- A Safe Haven For All Chinchillas

November 13th, 2013
Poco had a very sad life before he came to Chin Friends. He was not cared for properly and came to us covered in urine, skinny and sickly and smelling horrible. His whole life changed when he met adopters Carol and Dale. They gave him the love, care and attention he deserved the whole time. Poco quickly forgot how humans had been so mean in the past and he embraced the great new lifestyle he had. He started eating, grooming and became a social little love with his parents. Nothing made him happier than eating raspberries and sitting in Carol’s lap. We all knew he would not be around very long, but made each day the best day ever. Poco finally decided to leave this life on November 13th 2013, just about 2 months after he was adopted. He left behind a great family who will never forget him!

August 10th, 2013
Pixie was part of a dynamic chin duo with her chin buddy Dust, and was a handful of chubby chin love. Pixie was a non-stop ball of crazy chinchilla and will be missed dearly. RIP Pixie.

March 9th, 2013
It is with heavy hearts we are sharing the news of the passing of little Wee One, the baby chin who came to us a couple weeks ago at one day of age. His littermate died at less than 24 hours old, probably due to a liver issue. Wee One has been gaining weight with the help of hand feeding suppliments, but in the past 24 hours had lost 10 grams out of nowhere. He has been a fighter, as is his mother Firefly who has been battling severe ear infection and cat bites since we got her. RIP Wee One, I am glad you were loved for your short time with us!

October 16th, 2012
Umber has been a resident of Chin Friends for the past few months, along with his son Flint. Nicknamed “Wally” by his foster mother, he quickly became a special part of her family. Umber passed suddenly. We expect he had a heart condition. He left behind his son Flint, who is getting extra attention from his foster mom, and hopefully will be bonded to a new friend soon. Umber was a beautiful little soul, and will be missed by his foster mom and previous owners.

September 25th, 2012
Ponyo was a 15+ year old chinchilla, who had been through a few rescues in his day. He was a sweet, social boy who was just waiting for the right person to come along. They finally did come along- but Pony quickly responded in a poor way to being moved. Unfortunately after settling into his new home, he passed away shortly after. He never got sick or depressed- he just passed away suddenly. Ponyo was a great boy, and we were lucky to share our home with him over the past year.

May 22nd, 2012
Jingles came from a Petland Discount back in 2001, after sitting in the store for a year because no one would buy him. He was completely panicked around people, and bit a lot. He was the 2nd chinchilla in the life of Michelle, the founder of Chin Friends, and one of the reasons she decided to go into chinchilla rescue. Jingles was never 100% happy with people, but absolutely adored other chinchillas. He lived for many years with his mate Rosie (after a neuter), and after Rosie died he bonded with our bunny Faraday and stayed with him for 3 years. Jingles was at least 11 when he passed away from renal failure, but since he was acquired as an adult, we can’t be sure of his true age. He has left a huge hole in our hearts, and that of his bunny friend Faraday.

May 16th, 2012
Whiskey came to us in November of 2011, with some of the most severe dental problems our vet had ever seen. She had sedated dental procedures, done to trim her molar crowns, every 2 weeks for almost 3 months, but still her teeth grew, causing sores in her mouth and chronic drooling. Yet she remained one of the most affectionate chinchillas we have ever met, loved to be scratched an rubbed by humans, and especially loved interacting with the other chinchillas. Because of her chronic drooling, she could not live with another chin because they would get completely saturated with her drool, from her sleeping on them like a pillow. Every week Whiskey got a warm bath at the vet, and slept in a warm incubator until her coat was dry enough for the trip back home. On May 16th she had another sedated dental, but this time the anesthesia was too much for her and she never woke up. Whiskey was so special, and will be missed by many people.