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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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Andrea when I became the unintended recipient of two chins. Some idiot had them outside in the heat with a "free" sign. My stepdaughter got them out of the heat and called me as I work with animal control. First problem, we have no place to keep two chins with a kennel full of dogs and cats, second, I know next to nothing about chins. She took the time to answer my questions, and told me how to care for them. She offered to make the long trip to my house on a weekend to look at the chins to determine the sex and health of them. She determined they were very neglected and ended taking them both. Don't know what we would have done without her help. She went out of her way to help me and these two poor chins and very likely saved their lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have nothing but good things to say about Andrea from Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue. She has amazed and impressed me by being one of the most honestly caring and giving people I have had the pleasure of getting to know in the world of animal welfare, and chinchillas in particular.
I contacted her out of the blue when my two 12-year-old chinchillas were having major health issues and I was at the end of my rope (as were my several vets). I had never been to her rescue, my chinchillas and I had no real connection to her, and she had no “good” reason to offer me any sort of advice or assistance at all – except that she honestly and truly cares for the welfare of chinchillas – any chinchillas. It quickly became clear that it didn’t matter if she knew me or my chinchillas, or if I was planning on giving her a huge donation or whatever. What mattered was that my chinchillas were in trouble and that she maybe could help.
Help, she did. She spent so much time on the phone with me, offered advice, caring, reassurance, and more – all without asking a thing in return. I am so grateful for her and for all she gave out of sheer generosity and honest caring (and yes, btw, my chinchillas are still here – in part, I think, thanks to her).
Thank you, Andrea, for being there, and being the truly caring, knowledgeable and giving person you are. You are a breath of fresh air and my chinchillas and I are better off for it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We recently adopted a pair of chinchillas and have fallen in love with them right away! As soon as Andrea contacted me through the phone, you can tell that she is dedicated to her rescue! Unlike the majority of the pet stores that only wants to make a profit off of these chinchillas, she truly cares for them! With the help of her support, we were able to learn so much! To be able to give a great home for a chinchilla is rewarding!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our chinchilla(Daisy)had stopped eating, drinking and no poop and we took her to our local vet for treatment.After 1 1/2weeks she showed no signs of improvement and I then decided to take Daisy to a different Vet and do an online search for solutions. Of the thousands of web pages available I just happen to check out Andreas' website.Thank goodness we did. Andrea contacted me by phone and gave instructions on what to do which proved so what difficult to do because it required giving her stuff by hand which we had no experience doing. Because of the difficulty giving Daisy stuff by hand we decided to take her to the second vet for treatment. After being hospitalized for 5 days, she was actually getting worse, because of some of the meds she was getting had been getting and been force fed for 5 days without any signs of pooping. On the fifth day the vet decided Daisy should be put to sleep because she was not going to survive. During this process I had been in contact with Andrea daily. We took Daisy home from the vet and then started to treat her with natural stuff that Andrea suggested Pineapple juice- to break up any organic stuff that might be causing any kind of blockage. Pedialyte - to keep her hydrated Mylacon - to treat her gas along with some of the meds the vet gave us to use. On the second day she still had no poop and Andrea then suggested that we try giving her pumpkin for her constipation. Within 3 hours of giving Daisy her second dosage of pumpkin she pooped for first time in 2 1/2 weeks. Under Andreas' guidance Daisy is making remarkable progress and is getting back to normal. As far as I'm concerned Andrea saved Daisy's life and she has great knowledge on treating chinchillas. Her communication with me(living in Florida) on treating Daisy is second to none and shows her dedication in taking of her chinchillas in her rescue and those that are privately owned. Been able to talk to someone by phone instead of waiting for a reply on a forum is really beneficial and I cannot thank her enough for what she has done. In the future I will donate to her rescue so Andrea can continue to provide the care she gives to chinchillas in her rescue. Andrea you are the best. Thanks, John

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity Recently, one of my chinchillas was badly injured by another, more aggressive chinchilla and I really had no one to turn to. There is no exotics vet in my area and have not have great success in past dealings with veterinarians. I emailed this chinchilla rescue asking for help. I received a very prompt email providing me with much information of which I was ignorant. I wrote back with several other questions and again received great attention and care. My little guy is still recovering, but is doing much better thanks to their help. Not only was having their knowledge and experience helpful, but just knowing that someone out there cares about a stranger and her little chinchilla is very comforting! Thanks so much for your help!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Paula Gsell, I am the proud owner of a one year old male Chinchilla named Tortoro. I was thinking of maybe getting a second Chinchilla for a playmate and friend for Tortoro, when I came across forever Feisty Chinchilla. I filled out an application and shortly after was able to get an unbleievable amount of information regarding my Chinchilla's personal heath and about how one goes about bringing a new chinchilla into your home. It was amazing the information that was given to me. I had read a few books prior to getting my Chinchilla, but it did not have the information I got here at Foever Feisty. This is a wonderful place, these people really love and care so much for these beautiful loving creatures. I took the information I learn here to improve the living condition for my Chin, new house a change in food, and bedding. I am very thankful for this rescue service and the love they show for the gift of life! Sincerely Paula

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited Forever Feisty Chinchillas with a friend several weeks ago. My friend has already adopted four chinchillas through Andrea and was stopping by for a visit. Although I am not a chinchilla owner, I have adopted all of my prior pets through shelters and rescues (my current cat is a rescued feral). I was very impressed by the quality of care that Andrea provides to her chins. Their living space is immaculately clean and well-organized, and the chins are friendly -- some, even curious. I interacted with a few of them, and they were friendly, calm and curious. Andrea spends the majority of her time caring for and being involved with her chins, and it shows! She explained that she will not adopt to "just anyone" and is very concerned with placing her chins with those who are committed to learning how to care for one properly. Some of her chins have been rescued from situations where they were not properly cared for, and she is committed to making sure the situation does not repeat itself. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in learning more about chinchillas or is interesting in adopting one to contact Forever Feisty Chinchillas. Andrea is a wealth of knowledge and experience and she clearly is committed to the work that she does.

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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.

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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.

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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.