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Chinchillas 4 Life
rescues un-wanted and sick chinchillas. If
possible, they are re-homed to suitable owners who can give them the love and care that they deserve. We will always do our best to never turn a chinny away. For information or advice, please
We usually have chinchillas of various ages that are ready for re-homing. Please bear in mind that chinchillas are exotic animals that need specialist care and a quiet environment. They are not suitable pets for children. If you think that you are able to give a chin a home, then please give us a ring.
Here at the rescue, we do our best to ensure that our chins are re-homed to 'forever' homes. We aim to castrate every male to help to control the number of unwanted chinchillas.
If you have a chin that you can no longer care for, then please do not hesitate to contact one of our team. Please feel free to contact any of us for help or advice on any issue.
We have added a news section to this page. Scroll down the page or click the link.
If you are interested in re-homing one of our chinchillas, then please take a look around our site first. We have a basic guide available on our health pages as a starting point.
Chins needing homes - Updated 30/05/2014
Chunk is looking for a new home.
Chunk is about two years old.
His owner is relocating and cannot take him with him.
If you feel you can offer him a lovely home please get in touch.
Muswell Hill, N London area. Please email us for further details.
Bilko and Serge are looking for a new home.
Bilko is about five years old and Serge is about one and half.
They are both males and are OK to be handled although they don't enjoy it much which is pretty normal for chinchillas.
They have always run about for at least an hour every evening.
It breaks our hearts to re-home them but Bilko was neglected by his previous owner so we do not wish this to happen again.
Our situation has changed, therefore, we are looking for a perfect forever home for the pair together.
It is really important to us that they are adopted to a forever home and are loved and allowed time out of the cage as they are used to this.
If we could have updates and maybe photos of their new home that would be brilliant.
Solihull, West Midlands area. Please email us for further details.
Stevie is looking for an experienced new home.
Stevie is just one years old and he is blind.
He has a condition called micropthalmia, which basically means he has very small and undeveloped eyeballs.
He was born with this condition so has always been blind.
He does not require any treatment and it does not affect his quality of life.
I have had many blind chins and they do get along just fine.
If you feel you have what it takes then please get in touch.
Area to follow. Please email us for further details.
Charlie is looking for a lovely new home.
Charlie is a eight or nine year old Violet male chinchilla.
He is friendly and has no health problems that we know of.
We rescued him five years ago from being abandoned.
He is looking for a really nice home
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Portishead, Somerset area. Please email us for further details.
Wombat is looking for a new home.
Wombat is the last of a larger family group of chins we've had over the years.
He's nine years old, castrated, standard, healthy and happy.
He's a fantastic chinchilla, really friendly, gentle and good-natured.
He may well enjoy being with a friend. We're in East Sussex but can travel to take him to the perfect home.
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E. Sussex area. Please email us for further details.
Ben & Jerry are looking for a new forever home.
Hello we are Ben and Jerry.
You may have seen these earlier as Chinny & Chin Win. Unfortunately, they have been returned through no fault of their own and they are now called Ben & Jerry!
Jerry is a female chinchilla of unknown age and Ben is her neutered five year old male companion.
Jerry and Ben are a pair of shy chinchilla's who are very bonded and take time to trust new people.
If you feel you can help in East Sussex please get in touch
(Raystede Animal shelter)
East Sussex area. Please email us for further details.
Skippy & Babe need a fab new forever home together.
Skippy & Babe are mother & daughter.
They must be re-homed together.
They will come with their large cage and all accessories.
They love contact with people; Babe can be held but Skippy does not like it.
They like having a little run around a room at night but must be watched at all times.
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire area. Please email us for further details.
Gizzy needs a good forever home asap.
Gizzy is lovely! If you scratch her under behind her ears she leans to one side and lifts her legs for more scratching!
She has a hammock where she sleeps that she loves very much.
She is looking for a new home where she can live out her days
She is still young at seven years.
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Bristol area. Please email us for further details.
Tom is looking for a fantastic home.
Tom is a 13 year old male looking for a home possibly with a male or a spayed female friend.
We are looking for a special home for him to live out his days.
If you can help get in touch
Tyne and Wear area. Please email us for further details.
Cage free to a new home.
Cage free to a good home
Located in Chichester, West Sussex.
West Sussex area . Please email us for further details.
Chester & Cleo are looking for a new home.
Chester and Cleo are approximately seven years old and are looking for a lovely new home where they can live out their days.
Chester is castrated and they are very happy together and must stay together.
If you feel you can help these guys please get in touch.
Derbyshire area. Please email us for further details.
Sad news about Willis (below)
Chris and I are very sad to announce the death on Monday 13th of our
beloved and venerable chinchilla, Willis (aka Willie-Mouse)
Willie had only a short time with us but we know that he was happy... he really enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame in the South Wales Echo!
Willie died peacefully at the grand old age of 22 and a half years.
Leaf after leaf they fall,
Flower after flower.
Some in a warm,
Some in a cooler hour.
Alike they blossom and alike they fall
And earth that nurtured them
Receives them all.
Should we, her wiser sons, be less content
To slip into her lap
When life is spent?
Even more 'oldies'!!
Willis lives with Jane and Chris Dyer in Cardiff. They think he is the oldest chinny in South Wales.
Take a peek at the article in Wales Online.
We have found another fabulous 'oldy'!
She was bought from a pet shop in Shrewsbury in June 1983.
She now lives with another two old ladies aged ten and twelve respectively in a large indoor inclosure.
She has always had company but friends have come and gone.
She has been fed on pellets and hay all her life and is very keen on dried apple slices.
She is a lovely tame old lady and still jumps around the enclosure as quickly as her friend.
We picked up this 'girl' Cilla today. He (underneath the matts she turned out to be a he!) was kept outside in a hutch. He was damp and stressed as kids were tormenting him and throwing stones at him.
He wasn't given any hay and was not properly fed. He was given builders sand to roll in. A very kind neighbour managed to rescue him a few days ago and has tried her very best, even buying him a cage and all the things to go in such as a hammock and dustbath. She could not keep him so got in touch with us.
We have just cut off a few of the matts that cover his body. It will take a few more days to completely de-matt him. Here are a few pictures and a short video to show how bad he was. We will add more when we get some time.
We were worried about the way that he was eating last night, so we decided to get him checked out at the vets.
He has had xrays this morning (and a final de-matting whilst anaesthetised) and sadly they have confirmed that he has malocclusion. Through our experience, this could be due to a poor diet, stress and lack of gnaw chews and stimulation.
He does not appear to be in any discomfort at the moment so we will keep a very close eye on him and make sure that he has a full and happy life for the time being.
We are making sure that he is very spoiled and are giving him plenty of seasonal mix and twigs to chew on.
He is now eating like there's no tomorrow. He seems to be much happier now that his coat is cleaner and is free from matts. He is now grooming himself and enjoying his sand bath in proper chinchilla dust!
Cilla is doing very well and is looking much better. As you can see he is fond of a mini shreddie and loves dried apple. He has his nose to the cage every morning when he smells my toast. He always gets a little piece of the crust to munch on.
Sadly, Cilla has passed away. He was a beautiful, gentle creature who I believe appreciated the short time that he spent with us. He suffered from malocclusion, and though we tried our very best for him, years of neglect took their toll. Cilla had to go to the vets to have his teeth burred down at the end of August. Sadly he would not eat hay or anything which would help to keep his teeth rasped. Unfortunately on Monday this week, a week after his operation, he was still not doing too well. We took him back and he had another X-ray and they took a look in his mouth while he was under.
Sadly it seemed to be a tooth root abscess and we had no other option than to let him go. We are very sad to say goodbye to Cilla, he was a very special chinchilla and will not be forgotten by any of us.
Rest in peace Cilla.
Our oldest resident !
Sugar was already an old lady when she came to us, and has now reached the grand old age of 25. She's still one of the liveliest and friendliest in the rescue.
We think that she must be one of the oldest in the UK - drop us a line if you know of an older chinny.
Many thanks to Lucy from Huddersfield for adopting Sugar.
If you want to adopt one of our long term residents, then please get in touch. You will receive a certificate and some goodies to thank you and you can rest assured that it will help to care for your chosen chinny.
Sad News 16/10/2007
I post this with great sadness. Yesterday, when I went to see the chins, I found my old girl peacefully in forever sleep.
Sugar was, as far as we know, the oldest chinchilla in the world at 25 years old.
She was very very special and has lived a very long happy life. She was always very bright and bubbly and definitely the matriarch of the chin room. She has had a few near misses in her time and always pulled through.
She was a beautiful old girl and very cheeky.
Although she was not one for being picked up she would let you have a tickle until she had enough, then she would push you away and walk off !
She was always one of the first to the cage door when we go into the room. Always wanting to know what was going on.
When we took Sugar on she had been in a barn where a rat had been terrorizing all the chins in there. The rat killed a baby, bit many of the chins and bit through one of the chins legs which was broken and badly infected (which we later had amputated). The rat also killed Sugars' 22 year old partner "Old Lad".
Run free with "Old Lad" Sugar, you will never be forgotten.
Sugar 1982 - 16/10/2007
Latest 'Oldy' news!!
Sadly, we now believe that Bouncer has also passed away after a great, long life.
Had a look at your great website and thought I'd drop you a line regarding the oldest known chin! Kind regards,
Liz (Chinchilla Chat Line www.chinchat.net)
Record Breaking Bouncer is now officially a world record breaking chinchilla, and has a
certificate to prove it.
He is the world's oldest chinchilla.
Bouncer was 27 years old on the 1st July! I think this now makes him the oldest chinchilla on record ever, as the only other one was recorded in America and died at 26. Three cheers for Bouncer!
Bouncer was born on 1st July 1977 on a chinchilla ranch in Nottingham owned by Mr. Sweeney. We purchased him when he was 12 months old. He has had quite an uneventful life ( perhaps this helped towards him living to such an incredible age). He has moved house with us twice and coped well with the upheaval, and he has never been to the vets. This caused us some problems with his record attempt, it was difficult to prove his age as no vets had any details of him. Bouncer is not so fast on his feet as he used to be and no longer lives up to his name but apart from a cataract he is still fairly healthy. His secret to old age could be down to the fact he has never been overly pestered or over fed, he eats his routine pellets and hay and gets a treat of a couple of raisins most days. He has always been very good natured and handles well too.