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.
Professional with expertise in this field
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.
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!!!
Professional with expertise in this field
As chinchillas are an exotic pet with an exceptionally long lifespan, the need for specialized rescue of chinchillas is a dire one. Andrea of Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue is by far the best Chinchilla specific rescue on the entire east coast. She devotes so much time, effort, money and care into her organization and it truly shows. She's helped far more chinchillas than ANY other rescue I know of both through her own facilities AND through rescue referral. She "investigates" new rescue options out of state so that should she not personally be able to help an owner, she can refer them to another rescue that is up to her high standards of care. As I said, due to chinchillas being an exotic pet the need for specialized rescue is high. In general, many local humane societies and animal shelters just cannot provide the care for these animals. Andrea does. She's very thorough with her records and application processes. She provides the animals in her care with the same type of care that animal could expect in a private setting. She's just an exceptional human being running an exceptional facility!