Foxy Friends as Pets: A Rescue Story
Sydney Fox Rescue is a charity working to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned young foxes. Those that pass temperament tests are placed with suitable families.
Recently one of Sydney’s pet stores raised awareness of the plight of feral foxes in Australia by helping Sydney Fox Rescue raise money to support their rehoming and rehabilitation program.
Foxes in Australia are considered pests under the Local Land Services Act 2013. They were originally introduced in the 1840s for recreational hunting and there are now an estimated 7.2 million foxes in Australia. They of course cause the usual problems with native wildlife and conflicts with farmers, similar to most pests. They are however much more adorable than cane toads.
The difficulty arises when foxes are found injured or young pups are found in the wild. These animals are not permitted to be released back into the wild under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. No one really wants to kill something as cute as this, not that good looks should have anything to do with it.
Sydney Fox Rescue is a registered charity that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes foxes to suitable carers. A baby fox (kit) that is raised in captivity is obviously much different to its wild counterparts. They must of course be temperament tested to ensure they are going to fit in well with a family, particularly for their own well-being. No one wants an anxious wild animal as a pet both from a welfare and safety perspective.
If you are interested in adopting a fox you will first need to go through a vigorous screening process, including providing character references. They need a secure enclosure and training is compulsory prior to taking a fox home. All foxes are vaccinated and desexed before rehoming.
That being said, according to Sydney Fox Rescue, they do make great pets. They need lots of exercise but in some cases they can also spend time indoors with the family, just like a regular pet.
If you would like to find out more about this fascinating charity and the work they do, you can find out more here. We would love to hear your comments on what you think about foxes as pets. And by the way, do you know what a female fox is called? A vixen of course.