Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue Inc

Rating: 4.96 stars   72 reviews


PO Box 406 Granby CT 06035 USA


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.


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  

Andrea graciously agreed to take care of our chinchilla, Chile, while we traveled abroad. Upon entering Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue for the first time, my husband and I were in awe by what we saw; over 100 chinchillas organized in a colorful, calm and cool environment. We immediately noticed the time, attention and love Andrea invests in her rescue. Every chinchilla (or chin family) has a safe, clean cage, fresh food, water, nutritious treats, and an assortment of handmade chew toys, hammocks, ledges and hideaways. All of these products are also available to buy on her website, because Andrea wants chin owners to have access to the very best for their pets.
This summer, I volunteered at Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue. It was not until this experience that I realized how truly incredible this non-profit rescue is. Andrea pours her heart and soul into her passion, usually working late into the night. She monitors her chins closely, interacts with them constantly and caters to all chinchillas with special needs. She knows that many of these chins will stay with her forever because of the specific care they require. If a chinchilla has any medical complication or genetic history with the chance of problems in the future, she will not adopt him out. She only allows chins that are physically, emotionally and socially sound to leave her rescue. The health and happiness of all her chinchillas is Andrea’s priority.
Thank you Andrea, for all that you do for chinchillas!

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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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About every week

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9 people found this review helpful

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.

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

person. Wonderful happy animals!

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

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

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.

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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.

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