NWI Chinchillas

Breeding quality chinchillas and rescuing exotics since 2003.

Available Chinchillas & Critters

CHECK BACK FOR NEW CHINS TO BE ADDED SUPER SOON!

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.

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Chinchillas:
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  • Layla -- 10 year old hetero beige female chinchilla -- tear duct issue / allergies -- culled breeder -- dob 2007
  • Chili Mac -- 4-5 year old standard grey female chinchilla -- needs experienced home -- dob 2012-2013 -- fostered in Island Lake, IL
  • MNWI H85 -- 5 month old medium ebony curly / locken carrier male chinchilla -- pedigreed -- dob 10/25/17
  • Wife & Daughter -- mom & daughter pair (3 & 5 years old) chinchillas -- homo beige & pink white -- dob approx. 2015 & 2013 -- fostered in Island Lake, IL
  • Fluffy -- adult hetero beige female chinchilla, unknown age (best guess -- 3-5 years) -- dob 2013-2015
  • JAGS C128 -- 5 year old pink white male chinchilla -- dob 4/8/13
  • 2.5 year old standard grey female chinchilla -- dob 1/2016
  • 4.5 month old standard grey male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob approx. 1/30/18
  • MNWI J5 -- 4 month old medium ebony male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 2/14/18
  • 1.5 year old standard grey female chinchilla -- culled breeder -- escape artist & chin-aggressive -- dob 11/2016
  • 2 year old predominantly white mosaic male chinchilla -- culled breeder -- dob 3/2016
  • 5R9 D2347 -- 3.5 year old dark ebony curly / locken male chinchilla -- proven breeder -- pedigreed -- dob 12/1/14
  • 3 month old standard grey male chinchilla kit (baby) -- Ursula's baby -- dob 4/4/18
  • Ursula -- 2.5 year old hetero beige female chinchilla -- needs QUIET home w/ no little kids -- dob Nov. 2015
  • Ash -- 3.5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- can come with cage / accessories -- fur chewer (on occasion) -- fostered in Island Lake, IL
  • MNWI J___ -- 2 month old pink white female chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 5/4/18
  • Merlot -- 5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- can come with cage / accessories -- dob 7/2013
  • 6 month old blue diamond male chinchilla -- dob 1/28/18
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  • 5 month old white mosaic female chinchilla -- dob 2/19/18 -- (see upcoming chins section)
  • 4.5 month old standard grey male chinchilla kit (baby) #2 -- dob approx. 1/30/18 -- (info coming soon)



Other Animals:

  • Willy -- adult male silkie / sheltie mix guinea pig -- 2-3 years old (estimated) -- dob approx. 2015-2016
  • 1 male baby guinea pig -- black & cream Abyssinian -- dob 6/11/18
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  • Bubbles & Buttercup -- pair of 9 month old female guinea pigs -- dob 10/15/17 -- (info coming soon)
  • Smokey & Seymour -- pair of male guinea pigs -- dob 7/2017 (Smokey) & 12/31/16 (Seymour) -- (info coming soon)  




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

  • 3 year old ebony female -- retired breeder -- dob 6/12/15 -- available after pregnancy watch, ends 9/11/18
  • Strzalka "Arrow" -- 2 year old pink white female chinchilla -- dob 5/2016 -- available after pregnancy watch, ends 9/11/18
  • Plamka "Little Stain" -- 1 year old pink white female chinchilla -- dob 5/2017 -- available after pregnancy watch, ends 9/11/18 -- sponsored by Erin A. until 7/18!
  • Grey -- 1 year old tan female chinchilla -- dob 5/2017 -- available after pregnancy watch, ends 9/11/18
  • Coca -- 3 year medium/dark ebony female chinchilla -- dob 4/2015 -- available after pregnancy watch, ends 9/11/18
  • Sniezka "Snow Princess" -- 2 year old pink white female chinchilla -- dob 5/2016 -- available after pregnancy watch, ends 9/11/18
  • Swirkowa -- 4-6 year old standard grey female chinchilla -- dob approx. 2012-2014 -- available after babies are weaned
  • 7 month old standard grey female chinchilla -- special needs (crippled) -- dob 11/1/17 -- fostered in Steger, IL -- available soon
  • Chichi -- 8.5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- fur chewer -- dob 2/2010 -- available soon
  • Mango -- 4 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- dob approx. 7/2014 -- available soon
  • Boogie & Brooks Jr. (BJ) -- pair of adult male chinchillas -- standard grey & hetero beige -- dob's ___________ -- available soon
  • Luke -- 4-5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- dob 2013-2014 -- available soon
  • Duke -- 4-5 year old black velvet male chinchilla -- dob 2013-2014 -- available soon
  • Cotton -- 6-7 year old pink white male chinchilla -- dob 2011-2012 -- available soon
  • Momo & Oliver -- 3.5 year old half-brother male chinchillas -- white mosaic (Momo) & violet (Oliver) -- dob 9/2014 -- available soon
  • 3 month old black velvet female chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 4/17/18 -- available soon
  • 3 month old standard grey female chinchilla kit (baby) -- stub tail -- dob 4/1/18 -- available soon
  • 3 month old standard grey female chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 4/2/18 -- available soon
  • 6.5 month old white ebony curly carrier male chinchilla -- pedigreed -- dob 12/23/2017 -- available soon
  • 4 month old brown velvet male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 3/12/18 -- available soon
  • 4 month old black velvet male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 3/12/18 -- available soon
  • 3 month old violet male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 4/10/18 -- available soon
  • MNWI J___ -- 2.5 month old hetero beige male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 5/3/18 -- available soon
  • MNWI J22 -- 3 month old dark ebony male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 4/13/18 -- available soon
  • Scar -- 4-5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- dob 2013-2014 -- fostered in Newton County, IN -- available soon




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

  • none at this time


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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!

Updated!  Read below for new program details.


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.  To ensure that no one takes off with our chinchillas / cages / supplies, we ask that you put down a deposit equal to the cost of the chinchilla, cage, and supplies.  We also require a signed form, detailing that you do not own, and that you will return, the chinchilla / cage / supplies, or will forfeit your deposit.  To ensure everyone is being truthful, we make a copy of your driver's license at your appointment.  


If you do not decide to adopt the chinchilla, your deposit is returned / refunded, when our chinchilla / cage / supplies are returned.  There is NO actual fee to do this, just the deposit to ensure that we either get our stuff back, or are compensated for it.  If you do decide to adopt, the deposit can be applied to the chinchilla adoption fee and anything else you may want to purchase.  If your deposit is a larger amount than what you end up purchasing, we will refund you the difference.  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...
 

5 Month Old White Mosaic Female Chinchilla 

***info coming soon***


The adoption fee for this white mosaic female chinchilla is $200


Chinchilla (and Other Critter) Listings!

6 Month Old Blue Diamond Male Chinchilla 

We have a blue diamond male chinchilla who’s looking for her new home. We actually got him in for someone who specifically wanted a blue diamond, and then was flaky about committing, and then finally set up an appointment, which they then didn’t show up to, or call to cancel, or anything… so I suppose, their loss, your gain, cause now he’s available for everyone!


He was born 1/28/18, so he just turned 6 months old. Great age, cause now you can start giving him treats, playtime, and a wheel, if you so desire!

His color is called blue diamond. This color in chinchillas is an expression of both the sapphire and violet chinchilla colors, creating a blue diamond, which is a powdery blue color. Definitely not something you see every day! Blue diamond is a double recessive color in chinchillas, so it is definitely something unique! Very pretty color, gorgeous in person!


This blue diamond is a super sweet little guy. He’s relatively easy to scoop up into your arms, and he doesn’t immediately try to get away! He actually does pretty well with being handled and petted and seems to enjoy chilling with you for short periods of time. He is curious and wants to check out the world around him as well, as he’s still a chinchilla after all, but he’s not overly active. Super sweet boy. We just love him.


This little guy prefers someone with a looser grip on him. The tighter you hold him, the more he squirms, so you have to give this guy a little bit of freedom and then he settles down. Just no death grips for this cutie and he’s just fine! Doesn’t bite.


He 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 fee for this blue diamond male chinchilla is $400


5 Year Old Standard Grey Male Chinchilla -- "Merlot"

We have a standard grey male chinchilla that is looking for his new home. He came to NWI a bit ago, and we have that he was born around July 2013, which makes him right about 5 years old. His name is Merlot, like the wine.


Merlot’s color is called standard grey, which is the classic color in chinchillas – a greyish color over his back, with a white belly.

Merlot came from an owner who unfortunately no longer has time for him. They went from a more relaxed work setting to working long shifts at the mills, and the owner didn’t feel that it was fair to Merlot to no longer get all of the attention he was used to. That’s where you come in! He’s now here at the rescue and looking for his new home.


Merlot is definitely a more active, fun chinchilla. He does have his moments where he will calm down and chill with you… but not for long! He needs to remind you how awesome and bouncy he is, and he’s right back to that, right away! He’s not all that hard to catch, but he doesn’t want to be tied down, so playtime is more his style, rather than someone really wanting to cuddle him. Merlot can be a bit shy at first and loves to be able to retreat to his hidey houses and tunnels if he wants some Merlot-time. Merlot has never bitten anyone

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His hidey-tunnel will go to his new home with him, as will his water bowl. Yes, you read that right, Merlot has a water bowl. Before this chinchilla, I’d always said that if you gave a chin a bottle, they’d eventually drink… but no, Merlot prefers his bowl! So, he will go to his new home with his stainless water bowl.


Merlot can go to his new home with his huge cage, if desired. His cage is 37” wide x 24” deep x 54” high. It is not on wheels, but it also isn’t horribly heavy. Basically, picture a ferret nation cage, just without the bottom storage shelf, and that’s Merlot’s cage… in a nice hunter green color. The front has two large doors that open up and make it easy to take stuff (and Merlot) in and out of the cage. I’ve attached a picture of the cage as we currently have it – if someone wants to adopt Merlot with his cage, I’ll throw in some additional shelves and goodies to go with it at the time of the adoption. I’m not positive if this cage will come apart, so anyone wanting to adopt Merlot-and-cage should come see it first, or bring a large truck / suv / van to take it home in.


This chinchilla is currently living alone, and we do not know if he gets along with other chinchillas.


The adoption fee for Merlot himself is $75

OR

Adopt Merlot + cage + accessories (everything in the cage pic plus some additional goodies) for $200


--that means you’re getting a huge cage, hidey house, tunnel, hammock, water bowl & food bowl, new shelves / goodies (at time of adoption), and more for $125! Great way to start out with a chinchilla and everything you need for a reasonable price!--


5-6 Week Old Baby Guinea Pig! -- Abyssinian male

Please note: ONLY the male black & cream Abby guinea pig is still available -- the girls have found homes!


We have three baby guinea pigs that are looking for their new homes! These current guinea pigs are three females and one male! Two of the females (the mostly white Abyssinian and the American) were born 6/6/18, and the other female and the male were born 6/11/18. The older ones have just turned 6 weeks old and the younger ones are only about 5 weeks old! Still super tiny and can pretty much fit in your hands!


Two of the females are Abyssinian guinea pigs. As you can see from the pictures, one is mostly white with some tan on her face area, and the other is white with cream and chocolate! How cute! The third female is a tan and chocolate American. The male (caged separately of course) is a black and cream Abyssinian. They’re all super cute and super sweet!


These guinea pigs have been handled (and well fed) since birth, by their original owner, before they came to us. They love their veggies and go to town every time they get some new greens to munch on. They absolutely devour their hay and think it’s the best thing ever.


Any of these guinea pigs would make a great “first guinea pig” for someone who’s never had guinea pigs before, as long as they’re planning to devote time to working with them to continue to ensure that they will enjoy being handled as they get older. As it is right now, they’re your typical guinea pig – they will move away from you when you reach in the cage, but are super sweet and do well with handling and petting, when you actually are holding them in your hands.


Adoption fees:


$35 each, same sex pair for $60, same sex trio (females only) for $85


Male (ONLY the black & gold Abysinnian male is available, the Teddy has already found a home!)

2 Month Old Pink White Female Chinchilla Kit (Baby) -- MNWI J__

We have a pink white female chinchilla who’s looking for her new home. This girl was born here at NWI, but isn’t looking to be show quality, so she’s available to a nice pet home. She was born 5/4/2018, which makes her just over 2 months old.


Her color is called pink white, which is typically an overall white body color, though pink whites can also have some beige coloration. This girl is pretty much solid white though, she just has a little beige shading on her head and some light beige shading elsewhere. Isn’t she cute?


This girl is super fun. She’s definitely a spunky one, and loves to check out what’s going on in the world around her! She has her chill moments, and if she can get her head into the crook of your arm and play ostrich, she will settle down for a bit. Realistically, though, she’s a bit more on the active side and is super curious. She’s very inquisitive and would love to be your friend! Can definitely be handled and petted, but her goal in life just isn’t to snuggle, it’s to explore! Doesn’t bite.


She would make a great “first chinchilla” for someone who’s never had one before, as long as they’re aware that she’s more on the active side.

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


The adoption fee for this pink white female chinchilla is $200


3.5 Year Old Standard Grey Male Chinchilla -- "Ash"

Please note: this chinchilla is fostered in Island Lake, IL.  Please read on for details regarding his adoption.


We have a standard grey male chinchilla that is looking for his new home. He came to NWI a bit ago, and we have that he was born around January 2015, which makes him right about 3.5 year old. His name is Ash.


Ash’s color is called standard grey, which is the classic color in chinchillas – a greyish color over his back, with a white belly.


Ash’s story is similar to many we hear. His original family adopted him at a trade show, where the seller convinced them that chinchillas were hypoallergenic and would not affect their allergies or asthma. Of course, that depends on the person (as far as whether someone is affected by chinchillas), but even with that said, chinchillas are definitely not hypoallergenic, and unfortunately, Ash did affect and worsen the family’s allergies and asthma. The family was also told that chinchillas were clean, as in, there would never be a mess outside of the cage for them to clean up. If you’ve ever had a chinchilla, you know that while they typically are cleaner than other small animals, there is still usually a fair amount of poos and shavings that end up outside of the cage. With anticipating no mess, the family was understandably not thrilled with the constant vacuuming and with trying to keep their other pets from eating the stray poos that ended up on the floor. Further, they were told he only needed chinchilla pellets to survive, and when they asked about other needs, they were told that was it -- never informed about dust baths, hay, chew toys, that sort of thing. Thankfully, the family did do their research later, and found out that most of what they were told was incorrect. Even if they had wanted to keep him (and they did try!), unfortunately with their allergies and asthma, they said they would hold him and immediately have to change clothes and wash up, to avoid an allergic / asthmatic reaction, which obviously isn’t practical with daily care of a chinchilla. That’s when they sought out a rescue to take him in.


Ash is actually a very sweet chinchilla. He’s not a huge fan of actually being handled, though he does enjoy getting scritches and getting pet on occasion. His original home would often hand-feed him treats and food and he’d take those no problem.


We were informed that Ash is not a fan of large dogs, and that when they were around, he would start doing his warning call and would go hide. Because of this, he should likely not go to a home that either has large dogs, OR, if the home has large dogs, he would need to be in an area where they could not come up to the cage.


To avoid the large dog issue, the family moved him to their spare room, but while there, he started fur chewing. It’s been reported that he does this on and off, but it has been somewhat alleviated by having Ash in a bigger cage and having a wheel in with him. Ash LOVES his wheel.


Ash is currently in a foster home in Island Lake, IL. He is there in his own double Critter Nation cage with his wheel and his stuff. Due to the fact that some people already have large cages and wonderful wheels / accessories, we’re not requiring that he go home with his stuff. However, if you want to adopt JUST Ash, you will need to show proof of a cage (one that is no-smaller than a double Critter Nation) and a chin-safe wheel. He is available either by himself (if you have the needed cage / accessories), or with his cage and stuff. If you are wanting to adopt him with his cage and accessories, he will need to be adopted out from the Island Lake foster home. If you are wanting to adopt just Ash, he can be adopted from our Hammond location, though please allow some time for transport to get him back here.


Ash hasn’t been in his foster home very long, but this is what they’ve had to say about him – “He definitely loves chin scratches. He did need adjustment time, and is still in it. But he is a very sweet chin if you can convince him you won’t pick him up. I attempted and he ran away.


Ash has never bitten anyone.


This chinchilla is currently living alone, and we do not know if he gets along with other chinchillas. Due to the fact that he is easily stressed out, we wouldn’t recommend trying to pair him with another chinchilla. However, should you desire to do so, we would recommend a super slow introduction process, so as to not stress him out.


Ash is currently being fostered in Island Lake, IL. He can be adopted straight from his foster home, or possibly transported back to our Hammond location depending on the adoption (see above). Sorry, we cannot ship.


The adoption fee for Ash himself is $75

OR

To adopt Ash, his cage, wheel, and accessories (everything in the cage pic), the adoption fee would be $225. That means you’re getting a double critter nation cage, chin-safe wheel, hidey house, all new (as of summer 2018) wood shelves, some toys, food bowl / water bottle, and more for $150! The cage alone is $250 new and in awesome condition, so this is your chance to get a chin with a great set-up for a reasonable price!


2.5 Year Old Hetero Beige Female Chinchilla -- "Ursula"

We have a hetero beige female chinchilla who’s looking for her new home. Her name is Ursula. She’s not an evil sea witch, we promise. Her previous home told us that she was born around November 2015, which makes her just about 2.5 years old now.


Ursula is a hetero beige chinchilla. This is the darker of the two beige colors in chinchillas. It is a beigeish / brown color over her back, with a white belly.


Ursula has had an interesting life! She came from a home that had three small children, and her family informed me that she is a known biter. In talking about this, I learned that her kids basically kept poking their fingers into her cage, and so she would bite them. As they had basically labeled her “aggressive,” she was not kid-safe and they couldn’t keep her.


That’s where this gets interesting. She has NEVER bitten anyone here. My guess is that she wasn’t a fan of people poking her all the time, which is understandable. Due to her past history, and the fact that she might resort back to biting if there are little kids poking her, Ursula needs to go to a home where the kids are all older and can understand to not incessantly poke her through the cage. We don’t need history repeating itself.


While here, we kept Ursula in one of our ferret nations, which is divided top and bottom, some chins in the top, some in the bottom. She not once, but TWICE, pushed aside the divider, to get in with her male roomates. Only time it’s ever happened in 15 years! In getting in with the males, she got pregnant and delivered a bouncing baby chinchilla, who we also currently have listed on our website. Unfortunately, that baby is a boy, so he couldn’t stay with her.


As you can tell, she’s had her share of fun here, so she’s ready to go into her new, quiet home that she’s longing.


She is a super curious chinchilla that wants to check everything out. She’s super energetic and I imagine she would be fun for people (of any age) during playtime, as she is totally not afraid to jump on you or come near you… she’s just not thrilled with the thought of chilling with you forever, she’s definitely more of an active girl! This one isn’t a couch potato chinchilla, for sure.


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


The adoption fee for Ursula is $100


3 Month Old Standard Grey Male Chinchilla Kit (Baby) -- Ursula's Baby

We have a standard grey male chinchilla who’s looking for his new home. This little guy was actually born at the rescue – we have cages divided with chinchillas on top and chinchillas on the bottom, and his mom pushed away the divider… twice… to get in with her male roomates… and this little guy was the result. Only time a chinchilla has ever moved the divider in 15 years, she’s a hoot!


This little male was born 4/4/18, which makes him just 3 months old! Great time to take him home. He is a standard grey chinchilla. That means he is the typical salt and pepper greyish color over his back, with a white belly.


As far as his personality… he’s definitely Ursula’s baby! He’s got his mom’s spunk and lively personality! Sweet little kid, but he’s young, so that’s to be expected. Can be a bit on the active side when you go to pick him up, though he does settle down considerably when you are holdinh him. Does well with being handled and petted, and will sit pretty nicely in your arms to be handled. Sweet boy, doesn’t bite.


He would make a great “first chinchilla” for someone who’s never had one before, as long as they’re prepared for a more active little guy!


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 standard grey male chinchilla is $135


Adult Male Silkie / Sheltie Mix Guinea Pig -- "Willy"

We have a male guinea pig looking for his forever home. His name is Willy.


This super sweet guy was dropped off on our front porch with no note and no information, so unfortunately, we don’t know his exact age. We estimate that he is approximately 2-3 years old, with a birthdate of 2015-2016.


Willy is a sheltie / silkie mix guinea pig. He has medium length fur, which never gets too long. He has a bit of a cowlick about halfway down his back, and a bit of a longer “tail” in back. He’s a cute one. He looks to be black and white at first glance, but he’s actually a tricolor guinea pig – he has a little stripe of tan on his left cheek.


Willy is a super sweet guinea pig. Like any guinea pig, he will move away from you if you scare him. If you move slowly though, you can reach in the cage and pet him, and when you actually have him in your arms, he is an absolute dream! He can take a bit of time to warm up to new people, and can be a bit flighty at first, but believe us, it’s worth it. Once you are holding this piggie in your arms, you will love him to death! He is super sweet and does great with being handled and petted. He’ll sit pretty nicely in your arms and chill with you like a good guinea pig. We just love him to death. He doesn’t bite.


Willy loves his leafy greens, veggies, and carrots. So far, he’s eaten anything and everything that we’ve given him, he’s definitely not picky! He graciously eats just about anything he’s given, from his pellets to his hay to his veggies. He’s an easy keeper!


This guinea pig is currently housed alone. He was dropped off with another guinea pig, but unfortunately, the two did not get along. We don’t know if he just didn’t get along with that guy, or if he doesn’t get along with all guinea pigs, but we would recommend that if anyone wanted this guy as a buddy for their guinea pig, that they proceed with a slow introduction. Due to his past history of not getting along with the other guinea pig here, we will not be introducing him to another guinea pig at our rescue.


The adoption fee for Willy is $25


3.5 Year Old Dark Ebony Curly / Locken Male Chinchilla -- proven (retired) breeder 

We have a curly (locken) dark ebony male chinchilla who’s looking for a home. He is one of our retired breeders. He does breed, and is a proven breeder, if that’s what you’re looking for, we just have kept a few of his offspring, and as they’re quicker breeders than he is, he can go into retirement. Or possibly to someone else’s breeding program. He’s really nice with his females, he’s easy to pair.


This male was born 12/1/14, so he is about 3.5 years old. He can come with his pedigree, if desired. He is a curly (locken) chinchilla. In his pictures, he looks a lot like a chinchilla having a bad hair day – this is what most curlies look like after having a ton of dust baths and being in breeding. The curlies with the super tight curls are not representative of the majority of curlies… most start out looking more curly and the fur straightens out with age and dust baths. He does still have some curls on his belly, and you can feel when you run your hand across him that his fur is wavy. The curl comes from the locken gene, which is the gene that creates the curly fur in chinchillas.


This male is out of Jim Ritterspach curly lines, and actually was bred by Jim Ritterspach, he is 5R9 D2347.


He could very well be someone’s pet as well! He’s not a huge fan of the feeling of being picked up, but once you have a firm hold on him and he knows that you’re not going to drop him, he does settle down. He’s a curious and active boy, and definitely likes to explore his surroundings. He might be a fun one for playtime! He’s a sweet boy. Doesn’t bite.


This chinchilla is currently caged alone, though he did do just fine with his girls when he had them. 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 dark ebony curly locken chinchilla, 5R9 D2347, is $500


2 Year Old Predominantly White Male Chinchilla -- culled breeder

We have a predominantly 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. This guy is what’s called a culled breeder – he was used for breeding at a larger ranch, and when he no longer produced babies, he came to us.


He was born around March 2016, making him right around 2 years old. He is a predominantly white mosaic, which means that he is a mosaic (white with grey coloration), but is mostly white! This guy is about all white except for some light silver shading on the base of his tail. Super unique to have one that’s mostly white – mosaics tend to have more grey on them. Isn’t he sweet?


This chinchilla has a great personality to go with his great looks. He is super easy to scoop up into your arms… and he’s definitely an arm-ful! He’s pretty chill when you’re holding him and he does well with being held and petted, and actually seems to enjoy being petted, for short periods of time anyway. Super sweet boy, we just love him. He 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 predominantly white mosaic male chinchilla is $100


1.5 Year Old Standard Grey Female Chinchilla 

We have a 1.5 year old standard grey female chinchilla that is looking for her new home. She came to NWI a bit ago, and she was born approx. 11/2016.


This girl’s color is called standard grey, which is the classic color in chinchillas – a greyish color over her back, with a white belly.


The right home is out there for this chinchilla. Maybe not the first person or the 30th person who looks at her ad, but the right home is out there. She is a chinchilla for an experienced owner. Let me tell you about her.


She is an escape artist extrordinare. When you pull out the pan to her cage… if there is a gap where she can escape (without the pan in place), she will probably already be gone before realize there’s no chin left in the cage. Does the cage have a door that can be jiggled in just the right way that it could be opened up? If so, she probably can figure it out! She’s a smart one! Oh, and once she’s running loose and having the time of her life, she’s very good at evading capture. I won’t even tell you how long it took us to catch her and how many times we had to set and re-set our live trap, because she would trip it… but not end up in it. Now, she is securely in a cage and we have her.


To add to her scheming, taking-over-the-world personality, she also is chin aggressive. Now, I don’t mean that she can’t be caged next to chins, because she does have neighbors, and she acts nice enough towards them. She’s not trying to beat them up through the bars or anything. However… she has killed another chin before, so under no circumstances would we recommend that she ever be put with another chinchilla (whether in a cage, or for playtime, or for any reason) again.


Now that you’ve read this far and think she’s an absolute loon of a chin, let me tell you about how she is with people! Going along with that doesn’t-want-to-be-caught personality… well, she doesn’t want to be caught. She likes to play with you and make you work for it if you want to hold her! She doesn’t seem to be fond of the sensation of being picked up (and I mean… I suppose I wouldn’t like being dangled in mid-air either), and often she will talk to you as you go to pick her up. Did I mention she’s a talker? She is!


Once (if) you can get her into your arms, she will often tuck her head into the crook of your arm and then she’s cool with that for a little bit. Not a huge fan of handling in general, but due to her un-ending energy, she might enjoy something like playtime or maybe a wheel in her cage. I could see her being a LOT of fun to watch bounce off walls. In fact, we have barriers up to keep our chins in the chin-room, and she had no problem, not once, not twice, but three-times, parkouring over it to the other side. She’s the only chin who’s ever gotten over it… so heavily sure the area for playtime!


She has never bitten anyone, and doesn’t seem aggressive towards people, though she just doesn’t want a buddy and isn’t a fan of being held. Now, what else can I say that will make her sound appealing? Oh yeah, she’s fun to watch. Let’s go with that! She will keep you on your toes!


This chinchilla is currently living alone, and due to her history, she should not be put with other chinchillas.


The adoption fee for this standard grey female chinchilla is $75


4 Month Old Medium Ebony Male Chinchilla Kit (Baby) -- MNWI J5

We have a medium ebony male chinchilla who’s looking for a home. This male was born on 2/14/18, and he is out of our show lines. He is MNWI J5. He is currently 3.5 months old.


This boy has a super sweet personality, to go along with the fact that he is an awesome chinchilla! He is relatively easy to scoop up into your arms. He does well with being handled and petted, and sits pretty nicely to be petted. He was actually a chin that we were possibly looking to keep back and grow out, but I already have too many males! My loss is your gain! Super sweet boy, will make someone an awesome pet. Doesn’t bite.


This male is a medium ebony. This means that he is a charcoal grey color all over his body, including his belly. He is darker on his back, and lightens up on his side. Very pretty color gradient.


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.


This adoption fee for this medium ebony male chinchilla kit (baby) is $175


4.5 Month Old Standard Grey Male Chinchilla Kit (Baby) #1

We have a standard grey male chinchilla who’s looking for his new home. We have down that he was born approx. 1/30/18, which makes him 4.5 months old right now. Great time to take him home and add him to your family!


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.


This chinchilla is a very sweet, very cute little guy! He’s relatively easy to scoop up into your arms. Super super sweet. You can hold him and pet him, and he does really well with this. He tends to sit very nicely in your arms while you’re holding and petting him. We just love this little guy, and he’ll make someone an awesome pet. He doesn’t bite.


He 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.


This adoption fee for this 4.5 month old standard grey male chinchilla kit (baby) is $135


2.5 Year Old Standard Grey Female Chinchilla

We have a 2.5 year old standard grey female chinchilla that is looking for her new home. She came to NWI a bit ago, and he was born around January 2016.


This girl’s color is called standard grey, which is the classic color in chinchillas – a greyish color over her back, with a white belly.


This chinchilla is relatively calm, for a chinchilla anyway! She’s pretty easy to scoop up into your arms. She can be a little squirmy when you first pick her up, but once she realizes you’re not going to drop her, she actually does very well with being handled and petted, and settles down considerably. She’s super sweet, we just love her to death. She could definitely be a fun one for playtime, but can also chill as well. Best of both worlds! Doesn’t bite.


This chinchilla is currently living alone, and we do not know if she gets along with other chinchillas. If you are curious as to whether she might get along with your, or one of our, chinchillas, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.


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


This adoption fee for this 2.5 year old standard grey female chinchilla is $75


5 Year Old Pink White Male Chinchilla -- retired breeder -- JAGS C128

We have a pink white male chinchilla that is looking for his new home. We’ve had him for some time here as a breeder, but he has decided that he’d rather make friends with his ladies, rather than produce the next generation, so he’s now a retired breeder, and is available to a nice pet home. He was born 4/8/13, so he’s just turned 5 years old.


This make is relatively easy to scoop up into your hands. He’s a bit more on the curious side than some, but can definitely be handled and petted. Super sweet guy. He enjoys a looser hold, rather than someone squeezing him to death. He’s considerably calmer and more chill with you when you’re holding him loosely, so his new home probably should not involve little kids that will hold tigher if / when he squirms. When you’re holding him appropriately, he does well with being handled and petted, and he likes to tuck his head into the crook of your arm like a furry ostrich haha. Super super sweet boy, doesn’t bite.


This male’s color is called pink white, which is basically a white chinchilla with pink ears. Usually pink whites have some beige markings, but this guy is pretty much predominantly white! He has a few freckles on his ears, which adds to his character. Super cute!


This chinchilla is currently alone, and we do not know how he does with other chinchillas. If you are curious as to whether he might get along with your, or one of our, chinchillas, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.


This adoption fee for this 5 year old pink white male is $100


Adult Hetero Beige Female Chinchilla -- "Fluffy"

We have a hetero beige female chinchilla who’s looking for her new home. Her name is Fluffy. We named her here at the rescue, as she definitely needs a name. This girl was surrendered to one of the humane-society-type shelters in Illinois. They weren’t sure how to care for a chinchilla, so they called and asked if we could take her as a transfer. Of course, we said yes, and she was transferred over. Not only did she not have a name though, her previous owners didn’t tell the shelter how old she was or anything! So, she is currently known as “Fluffy,” and we are estimating that she is approximately 3-5 years old, born 2013-2015.


Fluffy’s color is called hetero beige. This color is the darker of the two beige colors, and gives Fluffy a light beige-ish color over most of her body, with a white belly.


Fluffy stayed for awhile in one of our foster homes.  Here's what Fluffy’s foster mom had to say about her:


Fluffy is a very playful chinchilla, but doesn't love being held for long periods of time. She loves exploring and going through tunnels. During playtime, Fluffy loves to use people as a jungle gym. She’s super curious and will keep coming up and putting her paws on my hand and climbing on me. She loves to nibble on any watches or hairbands on my wrist. She's very active during playtime, but is very calm in her cage. All in all, she is super sweet and adorable.


Fluffy is now back at the rescue, as her foster home was only able to foster for a limited time, though we thank her for the time she was able to help us out with Fluffy!


She would make a great “first chinchilla” for someone who’s never had one before, as long as the home understands that she would rather not be held as much as she’d prefer playtime.


This chinchilla is currently caged alone, however, she did well when she was caged with her cagemates when she first came here. They all got along wonderfully together, so we anticipate that she might do well with buddies again. However, we cannot make any guarantees. If you are interested in pairing her up with your, or one of our, chinchillas, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.


This female hetero beige chinchilla, Fluffy, has an adoption fee of $100


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

Please note:  Chili Mac is currently being fostered in Island Lake, IL.  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! 


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


pics of Chili Mac at the foster home in July 2018: 

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

Please note:  Wife & Daughter are currently being fostered in Island Lake, IL.  They can be adopted directly from their 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 them, or to get them brought back to the rescue for adoption.  Thanks for your understanding!


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


pics of Wife & Daughter at their foster home in July 2018:

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


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

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.


This hetero beige female's adoption fee is $75


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

4-5 Year Old Pair of Adult Male Chinchillas -- "King Henry the VIII" & "Scar"

PENDING EVALUATION -- NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE


Please note: these chinchillas are fostered in Newton County, Indiana.  They can be adopted our directly from their foster home, or brought back to the rescue (Hammond, IN) for adoption.  If wanting to adopt from the rescue, please allow adequate time for transportation of the chinchillas back to the rescue.  Thank you for your understanding.


We have a pair of male chinchillas that are looking for their new home. These boys are named King Henry the VIII & Scar. They were born sometime around 2013-2014, which makes them around 4-5 years old. Scar is the hetero beige male chinchilla (beige on his back, white belly), and King Henry the VIII is the standard grey (grey on his back, white belly) male chinchilla.


These boys came into the rescue when their owner could no longer care for them. They chilled here for awhile and now they are at a foster home in Newton County, Indiana, where they are getting more one-on-one attention.


This is what their foster home has to say about these two furballs:


Scar is very curious about everything going on around him. Especially when you do anything in his cage (food, water, treats), and he also loves to sneak by you if he can to explore! He does eat treats out of our hand and his favorites are plain shredded wheat squares and rat treats (lab blocks). He is used to dogs and smaller children being around. He does love our beagle and he puts his paws on the wire of the cage for her to pick them.


King Henry the VIII loves to nap. A LOT. He and Scar are very active together at night. Scar will play during the day still. King Henry prefers to get plenty of rest. We call him our grouchy old man since he naps all day and barks more than scar. Which, neither one barks very much at all. His favorite snacks are plain cheerios and plain shredded wheat squares. He will eat treats from our hands as well. If you leave the dust pan in there a little longer than planned, King Henry likes to flop down in it and take a nap.


They both do eat the other treats available to them, but they of course have their favorites that they go to first. They almost always are sleeping by each other. I feel that they are inseparable pals that balance each other out in their overall personality traits. They both still don’t like the vacuum used in their cage much, but they no longer bark at it.


Neither likes being held / petted much, but they have come a very long way since getting them. They both do on occasion “talk” to me when I chat to them and have started letting me scratch their necks with less barking or running away over the last month.


These boys are a pair and can only go to their new home together. Please do not contact us asking to adopt only one of them. They are bonded chinchillas and will be staying together.


These chinchillas are currently being fostered in Newton County, Indiana. They can be adopted out directly from their foster home, or can be brought back to our Hammond, IN, location for adoption as well. If you’re wanting to adopt from our Hammond location, please allow some time for us to transport them back here.


The adoption fee for King Henry the VIII and Scar is $175