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September 22, 2011

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September 22, 2011

When my son became overwhelmed by the care his adorable chinchilla needed, her care fell upon me. While I had a strong bond with her, I knew in my heart that I did not have the time she needed, and she was getting lonely and dejected. With a heavy heart, I searched for local adoption but had no luck. By very good luck, I happened upon Forever Feisty and sent off a letter about my situation. They do not serve the area where I live and I did not excpect a response. To my suprise, Andrea not only had really helpful advice about my chin's care, but said that she had a woman who was looking to adopt a 2nd female chin (and it is hard to find a non-bonded female). Andrea helped us get connected even though we are 300 miles away, and we were able to arrange for a meeting, which lead to my little Tiki going off to her new home, with a new chin friend and much more human contact that she deserves. I don't know what I would have done without Andrea's generosity of time and knowledge. Andrea also makes herself available for any questions or assistance after the adoptions take place. Even though my little Tiki is 300 miles away, I feel better knowing that she is in a prescreened, caring home and that she will be well cared for. And, yes, I will be traveling up to visit Tiki in the future. Thank you, Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue!

Wendy J.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helped me find a wonderful home for Tiki

Ways to make it better...

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

Help them obtain more resources to work in more states

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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

How did you find this group?

search online

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 11, 2011

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May 11, 2011

I recently found myself facing the hardest thing in my life thus far, I had to rehome my 2 chinchillas. I had been living in an apartment for 8 years that had black mold and no matter what we did on an over the counter level we couldn't eliminate it and it had got so bad I could no longer even contain it. Over the years I started having breathing problems and my boyfriend and I both found ourselves hospitalized due to mold inhalation. The slum lord did not care about the house and said she is just going to paint over it, what a fool... we have since called the board of health and the town and are trying to get the house condemned.
My entire life I have been a huge animal lover and while at this house I managed to collect my own little zoo but adopting a bunch of animals (all of which were dumped randomly at various pet stores in my area). I thought I was doing good by rescuing them but ended up with 3 rabbits, 2 chinchillas, and a hamster.
We finally found a new apartment that was in our price range, close to our jobs and accepted pets (as sadly most apartments here in Westchester NY do not). However there was a catch, the landlord has a 2 pet max and we have 6. She also complained about how much noise the chin's cages made, and their saucers spinning, along with their excessive gnawing on everything (in their cages). Between gnawing on their chin safe wood shelves and their lava ledges and the occasional chewing on the bars trying to get to one another.
Well 2 of my buns are a bonded pair are staying with us. The third bunny has moved 10 minutes away to my mom's house as that is her little buddy. The hamster has moved into my job at a daycare center and is going home with a co-worker on weekends.
Now I was down to my pair of black velvet chins whom I've had since the girl was less then 4 months and the boy from a few months after that.
I am beyond devastated but after spending over a year trying to find this apartment and spending a ton of money to move into it, we are at a point of rehome the chins or have all of us be homeless.
My girl chin (Clarice) is 3 months shy of turning 4 and the boy (Dallin) is a bit older but nobody really knows just how old (we are guest-a-mating 6 years old). We felt that although this has me emotionally a total wreck for the 2 months we have been looking for a new home for them that they are still both young enough that if transitioned correctly and given enough love in their new homes they should both be able to do great and have happy healthy full lives.
After exhausting all my possibilities of trying to convince one of my friends/family members to take my babies (so they'd stay close and guaranteed in good hands) I tried getting in touch with every shelter/rescue within a 3 hour drive. I got very few responses back and the ones whom did reply simply stated they were full and couldn't help.
Then I got an email back from an amazing woman named Andrea from Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue Inc. Tho her rescue was full she did everything she could to contact everyone in her power to help me find a home for my babies. Through her I met an angel named Julia up in Albany who already has 3 chins but agreed to take Clarice home. I spoke to Julia for a few days online and we began to follow each other on Facebook, I found her to be a genuinely kind person who really cares about her chins and I feel would be a good fur-mom to take over for me in raising Clarice.
SO... I packed Clarice and all her stuff into the car and drove almost 2 hours upstate to meet Julia (halfway) to introduce her to Clarice and send them home together. Tho she has only been living there for a day Julia says she appears to be adjusting well and in time she is going to try to see if she will play with the 2 other girl chins she has. We have already spoken of me going all the way up to Albany to visit Clarice in her new home once she gets all settled. One of my best friends who is also a huge animal lover and has a small zoo of her own has seen just how traumatic this has been for me and is going to try to take Dallin home (even tho she already has 5 male chins). This would keep Dallin 15 minutes from me and allow me to visit regularly and hopefully miss him a little less.
If this arrangement doesn't work, Julia has said she will take Dallin and I would bring him with me when I go to visit Clarice.
All and all this has been so stressful for me and I can't believe I have to part with my children but Andrea did an awesome job of helping me out and finding them a new home where I believe they will both go great.
A huge thank you to Andrea !!!
When we get ourselves fully economically stable and can own our own home I will get back in touch with her to hopefully bring home a new chin or a bonded pair which we will be able to keep at our forever home.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in... the genuine care and help of Andrea in re-homing my chinchillas.

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would... give them a huge donation and try to find more people give these chins forever homes as well as volunteer their time and services into helping these chins have a happy life.

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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

How did you find this group?

Google search

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I rally feel like I need to take some time out to do some volunteer work at a rescue or shelter and help out more with these very busy organizations to help the little fur-babies.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 16, 2011

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March 16, 2011

I just adopted my very first chinchilla (from a private owner) at the beginning of 2011. Since I'd been involved as a volunteer with other animals' rescue groups, I knew the best place to learn about chinchilla care would be on the rescue sites.

One of the first sites I found was the
Forever Feisty web page. As a new chinnie guardian, I really appreciated Forever Feisty's detailed info on the care of these wonderful little creatures. I eventually placed an order with the Forever Feisty store, and was very pleased with their customer service and the quality of the items I received.

When I had some specific questions regarding chinnie care, Forever Feisty's Andrea was able to answer my questions via email, and was happy to help! I really appreciate her taking the time to help me learn more about chinchillas.

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

no changes

February 6, 2011

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February 6, 2011

This wonderful group rescues and places chinchillas into deserving and loving homes. If the chinchilla cannot be placed due to abuse or neglect, they live out their life with the kind and loving volunteers at Forever Fesity Chinchilla. I have supported this wonderful group for two years now. I have honorarily adopted an abused chinchilla. They do not breed chinchillas as there are those that will buy one and realize the time involved. Thank God for this group as these beautiful creatures need a voice also.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being kept up to date on the health and welfare of my "adopted" chinchilla, and how the donation is used.

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

I feel they are wonderful as is. I wish I could give more.

November 11, 2010

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November 11, 2010

We recently adopted a pair of chinchillas and have fallen in love with them right away! As soon as Andrea contacted me through the phone, you can tell that she is dedicated to her rescue! Unlike the majority of the pet stores that only wants to make a profit off of these chinchillas, she truly cares for them! With the help of her support, we were able to learn so much! To be able to give a great home for a chinchilla is rewarding!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

To be able to provide a good home for these critters.

Ways to make it better...

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

No improvement!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 14, 2010

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October 14, 2010

Passion, dedication and kindness rule at Forever Fiesty. Matches between human and chins are as expertly made as if Andrea were a high priced marriage broker. During the second stage of adoption, the onsite visit to Forever Fiesty, my 12-year old was introduced to several chins and was undecided until the third chin chose her, playing with her shoe laces then climbing into her lap. It was a match made in heaven, nurtured by Andrea. As Andrea brought Snow to us, she was dedicated enough to help us rebuild our incorrectedly assembled cage, and to help define Snow's new routine at our house. Knowing how delicate these wonderful animals are, we are comforted to know that Andrea's advice, counsel and love is only a call or an email away.

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We experienced Forever Fiesty's complete dedication to chinchillas, including their adoption service, and their home for aging chinchillas.

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

I would give them more resources so that their model and dedication could be used with other animal shelters, both for chins and for other animals.

September 19, 2010

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September 19, 2010

Our chinchilla(Daisy)had stopped eating, drinking and no poop and we took her to our local vet for treatment.After 1 1/2weeks she showed no signs of improvement and I then decided to take Daisy to a different Vet and do an online search for solutions. Of the thousands of web pages available I just happen to check out Andreas' website.Thank goodness we did. Andrea contacted me by phone and gave instructions on what to do which proved so what difficult to do because it required giving her stuff by hand which we had no experience doing. Because of the difficulty giving Daisy stuff by hand we decided to take her to the second vet for treatment. After being hospitalized for 5 days, she was actually getting worse, because of some of the meds she was getting had been getting and been force fed for 5 days without any signs of pooping. On the fifth day the vet decided Daisy should be put to sleep because she was not going to survive. During this process I had been in contact with Andrea daily. We took Daisy home from the vet and then started to treat her with natural stuff that Andrea suggested Pineapple juice- to break up any organic stuff that might be causing any kind of blockage. Pedialyte - to keep her hydrated Mylacon - to treat her gas along with some of the meds the vet gave us to use. On the second day she still had no poop and Andrea then suggested that we try giving her pumpkin for her constipation. Within 3 hours of giving Daisy her second dosage of pumpkin she pooped for first time in 2 1/2 weeks. Under Andreas' guidance Daisy is making remarkable progress and is getting back to normal. As far as I'm concerned Andrea saved Daisy's life and she has great knowledge on treating chinchillas. Her communication with me(living in Florida) on treating Daisy is second to none and shows her dedication in taking of her chinchillas in her rescue and those that are privately owned. Been able to talk to someone by phone instead of waiting for a reply on a forum is really beneficial and I cannot thank her enough for what she has done. In the future I will donate to her rescue so Andrea can continue to provide the care she gives to chinchillas in her rescue. Andrea you are the best. Thanks, John

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing the care and instructions needed to get my chinchilla from near certain death to getting healthy again.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 12, 2010

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August 12, 2010

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity Recently, one of my chinchillas was badly injured by another, more aggressive chinchilla and I really had no one to turn to. There is no exotics vet in my area and have not have great success in past dealings with veterinarians. I emailed this chinchilla rescue asking for help. I received a very prompt email providing me with much information of which I was ignorant. I wrote back with several other questions and again received great attention and care. My little guy is still recovering, but is doing much better thanks to their help. Not only was having their knowledge and experience helpful, but just knowing that someone out there cares about a stranger and her little chinchilla is very comforting! Thanks so much for your help!

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Email correspondence

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 6, 2010

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August 6, 2010

Hi my name is Paula Gsell, I am the proud owner of a one year old male Chinchilla named Tortoro. I was thinking of maybe getting a second Chinchilla for a playmate and friend for Tortoro, when I came across forever Feisty Chinchilla. I filled out an application and shortly after was able to get an unbleievable amount of information regarding my Chinchilla's personal heath and about how one goes about bringing a new chinchilla into your home. It was amazing the information that was given to me. I had read a few books prior to getting my Chinchilla, but it did not have the information I got here at Foever Feisty. This is a wonderful place, these people really love and care so much for these beautiful loving creatures. I took the information I learn here to improve the living condition for my Chin, new house a change in food, and bedding. I am very thankful for this rescue service and the love they show for the gift of life! Sincerely Paula

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Wonderful organization!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The amount of information I was able to recieve, these people were so helpful informative!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 27, 2010

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July 27, 2010

As one of Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescues clients I have been more than impressed with my experiences. Andrea is a dedicated rescuer and a true hero to the little furry friends. I have, to date, adopted 4 chinchillas over the same amount of years. My chinchillas have all come to me healthy and continue to remain so. After contacting Andrea for my first rescued pair I have had the priviledge of being able to contact her continually for advice or with questions. She always replies within 48hours at most and will have exactly the answer I need. Her continued dedication to chinchillas and their forever families shows true love for her work. I have recently had the priviledge to visit her rescue in person and was impressed with the cleanliness of the space and the obvious health of all the chins in her care. I have been and will continue to recommend anyone to contact Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue for information on adopting a chinchilla and their continued care.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I have adopted several chinchillas and remain in contact with them.

Ways to make it better...

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

I cannot think of any way to improved upon this rescue.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their continuing dedication to chinchillas.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, knowledgable, and open.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue its work on a much larger scale (ie open itself up to a large area of rescuing and adopting).

Ways to make it better...

I cannot think of any way my experience could have been made better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances

One thing I'd also say is that...

with so few chinchilla rescues available, many of these wonderful creatures continue to live in neglected situations. Having rescues such as Forever Feisty Chinchillas gives these sweet little beings a place to be loved, protected, and properly cared for.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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