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

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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

July 26, 2010

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July 26, 2010

I visited Forever Feisty Chinchillas with a friend several weeks ago. My friend has already adopted four chinchillas through Andrea and was stopping by for a visit. Although I am not a chinchilla owner, I have adopted all of my prior pets through shelters and rescues (my current cat is a rescued feral). I was very impressed by the quality of care that Andrea provides to her chins. Their living space is immaculately clean and well-organized, and the chins are friendly -- some, even curious. I interacted with a few of them, and they were friendly, calm and curious. Andrea spends the majority of her time caring for and being involved with her chins, and it shows! She explained that she will not adopt to "just anyone" and is very concerned with placing her chins with those who are committed to learning how to care for one properly. Some of her chins have been rescued from situations where they were not properly cared for, and she is committed to making sure the situation does not repeat itself. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in learning more about chinchillas or is interesting in adopting one to contact Forever Feisty Chinchillas. Andrea is a wealth of knowledge and experience and she clearly is committed to the work that she does.

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My friend's chinchillas were adopted through this rescue, and they are healthy, friendly, well-adjusted animals. This is a testiment to the work that was done prior to their adoption.

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

Very committed to their cause. Andrea has made the chinchillas her life's mission and work, and it clearly shows. She is very educated about their care and goes out of her way to do and provide the absolute best for them.

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

Do even more. Much of the public funding goes to shelters that cater to dogs & cats, and unfortunately, there are growing numbers of exotics that lose because there aren't enough places to take them. Andrea is just one person fighting a hard battle.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 26, 2010

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July 26, 2010

When Andrea called to ask if I would be interested in helping out Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue, my response as an animal lover was a quick "sure!" Every experience with the organization has proven that these folks take their mission seriously and put their animals' welfare first. Besides Andrea's made with love food and wellness products, (no wondering where it comes from or if it's OK for your little one) the rescue itself is surely heaven on earth for the chins. Spotless is the only description for the townhouse style neighborhood, with plenty of bright light, fun colors, and it's own recreation/"park" area. The chins are the stars here, though (sorry to the human landlords!). They are clearly happy and comfortable in the temperature controlled environment as evidenced by the well loved chew toys and darling personalities of the chins I was thrilled to handle. Most chins have carefully chosen roommates or if not, nearby neighbors serve as company for those in single units. Hearing some of the tales of woe these now lucky chins have had to endure before arriving at Forever Feisty, and then seeing them in their current digs, is enough to redeem one's faith in the human race.

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

the obvious contentedness of the rescued chinchillas.

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

do so only under extreme duress! No changes are necessary!

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

feeling great knowing I'm supporting a worthy cause.

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

tireless in their dedication and love for animals.

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

really take things to the next level! (see challenges section)

Ways to make it better...

I could have cuddled ALL the chins.

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

too many chins still in need, not enough room or money for all of them.

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

you, too, can support this great organization! Start today and feel good about being a good steward for the creatures of our planet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 26, 2010

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July 26, 2010

I attended a pet adoption/volunteer day a few weeks back in Stamford, where I met the Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue, its founders and some of the lovely chinchillas. My sister-in-law has adopted chinchillas from this organization before, and - from a first hand experience - the founders of this organization take excellent care of their chinchillas, ensuring that every adoption of each animal is placed in a loving home, like my sister in laws, with people that are acceptionally in tune to caring for these creatures unique needs. All in all, I feel the dedication and passion behind the founders organization, as well as the maintenance, organization and structure of such a well tuned operation, make the Forever Fiesty Chinchilla Rescue THE ONE and ONLY place to adopt these beautiful creatures.

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

seeing the way my sister-in-laws adopted Chinchillas from the rescue grow, adapt and have wonderful lives.

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

the friendliness of the founders

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

very helpful

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

change the way the

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 24, 2010

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July 24, 2010

My children have helped me grow over the years to not just the owner of many goats but also we enjoy membership in the local 4H club. We are always looking for new opportunities to understand animals. In searching local animal adoption to create a education discussion for our club I came across this site and spent an hour learning enevrything I could need to hold a discussion (I started not being able to spell chinchilla). The site covers housing, feeding, health care, and playing with these little animals. It is very clear that the rescue loves these chinchillas and want the best for them. Because of 4H I am often asked animal care questions and typically I have a general answer but I am adding this rescue site to my list of references. I also was really please to read specific product to purchase that the site feels are better than other available items. When you find a good product it's ok to say so.

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Increased knowledge

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 23, 2010

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July 23, 2010

I recently heard about possibly getting a chinchilla as a pet from a friend but I needed to learn more about them. I searched the net and came across the Forever Feisty Chinchilla site and was overwhelmed with the amount of information available about chinchillas. The site was well organized, easy to use and answered all of my questions. It would be really great if all websites provided this kind of information. I would recommend this site to anyone who wants to have a chin as a pet.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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