About "Rescued" Chinchillas

We receive our chinchillas from two primary sources, which are animal shelters and directly from the owner. Some chinchillas are big, beautiful, and healthy while some are small, scruffy and sickly. Most of our chinchillas fall somewhere in between. If you are looking for a cute, "perfect", healthy baby chinchilla that is white, black, violet, or another mutation color, then adopting from a rescue is probably not the first source to consider. It is rare for us to have a chinchilla available for adoption that is under a year in age. It is also unusual to have a healthy chinchilla that is a color other than standard gray or in some cases, beige, available. It is important to consider what you are looking for when deciding from where you want to get a chinchilla. If you truly want to give a forever home to a "homeless" animal that may have had a rough start in life, then adopting from a rescue group is the right choice.

Benefits of Adopting A Rescued Animal
  • Adopting a companion for yourself or another chinchilla
  • Making room for another animal in a shelter or rescue.
  • Having the gratification of knowing you have saved a chinchilla from a unknown fate.

Adoption Policy

To adopt a chinchilla from California Chinchilla, the Adopter must agree to the following:

  1. To care for the animal in a humane manner
  2. To keep the animal as a household pet in the Adopter's own home
  3. To provide adequate food, water, and other supplies (bedding, exercise, shelter, etc.)
  4. To provide care, affection, and attention for the animal
  5. To promptly obtain veterinary care if the animal becomes sick or has an injury for which the Adopter cannot provide proper care
  6. To not allow the animal to be used for testing or laboratory purposes, pelted, or be used for vivisection or any other inhumane purposes
  7. To not abandon, sell, give away, dispose of, turn over to, or relinquish custody or possession of the animal except to return it to California Chinchillas or with the approval of California Chinchillas.
  8. To not use the animal for breeding.
  9. That the primary caregiver of the animal must be an adult not a child. Pets should not be used to teach responsibility to a child to the detriment of the health and well-being of the animal.
  10. If being adopted to be a companion animal for a young person that the entire household is making a commitment to the chinchilla. We want to ensure that the animal will not be dumped when a young person goes off to college or moves into housing that does not permit animals.
The Adopter must also be aware that:
  1. California Chinchillas cannot guarantee compatibility with the Adopter, environment, supplies, or other animals.
  2. The actions of animals are often unpredictable and the possibility of bites, scratches, injury to the animal due to its environment, etc., exists.
  3. The animal is transferred to the Adopter "as is", and California Chinchillas is not responsible for any illness or injury that may exist at time of adoption or thereafter.




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