All of the chinchillas we rescue have a permanent home here until we can find them a compatible forever home. They stay at the rescue a minimum of thirty days before they can be adopted. We do not adopt out any chinchillas that have a history of or any ongoing medical conditions such as malocclusion (teeth issues), severe heart murmurs, etc.
Our goal is to find wonderful, loving and knowledgeable forever homes for our chinchillas, but we are not desperate to 'get rid of' any chins. Do not contact us if you are looking to get a free or cheap chinchilla. We are looking for people who understand what is involved in having a chinchilla in their life and are happily willing to accommodate the chinchilla's needs.
Please read our page "Are You Right for a Chinchilla?". Please realize that as much as we want to find great homes for our rescues, we want you to understand they are a serious commitment. They require a lot of your time, love and care. They can live a good 15-20 years if given proper care. The oldest chin we had here was 21 years old. Please do research as to their special care, proper diet and safe housing before applying for an adoption. Our web site is a great resource for you.
Our adoption policy is as follows:
You must be 21 years old to apply for an adoption. We do not recommend chinchillas for young children (under 13 years). If you are under 21 years old and wish to adopt one of our chinchillas, you must have consent and support of the adult guardian with whom you live with. The adult guardian is the person who must fill out the application with notations about who will be the primary caretaker. WE DO NOT SHIP CHINCHILLAS.
An adoption application must be filled out completely. We may then call you for an interview. It makes it easier to get in touch with you if you mention the best time (daytime or evening) to reach you in the 'Additional Comments' section of the application. If you are approved for adoption, a date is setup for you to visit the chinchillas to see who you are most compatible with. Since we are a private rescue, only approved applicants can visit the chinchillas.
We will introduce you to a few chinchillas that we think would be a good match for you. If you are trying to adopt a chin to pair with a chinchilla you currently have, please do not ask us to bring your chinchilla to our rescue. Having two chins meet that are not familiar with each other is asking for trouble and if they don't try to attack each other in the first minute, it is not an indicator that they will get along in the future (this is a fallacy). Separate cages will be needed regardless if you are trying to pair chins.
Please note; you will not leave with the chinchilla you choose. A date is set up for the final adoption in which we will bring the chinchilla to his/her new home. This allows the new guardian to prepare for the chinchilla's arrival. Appropriate housing and supplies are expected to be set up and ready for the chinchilla to move into upon adoption. We will not adopt a chinchilla to any home if an appropriate, safe and clean cage is not available. We recommend Martin's Cages, Quality Cage, Critter Nation or Ferret Nation cages as the best you can get for your chinchilla. We also require that you have a chinchilla knowledgeable veterinarian listed on your application, so please, do your research (see our Veterinarians page).
On the day of the final adoption, you will need to sign an adoption contract. It reflects your commitment to the chinchilla as well as to the rescue by keeping open communication and our availability and support to you for the life time of the chinchilla. The adoption fee is $75.00 per chinchilla regardless of how many chins you adopt. The entire amount of the adoption fee is put into the rescue's funds and used towards the care of the chinchillas.
You will receive an adoption kit which consists of:
- A chew toy
- Chinchilla Organic Herb & Grain Fusion sample
- A fleece hammock
- Quick reference guide
(These items are incurred at our own expense and are not deducted from the adoption fee).
It is at the discretion of the Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue Inc. to approve or reject any applicant that we feel would or would not be the best guardian to one of our chinchillas. The chinchillas are always our first concern.
You may fill out an adoption application by clicking the Application link below. We strive to review applications as soon as they are received, but it can also take a week if things are really busy and we have trouble getting in touch with veterinarians or references. We appreciate your understanding and patience. We are always available should any questions or problems arise.