver.
It is best to order any Nature’s Sunshine Product by phone to give Skunk Haven the sales credit.
Order by phone is 1-800-453-1422.
Please tell them to place under account number: 2407782 (Skunk Haven).
You may order through Skunk-Off® by Thornell
Pet Odor and Stain Removers
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Nature’s Miracle® dog advanced stain and odor eliminator
Nature’s Miracle® cat advanced stain and odor eliminator
We use Dynataurine every day for our skunks.
This helps with the eyes, heart and prevents non-food related seizures.

You may order through Harlem Corporation
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