was found running loose in a park in the city of Santa Cruz.
After two weeks of waiting to see if the owners would show up,
Animal Services called us to pick her up and find her a wonderful
home. We were able to get an appointment with one of our wonderful
veterinarians that same time. Fortunately, other than needing
to gain some weight, Penelope had no other health problems or
injuries. We guessed her age to be about 10 months old based
on her small size and other factors. She was a furchewer, having
chewed off a large amount of her fur from the lower part of her
body. Whether she chewed due to stress or due to hunger is unknown.
managed to save the young chinchilla. She was a very sweet chinchilla
considering all that she had been through. It took us very little
time to find a forever home for Penelope. She now lives with
another one of our rescued chinchillas in a wonderful home with
We will never
comprehend why someone would leave a live animal in a trashcan, but it
happens. A female chinchilla was found in a trashcan at a BART (Bay Area
Rapid Transit) station. Fortunately some kind person took her to the
local animal shelter, at which point we were called to come get the animal.
The poor little chinchilla that we named Felicia, was not in good shape.
She had matted fur that was covering up some wounds. She could barely
move and we were not sure why. X-rays revealed that she had two broken
legs that had healed badly. With TLC and good food, Felicia regained
some strength and weight and began to move around on her own. She was
adopted by a kind family who did not mind that Felicia was never going
to be fast and active chinchilla bouncing off the walls.
With No Tails
a call for a local humane society saying that they had four chinchillas
that needed to be picked up. The group consisted of a father, mother,
and two young girls about 3 months old. The two young girls were missing
95% of their tails. When we picked them up, the chinchillas were so dirty
that we didn't know what colors they were. We assumed they were all gray,
but discovered that the father and one of the daughters were violets.
The father "DJ" was
a small chinchilla, underweight. and with a partially bald tail. He was
also in need of dental work. He was the first one to find a new home
with a member of our group who is willing and able to address dental
issues. As soon as his teeth were fixed, DJ started gaining weight. The
hair on his tail started to regrow, once he was away from the rest of
the family that were probably the ones chewing on DJ's tail hair.
was such a sweet chin that she was given the name "Baby Face" by
her foster human mother. She was a furchewer. She was pregnant when we
got her and not long afterwards had two more babies, a boy and a girl,
both of which "lost" most of their tails in the birthing process.
The two older
daughters were given the names of Cello and Viola. One of them tested
positive for Giardia and it took a couple months before we got the diarrhea
under control. It is likely that other family members may also have had
Giardia, but it was only a problem for Viola. Once Viola's diarrhea was
gone, she and Cello were adopted together by a family that is very committed
to helping animals in need. It has been almost a year, and unfortunately
these two girls were returned to us just a few days ago due to changing
circumstances with their adoptive family. I am sure we will be able to
find them a wonderful and hopefully permanent home.
boy, who turned out to be blind, went to live with the people who had
adopted the father. Although they had never lived together, the two seemed
to know that they were family and there was an instant bond.
The last to
be adopted were BabyFace and her youngest daughter. Happily, the two
were adopted together by a very nice young woman. They have new names
and a loving home.
So all of
the chins were adopted to good homes and they are each paired with another
family member! We get frequent reports on most of the family, so we know
that they are all doing well.