Foxes and The Cause
AE Pets provides logistical assistance for the safe and efficient travel of domesticated foxes to families and their homes around the country. This is an exciting new project featured on National Geographic as well as ABC television.
AE Pets became involved in the domesticated fox industry for three reasons:
- We wanted to be at the ground level of something new and exciting
- We want to do our part in saving foxes from being sold to and harvested at fur farms
- We think these foxes are really cute.
The domestic fox breeding project was established in 1959 in the Soviet Union (present day: Russia) by Soviet scientist Dmitri Belyaev. The project was initiated by Belyaev, who was interested in the transformation of wolves into domesticated dogs. Although domestication of dogs took thousands of years, Belyaev tried to reproduce the whole process in one human lifetime. However, he died in 1985. Lyudmila Trut took over the project and has been operating the institute ever since.
Belyaev hypothesized that people created the dog by selecting—unintentionally at first–for behavior. He theorized that he could replicate dog’s domestication process with the fox on an extremely abbreviated timeline by rigorously selecting for tameness. From hundreds of foxes bred on fur farms, Belyaev chose 130 of the calmest animals. ‘Fox Kits’ born to Belyaev’s founding population and each succeeding generation of kits were subjected to a standardized tameness test, each animal ranked according to its response to a human experimenter. Only those foxes that showed tolerance for the nearness of people were selected and bred to produce the next generation. Each new generation of foxes became more approachable, and showed a yearning for human contact—much like domesticated dogs.
The Fur Farms
Fur Farms are dismal places where foxes are usually kept in wire cages for their entire lives. The methods used on fur factory farms are designed to maximize profits, always at the expense of the animals. Fur farmers pack animals into unbearably small cages, preventing them from taking more than a few steps in any direction. The anguish and frustration of life in a cage leads many animals to self-mutilation and cannibalization.
Rows of cages are often housed in giant, dark, filthy sheds or barns where the ammonia from the animals’ accumulated urine and feces burns their eyes and lungs. Equally inhumane, Foxes may simply be lined up outdoors, where the animals have no protection from bone-chilling cold, driving rain, or sweltering heat.
Domesticate for the Cause
There are currently no federal inhumane slaughter laws that exist. AE Pets feels that if domesticated foxes are widely made available for purchase as household pets, the public perception will change and evolve to a point where the inhumane treatment of foxes is eradicated.
Mitchel Kalmanson/Exotic Animal Importer
Mitch Kalmanson is an experienced USDA exotic animal importer and insurance provider who imports and exports animals all over the world. Mitchel coordinates the complicated logistics of importation and personally escorts the animal from Siberia to the United States. AE Pets assists in safely and efficiently transporting the domesticated foxes from the U.S. port of entry to its new home.
Caring for Domestic Foxes
Extensive research should be done regarding the care of domesticated foxes before a purchase is made. The information included here is a good place to start that research.
Domestic foxes are typically outdoor pets. And although foxes can exist inside a home through diligent training, an outside enclosure should be provided. However, each fox is different and may have preferences unique from one another.
Foxes love to dig and can easily escape from a disclosure with a floor of dirt-only. We recommend flooring built underneath a layer of sand or dirt to provide a certain level of enrichment. Please click through to the following links for building an enclosure.
Feeding a Fox
Foxes are omnivores and can be fed either meat or non-meat based foods. Canned dog food can provide a fox with all its nutritional needs. However, a meal of good high-quality meat is also beneficial to a fox. A more nutritious diet can have a direct effect on the fox’s fur. A fox with a good quality diet will have shiny, silky fur.
Available colors are: Silver, Platinum, Georgian White and Red.
The first step when considering buying a fox is determining the legal limitations of doing so in your country, city or state. There are many grey areas in the laws governing fox ownership. But PetGo can help you with this initial step. Below is a link to BORN FREE that will get you started.
Please refer to the spreadsheet. In addition, we would need to have the zip code of the fox’s new home. Each geographic location will have different requirements. We can assist in determining these legal considerations.
All foxes will be sterilized and vaccinated for DHPP, Rabies and Bordatella. We will need to gather personal information of interested parties such as name, address, phone, country of residence and preferred sex and color of your pet fox. Due to Russian regulations, foxes must be no younger than 5 months old before being exported.
Once your interest is confirmed and all the preliminary steps have been completed, a contract will be sent and a deposit required. The remaining balance can be paid upon arrival of your new pet. The total all inclusive price for the importation and delivery of a fox is approximately $8000, depending on the location of your home as well as other variables.
Your pet fox will be delivered directly to your front door.
For More Information or to Reserve a Russian Fox
Please contact us via phone or e-mail for more information.