If you grew up watching Steve Irwin, Animal Planet, or Discovery Channel, you probably fancy yourself an animal lover. You probably hold respect for all animals, even the ones people think are unlovable, from the scaly to even the stinky. The folks at Florida Skunk Rescue would definitely agree, and a visit to their skunk sanctuary could probably convince even the most skeptical that they should adopt a skunk today.

If you’re still wrinkling your nose at the thought, maybe it'll be more convincing if you think of these little black and white fluffs as a cross between a kitty and a bunny — though, they're actually related to ferrets.

They can be taught tricks, how to use a litter box, and even learn to walk on a harness. Additionally, they're spayed and neutered before going to new homes, which means they shouldn't smell as long as they're fed a proper diet. 

For anyone worried about the ethical ownership of a skunk, these good boys and girls have been domesticated.

If you don’t need any more convincing, however, there are still some things you’ll need to know before you start picking out names for your new furry friend.

Many U.S. states, including Florida, require permits for skunk ownership. You can check out the details under a Class III Captive Wildlife Permit here.

As with any pet ownership, they do require a lot of investment so make sure you do your research before jumping in!

Along with a special diet, skunks need a lot of attention in order to mold them into affectionate, bonded pets. They like to get into things, similarly to ferrets — so being attentive and getting your house set up is a must. 

The cute factor may be over 9,000, but this little life will be completely dependent on you, and they’re not always a great fit for everyone.

If you’ve decided you’re in it for the long haul, you can submit an adoption application and Florida Skunk Rescue will get back to you with details on possibly adopting a domestic one in need of a home.

To date, over 300 have been successfully rehomed since the rescue started in 2004. 

Skunks are surrendered to the sanctuary every year; so if you’re ready to give a fur baby a new life or to learn more about domestic ones, you can contact the Florida Skunk Rescue today.

Maybe soon you'll have your very own Pepé Le Pew (minus the pew).

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