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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Andrea for 20+ years-before she had found her 'calling'. I remember the thought she gave this new endeavor. Andrea never rushes into anything especially when it concerns animals. She always has the best of intentions. How the rescue has grown both amazes me and concerns me. I would like to think that all people think long and hard before bringing an animal into their lives, but for those that haven't, there is an excellent caring environment to place a chinchilla. The knowledge Andrea has is a blessing to those that need her. She will offer her time and experience, again for the benefit of the animals.