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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We provide a healthy, loving home for unwanted and neglected chinchillas with permanent housing in our rescue and through adoptions. We educate/council the public about the physical and emotional needs of chinchillas so they learn how to provide these animals with a healthy, safe and happy life. We provide awareness of the hardships and mass breeding of chinchillas on ranches for pelting and the pet industry. In addition, we enlighten the public about the plight of the wild chinchilla in their natural habitat.

Results: Since we opened our doors in 2003 we have rescued over 366 chinchillas.  Many were in a neglectful or dangerous environment.  All the chinchillas receive medical care and are now living in healthy, clean and loving homes with new guardians through adoption or are permanent residence here at the rescue.  Because we have rescued so many older, physically and socially challenged chinchillas, we have become a Sanctuary and permanent home for many of our chinchillas. We spend individual time with all the chinchillas to help heal and rehabilitate them to be able to trust people and show their wonderful, spirited and intellectual personality. We provide education about chinchilla care to current chinchilla guardians and those interested in becoming new ‘chin’ parents. Over the years we have periodically expanded our rescue and we are now one of the largest full time, rescue only (we do not breed) chinchilla rescues in the US.

Target demographics: We travel throughout the New England region of the country.  We also travel to Southeastern parts of NY.

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

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

I remember the first Chin that the founder of Forever Feisty Chinchilla brought home. She had her own, tranquil, climate controlled room. Imagine the amazement to see this carried over into Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue. The rescue houses over 50 Chins, all pampered and addressed by name. The wooden living quarters contain all the necessary accoutrements for a healthy, playful life. In addition to the perfect climate and continued tranquil environment, the Chins have a separate play area for time outside of their living quarters. All of this accomplished with donations of both time and money along with the natural caring of Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue's founder. It is both an honor and a privilege to have been asked, and to serve as a board member of this generous organization.