Meet Forest and Jenny From Ravenswood, WV


I received a call last week from a very gentle sounding young lady who asked if she could surrender her chinchillas to me. She and her family loved them very much but the male was losing weight and she was worried about how to care for him. I agreed to take them, of course, and she was to bring them to my home on Monday, June 10th.

Amanda arrived at my home around noon with the two chinchillas carefully tucked away into two separate pet carriers while transporting their large metal cages on her trailer. It was apparent that they had purchased the best equipment for the two chins, so I knew that they were well loved!

With the help of my daughter Andrea and the previous owner Amanda, we carried the oversized cages into my home. Amanda and her toddler said their good-byes and once they had left I began settling them in.

For right now the only history I have on these two is that Jenny was purchased from a pet store, where her mate had been sold without her! Jenny is approximately 3 or 4 years old. She likes to be petted but will spray urine if you attempt to hold her.

Forrest (pictured above) is the male and is extremely small. To give you an idea of how small, he is sitting next to a 15″ Chin-Spin! He is approximately a year old. He was purchased three or four months ago as a mate for Jenny but the previous owner said that Jenny didn’t like him. Forrest L-O-V-E-S his wheel!

I gave them both a tiny piece of carrot and a dandelion head, but they weren’t interested in either.  I prepared a solution of half water, half Pedialyte for Forrest and put hay and pellets into both of their cages.

I am going to let them settled for a day or two and then I will examine them both for overgrown teeth and him for furrings.

Jenny (Female)


Chinchilla Rescues


Are you looking for a location near you that takes in rescue chinchillas? Do you think that adopting a rescue chin and giving it a forever home is a good option for you? Are you searching for a rescue organization to donate money or time? Chinchilla Rescues can help.

Our goal is to help pet chinchilla owners avoid the tragedy of dumping, kill shelters, and the dangers of “Free to Good Home.”

This list of volunteers allows you to find someone near you who is familiar with chinnies to possibly take in rescues or provide you with a rescue chin. Use the contact information below to get in touch with rescuers near you. Not all volunteers listed are guaranteed to have space available at all times. Rescues that come with cages and food may be easier to place. Please contact these places directly. Transportation may be arranged through rescue volunteers, when available.

This information has been placed on as a means of easier access to direct information. cannot guarantee care for animals placed in rescue. It is your responsibility to determine whether or not the rescuer you contact is fit to take in an animal.

If you are not on this list but would like to be or if your information needs to be removed or corrected, please contact us with the full details.

The map below is interactive. Click on the state where you would like to find a rescue location and it will take you to each person who might be available to assist in that particular state. If you do not find a rescue location in your state, please check the surrounding states for possible locations.

Update: 3/14/19 this page is several years old so we are in the process of contacting all of the owners on this page to verify and update all information. Please be patient.

Listing IN GREEN are active as of 3/14/19

Emails with “????” means the email we had on file has bounced back and we are trying to obtain their new info!











  • Dana Hartzfeld
    Location: Dover, DE
    Other animals: Possibly open to taking in other small animals





  • Kristen and Tim King
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Specifics regarding taking in chins: Open to rescuing any chins. After rescuing Lola, the Kings have seen how horribly chins have been treated by those who don’t understand them or can’t take care of them. They would rather take in the chins than see them be sold or dropped off anywhere just to get rid of them.
















New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

  • Kasie Ziebarth
    Location: Binghamton, NY
    Other animals: Can take in almost any animal in need of rescue
  • Bernice Furnia
    Location: Rotterdam, NY
    Specifics regarding taking in chins: Each situation is evaluated. Contagious animals may not be accepted. Willing to help anyone in need.
    Other animals: Any kind of other animals may be accepted, but notification is necessary to make preparations for care and the needs of the animal.
  • Ziggy’s Little Angels (Shannon)
    Location: Putnam Valley, NY
    Email: ????
    Specifics regarding taking in chins: Willing to drive up to an hour and a half away. Healthy chins only.

North Carolina

  • Kayla Vorse
    Location: Fayetteville, NC
    Email: ????
    Specifics regarding taking in chins: Contact as least one or two days before ready to give up. Lots of space, but don’t want a lost chin to appear on the doorstep. Located five minutes from a good vet.

North Dakota





  • Kim Powell
    Location: Hermitage, PA
    Specifics regarding taking in chins: Can provide fostering until a forever home is found.
    Other animals: Can assist in fostering and rehoming rabbits.

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota



  • Amanda Ramirez
    Location: Marble Falls, TX
    Specifics regarding taking in chins: Cannot travel to pick up animals.
    Other animals: Fish.




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West Virginia

  • Tammy OHagan
    Location: Evansville, WV
    Phone: (304) 216-7620
    Specifics regarding taking in chins: Fur-chewing, shyness and/or urinating at strangers, etc. are okay. Cages can become rather expensive and all chins need to be quarantined before being introduced to other chins so please be prepared to provide a cage (small or large)





  • Kingsboro Chinchillas (Ilse)
    Location: Kingsboro, Prince Edward Island, Canada
    Email: ????
    Specifics regarding taking in chins: Any and all chins that require a permanent, loving home or placement with a permanent home.
  • Nancy
    Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
    Specifics regarding taking in chins: Cannot take in chinchillas that require expensive vet care.
    Other animals: Hedgehogs and ferrets.