Florida Skunk Rescue
Welcome to our website. Our mission is to rescue, foster and rehome domestically bred skunks throughout the State of Florida and the U.S. We accept pet skunks whose owners can no longer keep them no matter the reason. If you know of an injured wild skunk or have rescued a wild skunk we can provide you with a contact who can help. We are available to answer questions for those thinking about getting a pet skunk or for those that already own a pet skunk and may need help with diet, behavior, etc.
January 8, 2023 - This morning in Rescues in Action, we have Piper with Florida Skunk Rescue here looking for a home and warm lap to cuddle up in! She is SO fluffy and so sweet. She'll make a GREAT pet and companion!!
December 15, 2022 - Dr. Raz Peress, Dr. Scott Rose, and the wonderful staff at Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota were the recipients of the Jane Bone Award from Florida Skunk Rescue and Skunks as Pets. Dr. Peress had to amputate the injured leg of our rescue skunk, Gus, and, as a result, gave him a bright future. Gus has made a miraculous recovery, and watching him run around, you would never know he was missing a limb. This award is given annually in Jane Bone's memory to someone who exemplifies her mission as demonstrated by Dr. Peress and Veterinary Surgery Center. Jane had a passion for skunks and was a pioneer in researching the proper care and diet for domestic skunks. She started Skunks as Pets to spread this knowledge, and had skunk owners as well as Veterinarians calling her for help. If your pet needs surgical care, we highly recommend Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota because you will not find a more caring group of people to tend to your pet's needs.
Left to right: Sarah Martinez and Drew, adoptive parents of Gus; Jamie Blanchet; Dr. Katie Bradtmiller; Brenda Hoch - President of Florida Skunk Rescue; and Michelle Fisler, Board Member of Florida Skunk Rescue
October 31, 2022 - Jane Bone started a skunk rescue group called Skunks as Pets. She also pioneered research about skunks and their care, and had vets calling her for advice on how to treat pet skunks. Each year we give out an award to people who exemplify Jane's mission. This year we had several people receiving the award. Jamie Blanchet, Vet Tech, with Veterinary Emergency Group of Tampa (VEG) received the award for her help in finding us a vet at the practice that could see and treat a skunk whenever emergency care was needed. She helped in the emergency treatment of Gus, our skunk that lost one of his legs due to an accident, and also another rescue, Sammy. The other recipient was Dr Karlie Bradtmiller and Veterinary Emergency Group of Tampa (VEG). Last Christmas Eve one of our rescue skunks, Sammy, started having some neurological issues. We contacted Jamie who asked Dr Bradtmiller to take a look at Sammy. Dr Bradtmiller had never treated a skunk before but she went the extra mile to consult with an exotics expert at another VEG location and they determined through testing that Sammy had an incurable disease that is usually seen in horses and takes quite a while to present itself. Sammy had come from a farm and it is suspected that this is where he contracted the disease. We would like to thank these wonderful people for their caring and compassion in taking care of our skunks.