I was looking to get some Chinchillas and found out there are alot of Rescues in the Country due to their unique care !! Who knew rescues were needed for such lovely critters! I decided to rescue instead of buying at a pet store and came across Forever Feisty Chinchillas in CT. I contacted them and soon after I rescued 4 girls, a mom and 3 kids. Andrea helped me every step as the girls were not at her Rescue but still with the Guardian. Andrea also has a store on her web page and I've bought many items, which all of the proceeds go back into her Rescue for the care and upkeep of all her Chinnies. The items she makes are huge and very inexpensive. Everything on her site is well worth it and I definitely will keep buying from her and her Rescue. Thank you Andrea for my 4 girls and all of the wonderful products you have.
Andrea at Forever Feisty Chinchillas has been a tremendous resource in a myriad of ways. From the time we made our initial inquiry, through the assessment process, and home visit, she gave us invaluable advice and information.
We have adopted more than once from her as our chinchilla family has grown. Our experience has always been extremely positive. Her breadth of knowledge regarding Chinchillas and her willingness to share this knowledge has been something we have come to appreciate and depend on. The connection we made with Andrea was critical to us being confident and capable chinchilla parents. I would enthusiastically send anyone who is considering a Chinchilla to her for advice, counsel, and support.
Forever Feisty Chinchillas is awesome! I wanted to adopt a pair of chins for my 12th birthday and they explained everything to me: how to care for chins, how much work it would be, that they would live for a long time, that they were messy and needed to be kept cool. I read a lot on the internet about chinchilla care but they gave us the best information, more detailed than even the vet. Forever Feisty Chinchillas btold me and my parents everything we needed to know and paid a home visit to make sure we were a good fit and felt confident.
They are always available for advice and help and have answered so many questions for us over the last few years. We love our chins and they helped us become such a good chinchilla home that we’ve been a foster home for chins and just adopted another one!
I can't say enough good things about Forever Feisty. My chinchilla Echo got sick in May and treating her was difficult. Giving her medicine was impossible and there was absolutely nothing she would eat. She was losing weight fast, I became desperate and didn't know what to do. After a lot of Google searching I came across Forever Feisty and I saw that you could contact them with questions. I contacted to ask a few questions and I was recommended a few things that might help Echo. I tried all of them and they all worked and quickly! One of which was getting the Herb & Grain Fusion - I gave that to Echo and finally she would eat, I couldn't believe it! It took a long time for her to regain weight, but her health did turn around rapidly and she loves eating the fusion. While she was sick I gave her 1 tsp a day and now I give her 1 tsp 3 days a week. She's been eating it for almost 6 months and I can testify to the fact that my chinchilla hasn't experienced any side effects and is as playful as a kid and she's almost 10. Highly recommended!
I had a friend staying with me short term, her son had a Chinchilla he couldn’t take care of so he dropped it off at my place. My friend ended up in the hospital so I was left to care for the chinchilla. I never owned one or had experience with them. I do cat rescue and already have my hands full. I did my best, but I felt the Chin needed better care & more chin buddies to be happy. I then searched and found this rescue and sent and email. I received a super fast response. Andrea was polite and made very quick arrangements to pick up. Very professional and also is kind enough to send updates which makes me feel even more confident that I made a great choice. Thank you so much!
I was recently given a female chin the was neglected and I had alot of question. I wasnt sure the best route to take or what to start. I had talked to the nicest lady, who gave me great information. She was super patient and answered all my question. I would recommend them to anyone
I wouldn’t go anywhere else. I absolutely love forever feisty and their mission. I was able to adopt my adorable Horton with their help and I couldn’t be happier. I love how knowledgeable they are about Chins and all the products they carry as well.
Once I did some research, I figured out that I wanted to adopt and not shop for my first chinchilla. I found Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue's information online and immediately knew I wanted to support their efforts. They truly care about finding the proper home for each chinchilla that comes into their care. Not only do they help applicants find their new forever friend, but they provide quality assistance for all those chinchillas who need to be re-homed. Throughout the application and adoption process, I received thoughtful and helpful guidance and information as well as dedicated support. It made the whole experience more exciting and gave me so much more confidence as a new chin mom. Now, I am totally in love! I have found my new best friend Appa and I can't wait for all the fun the future holds for us.
I had to surrender my chinchilla Zephyr after having her for about 5 years. This is truly a great sanctuary for any chinchilla to go to. The owners were extremely professional and made the process a lot smoother than I expected. I live in Massachusetts and they traveled to me. As soon as I met Andrea I had very much confidence that Zephyr was in good hands. I highly recommend that anyone who no longer can take care of their chins has them go to this sanctuary. I also recommend that anyone who is able to to donate because it helps out such a great cause. I am forever grateful this place exists and that Zephyr can live her best life in Andrea's care.
Sometimes in life we meet with unexpected decisions to make. I needed to surrender my two male chinchillas. The two brothers I had from birth to four years. One of the chinchillas was smaller in stature and had part if his lip missing. Then after having him for several months he broke his leg from his cage. When I took him to the Vet his leg was amputated to his hip. They are healthy but neglected as far as play and interaction with people. I had spent awhile trying to find the best plan to Rehome our chinchillas. I was so afraid of pelting or someone putting them down.
It was like a miracle when I came across the website of Forever Feisty Rescue Inc. I felt in my heart that this was the right place to contact. It really was! Andrea contacted me the same day that I emailed her. She wanted to know everything about my chinchillas and a photo. I could sense her dedication and commitment to the Chinchilla population. Before you knew it we were meeting in my state and Andrea secured them in a crate in her vehicle. She talked with me for awhile and answered any questions that I had. It was evident that Andrea loves and cares for the chinchillas like family . She said she would let me know how they settled in. It gave me comfort and peace that they are with dedicated people. Thank you for all you do Andrea. Please support this rescue organization. Marion
i would like to say a big thank you to Andrea for being there for me helping me out in my time of need, whenever i have questions or tips on what do with my chin they are always there, so a big thank you to you guys.. much love and chins forever feisty haha :P
thank you again.
Due to some unforeseen circumstances in our family we had to make some adjustments and let go of 20 chinchillas. This is an overwhelming number and situation to be in. As a shot in the dark we took a chance and called Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue and couldn't have been more pleased with our experience. Living almost 7 hours away, Forever Feisty Chinchillas seemingly dropped everything they were doing to accommodate the situation and make arrangements to come save the little guys/gals. When they arrived it was professionalism at it's finest. They understood the situation and handled it beautifully. They had the proper means to transport them and presented themselves in a manner that told you that ANY animal would be going to a great home. It's people like this that make a difference in the world we live in. Donating their time to help others at the drop of a hat. We are forever in debt to them and wish them the best.
Thank you for everything Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue.
Let’s start with saying that, I had 7 chinchillas, and one of my young ones, Pumpkin got hurt on her leg, because her foot got stuck on the ladder of her cage. I took Pumpkin to the vet, where someone was knowledgeable about chinchillas, and after 2 visits of antibiotics and a lot of care, Pumpkin’s leg was looking really bad, until they told me that we had to amputate haft of her leg, which was going to cost me between $1200-1800. The costs was already out of budget. I wanted to safe my chinchilla, which leg me to rich out for help. The day before I had to go take Pumpkin for another visit at another vet, to find out the costs of the amputation, when I contacted Andrea. Andrea respondes was within the same day, and even though she was all the way in Connecticut, and I was from New Jersey. Andrea immediately make the trip to my place to see how she can help me. Andrea made all the arrangements to not only rescue my injured Pumpkin, but also took with her, Pumpkin’s mom (Little Girl) and her sister (Balls). I asked Andrea to help me with rescuing one of my chinchillas since I was also having problems taking good care of so many under all my responsibilities. Andrea really safe my Pumpkins life, but also facilitated the opportunity for me to better take care of my chinchillas. Andrea was able to let me know, how Pumpkin did through surgery and how everything was looking much better for her. The fact that Andrea was able to give such incredible help was beyond words, and that she is out there helping our beloved Chinchilla community, with all her rescues and great care. I really want to give all my thanks and blessings to Andrea for all the great things that her work does to Chinchilla’s well being.
I took in a chinchilla from a coworker only to find out too late that he was actually very sick and desperately needed medical care that I just couldn't afford. I began looking for rescues, and thank god I found this one. I drove from DC up to southern Connecticut, and Andrea drove several hours out of her way after a very long night dealing with an emergency to meet me and pick up my chinchilla. She's been very kind and giving me updates; while he won't make a full recovery, he will be happier and much more comfortable. He's receiving the care that he needs and I am so glad that he'll soon be living the life he should have had to begin with. I can't recommend her rescue enough - Andrea loves chinchillas and is very knowledgeable.
Life saver; just two small words but when combined they pack a powerful punch. Life saver is the best way to describe Andrea of Forever Fiesty Chinchilla Rescue, Inc.
If circumstances arise that force you to re-home your chinchilla, I highly recommend you contact her.
During the summer, my tenant brought home a chinchilla. He chose the pet without fully knowing the extent of care it required. It became apparent that with a new baby and many hours of work, having a pet was not condusive to his lifestyle. He wanted to re-home the chinchilla with someone who was familiar with these animals.
Living in NYC provides several options for animal rescue. Some organizations will take exotic animals. As an avid animal lover (and cat owner), I wanted to make sure this little guy was in the best temporary home.
A Google search led me to Forever Fiesty Chinchillas. Andrea an called me promptly after I sent her an email. In our hour long conversation, she gave me a crash course on chinchillas.
Her love, concern, and devotion for these animals was evident. I knew she was the right person to entrust the beloved pet. Also, the fact that she has over 20 years experience in caring for chinchillas, led me to believe we made the right decision.
When I met Andrea in Connecticut, I recognized a kindred animal-loving spirit in her. I felt the chinchilla
would have the best foster home with her until Andrea found him a loving family. She feeds the chinchillas a higher quality food than pet stores supply.
I have received updates that he is acclimating well to his new environment. Andrea will get to know his personality and behavior traits before he is adopted. Each adopter is screened and not allowed to take a chinchilla until Andrea is sure the match is beneficial for both the animal and the new owner.
Without hesitation, I can sincerely say, my experience with Andrea of Forever Fiesty Chinchilla Rescue, Inc., has been a 10 out of 10!
When my Chinchilla, Quigley was not eating I brought him to the vet, he had issues with his feet and his teeth. Thereafter, I started contacting Andrea at Forever Feisty Chinchilla for her expertise advice. She was there to answer any of my email questions and provided me recommendations that were very helpful. She would answer me right away via email. After my chins foot surgery he started falling off his ramps, Andrea made him some ramp covers so the ramps wouldn’t hurt his feet, she also sent a chinchilla mix for him to try since he wasn’t eating anything except when we force fed him. Andrea is a Godsend! she is a very caring and knowledgeable person about Chinchillas and their care. We need to get the word out to others that this rescue organization is there for anyone who needs advice and help with their chins. They will not find a better place or person than Andrea and Forever Feisty Chinchilla.
Many blessing Andrea
This year I was able to take a few days off and was able to volunteer at Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue. What an eye opening experience, Andrea is compassionate, knowledgeable and unstoppable when it comes to her rescue. The care of the chinchillas is always the main focus of her day and as I learned at times most of the night. Between feeding, filling water bottles, distributing hay, medicating chinchillas, vet appointments, cleaning cages, answering emails, giving phone advise, making toys, filling orders and delivering boxes to the Post Office it is a very full day.
The rescue itself is amazing, as you enter and every chinchilla comes to the front or side of their cage wanting to be talked to and acknowledged, it becomes quite apparent how much time Andrea spends interacting with them. There is a play area in the rescue that is well utilized, on a rotational basis a number of chinchillas are let out to play and Andrea is on the floor with them to help encourage their friendliness.
It just so happened that while I was there Andrea was called to rescue 4 kits who were only days old when their mother died unexpectedly. As soon as arrangements could be made she was on her way that afternoon to pick up the kits. The kits needed to be bottle feed every 2 or 2 1/2 hours around the clock, this can be a daunting task when you have 4 wiggling kits, even 6 hands are not enough. The lack of sleep and extra attention the kits require adds to the already hectic schedule of running the rescue. But nothing can take away the pure joy and exhilaration on Andrea's face knowing that she has saved these kits.
I am in complete awe of Andrea and the accomplishments of her rescue.
Sara - Poland, OH
I purchased treats, a playtime tunnel, a healthcare product, and a Soft “chin buddy” for our new chinchilla. Her products were top quality, shipped very quickly, and she included extra gifts and information about chinchillas. Everything was carefully packaged and beautifully presented, showing care and time. For a business, this is excellent, for a small non-profit animal rescue, time is so precious, and this extra care shows how dedicated she is to helping these beautiful, gentle animals. I have returned for more! Thank you!
They were EXTREMELY helpful when I emailed them asking about my chinchilla who was recently diagnosed with glaucoma. The woman I spoke with, Andrea, did not have to go through the lengths that she did and answer me as many times as she did but she did and it deserves to be recognized. Their website is by far one of the most informative sights that I have ever found for chinchillas. They have everything from food, bedding, health, etc. for your chinchilla and it's a great resource for those who are new chinchilla owners or are considering getting a chinchilla.
Additionally, if you use amazon prime/ amazon smile you can have a portion of all of your amazon orders go to Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue Inc. It costs you nothing and every little bit counts for nonprofits :)
Everything produced and made by this charity is with love and other people's chinchillas in mind. The website also provides useful information that helps with looking after chinchillas which to be honest is my bible and go to if I have any questions that need answering!
Always quick to respond to emails and does a great job looking after the animals in care and encouraging and teaching people how to better look after animals :)
Amazing charity, offers support and advice to chinchilla owners, as well as selling lovingly made items that are safe and good for chinchillas. They do amazing work to help chinchillas who have been surrendered and need a loving home.
I will always support this charity.
This was a fantastic experience. Everything arrived quickly, and is amazing quality! My chinchillas and I are very happy! I will absolutely shop again and I’ll definitely be recommending the shop to anyone with chins!
Recently I found myself in a position where I was an owner of eight chinchillas, a number that for some unknown reason kept growing. These unique animals would outlive me. The question haunted me. Should I keep this growing herd that when I finally leave his world will probably be too ol to find good homes or should I let go now because my animals are young and take to a new home with ease? After speaking with Andrea my mind was pout to rest Her organization has no borders. For sixteen years she has passionately helped our little friends. Trust is key when letting go of animals you truly care about. Andrea's dedication through heart-given commitment to help the chinchilla population is unequalled. Here non-profit organization is a truly tested safe haven for the '' chinchilla kangaroos" that have taken up a special place in my heart. If you know of anyone with a chinchilla in trouble contact Andrea. Truly a candle in the window.
Sincerely, Donald Hodgins
Working with Andrea and Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue has been a truly gratifying experience. As a longtime chinchilla owner, I've spent years educating myself and others on how to take care of chinchillas. With recent life changes, I found myself in the unhappy position of having to rehome my two mosaic chinchillas - a heartbreaking experience. I spent months researching potential new owners and homes, to no avail. There wasn't a perfect fit, so I kept parenting the two chins until the day that I found Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue. I learned of the rescue after a random search on Facebook, and began doing research immediately. Locally based in the tri-state area, the photos and description of Andrea's sanctuary and rescue was above and beyond my expectations for any home - let alone rescue - that I could find. I dove deep into her website and found that my conclusions about chinchilla care and well-being (after many years of chinchilla experience and research) matched up perfectly. Andrea is well-educated when it comes to these animals, and beyond caring. She drove over three hours to meet me part-way and had a carrier full of apple sticks and timothy hay to greet the ladies. I could tell she was a real natural with these animals. We chatted for 15 minutes on the phone before the meeting, and continued chatting when we met in person. I needed to make sure she was the right person for these precious fluffballs, and that her facilities were the right home - no small feat. She assured me of a single Ferret Nation unit for the duo and a healthy diet of pellets and hay as long as they are in her care. Her adoption applications are also no joke. She is discerning, caring, and particular about these pets - and I cannot be more thankful that she is doing what she is doing with this non-profit, both for caring owners like myself, and neglected or sick chinchillas that are fortunate enough to find their way to her. I encourage all chinchilla lovers to donate to Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue, because Andrea is running a sanctuary that puts chinchillas first when their initial owners are no longer able to. I am forever grateful to Andrea and her non-profit for making the process as heartfelt, efficient, safe, and practical as possible. If only there were more chinchilla champions like her in this world!
Andrea helped me with my chinchilla when he developed a gi upset that almost claimed his life TWICE!
Thanks to her help, my chinchilla is recovering and I am able to treat him through safer, more natural methods.
Andrea is an incredibly helpful, knowledgable and a caring person. I am so glad I got to know her, and I plan on continuing my relationship with her for years to come! I encourage any chin parent or person considering to become a chin parent to seek out her resources and learn from her about these amazing babies.
P.S. The toys and materials from the rescue are great! My chinchilla and guinea pig give it two paws up!
Andrea is an extremely caring and amazing woman for spending all of her time caring for these small and adorable creatures! I was having a hard time financially taking care of my sick chinchilla, and because of Andrea and her Rescue, I was able to rest assured that my chinchilla was in good hands with people who can take care of him.
Andrea is an amazing person. She has dedicated her life to rescuing, loving and caring for, and rehoming chinchillas. In our 15 years having these wonderful beings in our life, we discovered how incredibly smart and loving they are. Our chinchillas (5 over the years) were every bit as smart as our dogs, and each one with a very different and distinct personality. Andrea dedicates her time to not only helping these wonderful beings but also helping the people who sometimes find themselves in situations where they need to rehome their chins, due to varying circumstances, and Andrea comes to the rescue of both the chins and the people! She is loving, sensitive, compassionate, and kind in her approach. She also spends a lot of time and energy researching the best items for chinchillas and shares her knowledge openly with anyone needing assistance. In addition to caring for a number of the chinchillas in her rescue, she also helps pair people with the right chinchilla for them from her rescue and helps educate them on their new chin friend. We recommend if you are considering getting a chinchilla, start by checking out forever feisty chinchillas before heading to your local pet store. You will be so happy you did! And check out her store of great chinchilla items! Thank you again, Andrea, for the time, energy, and love you put into giving our chins and many, many others a great home! And thank you for shining your light brightly. Forever grateful. jen and dave
When one of my chins started to have health issues I started doing research online and came across Forever Feisty Chinchilla rescue. Its a great website that has a lot of helpful information. One weekend I noticed my chin wasn't eating and seemed not his normal self. Of course it being a weekend I had nowhere to take him. I was pretty stressed and had no clue what to do. I had remembered the Forever Feisty Chin website and decided that I would email them, I was kinda skeptical that they would respond back but then shortly after I sent the email I got a message from Andrea! She was very nice and had a lot of helpful advice. From that point on over the years I would contact Andrea with any questions or concerns I had about my chins. She would always respond back and always give you her honest advice/opinion along with a ton of helpful information. Andrea has a lot of knowledge and experience with chins and I highly value her opinion. Words can't describe how much I appreciate Andrea, her Chin rescue and all that she does and has done for me and my chins over the years! She is amazing at what she does!! I will always go to Andrea for any chin advice :) If you are a chin owner you need to check out her Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue website! it is a great resource for information!
I ordered a wooden bridge for my chinchilla's cage from Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue. It arrived yesterday and it is AMAZING! The quality of the product is top-notch. It is put together so well, and I know that it is safe for him, which is a such a comfort. My communication with Andrea was seamless, and she even sent a few surprises in the box! :) Her prices are extremely reasonable, which only encourages me to order more, especially knowing that she is helping rescue chinchillas. This is actually our second order from her. We ordered a ChinBuddy a few months ago--it is the cutest thing and Launch loves it! God Bless you, Andrea--thank you for your rescue work!
Words alone cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for Andrea and her rescue organization. I was the mom of 4 wonderful chinchillas but I was living in an abusive relationship. The most important thing to me was to get my furry babies out of the home before something happened to them. While I was able to do that my living situation did not allow for me to keep them. I searched for a chinchilla rescue league and was happy to find Andrea. I was worried that she would not be able to take all 4 but she didn't even hesitate. The day Andrea came to get the boys she was patient and understanding of my situation. Her knowledge and caring made what was an extremely difficult decision for me a little easier to bear. Knowing that my fur babies were going to be cared for by someone who would love them as much as I do and has the amount of knowledge and understanding of these amazing creatures was an absolute blessing to me. Even after the boys were surrendered Andrea has continued to answer whenever I have asked how they are doing. Thank you Andrea for your compassion and understanding.
I recently found this nonprofit online after adopting my chin Stewie.
Andrea and her nonprofit have been wonderful resources for this first time chin mom.
I had no idea how big the need was for chin rescue, and for small animal rescue in general.
Love this rescue !! I rescued a chinchilla that was found by my son in Brooklyn NY. He was found outside an apartment door in a small birdcage along with two parakeets !! My son took the chin and his friend took the birds. My son's cat wasn't so fond of the chin .. so we took him. Having not much knowledge of this little guy .. we named him "Binkle", he began drooling and was losing weight. He appeared to be eating, but he was actually "trying" to eat. We took him to the vet to learn that his teeth were overgrown and he had a cut in the inside of his cheek. Teeth were "filed" down twice. In the meantime I learned of this chin rescue. Spoke to Andrea. She's an absolute delight to talk to, and can tell you everything and anything there is to know about chinchillas !! She has a great diet mix that has shown a huge improvement in my chinchilla's health and activity. His choppers are working just fine. He goes for another checkup in October. To all chinchilla keepers and lovers .. please support this foundation and spread the word that it exists !! Can't thank Andrea enough for all of her help and for the much needed education about my little guy "Binkle" !! XOX
I’m from Italy and five month I rescued a female chinchilla from a pet shop. I was surfing the web searching for info about this exotic animal.
I’ve found Andrea’s web page.
The site is full of precious advices and she is doing a great job helping these little furry rodents that are surrendered or abused :)
In the attached photo Peggy ( the rescued chin) thanks Andrea too!
I have had chins in the past, but it had been many years gone by. Mid last year I got the bug for a chin again but knowing the amount of care and hearing my husband say do we really have the time I ignored my want. One day my son asked if we could go by a local pet store(I hate pet stores) but this one had an area for older rescue cats and he was considering one. I got on my phone to look up the cat and oddly a chinchilla photo showed up. Then it was off to the store to see the kitty, no kitty was to be had that day, but my son of 30 came running to me from the other side of the store and said come see what they have. What they had was a tiny lone chin, no more than 3 months old just laying there with no toys, no where to climb, nothing and by the way no information on the breeder either. I went home and I was so sad that I dragged my husband back to the store, I scooped her up and he filled the cart with her beginning needs. Now 6 months and $1500.00 dollars later (still going) Willow is healthy and happy, she is a typical crazy chin who runs like a lunatic. She never bites and we are learning to do selfies. Forever feisty has helped me with information, toys, bedding and hopefully a boost to becoming a really good chinchilla parent. I am so glad they do what they do, I hope I never need advice and my chin stays healthy, but it is nice to know they are there. Her home is a work in progress but her bridge and chin buddy make her very happy. Thank you Forever Feisty (I do not think people understand the time and money it takes to be a Good Chin owner)
We were interested in adopting chinchillas and spent three months researching care and rescues. I have worked in the non-profit field for 25yrs+ so I always want to be sure I am dealing with a reputable, well-run organization. Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue was the only one we contacted because of all the rescues we looked at they were the most impressive by far!
We were confident that FFCR would match us with a pair of chins that was right for us and would provide excellent advice and follow-up if we needed anything. They have done both. We've had an adorable pair of brothers living with us for a month now. We are confident we are providing appropriate care because Andrea at FFCR did a fabulous job screening to make sure we were the right fit. She gave us excellent care information, made a home visit to bring us our chin boys, and has an amazingly comprehensive website to use as a resource. Our vet was thoroughly impressed by FFCR and the level of information they were able to offer.
If you are interested in donating, please do, I am confident that your donation will be both appreciated and put to good use. If you are interested in rescuing a chinchilla, I don't think there's a better place in New England to contact.
I had to make the decision to part with my 4 chinchilla children due to circumstances beyond my control. Andrea of Forever Feisty was extremely compassionate and sympathetic when she came to pick them up (I was bawling) and took the time to talk to me and make me feel better. I asked about them some time later as to how they were adjusting, and she took the time to answer my email. Parting with them hurt a lot, and still hurts, but I know they are in wonderful hands and can rest easy!
Andrea came to our rescue. Our young male chinchilla was given to us by a family who urgently had to find a home for him. He showed up in a bunny cage with a broken exercise wheel. I did my best and gave him a tall cage and a metal wheel, but our young kids made him nervous and he became reclusive. He started biting off his hair and staying hid in a dark corner. It was very sad. When Andrea showed up, after driving 3 hours to get to us, she was a bright light filled with compassion and understanding. Like Mary Poppins, I knew she would fix all things wrong, and find him a perfect home; one that I could not provide. As she was driving away with the chinchilla (and no longer belonging to us), I knew he was going to an enjoyable sanctuary with a great woman who would understand him and keep him clean and healthy. Though I missed him, it was a giant relief, and my sadness was short-lived because Andrea and her rescue was so professional, experienced, and nurturing.
It started with my purchasing some items from this website.
Then I had to neuter two of my boys. Things went south from there. I felt that something was not right with both chins. Two and a half week after the first chin got neutered (they were neutered a week apart), in desperation, I contacted Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue to seek opinions based on their experience. I was not really expecting an answer, but to my surprise, I received a prompt response from Andrea. Andrea. is an angel. She was a tremendous help, willing to help in anyway she can.
It turned out that the boys had infections on the surgery sites (the infection had been going on for over a month and by this point they were so swollen - they are the size of a big marble). Because the Vet took too long address the infections (I went to the vet 2x a week for a over a month and then some, but they kept brushing me off) that the chins had to go back in and had the incisions re-opened to let the pus and blood drain.
Andrea was my mental support throughout this ordeal. She was there every step of the way, up until the day the boys got well.
Taking care of the rescue chinchillas and helping other chinchilla owners...How in the world this angel does it all?
I can't thank Andrea enough for all that she had done for me and my boys. God bless her...She is just such a lovely, wonderful person.
P.S the Calendula cream from her store is awesome. I have been using it on the chins and myself. It's easily absorbed and didn't feel greasy at all.
Andrea was just a wealth of information for me when my Chinchilla Mickey had tooth abscess and teeth issues . She was in constant contact with me and guided me until Mickey was better.
Andrea is the most kind selfless person that I came to know who's love and great knowledge of these animals shines though. I donated to her wonderful cause as she helps so many animals and families with her care and time I hope that you will donate as well so that she can continue to provide her care and knowledge to this outstanding rescue.
Thanks Andrea your the greatest! God Bless!
Andrea is a very caring loving earth angel to these sweet little creatures of God. Her passion and love for the wellbeing of her fur babies is palpable. If human beings could love each other the way that Andrea loves these little animals life would be a breeze. Keep up the good work Miss Andrea!
Where do I begin....Andrea is one of the most selfless people I have ever met in my life. Her big heart and love for these chinchillas radiates. Had we not come across Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue, we would not have had our little chin, Daisy, for as long as we did. Andrea was in constant communication with us until she knew Daisy was doing better. She helped us nurse our little one back to health with the aid of a local exotic animal vet Andrea helped us find. Our family wanted to meet the beautiful soul that helped us for years and not only to donate to her rescue, but to give her our time as she did for us and many others. This year we had the opportunity of meeting Andrea and her over 100 chinchillas she solely cares for on a daily basis. She has dedicated her life to these animals and has created a personal bond with each and every chinchilla she has at her rescue. Andrea is clean, organized and full of love. Many of the chinchillas here require extra care and many vet visits to ensure optimal health. Chinchillas require a lot of love, attention and care. Seeing how Andrea interacts with each one, truly melts my heart and brings the biggest smile to my face. If you can donate to her, please do. Andrea and dedicated her life and time to these beautiful animals in addition to helping chin owners world wide. You don't come across people like her every day.
Andrea, thank you for all you have done for our family. Your time, love and friendship are cherished and mean so much. Love to you!
As a pet owner we have all been there, is this normal and am I doing the right thing. As exotic pet owners these questions are not always answered quickly and easily by a simple call to our local veterinarian.
It was during one of these moments that I reached out to Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue for help. The rescue website had already become a valuable resource to me, I had visited previously for chinchilla specific information and had purchased the "Organic Herb & Grain Fusion" which Andrea developed herself. I was pleasantly surprised by prompt return contact, Andrea was extremely helpful and eager to share her vast knowledge and experience with me. Not only did she support me that night, she also made repeat contact to confirm a positive outcome.
Through this experience Andrea and I discovered a shared love of animals and a common concern for their well being. I have been in the unique position to speak with Andrea after numerous difficult rescues. Her focus is always on the animals welfare and that of the unfortunate owners who find themselves in a difficult situation. Although these circumstances can be exhausting, both fiscally and mentally, Andrea never wavers in her commitment to provide the desperately needed help for these chinchillas.
It is Andrea's selflessness and complete devotion to the rescue and the chinchillas in her care that make both her and Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue a rare gem in the crown of animal rescue and well fare.
I first ran across the website for Forever Feisty Chinchilla rescue when I was doing research on bladder stones in chins. Two of my fur kids had developed the condition quickly and within weeks of one another, and I was desperate to learn more and reach out to others who had experienced something similar. It is very difficult to find rescues and groups dedicated to just chinchillas, and even tougher to find someone who is well-versed in the care and health of these animals. I emailed Andrea, who heads this group, and we threw thoughts back and forth for several days. She was very through in asking questions and really seemed to care about the kids :) The website for the rescue is easy to navigate, has a TON of information and even a cool store. And after sending out my initial email, Andrea responded back in less than a day.
One of the things that was neat to see was a video interview of the rescue (featured on many chinchilla facebook sites). I had no idea this group was also a sanctuary to a whole bunch of chins-which is amazing- or how many people reach out to them each year. If anyone is looking for reliable chinchilla information, or if they are looking for help, I would definitely recommend Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue!
I have a one and a half year old chinchilla named Nugget and she hasn't had the easiest life recently. About two months ago she got her leg stuck in a hay holder I bought for her cage to help with her pickiness. Though she didn't break her leg in the accident, she did have nerve damage which led to her need a amputation to one of her back legs.
Andrea at the Forever Feisty Chinchilla has been nothing but a blessing to me; I'm not sure if I could say Nugget would still be alive without her encouraging and helpful responses to all of my panic emails I've written to her about Nugget and her health. From issues on getting Nugget back on track with eating as well as advice on what to do when she's had minor and extreme problems.
As well as the endless amounts of information about chinchillas and their diets and health available at the tips of anyone's fingers, the Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue's website is a haven for healthy snacks and safe toys I know Nugget would enjoy and have no fear in purchasing for her.
Nugget is still working her way back to her normal self and I still believe I'll be contacting Andrea and referring to her website in the future. Her nonprofit is not only helpful for us for already have chinchillas, but would be the perfect website to refer to when people are making the decision on whether or not a Chinchilla is the right pet for them!
When I first contacted Andrea I was at a loss. My Chili was so sick. He kept getting gut upsets even with a bland diet of oxbow pellets and hay. He was constipated and on pharmaceutical medications. Nothing was working. It was all I could do to get him to eat. At a loss I started to google chinchilla rescues, because I thought they would have to have some idea on how to help my baby. I know they get chins in all sorts of conditions and my exotic vet was clueless. I emailed Andrea and within 30 minutes she said can I call you. She spoke with me for an hour and I gave her my story and what was going on with my Chili. She told me to stop the Reglan and I started the winter squash regimen. It took over another week before he was no longer constipated. Andrea stayed in constant contact with me and checked up on his progress and even called me again in the middle of the night to help reassure me that he was okay and to give it time. My chili is doing amazing. I appreciate all of her care and concern she has for our chinnies. Andrea's website is by far the best one I have found when it comes to care and giving accurate information about chinchillas. We will continue to stay in contact with her and I will donate to her as often as I can.
Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue is a first-class nonprofit! I'm very grateful for the deep love, respect, and care that they provide to the chinchillas.
The Founder, Andrea, is incredibly passionate about her work! She is a renowned chinchilla expert and treats the animals like absolute royalty! Not only does each chinchilla have a personal name and birthday, but also each has a personal record of behavioral nuances to ensure proper care.
5-stars for FFCR due to the 24/7 love these animals receive, the spotless/carefully organized facility, and the 110% dedication from the Founder!
I am from Bulgaria, which is around 6,000 miles away and is 7 hours ahead from Connecticut. Wherever you are located, Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue center will be of incredible help for your sick or just not feeling well chin. Thankfully to Andrea's help my chin, Snow, was saved from undesirable faith. I am very gratitude to the timely advises and consultations provided from the rescue center.
Long story short is that my chin was feeling very sick. He was laying around, refusing to eat and drink. It appeared that he has blockage in his intestines, which was causing build up of gases. This is very painful condition for the chin. Eventhough I have hospitalized him for 24 hours in a local veterinary, he didn't seem to get better. Moreover, the vet has prescribed him several drugs that seemed to be not very appropriate. It is very important for your chin to have in front of you a person with experienced and professional opinion. This expertise lacks back home and for this reason I have looked for second opinion.
I have found Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue website and directly contacted it by mail. Andrea came back to my plea in a matter of an hour. She has advised me to stop all the medications prescribed by the local vet. Her advice happen to be the best thing for my chinchilla. She has also provided me with list of what to administer to my chin and in what dosages. Fresh pineapple juice, Simethicone drops and pure pumpkin mash have played very important role for my chin to get well. It is explained on the rescue center's website how to use them.
What I have learned from this unhappy experience for my chinchilla was:
1. Diet is very very important. Focus should be on good hay and pellets
2. In NO instances feed your chin with corn, nuts or fruits with high sugar content.
3. To clean chin's cage once a week
4. To play more often with your chin
If you experience any problems with your chinchilla, I urge you to not hesitate and contact the lovely personnel of this great Rescue center.
I hope that my review and advise will be helpful to your chinchilla in need.
Many thanks again to Andrea and her wonderful Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue center. Good luck with your future chinchilla experiences.
I had the incredible pleasure of visiting the Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue last month. Andrea, the chin guru of this rescue, was thrilled to give me a tour and an in-depth understanding of how she cares for "her chins". And I mean, her chins! She was smiling before she even had the door open, which leads to the rescue, and never stopped until after we had left the rescue, almost 1 1/2 hrs. later. I was introduced to each family (member) and told their story...they all have name plates with accompanying birthdates attached to their home pens. Their pens are quite large with various stages/nooks and hammocks for them to run and hop about. She stopped, spoke to and interacted with each of them, just as she has since they 1st came into her care, and they reciprocated in kind by coming to her with nuzzles, numerous "fly-bys", and vocals. They are all her "babies" she said, regardless of whether they came from an overburdened owner, an unfortunate breeding situation, or just a male/female mixup....she nurses them all back to health with 24/7 in-home care....and, then, continues to care for them after that. Incredible!
The rescue was bright, spotless, organized, and even had a holding/petting/jumping area. It was obvious to me that this rescue is a 24/7 job, but that Andrea absolutely loves her chins and has dedicated herself to them and this rescue (and her online store which supplies chin products.) It's an act of love!
My sister and her husband had Chinchillas for years. They adored their pets and took great care of them. But age, several health issues and a move changed the situation.
Thank heavens for Forever Feisty Chinchilla rescue. In surrendering the three chins, it's a win for every one. My sister has stopped worrying and being upset that she doesn't do all she should. The chinchillas are safe, being well cared for by Andrea and the two senior girls are in the best possible place. I'm happy to have been helpful. And as I love guinea pigs, I have now found a great on line store for all kinds of great stuff for them!
Can't say enough about the way this rescue is focused on the chinchillas first and foremost.
I had a wonderful experience with andrea. She is very knowledgeable about everything chin. She was able to get me in contact with a chin that needed to be adopted in my state. I picked her up on 10/26/16 and I couldn't be happier. Also I love all the items in her storw to spoil lilah may.
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
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.
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.
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!
I have two chinchillas that have been happy and healthy for the past year. Then because they are so cute when I would give them a rosehips every nite, I decided to give 3-4. After a few weeks, their poop got really soft and wet. In a panic, I emailed Andrea from Forever Feisty to see what I should do. She was just wonderful and told me exactly what to do to get them back to normal. She was so patient with m never ending emails and so knowledgable about the care of chinchillas.. I also order their toys from her because I know that they are made from safe products and the girls love them. Many thanks to Andrea for her love and care of all the fur babies that she rescues.
Andrea from Forever Feisty Rescued me. Andrea is an amazing individual to give her life to these beautiful creatures. My son rescued two chinchillas. When one died he thought he would get another one to keep company. Well, two turned into fifteen. We were going along OK for about two years thinking we had the males and females separated and then two babies appeared. Not more Chinchillas!! I called Andrea in a panic since she was the chinchilla expert. She was absolutely awesome. Andrea came the same night to my house and spent many hours teaching me how to care for all these feisty chinchillas. The next morning Andrea and Bob came back to our home with a baby chinchilla cage, a bag full of toys, a manger for the babies and a ton of pine shavings. My stress went to Thankfulness. I needed help and my prayers were answered when Andrea came through the door.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
Forever Feisty Chinchilla ensures that all chinchillas in their possession are given the best care, love, and attention each deserves. They provide a safe haven and adopt out to loving families. Additionally, they assist chinchilla owners with care instructions and advice. Forever Feisty deserves recognition for all of the hard work and compassion that they dedicate to the community.
Andrea Kundrotas of Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue Inc. has been a valued client and professional associate of Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital for many years. Andrea is a highly respected chinchilla expert and remains our sole referral for clients seeking information and advice on chinchillas. It is obvious to us that all of her rescues are well loved and taken care of and are brought in to our facility for medical attention as needed. We fully support Andrea and her mission and are proud to write this letter of testimony on behalf of Andrea and Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue.
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.
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.
I run an animal rescue in CT and recently read an article in one of our local on-line papers about this Chinchilla rescue that is actually in the same town as my rescue. After reading the article I contacted Andrea and asked if she'd like to have her Chins appear on a TV segment I do for the local news called Lost & Pound. The segments air on the Sunday news in each of 3 broadcasts. People are invited to call the number shown and the adoption process begins. Andrea agreed and I met her at the TV station. I have to say that her professionalism and knowledge of these little GORGEOUS creatures was wonderful! She gave me some wonderful information that I was able to relay to the viewers and hopefully some good will come out of it. The Chins she introduced me to were comical, sweet and VERY well kept. I am completely impressed all the way around!!!