NOLA Chinchilla Rescue

Fostering and Rehoming Chinchillas in SE Louisiana       Updated 11 April 2018                              THIS WEBSITE IS NOT BEING UPDATED ANYMORE.                               Please visit our new, mobile friendlier website:  

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Established in 2007, 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.

 PLEASE NOTE: We no longer accept surrenders in Texas. 

We may be able to help rehome your chin no matter where you live through our network of contacts and our Facebook page.

We have placed over 160 chinchillas in new homes (plus a hamster, a rabbit and a horned dragon). Our chinchillas have been placed in the New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Lafayette area as well as in Lubbock, DFW, Greater Houston, Little Rock, OK City, Monroe, Memphis, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Birmingham, Mobile, Atlanta, Buffalo (NY) 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'). In addition, many chinchillas have found new homes through postings on our Facebook page.

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.

For more information, contact us by email at 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


Help Support The Rescue

Organic apple chew sticks, rose hips, Blue Sparkle dust and Blue Cloud rocks, oats, alfalfa cubes, treat bags, houses, hay bins 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 also make and sell a variety of houses, hay bins and other items made of safe woods for your chinchilla's enjoyment in and out of their cage. See our Houses, Haybins, Stairs page.

Chins And Youths

We consider chinchillas to be adult companion animals. They can easily live 20+ years. 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?

Another factor is that while undeniably cute, chinchillas are not cuddly. A chin rarely likes to be held for more than a minute. It is not something their friends can play with, nor can it be taken to school or even outside without substantial risks. 

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.

Surrender Policy

Please note: We are operating at near capacity. Call for availability.

Individual attention is received by every chinchilla coming to us and all are treated as pets and are housed in proper cages with a 15" Quality Cages chinspin exercise wheel. They receive regular out of cage playtime 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 Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital 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.

Chinchillas Available For Adoption

Our chinchillas are available from foster homes in the New Orleans area.

Adoption PolicyIt 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 Basic Care) 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. The primary caregiver 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 (or 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.

For complete listings of our available chinchillas and more information, as well as pictures and videos, please go to: Chinchillas at or click on the name under a picture (below).

What does it cost to adopt? The adoption fee is $75 and this includes much of what you need. 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 15" exercise wheel ($100); Oxbow Chinchilla Deluxe pellets, ($5 per month); hay:($10 month); rose hips, $10 (for 600- we give 1 per day); dust, ($6/month); wood chew sticks, ($15 for 2-4 months); wire carrier, ($35). We sell what we use. Then figure on about $40-50 per month thereafter. Don't forget to put something away for vet bills, too.

Some months you will spend nothing, other months a bit more. Don't forget to put something away for vet bills, too. 

come with a cage and a couple also come with their chinspin. 

tunnel, hay bin, hammock, cuddle buddy, chill pad(s), water bottle, food bowl, dust bath, litter pan and toys. Some chins 

come with a cage and a couple also come with their chinspin. 

Assuming you have a proper cage, Other costs are a chinspin, about $80 delivered; pellets, $16 (2-4 months); hay: a big bag 

of Oxbow timothy and a small of orchard grass, $16 (month); rose hips, $10 (for 600); dust, $8/month; wood chew sticks, $20 

(2-3 months); pumice stone, $20 (year+); carrier, $25. This comes to $270. Then figure on about $30 per month thereafter. 

Some months you will spend nothing, other months a bit more. Don't forget to put something away for vet bills, too. 


Available in the New Orleans area: We will have more chins to list in the next few weeks.                                                     

  A female/neutered male pair will be available towards the end of November.                                                                                                              

Available in the Houston area:

 None at this time. It may be possible to adopt New Orleans chins.                                                       

Happy Tails - Past adoptions

See all our adopted chins on Facebook 


                                              Trek   (Dallas)                                                                            Caitlin   (Louisiana)    



                                                                               Day & Night (Lubbock) 


Ringo (Houston)

If you would like to help:

Donations can be made through PayPal using our email address:

Affiliations, Partners and Friends


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

Oxbow Animal Health: Rescue Rewards Program Member

Rhonda's Rescue, Huntsville, AL.

Citizens for Animal Protection, Houston, TX

Navarre Ferret Rescue, FL  

Chinchildren's Chinchilla Rescue, Red Oak (DFW), Texas 

Wild Rescue, Inc (Denton, TX)