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Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue Inc

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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 494 chinchillas, plus another 42 that we helped to rehome that where still living with their guardians. 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. Some need ongoing medical care for their health issues. 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 Northeast region of the United States. 

Geographic areas served: CT, MA, NH, VT, RI, Southern Maine, Eastern NY

Programs: We provide consultations by phone & email for sick chinchillas or general chinchilla care. We have helped chin parents around the world when a second opinion or guidance is needed to care for their chinchillas. We also do courtesy listing for adoptions on our site for chinchillas that are still living with their guardians or are outside of our area. As part of the couresy listing, we will screen all potential adopters for the guardians to help them make the best decision in finding a new home for their chinchillas. We have an online store which sells many safe chinchillas products and items for chinchilla parents. Many of the items are hand made by us. All proceeds from the sales go into funding to provide for health care, food, housing and daily needs of the chinchillas. Because chinchillas can have unusual medical conditions that we are limited in how they can be treated, we make great effort to learn from any experience we have and continually update that information onto our web site to help other chinchillas who may benefit from new medical advances.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

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!



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

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.