A few tidbits about our rescue....
- Our rescue was founded September 15, 2003, as a non-profit, volunteer-based, no-kill rescue.
- We picked up our first rescue (two boys) September 16, 2003
- We became Incorporated in the state of Connecticut on November 2, 2005.
- Received our 501(c)(3) status November 2, 2005. All donations are tax deductible.
- We are classified as a Public Charity.
Our board of directors:
- President - Andrea Kundrotas
- Vice President - Bob Kundrotas
- Other supporters: Susan, Steve & Kelly
- There are NO paid employees at our rescue. Everyone volunteers their time.
- Our average yearly budget runs approximately $17,000 (sometimes more) which breaks down as follows:
- Medical expenses $5,000
- Food expenses $6,500
- Miscellaneous expenses $5,500 which covers everything from water bottles/bowls, pine shavings, toy supplies, fleece fabric, play tubes, wood for houses, ledges and shelves (which we make ourselves), bathing dust, exercise wheels, travel expenses for rescues, adoptions, vet visits and cages among other daily necessities.
- Thus far we have rescued 334 chinchillas!
- In an average month we use 170 pounds of chinchilla pellets and 100 pounds of timothy hay.
- We travel about 8000 miles a year conducting rescue business.
- Our rescue cares for an average of 110-120 chinchillas at all times. We do not use foster homes, so we personally care for all the chinchillas we rescue. This does affect how many chins we can take in. The chins have a home here with us as long as they need one or get adopted. As soon as we adopt out a chinchilla, there is someone waiting to surrender their chinchilla to us. Our goal is to help as many chinchillas as we can within our limits of space.
- We do not breed chinchillas, but we have rescued several pregnant females. There have been 15 litters with a total of 30 kits born here at our rescue over the years. We have had to hand feed several of the kits and even hand raised a kit from 24 hours to 8 weeks old and then she was reunited with her family.
- We quickly became a sanctuary for many of the chins we have rescued and although many chins have come through our door who have found wonderful new forever homes, many also stay here with us to live out their lives. We have many chins with health issues such as cataracts, severe heart murmurs, seizures, amputated limbs, broken limbs that healed crooked, tumors and malocclusion. We also care for several older chins. We are happy to take care of them and let them live the life of safety and leisure.
We have a TV which we leave on 24 hrs a a day with the volume down and two radios that we leave on all day and evening tuned in to a smooth jazz station for everyone's enjoyment.
- Most of our cages are large three story with several custom made for handicapped chins. However, we do have some smaller cages for our special needs chins that were just not comfortable being in such large cages for various reasons. We still have wooden shelves/ledges, hammocks, play tubes, toys, etc in the smaller cages and the chins are very happy. All the chins enjoy their out of cage play time and of course everyone gets individual attention with tons of love and kisses.
- So our rescue would be a happy and cheerful place for the chins to live, we painted the areas different colors with themes. We have our yellow with sunflowers, green with ladybugs, blue with butterflies, purple with hibiscus flowers, and our kitchenette is rose with chinnie paw prints!