NOLA Chinchilla Rescue is a foster-based organization dedicated to helping owners provide quality homes for their chin companions, assisting in fostering and rehoming unwanted chins and providing an emergency rescue service for chinchillas in the Gulf South. We are located in the metro New Orleans area and also have foster homes in the metro Houston and the Lubbock, TX areas.
We have found new homes for more than 110 chinchillas (and 1 hamster). Chins have been placed in the New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Lafayette area as well as in Lubbock, DFW, Greater Houston, Little Rock, OK City, Monroe, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Birmingham, Mobile, Atlanta and the Florida panhandle. Also, with a great amount of help from the chin community, we found forever and foster homes for the 70+ rescued Arlington (US Global Exotics) chinchillas in Feb of 2010 (see 'rescues').
If you are considering adopting a chinchilla, please do your research. Chins are exotic animals and they have special needs that must be met (air conditioning, pure water, diet). At a minimum, you need to know what is on this site. Besides their physical care, your chinchilla will want an hour per day of your life for the rest of it's life.
You may wish to join a chin forum to share your experiences and to learn more. There are many internet forums and you should be able to find one you like.
For more information, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 504.912.9143.
Visit our Facebook page for up to date information on our rescue.
References are available on request and scheduled visits are welcome
Organic apple chew sticks, rose hips, Blue Cloud dust and rocks, oats, alfalfa cubes, treat bags and other good things for your chin are available in our store. These are the products we use and all proceeds go to the rescue. We offer good prices, guaranteed satisfaction and Priority Mail shipping. Please help us to help our rescue's chinchillas.
We consider chinchillas to be adult companion animals. While most chinchillas may be initially purchased by young teenagers, the result is rarely favorable for the chin. School work, dating, and part-time employment are just some of the reasons their cute pet is soon left alone. When he/she grows up, goes away to college or gets married, what is their chin supposed to do with the remaining 10+ years of it's life?
Also to be considered is that a teen rarely has the financial resources necessary in case of an emergency. They also do not control the household, the thermostat or necessary transportation.
If your teenager wants a chinchilla, it needs to be a family decision. Teenage abandonment is the overwhelming #1 reason for surrenders to our rescue. It needs to be understood that the family will be responsible and will provide a forever home for the chinchilla.
We will accept any chinchilla at our New Orleans location and foster it until a forever home is found. Limited room in the Texas foster homes may require a surrendered chinchilla be transported to NOLA.
Individual attention is received by every chin coming to us and all are treated as pets and are housed in proper cages with a chinspin exercise wheel. They receive regular out of cage exercise and socialization. Their diets are adjusted to ensure optimum nutrition and their emotional needs are assessed.
All chins are examined by Dr Rich or Dr Pence at the West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic in Metairie, LA. and given any medical care needed. Each examination costs us about $45, excluding any necessary treatment. A donation to cover this cost is greatly appreciated, but not necessary. Payment can be made directly to the clinic.
When surrendering your chin, please bring its cage, food and anything else that will help it feel more at home in its new environment.
Our chinchillas are available from foster homes in the New Orleans area as well as some in the Houston and Lubbock, Texas areas. It may be possible to transport chins between the Houston and the New Orleans area.
Adoption Policy: It is our goal to place every fostered chinchilla into a loving and educated home. Prospective owners are required to educate themselves as to their new chin's needs (see Nutrition and Behavior/Health) and to provide a quality home for them (Proper home) including an approved cage and a QC 15" chinspin exercise wheel. Donations of $75 are asked for as an adoption fee. A wood house, hammock, sleep tube, water bottle, hay bin, food bowl, toys and more are usually included. Cages are often included. You must be 21+ to adopt. Our chins are pets only and are not to be used for breeding. A home visit may be required.
Adoption Process: Call or email us to discuss adopting. An adoption application is available here (see above) or one can be sent to you. Call to schedule a visit. At that time we can discuss any care issues you are not sure of and you can pick and/or be picked by your chinchilla.
What does it cost to adopt? The adoption fee is $75 and this includes much of what you need (foster homes may differ). Along with the chinchilla, we provide a house, wood tunnel, hay bin, hammock, cuddle buddy, chill pad(s), water bottle, food bowl, and toys - everything that is theirs. Excluding a cage, other costs necessary to provide a quality home will include a Quality Cage 15" chinspin ($93 delivered); Oxbow Chinchilla Deluxe pellets, ($3 per month); hay: a big bag of Oxbow timothy and a small of Oxbow orchard grass, ($16 month); rose hips, $10 (for 600); dust, ($6/month); wood chew sticks, ($10 for 2-4 months); wire carrier, ($30). This comes to about $250. We can help you with everything except the hay (unless you pick-up in the New Orleans area). Then figure on about $40 per month thereafter. Don't forget to put something away for vet bills, too.
Available in the New Orleans area:
Available In Houston:
Any of the New Orleans chinchillas are available for adoption through NOLA Chinchilla Rescue Houston, Located in La Porte.
Available in Lubbock:
See all our adopted chins on Facebook
Yoyo (Dallas, TX) Chubbs (Ft Worth, TX) Cheech (Pasadena, TX) Cheech & Josephina (Alexandria, LA)
Donations can be made through Paypal using our email address: email@example.com.
Animal Control Officers: Jefferson Parish; Ascension Parish
Shelters: Jefferson Parish Animal Shelters; St Charles Parish Animal Shelter; Mobile, AL, Municipal Animal Shelter; Jackson, MS, Animal Shelter; St Tammany Parish Animal Services; Baton Rouge Animal Services; Birmingham-Jefferson Animal Control
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