Welcome to Skunk Haven™

SkunkFest 2020 Announcent

People and animal health and well-being comes first at Skunk Haven Inc. Due to the Corna19 virus, The North Ridgeville Park, County Health Department and the State of Ohio has strict guidelines in place for public gatherings such as fairs.

Since SkunkFest falls into this category, we have decided to replace the in-person event, Skunk Fest 2020, with an online event featuring but not limited to a contest and vendor sale.

The online event is being planned for September 12, 2020. More details will follow shortly. Please check back soon for more information.

Help Our Skunks by buying from Genoris-Tees

Now more than ever, the skunks ar Skunk Haven™ need your help. Money helps with food, medical supplies and more.

Please buy any of the Skunk Haven™ t-shirts and bags at Genoris-Tees and a portion of the purchase price will be donated to the rescue to help skunks like Stella.

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Read about Stella's Story here


You can HELP A SKUNK by becoming a sponsor.

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We welcome film companies to promote skunks in a positive light
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Skunk Haven™ is now part of Chewy.com Shelter & Rescue Network!
Shop here http://www.chewy.com/rp/3732 for your pet products!
A one time purchase gives Skunk Haven™ a donation point worth $20!
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SkunkHaven.Net is our Domestic Skunk Care and Rescue site. We own and operate Skunk Haven™ Shelter.
We are a 501(c)3 Tax Exempt corporation.
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Warning - for male skunks Not neutered!  


Warning - This place is NOT Skunk Friendly! Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center 6620 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206 (412) 345-7300 Do not call them. They have caller ID.



Browse our ongoing projects or some of the other links for more information on skunks.

We provide 24-hour emergency support for pet skunk care. Call or email:
Photo of Deb Ciprani and her skunk Frank Photo of Cathy Dalgliesh and one of her skunks Photo of Cam Segal and one of her skunks
Photo by Paul Walsh
Deborah Cipriani
(440) 327-4349
Call for medical help
Call for adoptions / information
Cathy Dalgleish
(812) 873-6357
Cam Segal
(307) 575-3260
Call 24/7
Renee Pearlstein
For general questions on wild or domestic skunks, or information on skunk adoptions, please call between the hours of 7AM and 10PM EST.
You can also get to know our Reps and contact someone near you for help.
BellaOnline Site of the Month, May'05
Awarded BellaOnline Site of the Month, May 2005
Visit BellaOnline and BellaOnline - Exotic Pets Help and Information

Join us for SkunkFest, our annual gathering for merryment and mirth online this year.

Who's coming to our OnLine Event in 2020? A list of 2020 Vendors

We would like to thank these Sponsors 2018 Sponsors

Of all the skunks in the contest these breeders bred beautiful healthy skunks and are TOP WINNERS

Previous Years Highlights
SkunkHaven™/ Deb Cipriani / Skunk Stories in the News
June 3, 2018 Akron Beacon Journal Tails wag at Akron Pet Expo in Hardesty Park
Amanda Garrett Beacon Journal/Ohio.com
Read athttps://www.ohio.com/akron/lifestyle/pets/tails-wag-at-akron-pet-expo-in-hardesty-park
October 31, 2017 American Conventions Inside the Annual Festival Devoted to Skunk Owners
Vice Article by VICE Staff VICE travels to Ohio where people from all over the country gather to celebrate the descented animals they keep as pets.
Read athttps://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43n3mm/inside-the-annual-festival-devoted-to-skunk-owners
October 31, 2017 American Conventions Skunks Make Great Pets, According to the Founder of Skunk Fest
Vice Article by Brittany Joyce Read our interview with a skunk enthusiast and watch our documentary on Skunk Fest.
Read athttps://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9kq3my/skunks-make-great-pets-according-to-the-founder-of-skunkfest
October 07, 2016 Skunk Fest: Ain't No Stink About It A celebration of skunks and skunk owners
by David WilliamsRead at http://mashable.com/2016/10/07/skunk-fest/#4aK3CGZSwkqh
March 28, 2015 Preposterous Pets to air on Animal Planet Read about the program at http://www.animalplaner.com/schedule/
Deb Cipriani / Skunk Haven will be on the episode
including many skunk people at the Skunk Fest
Filming was done at these locations:
Pet Supplies Plus in Westlake
Deb Cipriani's home
------------------------------------ Skunk Fest held in North Ridgeville
October 18, 2014 alt.news 26:46Episode #16:01 - SkunkFest 2014
link by Dallen Detamorehttps://vimeo.com/115620217
Hidden in the small town of North Ridgeville, Ohio
is an annual event you won't want to miss! Alt.news
follows Holden Jones as he takes us through the sights,
sounds and smells of Skunkfest 2014, a festival for
skunk owners and enthusiasts alike that has been
going strong for over 14 years.
If you want to see more, head on over to
Holden Jones - Host
Dallen Detamore - Producer/Editor
Jennifer Gonzalez - Editor
Emily Jelinek - Crew
Emily Rawden - Crew
September 15, 2014 Chronicle Telgram Online Photos: North Ridgeville Skunk Festival 2014
June 10,2014 Small Animal Channel.com Pet Skunks Are Not The Stinkers You Think
3:40 p.m.by Rebecca StoutDeborah Cipriani and the volunteers at Skunk Haven want people
to know the joy of owning pet skunks.
May 20, 2014 Fox 8 News Skunk Haven: Local Woman Lives with 50 Unusual Pets
by Dick GoddardA North Ridgeville woman's home is overrun with some unusual pets.
But, she says her life with more than 50 skunks doesn't stink at all!
In fact, she wouldn't have it any other way.
April 16, 2014 Radio Disney Backyard Show Radio Disney Cleveland Backyard Show
by Taylor
April 13, 2014 Cleveland Plain Dealer EarthFest celebrates 25 years
by Lynn Ischay Nancy Greene of Russell Twp. snuggles with Viola,
a four year-old violet colored skunk at the
Skunk Haven booth at EarthFest.
March 25, 2014Proof National Geoprahic Skunk Lovers Unite: A Look at Pets and Their People
by Vincent J. MusiPhotography by Vincent J. Musi
February, 2014Vimeo Welcome to the "Odor-able" world of Debra Cipriani,
by Fawn Films an Ohio woman who lives with dozens and dozens of rescued... skunks!
Produced, Filmed, and Edited by DeSireé Fawn
February, 22, 2014 Ripley's - Believe it or not! Debbie lives with 50 skunks
January 20, 2014 National Examiner 'Skunk Lady' Lives with 50 Little Stinkers.
December 26, 2013 Worlds Most Pampered Pets was filmed in 2012.
Skunkfest and Skunk Haven is shown at these marks - Deb at 22 seconds
briefly at 1 minute, 18 seconds,
at 9 minutes 13 seconds (4 mintues),
at 24 minutes 23 seconds (5 minutes)
and Renee at 41 minutes 59 seconds
December 2, 2013 In Touch Weekly Magazine I live with Dozens of Skunks!
October 8, 2013 Mail Online Room with a peuw! Deborah keeps 50 skunks in her home
− and they are even allowed to sleep on her bed
September 14, 2013 The Morning Journal All smiles at Skunkfest;
by Scott Mahoney Dozens of skunks descend on North Ridgeville
September 14, 2013 Ohio Festivals 43.) SkunkFest − North Ridgeville − September 14, 2013
September 13, 2013 The Chronicle Online Annual Skunkfest aims to raise awareness about pet skunks
by Steve Fogarty Answer Google Questions and Article will appear
August 21, 2013 Yahoo! Broken News Daily Little Girl's Best Friend is a Skunk
A POSTIVE light for Skunk Owners
2011Critters USA Scent-sational Companions
Chat Debra's Scent-Sational True Story
PBS Nature Is That Skunk Is That Skunk?
January 25, 2009 PBS Filming PBS NATURE - IS THAT SKUNK?
September 12, 2009 Ohio Festivals Skunk Fest - North Ridgeville, Ohio
May 2008 Ohio Magazine A Black and White Issue
May 28, 2007 National Examiner Pepe Le Pew Lives Here!
April 2, 2007 National Enquirer Who'd A Stunk it?
February 18, 2007 Ripleys Believe it or Not SkunkFest 2007
September 5, 2005 Exotic DVM Body Temperatures of Skunks
ISSN: 1521-1363 Exotic DVM Volume 7 Issue 4 pages 2-3 Normal temperature of a skunk is NOT 102°F
See http://www.skunkhaven.net/FirstAid.htm#Reading for more information.
Skunk Haven in The Netherlands Hennie in the local news
Cleveland, OH WOIO Pet Skunks: Get a Whiff of Clevelands Hot New Pet
Ottowa County, OH Beacon  Otterbein residents to Skunk Haven™ visit 
Cleveland Plain Dealer Local skunks find sweet smell of success on PBS 
Lorain, OH The Chronicle-Telegram Skunkfest /08 gives owners a chance to show off their prized pets
Cleveland, OH WKYC-TV Woman shares home with skunks
Columbus, OH Dispatch What's black, white and loved all over?
Lorain, OH The Chronicle-Telegram Skunk lovers say critters bad rap stinks
OH The News-Herald Sweet Scent of comfort
newjersey.bestfriends.org Not Your Ordinary Pet
Penelope the Skunk & President Clinton
Dave Evely,
Penelope "Penny" the skunk
and former President Bill Clinton
Photo by Gaylene Ebling

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SkunkHaven.Net is our Domestic Skunk Care and Rescue site. We own and operate Skunk Haven™ Shelter.
We are a 501(c)3 Tax Exempt corporation.

We are an international rescue and assistance group that will help anyone with their pet skunks. If you need advice or can not care for your skunk any longer please call or email us for help. We have our APHIS-USDA license and Ohio permits for transport and dealer activities. We have contacts in many areas that can help you!

We are dedicated to collecting and distributing information on proper dietary health, medical treatments, and traditional and non-traditional recuperative processes.

All of these efforts cost money, we are not funded by the government. Even one dollar helps buy food for the skunks. All money will go toward skunks, medical supplies, food, bedding, toys, vet bills, etc.

Please HELP keep the shelter alive by donating something. We are always in need of supplies and other items for the shelter.

You may donate here:

Contact us if you have a pet skunk that you can no longer care for.

would you like to adopt a pet skunk? You can view skunks that are available for adoption here. We have members and associates throughout the US, Canada, and several European countries, and can provide direct support and assistance in almost all cases.


Warning > Never let anyone touch or pet your captive born domesticated skunk or allow any of their pets near your skunk. If medical attention is needed, doctors and hospital staff are required to report bites by exotic pets to the local health department.  This even means if the owner of the captive born pet skunk or family member gets bit!!!! This may lead to your skunk being seized and euthanized to be tested for rabies. There is no quarantine period.   Although there are no cases of our pet captive skunks having rabies, people who do not own captive born skunks still assume the worst. 

See Hannah's and Flower's Story --->Pet Alert 05/2012

A suggestion is for you to at least have your tetanus shot up to date.  If your skunk bites someone and you want to spend the money, hire a lawyer to fight from having your beloved skunk put down and pay for the rabies shots that are required to be taken after the bite.  It's a series of five shots costing around $215.00 each.  Sometimes the insurance company will pay for it.  You have to work quickly due to the fact that the health dept. wastes no time in killing your pet domestic skunk.


NOTE: This does not pertain to any animal that is taken from the wild; you are taking a risk when taking any animal out of the wild to make it into your pet.  It would be wise to leave the wild life alone. Buy captive born skunks by breeders.

If you find a wild skunk please read the following>It is illegal to take skunks from the wild in most states, if you find an abandoned or injured wild skunk contact a wildlife rehabilitation center for assistance. If you live in Ohio click here to find a wildlife rehabilitator. If you live outside of Northeast Ohio, please click here to find a rehabilitation facility near you to take in injured or orphaned skunks. If you need a referral we can assist you with finding a legal rehabilitator in your area.



New Rabies testing may save our skunks from being put down. Read about it here... DNA Test

If your skunk gets out of the house it may not come back again. There are steps to take before and after an unfortunate occurance.

Warning about using METACAM for pain

If your skunk eats chocolate, this is what you should do.

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Skunk Haven™ recommends these products


Nixall™ Family of Products

We use Nixall cleaner for disinfecting. In addition, we use this amazing product for oral and topical wound treatment.
You may order Nixall through Nixall Family of Products


No Mo Skunk Odor Eliminator - Air Freshner

Add No Mo Skunk to Nixall for cleaning. It gets skunk smells out.
You may order No Mo Skunk through No Mo Skunk Odor Eliminator - Air Freshner


Nature's Sunshine Products Distributor
You may order Nature's Sunshine Products for you and your skunks and help Skunk Haven™ at the same time.
We use a lot of VS-C. It helps the immue system and liver.
It is best to order any Nature's Sunshine Product by phone to give Skunk Haven the sales credit.
Order by phone is 1-800-453-1422.
Please tell them to place under account number: 2407782 (Skunk Haven).

You may order through Skunk-Off® by Thornell

Pet Odor and Stain Removers
Add this to Nixall for cleaning
You may order through
Nature’s Miracle® dog advanced stain and odor eliminator
Nature’s Miracle® cat advanced stain and odor eliminator

We use Dynataurine every day for our skunks.
This helps with the eyes, heart and prevents non-food related seizures.
You may order through Harlem Corporation

We love our Oreck Air Purifiers. Order products from the North Olmsted Oreck Clean Home Center or website and mention Skunk Haven™ to help support our cause. Visit your Northeast Ohio Oreck Clean Home Center for special events to support Skunk Haven™.

Ergo Systems AutoPetFeeder

Order an Ergo Systems 8-Day Autofeeder and save. If you are not home to feed your skunk, your automatic feeder can be there for a timely meal. Enter "skunks2008" in coupon and get 10% off - PLUS Skunk Haven™ will also benefit.

Our skunks love the taste of Original Limu,and the juice is so beneficial for them.
Do you, a loved one, or your lovable pet, suffer from Cancer/Breast Cancer, disease of the Liver, Heart ,or Lungs, Lyme Disease, Arthritis, Thyroid, or Bone problems, Fibomyalgia, Depression, COPD, low immunity, just to name a few.
Discover the wonders of Original Limu for your first step towards healing your way to a happy healthier life.
Still not convinced? Go to PubMed, Keyword="Fucoidan".
Questions? - Feel free to call Deb at 440-327-4349, or send an e-mail to daisyphew@oh.rr.com and I will forward many testimonies from people who are using the Original Limu and what it has done for them.
A percentage of your purchase/membership will benefit Skunk Haven, Inc.


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