NWI Chinchillas

Breeding quality chinchillas and rescuing exotics since 2003.

Available Chinchillas & Critters

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:

  • 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
  • Fluffy -- adult hetero beige female chinchilla, unknown age (best guess -- 3-5 years) -- dob 2013-2015 -- fostered in Hammond, IN
  • 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
  • Chichi -- 8.5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- fur chewer -- dob 2/2010
  • Duke -- 4-5 year old black velvet male chinchilla -- dob approx. 2013-2014
  • 8 month old white ebony curly / locken carrier male chinchilla -- pedigreed -- dob 12/23/2017
  • 3 year old standard grey female chinchilla -- no kids! -- dob 8/2015
  • Shade -- 2-3 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- dob approx. 2015-2016
  • Luke -- 4-5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- watery eye
  • 5 month white mosaic female chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 4/1/18
  • 5 month old standard grey female chinchilla -- dob 4/2/18
  • MNWI J14 -- 5-6 month old white ebony female curly / locken carrier chinchilla -- dob 3/17/18
  • 2.5 month old extreme white mosaic male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 6/25/18
  • 2.5 month old black velvet male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 6/30/18
  • Sniezka "Snow Princess" -- 2 year old pink white female chinchilla -- dob 5/2016
  • Fluffy -- 6.5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- mild furchewer -- dob 1/2012
  • Bella & Luna -- pair of standard grey (Bella) & white mosaic (Luna) female chinchillas -- dob 7/2014 (Bella) & 7/2015 (Luna)
  • 2 month old extra dark ebony female chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 7/10/18
  • 4 month old extra dark ebony female chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 4/29/18
  • Cotton -- 6-7 year old pink white male chinchilla -- dob 2011-2012
  • Coca -- 3 year old dark ebony female chinchilla -- dob 4/2015
  • Strzalka "Arrow" -- 2 year old pink white female chinchilla -- dob 5/2016
  • Plamka "Little Stain" -- 1 year old pink white female chinchilla -- dob 5/2017
  • Jasper -- 8 year old white mosaic male chinchilla -- dob 7/2010
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  • Boogie & Brooks Junior (BJ) -- pair of standard grey (Boogie) and hetero beige (BJ) male chinchillas -- dob 7/2014 (Boogie) & dob 10/2015 (BJ) -- (info coming soon) -- fostered in Newton County, IN
  • 6 month old brown velvet male chinchilla -- dob 3/12/18 -- (info coming soon)
  • 3 year old dark ebony female -- retired breeder -- dob 6/12/15 -- (info coming soon)
  • Grey -- 1 year old medium / dark tan female chinchilla -- dob 5/2017 -- (info coming soon)
  • 7 month old dark tan / chocolate male chinchilla -- dob 2/1/18 -- (info coming soon)



Other Animals:

  • Willy -- adult male silkie / sheltie mix guinea pig -- 2-3 years old (estimated) -- dob approx. 2015-2016
  • baby male Abyssinian guinea pig -- white & black -- dob 8/12/18
  • Smokey & Seymour -- pair of male guinea pigs -- dob 7/2017 (Smokey) & 12/31/17 (Seymour)




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

  • 7 month old standard grey female chinchilla -- special needs (crippled) -- dob 11/1/17 -- fostered in Steger, IL -- available soon
  • 4 month old black velvet male chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 3/12/18 -- available soon
  • Remy -- 1.5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- dob November 2016 -- available soon
  • Leroy -- 2.5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- good escape artist / may bite -- dob October 2015 -- available soon
  • 4.5 month old standard grey male chinchilla kit (baby) #2 -- dob 1/30/18 -- available soon
  • Nippy & Blondie -- standard grey (Nippy) and homo beige (Blondie) pair of female chinchillas -- 7 years (Blondie) & 9 years (Nippy) -- dob 8/2011 (Blondie) & dob 8/2009 (Nippy) -- enjoy playtime, never handled -- require water bowl -- available soon
  • Charlotte -- almost 7 year old standard grey female chinchilla -- territorial -- dob 9/4/2011 -- available soon
  • Holly -- 8 year old standard grey female chinchilla -- dob 8/2010 -- available soon
  • 3 month old silver mosaic female chinchilla kit (baby) -- dob 5/16/18 -- available soon
  • Zilla -- 4 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- dob 9/2014 -- available soon
  • Drew -- adult standard grey male chinchilla -- unknown age (estimated 3-5 years) -- available soon
  • Lulu -- adult standard grey female chinchilla -- unknown age (estimated 3-5 years) -- available soon
  • 8 week old pink white female chinchilla kit (baby) -- Sniezka's baby -- dob 6/30/18 -- available soon
  • Buddy -- 5.5 year old standard grey male chinchilla -- dob 3/2013 -- available soon
  • Princess -- 7.5 year old standard grey female chinchilla -- dob 3/2011 -- available soon
  • Pepper -- 8 month old sapphire wrap female chinchilla -- dob 1/10/2018 -- 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 amgajda@sbcglobal.net 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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 Word Documents (for download):

Want a Discount?  Volunteer!    **NEW**

Volunteer 2 hours = 10% discount on a chinchilla

Volunteer 4 hours = 25% discount on a chinchilla

Maximum discount of $50


Please note, volunteer hours for discounts on chinchillas must be pre-arranged and pre-approved.  Please be aware that not all days and times are available for volunteer time.  Volunteer time must be done before adoption of the chinchilla (within 14 days of adoption) in order to qualify for the discount.


Volunteer activities may include things like cleaning cages, sanding toy parts / wood items, washing pet items, feeding / watering animals, carrying 25-50 pound items around, medicating animals, and more.  Volunteers must be able to ascend and descend a flight of steps, potentially multiple times within their volunteer time.  Volunteers must be open to whatever needs to be done.  If you have physical limitations that may prohibit certain activities, please let us know ahead of time so we can determine if volunteer work is right for you.


This volunteering discount cannot be combined with any other discounts or sales.


Please contact if interested.

Unsure If a Chinchilla Is The Pet For You?  Try It Out For A Week!

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...
 

Chinchilla (and Other Critter) Listings!

8 Year Old White Mosaic Male Chinchilla -- "Jasper"

We have a mosaic male chinchilla that is looking for his new home. He came to NWI a bit ago, and now he is ready to find a home of his own. We have down that he was born 7/2010, which makes him just now 8 years old. His name is Jasper.


Jasper is very pretty mosaic male that’s on the smaller side. He’s not super fluffy, but what he lacks in fluff, he makes up in love! He’s super sweet and will come right up to the front of the cage to greet you and see what you are up to. When I was doing pictures, he kept coming up and hopping right up on my hands and arm, hence, not a lot of great pictures. Jasper is super sweet. You can definitely pick him up and handle him, and when you do, he will chill with you for a little bit. We just love him and want to snuggle him. He would probably be a fun one for playtime, as he is curious and loves to explore as well. Don’t let the fact that he’s older get in your way of adopting him, he’s still got plenty of life in him! Jasper does not bite.


This male’s color is called mosaic, which is basically a white chinchilla with greyish markings. As you can see from his pictures, Jasper is mostly white with some grey on his face and at the base of his tail. Isn’t he adorable??


This chinchilla is currently alone, though he has been caged with other chinchillas before. He even has the bite marks on his ears to prove it! He’s actually super docile and is not a dominant chinchilla, so he could potentially do well being paired up with another chinchilla again. 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.


The adoption fee for this mosaic male chinchilla, Jasper, is $75


6-7 Year Old Pink White Male Chinchilla -- no young children -- "Cotton"

We have a pink white male chinchilla that is looking for his new home. We’ve had him for some time here, as he took some time to settle in, but now he’s available and is ready to find his new home! His name is Cotton, and he’s between 6-7 years old. He’s estimated to have been born around 1/2012. He is here and up for adoption as his family moved out of the country to retire and do mission work.


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!


Cotton is usually pretty sweet, but has nipped a few times, so he probably should not go to a home with little kids (no kids under teenage years, who might react more seriously to a nip). Cotton does really well when being handled and petted and is very sweet. He’s a very nice chin, he just has his crabby old-man moments, and his crabby-face-look on occasion as well. Other than the love nips, he’s super nice! Love him. Very calm when being handled. Doesn’t bite.


This chinchilla is currently alone, though he did have a buddy in the past. Because of that, there is a possibility that he could get along with other chinchillas again. 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 chinchilla would be a good “first chinchilla” for someone who’s never had one, as long as they’re not afraid of a few little love nips.


The adoption fee for this pink white male chinchilla, Cotton, is $100


3 Year Old Dark Ebony Female Chinchilla -- "Coca"

We have a 3 year old dark ebony female chinchilla that is looking for her new home. She came to NWI a bit ago, and she was born around 4/2015, which makes her about 3 year old.  Her name is Coca.  That is Coca, not Coco, not Caca (please no).  You can change her name, but here, she is Coca.


Coca came to the rescue with 8 other chinchillas, when their owners were moving to a different country. They came in two cages, each cage with a male and several females. Due to there being a male in the cages, all the females had to be put on pregnancy watch. It turned out that Coca wasn’t pregnant, and has just cleared her pregnancy watch. She is now available to find a home of her own!


Coca’s color is called dark ebony, which is a dark black / greyish chinchilla which has the same color over all of their body (most chinchillas have a white belly).


Coca is an energetic, outgoing girl. She continually will come to the front of the cage to see what’s going on. She has a decent amount of energy, but can still definitely be handled and petted. Shen actually does pretty well with being handled, but she is curious, so she may not chill with you for long! She wants to check out the world too! Doesn’t bite.


As Coca did come in, living with a group of other chinchillas, we do know that she has gotten along with other chinchillas in the past. She is currently housed alone, but we anticipate that she could do well with a buddy again. If you are interested in pairing her with one of your, or one of our, chinchillas, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.


This chinchilla would be a good first chinchilla for someone who’s never had one before.


The adoption fee for this dark ebony female chinchilla, Coca, is $100


1 Year Old Pink White Female Chinchilla -- "Plamka"

We have a 1 year old pink white female chinchilla that is looking for her new home. She came to NWI a bit ago, and she was born around 5/2017, which makes her about 1 year old. Her name is Plamka, which means Little Stain.


Plamka came to the rescue with 8 other chinchillas, when their owners were moving to a different country. They came in two cages, each cage with a male and several females. Due to there being a male in the cages, all the females had to be put on pregnancy watch. It turned out that Plamka wasn’t pregnant, and has just cleared her pregnancy watch. She is now available to find a home of her own!


Plamka’s color is called pink white, which is a white chinchilla with some beige shading.


Plamka is a super curious girl who’s not super keen on being handled. She can definitely be picked up, handled, and petted, but it’s just not her life goal. She’s much too curious and energetic for that! We anticipate that she’d be a lot of fun at playtime with her boundless energy! Doesn’t bite.


As Plamka did come in, living with a group of other chinchillas, we do know that she has gotten along with other chinchillas in the past. She is currently housed alone, but we anticipate that she could do well with a buddy again. If you are interested in pairing her with one of your, or one of our, chinchillas, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.


This chinchilla would be a good first chinchilla for someone who’s never had one before, as long as they understand that this chin is not one to be held very much,


The adoption fee for this pink white female chinchilla, Plamka, is $100


2 Year Old Pink White Female Chinchilla -- "Strzalka"

We have a 2 year old pink white female chinchilla that is looking for her new home. She came to NWI a bit ago, and she was born around 5/2016, which makes her about 2 years old. Her name is Strzalka, which means Arrow.


Strzalka came to the rescue with 8 other chinchillas, when their owners were moving to a different country. They came in two cages, each cage with a male and several females. Due to there being a male in the cages, all the females had to be put on pregnancy watch. It turned out that Strzalka wasn’t pregnant, and has just cleared her pregnancy watch. She is now available to find a home of her own!


Strzalka’s color is called pink white, which is a white chinchilla with some beige shading. As you can see, she’s mostly white with a little beige shading on her face and at the base of her tail, and with a beige eyebrow!


Strzalka is an energetic girl that has to check everything out. She’s relatively easy to pick up, but her goal in life is definitely not to be handled. She’s an energetic little thing and would much rather have playtime than just chill in your arms. How boring, right? She thinks so! But if you’d like her to bounce off your body during playtime and have her amuse you with her antics? Then she’s probably your girl. Sweet girl, just not cuddly. Doesn’t bite.


As Strzalka did come in, living with a group of other chinchillas, we do know that she has gotten along with other chinchillas in the past. She is currently housed alone, but we anticipate that she could do well with a buddy again. If you are interested in pairing her with one of your, or one of our, chinchillas, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.


This chinchilla would be a good first chinchilla for someone who’s never had one before, as long as they understand that this chin is not one to be held very much,


The adoption fee for this pink white female chinchilla, Strzalka, is $100


4.5 Month Old Extra Dark Ebony Female Chinchilla Kit (Baby)

We have an extra dark ebony female chinchilla that is looking for her new home. This little gal came to NWI just a bit ago and is now ready to find a home of her own! We have down that she was born 4/29/2018, making her now 4.5 months old. Great time to take her home!


This female’s color is called extra dark ebony. This means that she is a dark black color around his entire body, including his belly (which is typically white on most colors of chinchillas).


This girl is super super sweet. She’s easy to scoop up into your arms and when you do hold her, you’ll find out that she’s totally a love bug! She will sit pretty nicely in your arms while you’re handling her and petting her and she actually seems to enjoy being petted, at least for shorter periods of time. She will chill with you for a bit. Super super sweet, we just love her. 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.


The adoption fee for this dark ebony female chinchilla is $250


2 Month Old Extra Dark Ebony Female Chinchilla Kit (Baby)

We have an extra dark ebony female chinchilla that is looking for her new home. This little gal came to NWI just a bit ago and is now ready to find a home of her own! We have down that she was born 7/10/2018, making her a bit over 8 weeks old. Great time to take her home!


This female’s color is called extra dark ebony. This means that she is a dark black color around his entire body, including his belly (which is typically white on most colors of chinchillas).


This girl is quite the character! She can be a bit talkative sometimes, and is definitely more on the energetic side. She will keep you on your toes! She’s not difficult to pick up, but she’s super curious and wants to check everything out. Unfortunately, that doesn’t typically involve cuddling, but we think she’d probably just love playtime when she’s old enough! She can definitely be handled, she’s just not going to chill with you in your arms. She’s sweet and 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, as long as they understand that she’s more on the active side.


The adoption fee for this dark ebony female chinchilla is $250 

Pair of Young (9 Month & 1 Yr Old) Male Guinea Pigs -- "Smokey" and "Seymour"

We have a pair of male guinea pigs looking for their forever home. These guinea pigs are named Smokey & Seymour. Smokey & Seymour’s owners loved them very much, but unfortunately were unable to keep them any longer, and so they brought the to us to find them a good home. Smokey and Seymour are younger guinea pigs, so they still have plenty of life in them and will love to spend it with you! Smokey was born 7/2017, making him a little over 1 year old, and Seymour was born 12/31/2017, making him 9 months old! Great time to take them home!


Smokey is the tricolor (black, white, and red) Abyssinian guinea pig, and Seymour is the chocolate, white, and beige Abyssinian-mix guinea pig. He looks like he might have some Peruvian mixed in there, and we just love that peacock tail!! Lol.


These guinea pigs are very curious and friendly. Smokey is the more outgoing one, whereas Seymour is a little more laid back. He needs time to gain your trust before he will come out to see you. At first, he likes to hide in his igloos and away from sight, but once he knows you bring the food and treats, he comes out more! Bribery works!


These boys are your typical guinea pigs as far as being a little shy and skittish when you go to pick them up, but once you are holding them in your hands, the calm down immensely! When you’re holding them, they will just chill with you and let you hold and pet them, no problem.


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 do well with having their nails trimmed and love their igloo. Neither of these guinea pigs have ever bitten anyone.


Smokey & Seymour 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.


The guinea pigs’ previous home dropped off their large cage with them – basically, it is two Midwest Guinea Pig cages that are connected. This cage (well, two of them) -- https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/midwest-guinea-habitat-guinea-pig-cage -- you can adopt these boys with this XXL cage of theirs for a total of $80 (the guinea pigs alone are $40). We will also throw in some extras like igloos, water bottles, hides, and more.


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 Smokey & Seymour is $40

OR

Adopt them with their XXL cage and tons of accessories for $80!


4 Week Old Abyssinian Male Baby Guinea Pig -- "RockStar"

We have a baby guinea pig that is looking for his new home! This little guy is an Abyssinian male, born 8/12/18. He is just now four weeks old. Still super tiny and can pretty much fit in your hands!


We’ve been calling this little guy Rockstar. Can you tell why? He’s just about all white, except for two black patches over his eyes that remind us of the band Kiss! Super unique look, we find him super adorable, and of course, super sweet.


This guinea pig has been handled (and well fed) since birth. He loves his veggies and goes to town every time he gets some new greens to munch on. He absolutely devours his hay and thinks it’s the best thing ever.


He 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 him to continue to ensure that he will enjoy being handled as he gets older. As it is right now, he’s your typical guinea pig – he will move away from you when you reach in the cage, but is super sweet and does well with handling and petting, when you actually are holding him in your hands. He  doesn't bite.


The adoption fee for this male Abyssinian guinea pig is $35


3 & 4 Year Old White Mosaic & Standard Grey Female Chinchillas -- "Luna" & "Bella"

We have a pair of female chinchillas looking for their new home. Their names are Bella and Luna, though you can feel free to change those. These girls came in when their home was no longer able to care for them. We were told that Bella was born 7/2014, making her 4 years old. Luna was said to be born 7/2015, making her 3 years old.


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


Bella is a standard grey chinchilla, which is the salt and peppery standard color of chinchilla, with a white belly. Luna, as her name might suggest, is the white mosaic chinchilla. As you can see on her pics, she is mostly white with some silvery shading over much of her body.


These two chinchillas balance each other out well. Bella is definitely the more outgoing of the two, whereas Luna is more shy. Bella is the first one to come to the front of the cage to see what you’re doing. Luna will eventually make it there, but it will take her time, whereas Bella is like “omg let me go explore!!” Bella is super easy to scoop up into your arms and does just super with being handled and petted. She will sometimes just chill in your arms while you’re handling and petting her. She is curious as well, but can go with the flow. On the other hand, Luna is more content to stay in her cage and watch all the action. She will eventually venture out if you let her, and while she’s not difficult to pick up, she’s less enthralled with being in your arms. Luna is more on the energetic side and while she can be handled, and doesn’t prefer it. Really, that’s ok though, because Bella wants your attention!! They really do balance each other out very well. Only available as a pair. Neither chinchilla bites.


The adoption fee for this pair of chinchillas, Bella & Luna, is $175


6.5 Year Old Standard Grey Male Chinchilla -- fur chewer -- "Fluffy"

We have a standard grey male chinchilla who’s looking for his new home. His name is Fluffy. Fluffy came to the rescue not long ago, when his owner was unable to keep him any longer. He’s now ready to find a home of his own! We have down that Fluffy was born around 1/2012, which makes him about 6.5 years old. Great time to take him home (is there a bad time? Of course not!).


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


Fluffy is plotting for world domination. For sure. Despite the constant resting bitch face, he actually is pretty sweet! Fluffy is relatively easy to catch, and on occasion, you can reach right in and pet him, without him moving away! How precious!! Fluffy is super sweet and does really well with being handled and petted. He will actually just chill in your arms to be handled and petted for awhile. Super nice boy. Doesn’t bite. Are you his partner in crime?


Fluffy is a mild fur chewer. This just means that he chews his fur, sort of like a bad habit. This is not a health concern, but rather, simply affects the way he looks.


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


This chinchilla is currently caged alone, though he did have a buddy in the past. 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 Fluffy is $75


2 Year Old Pink White Female Chinchilla -- "Sniezka"

We have a 2 year old pink white female chinchilla that is looking for her new home. She came to NWI a bit ago, and she was born around 5/2016, which makes her about 2 years old. Her name is Sniezka, which means Snow Princess.


Sniezka came to the rescue with 8 other chinchillas, when their owners were moving to a different country. They came in two cages, each cage with a male and several females. Due to there being a male in the cages, all the females had to be put on pregnancy watch. As it turns out, Sniezka was pregnant! She gave birth to two bouncing baby chinchillas. They have since been weaned, and Sniezka has had some time on her own, and is now up for adoption! Most of her buddies that came in with her have just now cleared their pregnancy watch, so they will be available soon as well!

Sniezka’s color is called pink white, which is a white chinchilla with some beige shading.


Sniezka is relatively easy to scoop up into your arms. Once you’re holding her, she does pretty well with being handled and petted. She is super curious and does want to check out everything in her surroundings, and probably be all sorts of fun when it comes to playtime! Super nice girl, doesn’t bite.


As Sniezka did come in, living with a group of other chinchillas, we do know that she has gotten along with other chinchillas in the past. She is currently housed alone, but we anticipate that she could do well with a buddy again. If you are interested in pairing her with one of 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, Sniezka, is $100


2.5 Month Old Black Velvet Male Chinchilla Kit (Baby)

We have a black velvet 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 his own.


He was born 6/30/2018, making him just now 2.5 months old. His color is called black velvet ebony, which means he is a dark black color over his back, with a nice white belly.


He's a super energetic little guy.  Definitely not afraid of people, and will hop right up onto (or over) your arm to get on or around it.  Definitely has some energy.  Sometimes takes some creativity to catch the little guy if he's feeling energetic (but hey, that's baby energy for you!).  He can definitely be handled and petted, though he'd probably enjoy playtime (when old enough) moreso, as opposed to being cuddled.  Energy for days.  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 adoption fee for this black velvet male is $200

2-3 Month Old Extreme Mosaic Male Chinchilla Kit (Baby)

We have an extreme mosaic 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 his own. He was born on 6/25/18, and is now 2-3 months old. Perfect time to take him home!


His color is called extreme mosaic, which is usually a white chinchilla with super dark or unusual markings. For this chinchilla, the “extreme” part is that he’s basically silver, with a white tail and a white stripe across his back! How unusual!


This little guy is a spry boy! He can be a little quick when you go to pick him up, but he does settle down when you’re holding him. He’s a curious boy and likes to check everything out. He can definitely be handled and petted, just a bit more on the active side. Super sweet, 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 adoption fee for this extreme mosaic male chinchilla kit (baby) is $250


6 Month Old White Ebony Mosaic Curly/Locken Carrier Female Chinchilla -- MNWI J14

We have a curly (locken) carrier white ebony mosaic female chinchilla who’s looking for her new home. This female was born on 3/17/2018, which currently makes her just under 6 months old. She is MNWI J14. She’s actually out of our best curly lines, but she was out of a litter of four, and we’re keeping two littermates, so she is available! She is actually only the second female curly / curly carrier we’ve ever offered for sale in the 5 years since we’ve had curlies, as curlies and carriers seem to have a higher tendency to be male, so we’ve kept the few females we’ve had born up until this point.


This white ebony curly carrier female comes from Ritterspach curly lines on both sides, and will come with pedigree, if desired. Awesome curly lines to work with! She’s a white ebony, so she’s got those awesome looking dark ebony markings. As you can see on his pics, she’s got dark forearms, a cute little white blotch on her forehead, and a little black spot on her back! She’s actually got decent looking structure as well, especially for a curly carrier! Nice looking female.


This female is a curly carrier, also known as a locken carrier. She’s not showing a ton of curl, just a bit of a wave to her fur. She carries the gene so she can pass it on, if bred. The locken gene is the gene that creates curl in chinchillas.


This chinchilla is a super super sweet girl. She’s relatively easy to pick up and has a very nice personality. She is super sweet, can’t stress that enough, and she will just chill with you when you’re holding her to pet her. She will snuggle with you forever, just a little lover. Love her to death! Doesn’t bite.


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 fee for this white ebony mosaic curly carrier female chinchilla is $600


5 Month Old Standard Grey Female Chinchilla

We have a standard grey female chinchilla who’s looking for her new home. She came to NWI not long ago. She is now ready to go to her new home! We have down that she was born on 4/2/2018, which makes her just now 5 months old. Great time to take her home!


This girl’s color is called standard grey, which means she is grey over most of her body, except for her belly, which is white.


This girl is super curious and will come up to the front of the cage to check out what’s going on. Super super easy to scoop her up into your arms, just a little love bug! She does well with being handled and petted. Super super sweet. She’s curious enough to not be boring, but she is also content to just chill with you, at least for short periods of time. Doesn’t bite.


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


This chinchilla is currently caged alone, however, she did well when she was caged with her siblings. 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 standard grey female chinchilla is $135


5 Month Old Mosaic Female Chinchilla

We have a mosaic female chinchilla who’s looking for her new home. She came to NWI just a bit ago, and is now ready to leave and go to a family of her own. She was born 4/1/18, so she’s just now 5 months old. Perfect time to bring her home!


Her color is called mosaic, which is an overall white color. She is mostly white with some dark shading on her face and at the base of her tail, and did you see her adorable little eyebrow?? Super cute!


This girl can be a little talkative at times… she doesn’t want you to forget she’s here! She’s actually pretty easy to scoop into your arms and she does relatively well with being handled and petted. That said, she is more of the on-the-go type of chinchilla and she would rather explore than have a long cuddle session. Sweet girl, very curious, wants to check out everything. Doesn’t bite.


She would make a great “first chinchilla” for someone who’s never had one before, as long as they understand that she is a bit 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 mosaic female chinchilla is $200


4-5 Year Old Standard Grey Male Chinchilla -- watery eye -- "Luke"

We have a standard grey male chinchilla who’s looking for his new home. His name is Luke. Luke came to the rescue not long ago, with another chinchilla. The two chins were adopted out to their previous owners by a different rescue that swore they would get along (while never trying to introduce them or anything). Unfortunately, the two never did get along, despite the family’s best efforts. The family had wanted two chinchillas to keep each other company, and since the chins had to live alone, they felt that the chins weren’t getting enough time and attention, so they brought them to our rescue. They would have surrendered them back to the same rescue, however, that rescue would not take them in without their new cage also being dropped off. As we don’t require cages with surrenders, the family brought them here instead.


We have down that Luke was born around 2013-2014, which makes him 4-5 years old.


Luke is a sweet boy. He’s pretty easy to catch and chills nicely in your hands when you’re holding him. He’s super sweet and on the calmer side and tends to sit nicely when you’re petting him and loving on him. He’s curious and would likely enjoy playtime. Super sweet. Doesn’t bite.


In the pics, you can see that Luke has a watery eye. He has been cleared for teeth issue and has no eye infection… just a watery eye that comes and goes. This is possibly allergies or a tear duct issue, but does not seem to affect him in the slightest, other than how the fur looks around his one eye. He is a healthy boy and has actually gained weight since being here.


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.


This chinchilla is currently caged alone, due to the fact that he didn’t get along with the other chinchilla in the past. We were told that Luke was the bully of the two, so we would not recommend attempting to pair him up with another chinchilla.


The adoption fee for this 4-5 year old standard grey male chinchilla, Luke, is $75 

2-3 Year Old Standard Grey Male Chinchilla -- "Shade"

We have a standard grey male chinchilla who’s looking for his new home. His name is Shade. Shade came to the rescue not long ago, when his owner was unable to keep him any longer. He’s now ready to find a home of his own! We have down that Shade was born around 2015-2016, which makes him about 2-3 years old. Great time to take him home!


Shade is super cute, and has a sort of odd looking fluffy fur. He’s relatively easy to scoop into your arms, well, depending on whether or not he wants to play with you! When you’re holding him, he actually does pretty well with being handled and petted. He sits pretty nicely in your arms to be handled and petted and is pretty sweet. He would likely be a fun one at playtime as he is more on the active and curious side. He’s a good mix of curious and active, while still being able to be handled. 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.


This chinchilla is currently caged alone, though he did have a buddy in the past. 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 this 2-3 year old standard grey male chinchilla, Shade, is $75


3 Year Old Standard Grey Female Chinchilla -- Child-Free Home

We have a 3 year old standard grey female chinchilla that is looking for her new home. She came to NWI a bit ago, and she was born in August 2015. She originally came to the rescue from another rescue that was closing down. 


Please note:  She found a home, but unfortunately it didn’t work out with that home. While we had her listed as a very sweet girl, she apparently did not like her new home, as they returned her to us, saying that she would bite and spray. When she came back, we let her settle in for a bit, and then started handling and interacting with her again… she does not show any of these behaviors here.  In her pictures, you can see her fur looks a bit patchy and uneven, which appears to be the result of fur slips.  Best guess is that she was handled roughly and was not happy about this, hence the biting, spraying, and fur slipping.  As a result, she can now only be adopted out to a home that has no kids under 18.  Read on for more about her personality.


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.


Both now and the previous time that this girl was here, she has been evaluated as doing well with being handled and petted. She is relatively chill in your arms, though she does have her curious moments when she wants to check everything out. Here, she has not bitten anyone, she has not sprayed at anyone, heck, she has not even barked at anyone! We think the previous adoptive home was just not a good fit for this gal. Of course, if she does turn into the devil-chin at her next home, she can be returned and swapped out for another chin, but we hope without kids, this will not happen again.


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.


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

8 Month Old White Ebony Mosaic Curly / Locken Carrier Male Chinchilla

We have a curly (locken) carrier white ebony mosaic male chinchilla who’s looking for his new home. This male was born on 12/23/2017, which currently makes him 8 months old. He is out of some of our best curly lines, and it sure is tempting to keep him! He will stay here if he doesn’t sell at this price. But this is your chance to take him home!


This white ebony curly carrier male comes from Ritterspach curly lines on both sides, and will come with pedigree, if desired. Awesome curly lines to work with! He’s a white ebony, so he’s got those awesome looking dark ebony markings. As you can see on his pics, he’s got a dark head with a nice star on his forehead, a dark tail base, and dark forearms! We love the dark forearms, they really stand out! He’s got an ombre look going on over most of his body, as he’s lighter up towards his neck and gradually gets darker towards his tail. Super nice looking male.


This male is a curly carrier, also known as a locken carrier. He doesn’t show any curl, though genetically he carries the gene. The locken gene is the gene that creates curl in chinchillas.


This chinchilla is definitely an energetic, curious boy! While he’s got energy to spare, he’s also a fun little outgoing chin! Put your hands out, and he will hop around and possibly even hop right into your hands… or over them… especially if he thinks it might get him some more time exploring! He can definitely still be handled and petted, but he can also be all sorts of bouncy at times, so we anticipate that he would enjoy playtime! For sure, he’ll amuse you with his antics, and be a fun one to have as a pet! He’s super sweet, 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 / locken carrier male chinchilla is $600 

4-5 Year Old Black Velvet Male Chinchilla -- "Duke"

We have a black velvet male chinchilla that is looking for his new home. He came to NWI a bit ago, and we have that he was born around 2013-2014, which makes him right about 4-5 year old. His name is Duke


Duke’s color is called black velvet, which is a black color over the back of the chinchilla, which sort of fades down to a white belly. Very pretty color!


Duke came into the rescue with another chin, caged separately. It’s actually kind of a sad story why they came in. These chinchillas were adopted from another rescue who swore that the chinchillas would get along (without any knowledge of this, without putting them together, you get the idea). Needless to say, the chinchillas never did get along…. The other chinchilla bullied Duke, who wasn’t fond of bullying (imagine that). So, the family had to keep the two chins separate. Their whole point in getting two, was to be sure that the chins had a buddy, which they never ended up with… because the didn’t get along. Long story short, the kids realized that chinchillas were more work than they anticipated, and without the two chins to keep each other company, they thought they’d be better elsewere. We ended up with the chins (rather than the other rescue where they came from) because the other rescue refused to take them in, without also getting a huge cage with them. While cages are nice when they come in with chins, we don’t require them, so the family brought the chins here, and now Duke is up for adoption.


Duke is an active boy. He likes to check out absolutely everything in his surroundings and likes to keep you on your toes! If you’re not careful, he may just make his way out of his cage and past you! He’s not an escape artist by any means, he’s just super curious! He absolutely loves to explore and would probably be a great chinchilla for playtime! He will definitely keep you amused with his antics. He has no problem hopping up onto your hands or arm, and so you could even be a jungle gym for him during playtime! How fun would that be? Despite the high energy, he actually does pretty well with being handled and petted, actually better than you’d expect based off his energy level. He will sit with you for a minute while you love on him, but don’t be fooled, he’s just biding his time until he can explore some more! He’s a sweet guy and would enjoy a home that will give him playtime or maybe even a chin-safe wheel. Doesn’t bite.


Duke would make a great first chinchilla for someone who’s never had one before, as long as they understand that he is a bit more on the active side.


This chinchilla is currently living alone, and we do not know if he gets along with other chinchillas. Due to his past history of being bullied by the other chinchilla, I’m not sure I would recommend that he be intro’d to another chinchilla, though if you really wanted to do so, a super slow introduction would be necessary.


The adoption fee for Duke is $100


8.5 Year Old Standard Grey Male Chinchilla -- "Chichi"

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 February 2010, which makes him right about 8.5 year old. His name is Chichi.


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

Chichi was dropped off at the rescue when after 8.5 years of ownership, his owner developed an allergy to him. While this is not common, it does happen now and then, and unfortunately, the allergy was so bad that the owner was no longer about keep Chichi, and brought him to our rescue so that we could find him a home.


Chichi is a super sweet boy. He really, and I mean REALLY wants to come out of his cage and explore! If you open the door to his cage and patiently wait, he will make his way over to the entrance to see if you’re going to take him out. You may notice there’s not a ton of great photos of him – this is due to his wanting to come out! He keeps coming to the front of the photo cage, so there’s only a few photos where he’s not thisclose to the camera! We promise he’s adorable and you’ll love him! Chichi is an outgoing chinchilla and has no problem jumping onto your hands or arms, especially if that means he can explore some more! He’s super curious! It’s not that he’s afraid of people and wants to get away, he just wants to explore! Don’t let his age fool you, he’s still plenty spry and active! We anticipate that he would likely enjoy playtime (and using you as a jungle gym) in his new home. He’s not a huge fan of being held in a really restrictive manner (but really, what chin is?). A loose grip is his favorite, and even better if he can climb all over you! He can definitely be handled and petted, though would enjoy exploring more than cuddling. He’ll make someone a great pet. Chichi doesn’t bite.


Chichi is furchewer… at times. Basically, this just means that he sometimes chews on his fur, giving him a barbered look. This isn’t a health concern, it just doesn’t look as “pretty.” At the time this is being written, he’s only munched a little on his side, it’s mostly not-noticeable.


Chichi can come with his cage and accessories, if his new home would like (see below for pricing). He has a Prevue Hendryx cage -- https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/prevue-hendryx-earthtone-dusted-rose-rat-and-chinchilla-cage-1384635 -- as well as a tile, a wooden house, some toys, a plastic flying saucer, food bowl, water bottle, and more. I’ll attach a pic of the cage as well, and if you get him and his stuff, I’ll throw in some new wooden shelves as well (the cage has metal shelves / ramps) at pickup, so the new owners have fresh shelves to put in.


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


The adoption fee for Chichi himself is $75. To adopt Chichi, his cage, flying saucer wheel, and accessories (everything in the cage pic plus some extra shelves), the adoption fee would be $175. That means you’re getting a like-new cage with all accessories for $100! The cage alone is $140 new and in awesome condition, so this is your chance to get a chin with a great set-up for a reasonable price!


New pic of Ash in his new foster home!

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!


new pics of Ash from his foster home on 9/9/2018!

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


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


Adult Hetero Beige Female Chinchilla -- "Fluffy"

Please note: Fluffy is currently being fostered in Hammond, IN.  She will be brought back to our rescue for her adoption.  Please allow for a few days for transport to be arranged.  Thank you for your understanding.


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 has some come back to 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!  Update 9/11 -- since coming back, Fluffy has found another foster home!


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: 

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


pics @ 11 months old on 9/10/18

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
smallanimals@ildoberescue.com

Chinchillas & Critters ON HOLD

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