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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: 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.

Results: 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

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue is a huge resource to Chinchilla owners, I wish I had found the website years ago. The owner Andrea is a wonderful, compassionate person with a huge heart and love for Chinchillas, she is a wealth of knowledge on an exotic animal that even to this day there is not much out there that is correct for properly caring for a Chinchilla. I fortunately found her rescue while searching the internet in December 2015 trying to find information on caring for a sick Chinchilla since my 9 year old male Chinchilla Chinchee Clover had a chronic ear infection that I was treating under the care of a Vet and he had stopped eating. She responded promptly to my phone call and was of immense help with tons of advice. Due to the ear infection Chinchee developed two abscesses near the ear that I had to have lanced by my Vet. I medicated him with antibiotics and pain meds and hand fed him daily for over 2 months with progress, he started eating on his own again and acting more himself, running in his Chin Spin wheel, begging for attention, etc.... But sadly the infection was just too deep in his ear canal to be cured, and the abscesses kept growing. He took a turn for the worse on February 25th and I didn't feel it right to continue treating him, he was suffering and I just could not allow that any longer, so I had him put to sleep on February 26th. Andrea spent hours on the phone with me over the last couple of months, she was my light when everything was so dark. She gave me hope and actually gave me more time with my beloved Chinchee. She was quick to ship me items I ordered from her store, I just can't say enough good things about Andrea. Thank you Andrea, may God bless you and your rescue. Sherri in Virginia

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Bryan C. I am a first time chinchilla parent and my little girls name is Miss Chinchi. I consider myself an animal lover and I have had many furry companions throughout my life. Even with the experience I had with the many different species I didn't know a thing about Chinchillas. I actually helped my sister and brother in law obtain Miss Chinchi, she made Christmas of 2012 very special. My brother In law is a Marine and with that job comes A LOT of moving around. My sister and I lived together for a year and during that time Ms Chinchi and myself fell in love. Due to my sisters lifestyle we decided it would be best for Miss Chinchi to stay with me and she has been my most special friend ever since. So with no knowledge on Chinchillas I knew I had to learn everything I could to make sure my little girl was properly cared for. With a few books and lots of Internet study I learned a lot. Foreverfiestychinchilla.org was one site in which I felt had the most accurate information on the web. Just 6 months ago Miss Chinchi became deathly ill. I had been to three different vets and nobody could tell me what was wrong with her so I took it upon myself to figure out what was wrong with her and Foreverfiestychinchilla.org had all the answers. I followed all the steps which were so brilliantly described on the website and I began to make progress. I sent an email through the website and thats when I met Andrea. Andrea offered her phone number to me a complete stranger and we talked about Ms Chinchies symptoms and how I had been treating her. With the website and Andreas help I was able to save my little girl when the vets had no clue. I finally found a decent vet that performed an abscess surgery and diagnosed Ms Chinchi with Malocclusion which I thought was a death sentence but of course Andrea had all the experience with Malo as well. She reassured me that it is not always a death sentence, she was there for me and answered all my questions through and after surgery. I am so thankful to Andrea, her hard work and extensive knowledge on Chinchillas. Ms Chinchi and I are forever greatful that someone like Andrea has such a passion for these special and sometimes forgotten about little wonderful furry creatures. I highly recommend Forever Fiesty Chinchilla as being one of the best in chinchilla knowledge and care. Thank you Andrea for your service I wish we had more people like her in this world where most people have lost their compassion for life and all of earth's wonders.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WORDS ALONE CANNOT EXPRESS THE DEEP GRATITUDE THAT MY FAMILY HAS FOR ANDREA AND FOREVER FEISTY CHIN RESCUE. WE TURNED TO THE RESCUE FOR HELP AND WE WERE NOT TURNED AWAY. OTHER AGENCY'S WERE NOT ABLE TO HELP AND REQUIRED A HIGH FEE BUT FOREVER FEISTY DID NOT. WE HAD OUR PET CHIN FOR SIX YEARS AND DUE TO MEDICAL REASONS WE WERE NOT ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF LOVE AND CARE ANYMORE. WE WANTED SOMEONE THAT HAD LOVE IN THEIR HEART FOR OUR PET CHIN JIFFY. ANDREA IS OUR ANGEL. SHE IS WARM AND CARING AND WE FEEL SO HAPPY THAT SHE CAME AND PICKED UP JIFFY AND WILL LOVE HIM LIKE WE DID. IF YOU ARE IN NEED LOOK NO FURTHER! FOREVER FEISTY IS A TRUE RESCUE ORGANIZATION.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OMG where do I begin! Over last winter my chin (puss) had babies! This was a surprise to me because I thought I had two males. I was clueless on how to care for baby chins. Andrea was a life saver and guided me through the next several weeks! If it wasn't for Andrea these baby chins didn't have a chance with me. They are now very happy and living a happy chin life. Andrea didn't know me from a whole in the wall and spent many days and nights on the phone with me, helping me care for the babies and of course Mama and Papa chin. The time I will forever be grateful for Andrea was when my Bootz became ill. I was devastated and called Andrea. Once again Andrea was there for me. She and her husband took the 1 1/2 hr trip to my home to try and save my Bootz. Unfortunately he was too sick and didn't make it. She not only comforted me, but took care of all the arrangements for Bootz to be cremated and have his ashes returned to me. I can't begin to express how grateful I am for Andrea and her Rescue Organization. Andrea did all of this because she has a huge heart and loves these furballs! Recently my basement flooded and needs to be fixed. We now have mold, therefore the chins couldn't remain In the finished (now ruined) basement. Due to having a few week old baby in the upper house (house full of baby stuff), I don't have room for the chins. Not only is Andrea currently taking care of my chins until our basement is fixed, she and her husband came and got them for me. Once again all of this on her own precious time. If any organization out there deserves support this would be the one! I wish I could do more! Andrea.....I will forever be grateful. Thank you thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a new Chinchilla owner. I purchased some items from the website and found all to be beyond expectations. One night I found one of my Chinchillas had broken her leg. I sent a note to the owner and she quickly called me on my cell and advised me what to do. I am happy to report the 3 legged Chin is getting around well. It is rare to find such dedication and help in the world we live in.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have purchased items from Forever Feisty and have been extremely please and my chinchilla loves all his toys and chews. Being a new owner I had many questions and Andrea was extremely helpful in educating me on Chins, as far as temperature, foods, chews and interaction with other pets. It has been almost a year and my Chin was began having issues with his digestive tract. I took him to the vet and had him tested for Giardia. The test was negative, but they did not give me any suggestions on where to go from there, nor did they respond to my phone calls requesting additional help. I contacted the pet store where I purchased him, and they were not as knowledgeable in Chins as I needed. I reached out to Andrea and she was very knowledgable and was able to help me in correcting his digestive tract. He has some wonderful fiber treats that I purchased from her and he is loving them. Andrea spent the time to explain eating habits, treats and the flora of their digestive tract. She gave me suggestions on what treats to feed him and when. These are all natural and healthy for him with high fiber and no sugar. To sum it up I am grateful for the time she has spent with me and the knowledge she has shared.

Thank you Andrea.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted Andre on a Friday morning explaining that my daughters had to surrender our 18month old chin sisters. I was just so relieved that there was no judgement about the surrender from Andre just geniune concern for our chin's. The level of respect, concern, empathy (i could go on) that Andre displayed to my famiy was truly amazing. She had found an adoption for my chin's that she could have easlily kept to herself and gotten two of her chin's adopted. She contacted me within just a few hours and had a meeting set up for my two chin's to be adopted. The peace of my mind myself and my daughters have knowing that our two little girls are in a wonderful loving home is priceless!!! This would not have been the case had I not made that call to Forever Fiesty and dealt with Andre. Words cannot desribe how caring and gracious Andre is and the knowledge I received from her was immeasurable. Andre and her organization for exceeded any of my expectations about surrending my two chin's. THANK YOU ANDRE!!!

2 Kayla C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i took a chinchilla off the hands of a family friend in Sept. '12 and had her until last week when i had to surrender her to one of the most caring and generous rescue i've ever had the pleasure of giving up an animal to. Andrea came all the way from CT to my home in southern maine to pick up my Chin. The woman that gave her to me never properly cared for her before so i pretty much got the brunt of the financial tidings involved with having a mangled toothed chinchilla. I am a college student on my own with bills to pay and never thought my chin would be so expensive. Though i loved her very much, i simply couldn't afford her. Andrea set up a vet visit for her the day after she made the drive to pick her up! I couldn't be more thankful for her and her husband for the commitment they make to all these exotic chins. She emailed me what the vet said and the relief was off. I am sad i couldn't keep my 19 years old beautiful chin but i know FOR SURE the rest of her life will be lived out in peace and with other friends just like her.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When faced with a sad situation with my daughter’s chin in the summer, I found Forever Feisty's website & contacted Andrea. She immediately got back to me & spent hours on the phone helping us. We are animal lovers with no chin experience & I was totally impressed by her love, compassion & knowledge for these little furballs.

Our chin delivered two babies a few weeks ago & once again I emailed Andrea about newborn care. Not too long later, she was calling me. Then at four days old, our runt was severely injured & his life was literally in our hands. After three visits to two different vets, it was Andrea who helped us to keep this baby alive. During one of our many phone calls, I became totally overwhelmed & just started to cry. Andrea very calmly talked me down off the ledge & gave me the confidence I needed to handle this situation. She still checks in on us & even gave me the number of her hotel when she was going to be away for business. There is nothing in this for her other than knowing our chins are okay.

I am happy to report that both of our babies and Mom are thriving, thanks to Andrea. She is truly the Guardian Angel of Chinchillas and I am so very thankful for having found her.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I foster rescued chinchillas so I have a small idea about what Andrea goes through each day. Rescuing these sometimes neglected or abused animals can be difficult but so rewarding. Besides taking care of all her animals, she has time to help the rest of us with supplies and advice. I have one chin that requires hand feeding 3 times a day and it is Andrea that keeps me supplied with the Critical Care he has to have. I can alway count on her to ship promptly and help me keep a constant supply on hand. There is more to rescuing than just putting an animal in a cage.