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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

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!


Rating: 5

This wonderful group rescues and places chinchillas into deserving and loving homes. If the chinchilla cannot be placed due to abuse or neglect, they live out their life with the kind and loving volunteers at Forever Fesity Chinchilla. I have supported this wonderful group for two years now. I have honorarily adopted an abused chinchilla. They do not breed chinchillas as there are those that will buy one and realize the time involved. Thank God for this group as these beautiful creatures need a voice also.



Rating: 5

When Andrea called to ask if I would be interested in helping out Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue, my response as an animal lover was a quick "sure!" Every experience with the organization has proven that these folks take their mission seriously and put their animals' welfare first. Besides Andrea's made with love food and wellness products, (no wondering where it comes from or if it's OK for your little one) the rescue itself is surely heaven on earth for the chins. Spotless is the only description for the townhouse style neighborhood, with plenty of bright light, fun colors, and it's own recreation/"park" area. The chins are the stars here, though (sorry to the human landlords!). They are clearly happy and comfortable in the temperature controlled environment as evidenced by the well loved chew toys and darling personalities of the chins I was thrilled to handle. Most chins have carefully chosen roommates or if not, nearby neighbors serve as company for those in single units. Hearing some of the tales of woe these now lucky chins have had to endure before arriving at Forever Feisty, and then seeing them in their current digs, is enough to redeem one's faith in the human race.