goal is to have chinchillas placed in happy homes to live
out their lives as cherished members of a family. We do our best
to make the
most appropriate matches for both owner and chinchilla. We
reserve the right to refuse to adopt to anyone for any reason without
We will not adopt chinchillas to young people unless the
whole family is committed to providing a forever home. We see too
surrendered when a young person goes off to college or gets too
busy with other activities.
first step is to contact our group to arrange a time to come visit
our locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and meet the chinchillas that
are available for adoption. If you are looking for a companion
existing chinchilla member if your family, we recommend bringing
the chinchilla with you when you come to visit us. Since we do not condone
breeding of our chinchillas, we will not pair animals of the opposite
sex unless one has been neutered.
The adoption fee is $100
per animal. The fee includes a care package valued at almost
$50 dollars. If you need a cage for your new chinchilla, we often
have refurbished cages available for a small donation.
will go home with:
else your chinchilla will need:
5 pound bag of the chinchilla food mix to which your animal is
bag of dust
Joy of Chinchillas" book ($20 value)
chinchilla requires a minimum of 3 cubic feet of cage space
per animal, although many people feel this is too small. We
recommend larger cages and exercise wheels for chinchillas that
their cage each day.
chinchilla needs a place in their cage to sleep. These can
be a cardboard box (without tape, plastic, etc), a PVC pipe
4-6" in diameter, or kiln-dried pine box. Chins prefer
to sleep higher in their cages, so place the house on the highest
shelf rather than on the floor of the cage.
are good water bottles available at any pet store. We recommend
using bottled, filtered, or boiled water for your chinchilla
to help prevent problems with Giardia (parasite).
chinchillas like to sit on their food dishes, so a dish that
is heavy with a broad base or one that clamps to the side of
the cage are good choices. We also recommend a dish that is
dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
can be kiln-dried pine shavings, clean oat, wheat, or rice
straw, ground corn cob, paper litter products, or newspaper.
container, such as a stainless steel, ceramic, or porcelain
bowl; a large glass or plastic jar (one gallon or larger),
a hard plastic tub, or a large flower pot base. A large glass
fish bowl is another option.