NWI Chinchillas

Breeding quality chinchillas and rescuing exotics since 2003.

Available Chinchillas & Critters

SPRING FLING SALE EXTENDED!!!  ADOPTION FEES REDUCED!!!

Adoption fees reduced…


Chinchillas priced at $75 -- $10 off

Chinchillas $100-200 -- $25 off

Chinchillas $225+ -- $50 off


Please note, our multi-chin discount does not apply while this sale is going on.

Chinchillas must be adopted or have a deposit down by MAY 31ST to qualify for the sale.

We currently have several chinchillas and other critters up for adoption!

We do take credit cards!  Unfortunately, we cannot accept VISA gift cards or American Express cards at this time.

SCROLL DOWN FOR PICTURES AND DESCRIPTIONS! 
 
Chinchillas:

  • 10 year old hetero beige female chinchilla -- tear duct issue / allergies -- culled breeder -- dob 2007 -- SPRING FLING SALE!! NOW $65!!
  • Chili Mac -- 4-5 year old standard grey female chinchilla -- needs experienced home -- dob 2012-2013 -- SPRING FLING SALE!! NOW $65!!
  • Freddy -- 7 year old standard grey female chinchilla -- needs experienced home -- dob 2011 -- comes with decked our Feisty Ferret Cage -- fostered in Island Lake, IL -- SPRING FLING SALE!! NOW $140!!
  • MNWI H74 -- 6 month old white ebony curly / locken carrier male chinchilla -- pedigreed -- dob 9/30/17 -- SPRING FLING SALE!! NOW $400!!
  • MNWI H85 -- 5 month old medium ebony curly / locken carrier male chinchilla -- pedigreed -- dob 10/25/17 -- SPRING FLING SALE!! NOW $300!!
  • Wife & Daughter -- mom & daughter pair (3 & 5 years old) chinchillas -- homo beige & pink white -- dob approx. 2015 & 2013 -- SPRING FLING SALE!! NOW $175!!
  • Clyde -- 7 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- dob 3/3/2011 -- SPRING FLING SALE!!  NOW $65!!
  • 6 month old sapphire male chinchilla -- dob approx. 9/26/17 -- SPRING FLING SALE!! NOW $200!!
  • Henry & Sweet Pea -- 8-10 year old neutered hetero beige male & standard grey female bonded chinchilla pair -- Henry dob July 2008 & Sweet Pea dob August 2009 -- fostered in Island Lake, IL -- SPRING FLING SALE!!  NOW $100!!
  • 6 month old white mosaic male chinchilla -- dob 10/18/17 -- SPRING FLING SALE!!  NOW $175!!
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  • "Fluffy" -- hetero beige female, unknown age (best guess -- 3-5 years) -- (see upcoming chins section) -- fostered in Chicago near Wrigley Field -- SPRING FLING SALE!! NOW $75!!
  • Henry & Scar -- 4-5 year old male pair of chinchillas -- standard grey & hetero beige -- dob 2013-2014 -- (info coming soon) -- fostered in Newton County, IN -- SPRING FLING SALE!! NOW $150!!
  • MNWI H97 -- 3 month old dark ebony male curly / locken carrier chinchilla kit (baby) -- pedigreed -- dob 12/22/17 -- (see upcoming chins section) -- SPRING FLING SALE!!  NOW $275!!
  • 4.5 month old standard grey female chinchilla -- special needs (crippled) -- dob 11/1/17 -- (info coming soon) -- SPRING FLING SALE!! NOW $110!! -- fostered in Steger, IL
  • MNWI J1 -- 3.5 month old dark ebony curly carrier male chinchilla kit (baby) -- pedigreed -- dob 1/10/18 -- (see upcoming chins section) -- SPRING FLING SALE!! NOW $275!!
  • 2.5 month old medium ebony female chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob approx. 2/3/18 -- (info coming soon)
  • 5 month old white mosaic male chinchilla -- dob approx. 11/23/17 -- (info coming soon)
  • 4 month old violet male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob approx. 12/15/17 -- (info coming soon)
  • 2.5 month old heavily marked pink white male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob approx. 2/1/18 -- (info coming soon)
  • 3-4 year old medium ebony female chinchilla -- retired breeder (not from here) -- dob approx. 2004-2005 -- (info coming soon)
  • 2 year old standard grey female chinchilla -- dob approx. 4/2016 -- (info coming soon)
  • 1.5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- torn up ears -- dob 11/24/16 -- (info coming soon)
  • 6-7 year old hetero beige female chinchilla -- dob approx. 8/2011 -- (info coming soon)
  • 4-5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- dob 8/18/2013 -- (info coming soon)



Other Animals:

  • Crested geckos -- 1 year - 3 years -- check our our Crested Gecko Adoption Page
  • 1 year old male Rex / New Zealand Mix Rabbit -- solid red short-hair -- dob 12/24/16 -- fostered in Lowell, IN
  • Tinkerbell & Bonnie -- pair of adult female guinea pigs -- 2-3 years old (estimated) -- dob approx. 2015-2016




Chinchillas & Critters Being Evaluated (can be put on hold now and taken home soon!):

  • Ursula -- 2 year old hetero beige female chinchilla -- needs QUIET home -- dob Nov. 2015 -- available after babies are weaned
  • Big Mama -- 3 year old black velvet female chinchilla -- dob December 2015 -- on pregnancy watch, available after 5/1/18
  • Daisy -- unknown age (approx. 2-3 years) hetero beige female chinchilla -- dob 2015-2016 -- on pregnancy watch, available after 7/6/18
  • 4 month old sapphire wrap female chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob approx. 12/25/17 -- available soon
  • 4 month old blue diamond male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob approx. 12/20/17 -- available soon
  • 5 month old white mosaic female chinchilla -- dob approx. 11/29/17 -- available soon
  • 3.5 month old violet female chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob approx. 1/10/18 -- available soon
  • 3.5 month old sapphire wrap female chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob approx. 1/10/18 -- available soon
  • 5 month old dark ebony female chinchilla -- dob approx. 11/15/17 -- available soon
  • 3.5 month old tan male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob approx. 1/15/18 -- available soon
  • 3 month old standard grey male chinchilla kit (baby) #1 -- dob approx. 1/30/18 -- available soon
  • 3 month old standard grey male chinchilla kit (baby) #2 -- dob approx. 1/30/18 -- available soon




Chinchillas & Critters Currently Pending
--these animals may/may not be again up for adoption in the future; if interested, please contact--

  • Ricky -- 3 month old standard grey male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 1/9/18 -- (on hold with deposit)

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If you are interested in one of the chinchillas listed below, please read our sales policy on the "Chinchilla Sales Policy" page as well as the Important Adoption Information page, and contact us at [email protected] or 219-789-0026 (please leave a message) -- we will get back to you as soon as possible. 
 
If we do not have what you're looking for in terms of a chinchilla or other species rescue, we can always put you on our waiting list.
 
Want a general idea of what a certain color rescue/baby might cost you?  Take a look at our Chinchilla Pricing page (also contains pricing information for other animal rescues).
 
When bringing a chinchilla into your family, expect to spend at least $150-200 minimum for the chinchilla and supplies, if you do not already have the necessary items.  For a list of items you will need, and what these items will cost you, please see our Supplies Needed for a Chinchilla (w/ Price Comparison) page.
 
We now accept credit cards! 
 
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Unsure If a Chinchilla Is The Pet For You?  Try It Out For A Week!

Please notedue to one person taking off with our stuff and vanishing off the face of the earth, trial runs are on hold for the moment, most likely permanently.  Sorry for the inconvenience.


Want to see what it would be like to have a chinchilla as a pet?  Unsure if you might be allergic?  Try our "trial run" program.  In this program, you get to take home a chinchilla, complete with cage and all needed supplies, for a week, in exchange for a $50 deposit and a copy of your drivers' license.  In order to participate, we simply ask that you sign a form acknowledging that you do not own the chinchilla/supplies, and that the chinchilla & supplies will be returned at the end of the week.  If you do not decide to adopt the chinchilla, your $50 deposit is returned.  If you do decide to adopt, the deposit can be applied to the chinchilla adoption fee.  If you would like to participate in this program, please let us know.

Need a Cage or Supplies to Go With Your Chinchilla (Or Other Pet)?

We have both new and used cages for sale --> Used Cages for Sale


We also have used items and accessories in our webstore --> Gently Used Items

Explanation of Terms

Kit -- this is the term for a baby chinchilla.  Same as how we call baby dogs, puppies. 


Dob -- date of birth.  When the chinchilla was born. 


Culled breeder -- a chinchilla that was used as a breeder at a different location (usually a large chinchilla ranch) where, when culled (removed from breeding), chinchillas are put down.  


Retired breeder -- a chinchilla used as a breeder here.  Our retired breeders are not put down, but rather, all go to pet homes.  

Up and Coming Chinchillas!

In this section, we have chins that we either haven't done full write-ups for yet, or ones that aren't quite ready for their new homes just quite yet!  It says which are which in their descriptions, but for now, here's some basic information on the furballs...
 
As always, we have more coming in all the time... if you're looking for something specific, please let us know, and we'll see what we can do...

For the chins with the full listings, please scroll down...
 

Adult Hetero Beige Female Chinchilla -- "Fluffy"

Please note:  Fluffy is currently being fostered in Chicago, near Wrigley Field.  She can be adopted directly from her foster home, or can be brought back to the rescue for adoption as well.  Please allow a minimum of several days to schedule an appointment to meet her, or to get her brought back to the rescue for adoption.  Thanks for your understanding!


***more info coming soon***


Adoption fee -- $100


SPRING FLING SALE!!  ADOPT ME NOW FOR $75!!


3 Month Old Dark Ebony Male Curly / Locken Carrier Chinchilla Kit (Baby) -- MNWI H97

***more info coming soon***


Adoption fee -- $350


SPRING FLING SALE!!  ADOPT ME NOW FOR $300!!


3 Month Old Dark Ebony Curly / Locken Carrier Male Chinchilla Kit (Baby) -- MNWI J1

***info coming soon***


Adoption fee -- $325


SPRING FLING SALE!!  ADOPT ME NOW FOR $275!!


Chinchilla (and Other Critter) Listings!

6 Month Old White Mosaic Male Chinchilla

We have a white mosaic male chinchilla who’s looking for his new home. He came to NWI a little bit ago, and is now ready to leave and go to a family of his own.


He was born on 10/18/2017, making him right around 6 months old. His color is called mosaic, which is an overall white color with some gray shading. As you can see from the pics, he’s mostly a white chinchilla, with a little silver shading on his face and some darker silver shading at the base of his tail.


This mosaic male is very curious and loves to explore! He’s super easy to scoop up into your arms as he just watches you as you reach for him. Very outgoing. Super sweet, and he’ll definitely make someone a nice pet. He’s a bit more on the active side, but once you’re holding him in your arms, he does settle down and he does well with being handled and petted. Very sweet boy, doesn’t bite.


This chinchilla would make a great "first chinchilla" for someone who's never had one before.


This chinchilla is currently caged alone. However, if you interested in pairing him up with your, or one of our, chinchillas, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.


The adoption fee for this white mosaic male is $200


SPRING FLING SALE!!  ADOPT ME NOW FOR $175!!


4-5 Year Old Standard Grey Female Chinchilla -- needs experienced home -- "Chili Mac"

Chili Mac has a sponsor!  She is currently being sponsored by William B. until 7/11/18!  You can sponsor a chin too!  Inquire for details!


We have a standard grey female chinchilla that is looking for her new home. Her name is Chili Mac. Chili Mac came to the rescue in March 2017, and is now ready to find a home of her own!


Her previous owner brought her in, due to less than ideal circumstances. Originally, their brother adopted Chili Mac from someone who was so allergic to her that he’d break out in hives. When the brother got her, he couldn’t keep the chin either, so his sister took her. Unfortunately, the sister was unable to take Chili Mac with her when she moved, and due to her traveling a lot with work, here she is!


Chili Mac is reported to be around 4-5 years old, and we have an approx. date of birth as 2012-2013. Chili Mac is a standard grey female, which means she is a salt-and-pepper grey color on her back and over much of her body, with a white belly.


Chili Mac can be a handful at times, and will require an experienced chinchilla owner. She prefers a nice hiding spot, so her new home MUST have a house or other hideaway for her to go in, when she needs to feel more secure. You sure don’t want to reach for her when she’s hiding, as she won’t think twice about spraying you. She does have a softer side though, as we’ve found out that she loves to get scritches! Scratch her on the side of her head / neck / ear area and she will turn her head and love it! However, she’s not a fan of being picked up and held, and she can be defensive if you move faster than her pace. We’re sure she’s a nice chinchilla under it all… she just needs a patient, experienced home to help her work through all of this. She has never bitten anyone.


The adoption fee for Chili Mac is $75


SPRING FLING SALE!!  ADOPT ME NOW FOR $65!!


Pair of Adult Female Guinea Pigs -- "Tinkerbell" & "Bonnie"

We have a pair of female guinea pigs looking for their forever home. These guinea pigs are named Tinkerbell & Bonnie. Tinkerbell is the mostly white with some red and brown Abyssinian guinea pig. Bonnie is the liver & white roan agouti sheltie-mix guinea pig.


When these girls were brought into the rescue, their owner informed us that she had purchased them from someone who was unsure of their ages. So, while we know that these guinea pigs are adults, and I have checked that they are females, unfortunately, exact ages are unknown. They are adults, but beyond that, we just are not sure. Best guess is that they are between 2-3 years old.


These guinea pigs are very curious and friendly. They will come up to you and your hands, especially if you have yummy hay or veggies! Even without food, if you’re patient, they are curious and will eventually approach. They love to come to the front of the cage when they think you might have something tasty for them! They just LOVE their hay and veggies, and haven’t yet met anything that they’re not crazy about eating. Easy to please guinea pigs. They are super sweet. They’re your average guinea pigs as far as them being timid and running away if you move too quickly to go pick them up, but once you have them in your arms, they settle down right away and do great with being handled and petted, and having their nails trimmed. They love their igloo, and it is their favorite spot to chill. Neither of these guinea pigs have ever bitten anyone.


Tinkerbell and Bonnie are a pair of guinea pigs and can ONLY be adopted out together into their new home. Please do not contact us and ask if you can only adopt one guinea pig – these two must go to their new home together.


These guinea pigs get along well with each other, but we make no guarantees as to whether they will get along with your guinea pig.


The adoption fee for Tinkerbell & Bonnie is $40


8-10 Year Old Neutered Hetero Beige Male & Standard Grey Female Bonded Chinchilla Pair -- "Henry" & "Sweet Pea"

Please note:  these chinchillas are fostered in Island Lake, IL.  They can be adopted out directly from their foster home, or returned to the rescue for adoption.  Please allow a minimum of one-week's-time to set an appointment, if they need to be returned to the rescue for adoption.  Thank you for your understanding.


We have a pair of senior chinchillas looking for their new home. Their names are Henry and Sweet Pea. Henry & Sweet Pea came to NWI back in 2017. They were surrendered when their owner started developing allergies to them.


Henry is the hetero beige chinchilla. He is a neutered male. Sweet Pea is the standard grey female chinchilla. Henry was born in July 2008, which makes him 9-10 years old. Sweet Pea was born in August 2009, which makes her 8-9 years old. These two chinchillas are a pair and get along well together. They can only be adopted out as a pair, so please don’t ask about adopting one without the other.


Here's what Henry & Sweet Pea’s foster home has to say about them:


Henry love Love LOVES his hammock (a hanging bed that will come with the pair) and is in his hammock most of the time. If he’s not in his hammock, he is with Sweet Pea. He enjoys his chews very much. Henry loves chin scratches and doesn’t mind being held, once out of his cage. He can be held for about 5 minutes at a time, although he is very sneaky and will try to sneak out of his cage if he can get the chance!


On the other hand, Sweet Pea is on the more cautious side. She used to enjoy chin scratches, but ever since her partner in crime (Henry) made a break for it one day, she’s decided to be less social, though we are working back towards those scratches again. She has to have Henry with her, he is her rock. She doesn’t use the hammock that much…unless she is in there with Henry. She doesn’t like being held for long periods of time, though she is easier to get out of the cage than Henry. She does love to be pet, and she also loves her chews, and especially her Timothy hay. She is also on the calmer side.


Both Henry & Sweet Pea love their dust baths and cuddling together!


As these chins are seniors, we would not recommend trying to introduce them to any more chins in the same cage.


As these chinchillas are seniors, they do not come with a health guarantee. There is no reason to think that they are not healthy, it is just our policy that seniors do not come with a health guarantee.


These chinchillas would make a great “first chinchillas” for someone who’s never had chinchillas before.


The adoption fee for Henry & Sweet Pea is $125


SPRING FLING SALE!!  ADOPT US NOW FOR $100!!


6 Month Old Sapphire Male Chinchilla 

We have a sapphire male chinchilla who’s looking for his new home. He came to NWI just a bit ago, and is now ready to leave and go to a family of her own. We have down that he was born around 9/26/17, which makes him right about 6 months old! Great time to bring him home.

This boy’s color is called sapphire. This is a light blueish grey color in chinchillas. We don’t have sapphires in too often, he’s definitely a pretty boy, and something unique.


This sapphire is an active boy that’s pretty much always on the go. We anticipate that he’d enjoy playtime, as he seems to want to always check everything out! He acts a bit nervous when being held and doesn’t always want to sit very long for holding, though he is super curious, so we think with playtime, he’d be interactive, which could help build trust towards holding, over time. For a sapphire (they tend to be more high-strung), he actually has a pretty nice personality. He doesn’t bite.


He would make a great “first chinchilla” for someone who’s never had one before, as long as they understand that he is not the type to snuggle and cuddle for long periods of time. He’d be a fun playtime buddy though!


This chinchilla is currently caged alone. However, if you interested in pairing him up with your, or one of our, chinchillas, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.


Adoption fee -- $250


SPRING FLING SALE!!  ADOPT ME NOW FOR $200!!


7 Year Old Standard Grey Male Chinchilla -- "Clyde"

We have a standard grey male chinchilla who’s looking for his new home. His name is Clyde, and this is his second go-around at the rescue. He was originally brought here years ago and adopted out, but when his new owner got married, they were unable to take Clyde with… so he is back here again, and again waiting for his forever home. Hopefully he is able to find it this time!


Clyde’s original owner told us that he was born March 3, 2011, which means he just turned 7 years old. In his old age, he’s gotten talkative! He’s definitely a chin that will keep you amused! He likes getting scritches… on occasion… though if you go to pet him, or pick him up, he will bark and kack at you. Though… those scritches though… those are pretty nice, he seems to think. He actually does just fine when you’re holding him, though he is a bit more of a talkative chinchilla. He’s not big on being held for long periods of time, he’s more of an active guy that would prefer playtime and running around. He’s super curious and kept coming up and putting his paws on my hand, when I was reaching into the cage… I was reaching in, because he kept coming to the front, and I wanted him more towards the back to take pics. Very inquisitive, very friendly, very talkative. Sweet boy. Doesn’t bite.


This male is a standard grey chinchilla. That means he is the typical salt and pepper greyish color over his back, with a white belly.


He would make a great “first chinchilla” for someone who’s never had one before, as long as you’re not intimidated by his talking.


This chinchilla is currently caged alone. If you are interested in pairing him up with your, or one of our, chinchillas, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.


The adoption fee for Clyde is $75


SPRING FLING SALE!!  ADOPT ME NOW FOR $65!!


Pair of Mom / Daughter Female Chinchillas -- "Wife" & "Daughter"

We have a pair of female chinchillas looking for their new home. Their names are Wife and Daughter, though you can feel free to change those. We got in a set of four chins… Wife, Husband, Daughter, and Son… now we are left with Wife and Daughter. They came to the rescue back in the fall and are now up for adoption.


These chinchillas are, as you may have guessed it, mother and daughter. Wife is the mother, she is the pink white (white with pink ears) chinchilla, and daughter is the homo beige (lighter of the two beige colors in chinchillas) chinchilla. While we don’t know their actual age, they are both adults, and we estimate they are approx. 3 years and 5 years old.


These chinchillas can only be adopted out as a pair, so please don’t ask about adopting one without the other.


Both Wife and Daughter were infrequently handled at their previous home, and despite efforts to handle them and make them more sociable… they’re still not fond of being handled. They do well with bribery and will take treats from you and allow you the occasional pet, while they are in their cage, but they are not fans of being held and being in your arms. They are little squirmballs! They are active girls, so they may do great with playtime or a wheel, to help burn off some of their extra energy. They don’t bite.


The adoption fee for this pair of chinchillas, Wife & Daughter, is $200


SPRING FLING SALE!!  ADOPT US NOW FOR $175!!


5 Month Old Medium Ebony Curly / Locken Carrier Male Chinchilla -- MNWI H85

We have a curly (locken) carrier ebony male chinchilla who’s looking for his new home. This male is MNWI H85 – he was born on 10/25/2017, which currently makes him 5 months old. He is out of some of our best curly lines, we just don’t need another male at this time, so he is available!


He comes from Ritterspach curly lines on both sides, and will come with pedigree, if desired. Awesome curly lines to work with!


This male is a curly carrier, also known as a locken carrier. He was born wavy, but as tends to happen with the carriers, his fur has straightened out, though he has a smidge of wave still on his belly. The curl / wave is due to the locken gene, which is the gene that creates curl in chinchillas.


This male is an ebony. The ebony gene wraps the color around the entire chinchilla, so instead of this little guy having a white belly like many chinchillas, his belly is the same color as the rest of his body.


As tends to be the case with the curlies, this boy is a super sweet boy. He does well with being handled and petted. He’s curious and wants to check out new things, without being overly active. Super sweet, we just love him. Doesn’t bite.


This chinchilla is currently caged alone. However, if you interested in pairing him up with your, or one of our, chinchillas, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.


The fee for this ebony curly carrier chinchilla is $350


SPRING FLING SALE!!  ADOPT ME NOW FOR $300!!


6 Month Old White Ebony Curly (Locken) Carrier Male Chinchilla -- MNWI H74

We have a curly (locken) carrier white ebony mosaic male chinchilla who’s looking for his new home. This male is MNWI H74 – he was born on 9/30/2017, which currently makes him 6 months old. He is out of some of our best curly lines, we just don’t need another male curly at this time, so he is available!


He comes from Ritterspach curly lines on both sides, and will come with pedigree, if desired. Awesome curly lines to work with!


This male is a curly carrier, also known as a locken carrier. He was born wavy, but as tends to happen with the carriers, his fur has straightened out, though he does retain some curl on the underside of his butt. The curl is due to the locken gene, which is the gene that creates curl in chinchillas.


This male is a white ebony. Genetically, he is different than a mosaic, though he may look similar. He is a white chinchilla with silver shading over his body, noticeably darker on his back and tail, and he has this tiny little strip of white up his dark face. Really unique look!


As tends to be the case with the curlies, this boy is a super sweet boy. He is just the sweetest thing ever. You can reach right in his cage and pick him up, and he is content to sit in your arms to be held and petted. Super sweet boy, very outgoing and inquisitive. Keeps coming up to see what you’re up to and does super with being held and petted. Love his personality. Doesn’t bite.


This chinchilla is currently caged alone. However, if you interested in pairing him up with your, or one of our, chinchillas, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.


The fee for this white ebony mosaic curly carrier chinchilla is $450


SPRING FLING SALE!!  ADOPT ME NOW FOR $400!!


Pics @ 3 months old:

Pics taken on 3/28 (6 months old):

1 Year Old Male Rex / New Zealand Mix Rabbit

Please note: this rabbit is fostered in Lowell, IN and the adoption will take place there at the foster home, unless other arrangements are made.


We have a buck (male) rabbit up for adoption. He was one of 14 rabbits that came into the rescue together last spring… originally, an owner had an oops litter and surrendered the baby bunnies to the rescue. All 14 buns were adopted out, but unfortunately, the home that adopted this bun has had a change in circumstance, and has been unable to care for him any longer, and now he is back at the rescue and is looking for his new forever home!


This bun was were born 12/24/16, so he is just over 1 year old. He is thought to be a mix of Rex and New Zealand rabbits, and is approx. 5-7 pounds. He is a male that is solid red in color.


This rabbit is handled routinely at his foster home, and is very sweet. If he is free-roaming in the house, he is very curious and will come up to you, but may move away if you move too fast and startle him. He is super sweet and playful! He has never bitten and he does well with having his nails trimmed.


This male rabbit does NOT get along with other rabbits and he must go to a home where he will be caged separately from any other rabbits.


This rabbit is NOT neutered.


This rabbit is NOT litter box trained.


If interested in adopting, you will be asked to read our rabbit care packet, and fill out our rabbit adoption form.  No rabbits will go to their new homes without these things being done - no exceptions!


Please note:  Because rabbits are illegal to own in Hammond (where the rescue is located), these rabbits are fostered in Lowell, Indiana. Please note that if you live in Hammond, we are sorry, but you will be unable to adopt one of these rabbits. Also, please note, that when adopting, you will need to drive to Lowell, which is where the adoption will take place.


The adoption fee for this rabbit is $35


7 Year Old Standard Grey Female Chinchilla -- "Freddy" -- comes with decked out Feisty Ferret Cage

Please note:  Freddy is fostered in Island Lake, IL.  Due to the fact that she comes with her cage and accessories, she can only be adopted out directly from her foster home (she cannot be brought back to the rescue).  Potential adopters will need to be able to drive to Island Lake in order to adopt.  Thanks for your understanding!


We have a standard grey female chinchilla who is looking for her new home. Her name is Freddy and she is 7 years old, born around 2011. Freddy’s story is an interesting one. We originally met her previous owners when they came to the rescue to adopt a buddy for Freddy – they adopted a brown velvet female which they named Ready. Very nice people. Unfortunately, not too long after this, they landed a job opportunity on the west coast and were apprehensive about taking the chinchillas along, so they surrendered the two chinchillas, along with their cage and accessories, to the rescue.


In the time since then, Ready came down with an illness, which she unfortunately could not recover from, and has since passed. However, Freddy is still here, and is now looking for a home. Freddy’s previous owners wanted the chins to go to their new home with their current cage, so they will. They have a Feisty Ferret cage that’s been decked out with some wooden shelves, a nice wood hidey house (built by us), glass water bottle, food dish, hammock, and so on and so forth. Freddy has a wooden shelf at the left back corner of her cage that she just loves to sleep on, that’s her favorite spot. The previous owners even installed metal scatter guards on both main levels of the cage, to keep as much mess in as possible. The cage will be going to the new home, along with Freddy.


At Freddy’s previous home, the previous owners had their care of the chinchillas down to a science. They had a very good routine going. The chins got fed every morning at a certain time, they got their hay at the same time. The cage was cleaned at the same time on the same day. So on and so forth. As with many animals, chinchillas thrive on consistency, which unfortunately is not always so do-able here at the rescue. Depending on what else is going on, sometimes we feed in the morning, sometimes we feed at night, sometimes we clean on weekends, sometimes we clean during the week. It all gets done, but not with the same orderliness that Freddy was used to. Possibly as a result, Freddy is not nearly so nice and friendly to us, as she was to her previous owners. When I went to get her out of her cage today for pictures, I was greeted with being sprayed several times, as well as posturing and barking. In addition, several times that we have had her out to hold her and socialize her, she has taken to biting us, as well as potential adopters that she is unfamiliar with. These bites have not broken the skin, but are definitely done to let us know she is not pleased. Freddy is a girl that is going to require a lot of one-on-one interaction in order to build up trust. 


Her previous owners could hold her and pet her. With us, she has expressed that she’s not such a fan of that, but we believe this could improve, with more hands-on effort and maybe even some bribery by way of nice tasty healthy treats. She has her moments where she may even allow a scritch or two! So, we know there’s a nice chin inside, just waiting to come out!


She’s never bitten so hard as to draw blood, but she doesn’t hesitate to bite, so she is NOT a chin for a home with small kids. She is NOT a good “first chin” – but rather, she needs a chin-experienced home, or at the very least, someone who feels like being dropped in the deep end and learning how to swim very quickly. She likely won’t actually hurt anyone… she just needs to learn that you aren’t there to hurt her. Freddy is a beautiful chin and having seen how she was with her previous owners, we believe that she will bond with someone again, and be a great pet for someone again…. Just, with the right person who will devote the needed time and attention to her. If that is you, please let me know, as she’s not happy here, and we’d like to see her happy.


Freddy is being fed Mazuri chinchilla pellets and will come with a small baggie of those, a goodie bag of chews/treats, and a printed out version of our care packet. She will also come with a lifetime of help and support, should you ever need it. Of course, she also comes with a lifetime take-back policy (as all our chins do), should you decide that you are not the home for her. If more supplies are needed, we also sell a variety of chinchilla supplies, from cages to hidey houses to hammocks and everything in between.


Regardless of past chinchilla experience, all potential homes will be asked to read our chinchilla care packet and fill out our adoption application/chinchilla questionnaire. If you are unwilling to do this, please do not waste our time or yours. No chinchilla will go to a new home without an adoption application being filled out - no exceptions.


This chinchilla is located in Hammond, Indiana (zip code 46324). Because Freddy is coming with her cage and supplies, she cannot be shipped.


For reference, the cage that Freddy is coming with is this cage -- https://www.ferret.com/item/feisty-ferret-home/600999/


The adoption fee for Freddy (and her cage and supplies) is $150


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Pics of Freddy & her cage, taken at the rescue:

Pics of Freddy & her cage, at the foster home in Island Lake:

10 Year Old Hetero Beige Female Chinchilla -- tear duct issues / allergies -- culled breeder

This female is currently being sponsored until January 13th by Carrie K.!  Contact us if you'd like to sponsor a chin!


This girl is a talkative one at times.  She came to us from a ranch where she wasn't breeding -- she is a culled breeder.  She was born in 2007, which makes her 10 years old!  She is energetic and wants to check everything out.  Not necessarily content to sit in your arms, she wants to see the world!  Anticipate playtime with this one, she has energy to spare!


She has a tear duct issue / allergies and has runny eyes.  Eye infections and teeth have been ruled out... she just has watery eyes.  Does not affect her daily life. 


Sweet girl, just energetic.  Has never bitten, though, we haven't really held her all that much, as she's more the playtime-type of chin, versus the holding-type.  Just needs a nice retirement home where she can have playtime.  Due to her age, no health guarantee.


Adoption fee -- $75


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Crested Geckos!

Have you heard about the crested geckos that we got in, but haven't seen them anywhere?  Well, now they have their own page!  With 20 of them (and more coming after that), we didn't want to clutter this page with a million gecko pics... check them out here!


Some pics below, waaaay more on the gecko page.  Contact as usual (contact form, [email protected], 219-789-0026) if you want to adopt a gecko.  Gecko kits (housing and setup) available as well.

Degus & Other Small Animals

If you are looking to adopt degus, Heartland Small Animal Rescue, located near South Bend, IN, typically has some up for adoption.  They also may have guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, and other small animals up for adoption.  Contact:


JoAnn Goss
Pocket Pet Coordinator
Heartland Small Animal Rescue
 574-400-5633
 
Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus also has small animals up for adoption.  Contact:
 
Danielle
Director of Small Animals
Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus
[email protected]

Chinchillas & Critters ON HOLD

3 Month Old Standard Grey Male Chinchilla Kit (Baby) -- "Ricky"

Please note: Ricky is on hold with a deposit!


We have a standard grey male chinchilla who’s looking for his new home. He came to NWI not long ago with his mom and siblings, from another rescue in Michigan. This boy and his siblings are now weaned and ready to find their new homes!


This is Ricky. He was born 1/9/18, so he’s just now turned 3 months old. He’s a super sweet boy. He’s more curious and inquisitive than his sister, but he is also cool with just hanging out with you in your arms, and does well with being handled and petted. Super easy to scoop this little guy up into your arms. Love that face! He doesn’t bite.


This boy’s color is called standard grey, which means he is grey over most of his body, except for his belly, which is white.


He would make a great “first chinchilla” for someone who’s never had one before.


This chinchilla is currently caged alone, however, he did well when he was caged with his siblings. However, if you interested in pairing his up with your, or one of our, chinchillas, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.


Adoption fee -- $135


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Please note: Ricky is now on hold with a deposit!