REFERENCES and HELPFUL LINKS
Facebook groups are great places to connect with fox enthusiasts, owners, and even rescues and breeders. Probably the best way to meet and get involved with the fox community.
Fennec Fox Owners - a group created specifically for fennec fox owners.
The Pet Fox Society - a group for all species of foxes kept as pets.
Facebook Pages and Personalities
Some foxes have facebook pages of their own!
Gallieo, A Fox of a Different Color - Gallieo was rescued from an abusive situation and now lives comfortably in North Carolina.
Evie, adventures of my pet fox - Follows not only the life of Evie the silver fox, but also of her platinum fox friend, Vex.
While forums often aren’t as active as Facebook groups are, unlike Facebook, posts are easily archived and referenced. Old discussions can be found when questions arise, versus Facebook where already answered questions become buried.
Sybil’s Den Message Board - established in 2003, making the board over 10 years old, Sybil’s Den was a group founded in the interest of bringing together exotic animal keepers and anyone interested in learning about them. Before the rise of facebook groups, it was the place for fox keepers and breeders to discuss, post pictures, and share stories with other members. Though it as not as active as prior years, it has a large archive with a wealth of information for those doing research, and several active, knowledgeable members and staff members (including myself) willing to answer questions about foxes. Facebook group, only available to registered forum members.
Red Fox Family - A care sheet created by the owner of three red foxes. Very thorough and informative. Most information about red foxes can be applied to the care of arctic foxes.
Red Fox FAQ - written by the same author as above, in the format of a FAQ so that you can quickly reference a question and an answer.
Fennec Fox Caresheet - written by the owner of a fennec fox.
Swift Fox Caresheet - a caresheet for a more uncommon species, the swift fox, which currently there is only one breeder of the swift fox in the US. This care sheet was written by a long-time owner of a swift fox, Bella.
Blogs give first hand accounts of fox keepers, and often provide a means of directly contacting someone with a fox for questions. It’s very easy to go through old posts and find stories, information, and already answered questions.
The Pet Fox - one of the best and original fox blogs about a cross fox named Gizmo. Though it is not updated as often as before, there is an index full of information about fox behavior, care, and stories about Gizmo’s antics.
My Pet Fox - a blog chronicling the life and times of a cross fox named Swiper. Unfortunately, Swiper was rehomed, and the blog is not the most active as it once was, but the past posts provide an insight into the life of living with a fox.
May The Fox Be With You - though Vader the silver fox, the focus of this blog, has passed away, it is a somber and sweet place to revisit, full of stories of Vader, questions that people had about Vader answered, and other great information about foxes.
Koda the Fox - the tales of a spoiled Australian red fox named Koda, rescued as a fox kit.
The Artful Fox - run by a fantastic blogger who went through the effort of checking every US state legalities and has a guide to each state’s laws regarding keeping foxes as pets.
Flashman Foxes - the blog of a knowledgeable breeder in the UK, who currently cares for three red foxes, three corsac foxes, four fennec foxes, and two arctic foxes, along with a variety of other furry creatures. An absolutely lovely lady with a lovely family to boot.
Eshu the Vixen - the blog of a young red fox named Eshu, wild and orphaned, rescued in 2013 and now living the high life as a pet fox.
The Urban Fox Watcher - not a fox keeper in the sense of having foxes in their home, but the Urban Fox Watcher chronicles the lives of several urban foxes living in the UK. Very informative.
There are many fox breeders, but these breeders who consistently get good feedback and take excellent care of their animals.
Tiny Tracks Exotic Animals - With over 30 years of experience under their belt, Dave and Tammy are experienced, knowledgeable breeders who breed gray foxes, arctic foxes, and a wide color variety of red foxes.
Flashman Foxes - one of the few fox breeders in the UK, who currently only breeds fennec foxes.
For foxes that are down on their luck, there are rescues that specialize in exotic creatures, both captive bred and wild born. Fox rescues are also a great place to direct your time to volunteer if you wish to work with foxes first hand, and also where you can send donations if you ever want to help foxes in need.
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary - an Illinois based rescue that focuses on rescuing exotic animals, and has several fennec foxes and a couple of red foxes in their care. Facebook page.
The Creature Conservancy - a rescue in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that rescues exotic animals. Currently in their care are two arctic foxes, Burton and Miehiera, who you can visit at their park. They also care for a red fox vixen, off-site. They have multiple programs throughout the year featuring their other exotic animals. Facebook page.
CLAWS, Inc. - a North Carolina rescue that saves both wild and exotic animals. Of particular note is Galileo, a marble red fox rescued from an abusive situation. Facebook page.
Foxwood Wildlife Rescue - a Buffalo, New York rescue that rescues both wild born foxes and captive bred foxes surrendered to them, and attempt to re-home foxes that can be. Facebook page.
Colleen Guyer - not a rescue per se, but a private individual with rehomed foxes willing to accept rescues and rehomes, located in Virginia.
Sydney Fox Rescue - an Australian rescue that specializes in saving wild red foxes, rehabilitating them and adopting suitable foxes out to loving families. Without their work, the red foxes that come into their care, considered pests in Australia, would have to be destroyed. Also has a tumblr blog and facebook page.
The Fox Project - a large fox rescue based out of the the UK, specialized in rescuing wild red foxes. Facebook page.
National Fox Welfare Society - the NFSW rescues wild foxes in the UK that are injured or orphaned. Facebook page.
Little Foxes Wildlife Rescue - another UK rescue group based in Oxfordshire. Facebook page.
The Domestic Fox - a website about Domesticated Russian foxes and their importation to the US.
Sybil’s Den - A webpage for Sybil and Benny the black bears, as well as Darla, Daryl and Donnie the red foxes.
These are other helpful links, some sampled from already listed pages already listed, but are important enough to warrant their own distinction.
Exotic Animal Veterinary Listing - a listing of vets and what animals they are willing to treat - many include foxes.
The Artful Fox - State Laws - a listing of all the US states regulations regarding foxes, including at-a-glance answers to the question, “Are foxes legal in this state?”
USDA/APHIS Database Search Engine - anyone breeding and selling foxes in the USA should be licensed by the USDA. Search the name of the breeder you may be interested in to see if they are licensed, if their licensed has been revoked, or if they have had any issues in the past with caring for their animals or maintaining their business.
WHAT TO DO WHEN ANIMAL CONTROL COMES KNOCKING - a must-read for pet owners, but especially for fox owners, particularly in the US, to know your rights when it comes to animal control or the police coming to your home and asking about your animals.
Books and Literature
Red fox: The Catlike Canine a classic non-fiction book discussing the anatomy, behavior and other oddities of the red fox. A common staple on the the bookshelves of fox enthusiasts.
Running with the Fox a book written by a biologist who has followed and documented the life of foxes in the United Kingdom over the course of 15 years.
This Fox of Mine written by the owner and breeder of captive bred pet foxes, chronicling all their personalities and antics over the course of several years. The author now runs Fox Hollow Sanctuary out of Ohio, USA.
Management of the Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes) in Captivity - a book written by Wolf Park's fox handlers on the management of red foxes in captivity, including techniques on how to handle foxes in public, for those interested in exhibiting and handling foxes in exhibition programs.
Nutrition And Nutritional Physiology Of The Fox: A Historical Perspective - The most comprehensive piece of literature regarding the diet and nutrition of red foxes. 1982 version available for free download here.
Beautiful Fur Animals and their Coat Color Genetics This book has become exceedingly difficult to find, but since it's publication in the 1980's after extensive research and photography of ranch foxes, it remains a pinnacle of our understanding of the colors of the red, arctic and hybrid foxes, as well as mink, ferrets, chinchillas and more. It is exceedingly difficult to purchase and can only be found second-hand; the best chance for a U.S. reader in finding a copy of this book is to request it through interlibrary loans. University students in particular should have less difficulty in having the book loaned to their college.