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Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue Inc

Rating: 4.96 stars   72 reviews 8,602

Address:

PO Box 406 Granby CT 06035 USA

Mission:

We provide a healthy, loving home for unwanted and neglected chinchillas with permanent housing in our rescue and through adoptions. We educate/council the public about the physical and emotional needs of chinchillas so they learn how to provide these animals with a healthy, safe and happy life. We provide awareness of the hardships and mass breeding of chinchillas on ranches for pelting and the pet industry. In addition, we enlighten the public about the plight of the wild chinchilla in their natural habitat.

Results:

Since we opened our doors in 2003 we have rescued over 366 chinchillas.  Many were in a neglectful or dangerous environment.  All the chinchillas receive medical care and are now living in healthy, clean and loving homes with new guardians through adoption or are permanent residence here at the rescue.  Because we have rescued so many older, physically and socially challenged chinchillas, we have become a Sanctuary and permanent home for many of our chinchillas. We spend individual time with all the chinchillas to help heal and rehabilitate them to be able to trust people and show their wonderful, spirited and intellectual personality. We provide education about chinchilla care to current chinchilla guardians and those interested in becoming new ‘chin’ parents. Over the years we have periodically expanded our rescue and we are now one of the largest full time, rescue only (we do not breed) chinchilla rescues in the US.

Target demographics:

We travel throughout the New England region of the country.  We also travel to Southeastern parts of NY.

Geographic areas served:

CT, MA, NH, VT, RI, Eastern NY

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Reviews for Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue is a huge resource to Chinchilla owners, I wish I had found the website years ago. The owner Andrea is a wonderful, compassionate person with a huge heart and love for Chinchillas, she is a wealth of knowledge on an exotic animal that even to this day there is not much out there that is correct for properly caring for a Chinchilla. I fortunately found her rescue while searching the internet in December 2015 trying to find information on caring for a sick Chinchilla since my 9 year old male Chinchilla Chinchee Clover had a chronic ear infection that I was treating under the care of a Vet and he had stopped eating. She responded promptly to my phone call and was of immense help with tons of advice. Due to the ear infection Chinchee developed two abscesses near the ear that I had to have lanced by my Vet. I medicated him with antibiotics and pain meds and hand fed him daily for over 2 months with progress, he started eating on his own again and acting more himself, running in his Chin Spin wheel, begging for attention, etc.... But sadly the infection was just too deep in his ear canal to be cured, and the abscesses kept growing. He took a turn for the worse on February 25th and I didn't feel it right to continue treating him, he was suffering and I just could not allow that any longer, so I had him put to sleep on February 26th. Andrea spent hours on the phone with me over the last couple of months, she was my light when everything was so dark. She gave me hope and actually gave me more time with my beloved Chinchee. She was quick to ship me items I ordered from her store, I just can't say enough good things about Andrea. Thank you Andrea, may God bless you and your rescue. Sherri in Virginia

 
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Hello my name is Bryan C. I am a first time chinchilla parent and my little girls name is Miss Chinchi. I consider myself an animal lover and I have had many furry companions throughout my life. Even with the experience I had with the many different species I didn't know a thing about Chinchillas. I actually helped my sister and brother in law obtain Miss Chinchi, she made Christmas of 2012 very special. My brother In law is a Marine and with that job comes A LOT of moving around. My sister and I lived together for a year and during that time Ms Chinchi and myself fell in love. Due to my sisters lifestyle we decided it would be best for Miss Chinchi to stay with me and she has been my most special friend ever since. So with no knowledge on Chinchillas I knew I had to learn everything I could to make sure my little girl was properly cared for. With a few books and lots of Internet study I learned a lot. Foreverfiestychinchilla.org was one site in which I felt had the most accurate information on the web. Just 6 months ago Miss Chinchi became deathly ill. I had been to three different vets and nobody could tell me what was wrong with her so I took it upon myself to figure out what was wrong with her and Foreverfiestychinchilla.org had all the answers. I followed all the steps which were so brilliantly described on the website and I began to make progress. I sent an email through the website and thats when I met Andrea. Andrea offered her phone number to me a complete stranger and we talked about Ms Chinchies symptoms and how I had been treating her. With the website and Andreas help I was able to save my little girl when the vets had no clue. I finally found a decent vet that performed an abscess surgery and diagnosed Ms Chinchi with Malocclusion which I thought was a death sentence but of course Andrea had all the experience with Malo as well. She reassured me that it is not always a death sentence, she was there for me and answered all my questions through and after surgery. I am so thankful to Andrea, her hard work and extensive knowledge on Chinchillas. Ms Chinchi and I are forever greatful that someone like Andrea has such a passion for these special and sometimes forgotten about little wonderful furry creatures. I highly recommend Forever Fiesty Chinchilla as being one of the best in chinchilla knowledge and care. Thank you Andrea for your service I wish we had more people like her in this world where most people have lost their compassion for life and all of earth's wonders.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

WORDS ALONE CANNOT EXPRESS THE DEEP GRATITUDE THAT MY FAMILY HAS FOR ANDREA AND FOREVER FEISTY CHIN RESCUE. WE TURNED TO THE RESCUE FOR HELP AND WE WERE NOT TURNED AWAY. OTHER AGENCY'S WERE NOT ABLE TO HELP AND REQUIRED A HIGH FEE BUT FOREVER FEISTY DID NOT. WE HAD OUR PET CHIN FOR SIX YEARS AND DUE TO MEDICAL REASONS WE WERE NOT ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF LOVE AND CARE ANYMORE. WE WANTED SOMEONE THAT HAD LOVE IN THEIR HEART FOR OUR PET CHIN JIFFY. ANDREA IS OUR ANGEL. SHE IS WARM AND CARING AND WE FEEL SO HAPPY THAT SHE CAME AND PICKED UP JIFFY AND WILL LOVE HIM LIKE WE DID. IF YOU ARE IN NEED LOOK NO FURTHER! FOREVER FEISTY IS A TRUE RESCUE ORGANIZATION.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

OMG where do I begin! Over last winter my chin (puss) had babies! This was a surprise to me because I thought I had two males. I was clueless on how to care for baby chins. Andrea was a life saver and guided me through the next several weeks! If it wasn't for Andrea these baby chins didn't have a chance with me. They are now very happy and living a happy chin life. Andrea didn't know me from a whole in the wall and spent many days and nights on the phone with me, helping me care for the babies and of course Mama and Papa chin. The time I will forever be grateful for Andrea was when my Bootz became ill. I was devastated and called Andrea. Once again Andrea was there for me. She and her husband took the 1 1/2 hr trip to my home to try and save my Bootz. Unfortunately he was too sick and didn't make it. She not only comforted me, but took care of all the arrangements for Bootz to be cremated and have his ashes returned to me. I can't begin to express how grateful I am for Andrea and her Rescue Organization. Andrea did all of this because she has a huge heart and loves these furballs! Recently my basement flooded and needs to be fixed. We now have mold, therefore the chins couldn't remain In the finished (now ruined) basement. Due to having a few week old baby in the upper house (house full of baby stuff), I don't have room for the chins. Not only is Andrea currently taking care of my chins until our basement is fixed, she and her husband came and got them for me. Once again all of this on her own precious time. If any organization out there deserves support this would be the one! I wish I could do more! Andrea.....I will forever be grateful. Thank you thank you!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have two chinchillas that have been happy and healthy for the past year. Then because they are so cute when I would give them a rosehips every nite, I decided to give 3-4. After a few weeks, their poop got really soft and wet. In a panic, I emailed Andrea from Forever Feisty to see what I should do. She was just wonderful and told me exactly what to do to get them back to normal. She was so patient with m never ending emails and so knowledgable about the care of chinchillas.. I also order their toys from her because I know that they are made from safe products and the girls love them. Many thanks to Andrea for her love and care of all the fur babies that she rescues.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Andrea from Forever Feisty Rescued me. Andrea is an amazing individual to give her life to these beautiful creatures. My son rescued two chinchillas. When one died he thought he would get another one to keep company. Well, two turned into fifteen. We were going along OK for about two years thinking we had the males and females separated and then two babies appeared. Not more Chinchillas!! I called Andrea in a panic since she was the chinchilla expert. She was absolutely awesome. Andrea came the same night to my house and spent many hours teaching me how to care for all these feisty chinchillas. The next morning Andrea and Bob came back to our home with a baby chinchilla cage, a bag full of toys, a manger for the babies and a ton of pine shavings. My stress went to Thankfulness. I needed help and my prayers were answered when Andrea came through the door.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I am a new Chinchilla owner. I purchased some items from the website and found all to be beyond expectations. One night I found one of my Chinchillas had broken her leg. I sent a note to the owner and she quickly called me on my cell and advised me what to do. I am happy to report the 3 legged Chin is getting around well. It is rare to find such dedication and help in the world we live in.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have purchased items from Forever Feisty and have been extremely please and my chinchilla loves all his toys and chews. Being a new owner I had many questions and Andrea was extremely helpful in educating me on Chins, as far as temperature, foods, chews and interaction with other pets. It has been almost a year and my Chin was began having issues with his digestive tract. I took him to the vet and had him tested for Giardia. The test was negative, but they did not give me any suggestions on where to go from there, nor did they respond to my phone calls requesting additional help. I contacted the pet store where I purchased him, and they were not as knowledgeable in Chins as I needed. I reached out to Andrea and she was very knowledgable and was able to help me in correcting his digestive tract. He has some wonderful fiber treats that I purchased from her and he is loving them. Andrea spent the time to explain eating habits, treats and the flora of their digestive tract. She gave me suggestions on what treats to feed him and when. These are all natural and healthy for him with high fiber and no sugar. To sum it up I am grateful for the time she has spent with me and the knowledge she has shared.

Thank you Andrea.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I contacted Andre on a Friday morning explaining that my daughters had to surrender our 18month old chin sisters. I was just so relieved that there was no judgement about the surrender from Andre just geniune concern for our chin's. The level of respect, concern, empathy (i could go on) that Andre displayed to my famiy was truly amazing. She had found an adoption for my chin's that she could have easlily kept to herself and gotten two of her chin's adopted. She contacted me within just a few hours and had a meeting set up for my two chin's to be adopted. The peace of my mind myself and my daughters have knowing that our two little girls are in a wonderful loving home is priceless!!! This would not have been the case had I not made that call to Forever Fiesty and dealt with Andre. Words cannot desribe how caring and gracious Andre is and the knowledge I received from her was immeasurable. Andre and her organization for exceeded any of my expectations about surrending my two chin's. THANK YOU ANDRE!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change a thing Andre knows exactly what she is doing and how to get things done.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

i took a chinchilla off the hands of a family friend in Sept. '12 and had her until last week when i had to surrender her to one of the most caring and generous rescue i've ever had the pleasure of giving up an animal to. Andrea came all the way from CT to my home in southern maine to pick up my Chin. The woman that gave her to me never properly cared for her before so i pretty much got the brunt of the financial tidings involved with having a mangled toothed chinchilla. I am a college student on my own with bills to pay and never thought my chin would be so expensive. Though i loved her very much, i simply couldn't afford her. Andrea set up a vet visit for her the day after she made the drive to pick her up! I couldn't be more thankful for her and her husband for the commitment they make to all these exotic chins. She emailed me what the vet said and the relief was off. I am sad i couldn't keep my 19 years old beautiful chin but i know FOR SURE the rest of her life will be lived out in peace and with other friends just like her.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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