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February 25, 2009

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February 25, 2009

We adopted a five year old chinchilla from Forever Fiesty in July, 2008 and were very impressed with both Andrea, her knowledge of chins, the cleanliness of her facility, the thoroughness of her vetting process, her desire to ensure that the chins are placed with good homes, and her interest in making an ideal owner/chin match. At the time, my eight year old son had expressed an interest in owning a chinchilla. We contacted Andrea after going on PetFinder.com and filled out an extensive questionnaire. Andrea expressed concerns about my son's ability to properly care for the chin as well as how our other pets would interact with the chin. She discussed these concerns in great detail with both me and our references. Andrea provided us with a wealth of information regarding chins including housing, diet and exercise. We visited her facility to meet several chins which she felt might make a good match. I was amazed at how immaculate the facility was and was impressed by Andrea's obvious love for her animals. After agreeing on a match, Andrea brought the chin to our house to ensure that we had a proper set up and to help smooth the transition. She continues to be a source of information and to take an active interest in our chin's well being. I feel very fortunate that we adopted our chin from Andrea.

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

the sense that I am dealing with an individual who is very knowledgable and passionate about chins. Andrea overriding concern is the welfare of her animals and her desire to place the animals in a good environment.

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

wonderful! Full of knowledge and advice.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 17, 2009

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February 17, 2009

My husband and I bought a chinchilla as a Christmas present for our daughter. We did not do any prior research (BIG MISTAKE) and much to our suprise owning a chinchilla was nothing like we had expected! This little rodent was chewing on everything insight (furniture, walls and cords). He was a very distance pet and was not sociable like we had expected. Feeling like we made a huge mistake I went on the Internet looking for help. I came across Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue - LUCKY FOR ME. I spoke to the owner, Andrea, frequently for weeks and sometimes hours at a time. She was so full of knowledge, patience and gave me such wonderful advice. If it was not for Andrea I truely feel that we would have given our Chin away. Now, two years later, I cannot image our life without our little boy, Charley. We have learned to chin-proof our room with Andrea's advice and Charley has grown to be very sociable with us. He will jump on our laps, chase us around the room and give us nose kisses. Forever Feisty is a wonderful organization and I praise the work they do. They love and care for these animals and are always available for questions and advice. I live in Louisville, KY, but I wish I lived closer so that I had the opportunity to visit this Chin Wonderland. If you are thinking about adopting a chinchilla, I cannot stress enough to do your reseach. Chin's are not the pet for everyone, but thankfully in our situation, Andrea was able to help us realize that a chin could fit like a puzzle in our family!

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

the assistance they provided me.

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

not change a thing.

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

that this orgnaziation truely loves chinchilla's and will go to great lengths to rescue a chin in need. They truely loves these little furry creatures and it shows with the work they do.

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

so kind and friendly. Andrea has dedicated her life to her rescue center and that is very obvious when you speak with her. She is the only person that I would reach out for advise.

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

They could help spread the word that "Wearing Fur is not Fashionable" and to help stop this cruelty to these sweet little animals.

Ways to make it better...

I have no complaints.

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

Financial needs.

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

this is a wonderful organization. Please donate if possible so that they continue to help chins in need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

February 13, 2009

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February 13, 2009

When one of my two chinchillas died in September 2007, my surviving chinchilla went into a deep state of depression. My fun-loving, playful, affectionate chinchilla became very lonely and it was very difficult for me to watch him suffer. I contacted Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue, Inc. (the "Rescue") and requested a chinchilla that was the same gender and age as my surviving chinchilla so they would have a better chance of spending the rest of their lives together. Within days, the Rescue called me and my references and not too long after, a beautiful 7 year old male, chinchilla showed up at my apartment. The two boys bonded almost immediately and now enjoy playing and cuddling together endlessly. The new chinchilla (now called "Hercules") cured my surviving chinchilla's loneliness and has adapted so well to living in his new home. He loves to run around while tweeting very loudly and enjoys being pet on the side of his face. I cannot thank the Rescue enough for its generosity, love of chinchillas, and most of all, Hercules, who brought life back to my beloved chinchilla.

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

my surviving chinchilla's face. He is much happier.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 9, 2009

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February 9, 2009

We were very pleased with our adoption experience through Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue. This is the "right" way to get a pet! We were checked out thoroughly to make sure that we would provide a good home and that we knew exactly what we were getting into! Andrea was a wealth of information and very patient with our questions. Her facility is immaculate and her animals extremely well cared-for. We appreciate that she cares so much about the placement of each chin and also cares that the new owner is well-informed.

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

the excellent match of the chinchilla to my daughter and the time, caring that went into making it a successful adoption.

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

knowledgeable, caring.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 3, 2009

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February 3, 2009

I am so lucky and greatful for Forever Feisty Chinchilla. When I first contacted Forever Feisty, I was looking for a friend for my other chinchilla whom I had adopted 4 months earlier from a family who didn't want him any more. Aside from finding a little boy named Chowder for me, she provided me with valuable advice on how to care for my current chinchilla, Moochie in addition to giving me great support with Chowder. I love these chinchillas. They are such inteligent and wonderful animals and have become part of our family. The work that Andrea does is so important. She is available whenever I need her through email or a phone call. These animals need much care and attention. She truly believes in her work and is dedicated to saving chinchillas and making their lives better.

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

the way Andrea cares about each and every one of the chinchillas she rescues

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

I have Chowder in my life. He is one of the smartest, energetic and wonderful friends anyone could have.

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

Supportive, knowledgable and honest.

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

could find every single neglected chinchilla and give it care and find it a wonderful home. Forever Feisty could also afford to educate more people about these amazing animals and prevent overbreeding and carelessness.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 3, 2009

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February 3, 2009

I was quit surprised when my ten year old son came home one day and said, "I would love to get a chinchilla for a pet." As the weeks went on, we realized he was serious. We were happy to support his new interest however, we were astonished when we visited a local pet store and discovered how expensive a chinchilla can be. Our industrious son did not give up. He researched for days and discovered "Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue." The adoption fee was quit reasonable so we filled out an application and anxiously waited for a response. A few days later, we were happy to hear we were accepted. Andrea contacted us and we were introduced to our new members of the family. Immediately, we bonded with our new boys; Scooter & Ollie. My son has never been happier and I have to admit, they are awfully cute. Best of luck to anyone who chooses to take the route similar to ours.

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

The amount of time Andrea was willing to spend with us

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

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

Provide numerous homes for animals

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Peter & Ian

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 28, 2009

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January 28, 2009

We met Andrea in the Spring of 2006 when we wanted to adopt 2 chins. She was very thorough in checking into our references and providing us all of the information we needed to get started. We love our boys!!!

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

adopted my chins!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 15, 2009

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January 15, 2009

I first met Andrea in the Fall of 2007. My son had purchased a chin from a local breeder and we wanted to find her a companion. From the moment I contacted Andrea I knew that she cared so deeply about the chins she had rescued and that her main concern was finding each one of them their "forever home". She was very thorough during our initial interview and provided me with so much useful information. Within a short time she matched us up with "Lily" and traveled all the way from CT to NH to deliver her to us. She spent several hours that day with us - helping us set up a cage for 2 and educating us on how best to introduce her to "Lola". We have been in contact with her regularly ever since and the 2 girls are so very happy together! Andrea always has time to answer any of my quesetions. AND she makes an awesome herbal infusion which is a favorite of our chins!!!

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

There is no one who is more devoted to those chins than Andrea!

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

Rescue more chins and especially provide for the chins who may need to remain with Andrea at the shelter.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 14, 2009

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January 14, 2009

I have been a member of the board for this rescue for 5 years now. It is a tremendous asset to the rescue community. I never realized that there was such a need for a rescue for these wonderful little creatures. The facility is immaculately kept, with the comfort of chinchilla’s being the highest priority. Placement of the chin’s is done with extreme care for both the chin and the new owner.

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

person. Wonderful happy animals!

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing. They are doing a tremendous job.

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

watching it grow and hearing of all the successful placements!

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

kind and always putting the animals first.

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

expand it's advertising and educational opportunities.

Ways to make it better...

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

time and financing.

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

It is allot of work for a small staff and it is amazing what they have accomplished.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 13, 2009

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January 13, 2009

Hi, I'm writing to let every know that you wont find another rescue as wonderful and dedicated as Forever Feisty chinchilla Rescue. I have have been fortune enough to have adopted several of Andrea's chinchillas. Her chins are well cared for. She is the only full time chinchilla rescue. I mean 24 / 7 in her home. She will turn herself inside out to help you with anything when it comes to chinchillas. She has studied them for many years and is very knowledgeable. I have read so much mis-information on the net concerning chinchillas, thanks to Andrea I think I have a wonderful healthy bunch. She is also very knowledgeable in the care of Rabbits

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

First hand.

Ways to make it better...

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

I can not imagine doing anything different.

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

The personal interaction with Andrea the owner.

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

Andrea is the only person that I have ever had to deal with.

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

It could grow to be the biggest and the best in all the USA..

Ways to make it better...

if I could have gone to her home and see all her other chinchillas. But for me that trip was not possible at the time. Her coming to me all the way from CT turned out to be perfect. She was able to see my set up and give me valuable advice.

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

Financial help. Andrea does not treat this chins like disposable pets. They see a vet when they arrive at her home and every time they need too. I know from my own experience the food and vet fees are costly.

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

Not only will you receive a beautiful healthy chin but you will love Andrea and her husband who is totally supportive in Andrea's endeavor to save all the chinchillas that is humanly possible.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

Now retired

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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