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

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

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

July 21, 2010

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July 21, 2010

I am proud to be owned by 6 amazing rescued Chinnies! I try to make up for what they have been through by providing them with the best possible environments, toys and high quality feed. I Love ordering from Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue! Andrea is always so quick to respond to questions and quick to ship out whatever I need. Forever Feisty's Organic Herb and Grain Fusion is the best product I have ever seen for Chinchillas and All of our rescued chins LOVE it! Also.... My husband and I love that a portion of all the money from the things we buy are put right back into the Rescue! Thank you Andrea for your great products and your Big Heart! Thank you for saving so many fuzzy Chinchillas!

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

My rescued chins are all thriving on the high quality product that this rescue has created. Organic Herb and Grain fusion for chinchillas is Wonderful!! We have 2 chins who only have 3 legs each...due to prior abuse/neglect and this product is perfect!

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

That The president of the Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue saves so many precious chinchillas! and that they offer amazing products for chinchillas!

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

Andrea is always extremely helpful and professional.

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

save many many more abused and neglected chinchillas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 15, 2010

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July 15, 2010

As an animal lover I am proud to tell you of this wonderful and caring animal rescue. They care and maintenance of this facility is superb. All the the chin's in this shelter get terrific care and loving attention. I don't know how they do all they do. The screening process for placing the adoptive chin's is second to none. All the information provided by the owners is well thought out and honestly presented.

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

serving on it's board of directors

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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 14, 2010

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July 14, 2010

As a volunteer at the Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue, I assist in the maintenance of the rescue including making all of the wood products for the cages and ensuring that the chinchillas have a safe and clean environment. I have known Andrea for 20+ years and have found her to be extremely passionate related to the care of chinchillas. She has created and documented a wealth of knowledge from personal experiences and from spending countless hours researching all manners of documentation available. This is evident based on the breadth and wealth of chinchilla information that can be found on the rescue website. Her tremendous dedication to the well being of the chinchillas makes me want to continue volunteering and supporting the rescue.

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

volunteering on a wwekly basis and observing the dedication of Andrea.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 13, 2010

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July 13, 2010

After my chin of 20 yrs passed on, I contacted Forever Feisty about adopting a chin. Andrea contacted me and we talked on the phone at length. She was full of information, positive changes in chins food, cages, health. She made great recommendations for a new cage and helped me order it. She was available and returned my calls/emails promptly. Andrea's concern/passion/dedication are for the chins and educating chin owners. She is patient, kind with great follow through. I purchase all my chin products through the rescue even though she gave other internet sites to view. The information Andrea provided and knowing that she is available to answer any questions or give any help is priceless. I highly recommend anyone who has a chin or considering adopting one contact Andrea and adopt through this rescue.

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

helping me to become more knowledgeable and provide the best home for my chin.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

I am the proud "mom" of two chins that I adopted from Andrea and Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue Inc. You could tell from the application and phone interview that Andrea was cautious and very picky about who she would place her chins with. She let me know all the pros and all the cons of owning chinchillas. When I decided that I still wanted them, I visited with them first and was given a lesson on caring for chins. Before the chins arrived, Andrea sent me a list of all the supplies I would need as well as helpful websites. The best part is the follow up emails checking on the chins and trying to help answer any questions I might have.

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

I appreciated Andrea's honesty about raising chinchillas. I also have piece of mind knowing that I can call or email her with any questions or problems I may have. Adopting chins from this rescue is not a one time event. It is a lifetime relationship!

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

Extremely dedicated to their rescue mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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