Toby joined us here at Second Chance Chins on November 5, 2005. He came here all the way from the Chicago area along with Bailey. Their owners began having an allergic reaction to them, and then their new son began exhibiting signs of allergies as well. It was an extremely difficult decision for them to make, because they love both of them so much. Toby is a hetero beige male, approximately 3 years of age, but is a little younger than Bailey. He is a little charmer, wanting to come out every time the cage door is opened! He seems to be quite curious and is very loving. Toby was adopted by a wonderful new family on January 22, 2006. He enjoys romps in the bathroom and using his family has his personal jungle gym!
(Mr.) Merlin is an adorable dark standard gray male. The "Mr." in front of his name isn't really part of his name, but we had two chins named "Merlin" here at the same time so we added that to avoid confusion. Merlin is a small little bundle of energy! He loves to run on his wheel and is very curious about everything that is going on around him. Merlin came in with Gwenivere, whose original name was "Arthur". Their former owner was told they were both males. Merlin has been separated from Gwenivere to prevent breeding. Merlin is approximately a year old and is very sweet. Merlin joined us at Second Chance Chins on November 17, 2005, and was adopted by a very nice young lady on February 4, 2006.
Rusty is a sweet standard gray male, believed to be approximately 1-2 years old. He is a smaller chin, but then, great things come in small packages! He came to Second Chance Chins on December 31, 2005 along with Dusti. They were loved in their former home, but their former parents felt they would be better off in a new home, since they have a small child and another on the way. During his short stay with us, Rusty learned to use a wheel! Rusty was adopted on February 12, 2006 and now has a terrific new chinchilla-friend named George. George and Rusty share a very nice big cage with a wheel and hidey-house. They also share LOTS of spoiling and love from their family!
Alex was transferred to us from the Rochester Hills branch of the Michigan Humane Society, with whom we have worked before. He was surrendered to them because the owner didn't want him any longer. Alex is a standard gray male, approximately 6-7 years old. Alex joined us here at Second Chance Chins on March 1, 2006. We transferred him to foster-mom Linda and subsequently introduced him to one of Linda's chins named Wesley (formerly of Second Chance Chins) who needed a buddy. They were friends from the first moment they were introduced! Linda adopted Alex on April 4, 2006.
Mickey and Chinchi
Mickey and Chinchi were welcomed to Second Chance Chins on January 16, 2005. They are both standard gray males, and are quite large boys! Mickey was born in approximately 1998, while Chinchi was born approximately April of 2002. They came to Second Chance Chins because their former owner felt she couldn't spend the time with them that they deserved, due to changes in her career. Chinchi seems to be pretty outgoing, while Mickey is more reserved. Mickey loves to run on his flying saucer wheel. These boys waited for a new home for a long time until their wonderful new mom came along and adopted them on April 8, 2006! Chinchi is pictured on the left, Mickey is on the right.
Jake and Elwood
If the names Jake and Elwood sound familiar, it's because you have seen them here before. Jake and Elwood were re-welcomed to Second Chance Chins on September 24, 2005. They were adopted on December 23, 2004 by a very nice young lady. They came back to us because for personal reasons, she could no longer keep them. She was sad to see them go, but knew this was the best decision for them. They are both what are called "tripods", which means they are each missing a leg. In this case, they are both missing one of their front legs. It sure doesn't slow them down though! They are just as active and loving as any other chin we've had here. They have a wheel and they make very good use of it! In the photo of them, Elwood is on the left, Jake is on the right. Jake and Elwood were adopted on May 13, 2006 by a delightful young lady who was so touched by them she came all the way from Kentucky to pick them up!
Ms. Merlin was welcomed to Second Chance Chins on December 4, 2004, along with her mate, Speckles. Ms. Merlin is a standard gray female. Her age is unknown, as this is her second time in an animal rescue. The very tip of her right ear is missing, as you can see in the second photo. She came here because the young son of their former owner had severe allergies to her. She was much loved in her last home. Second Chance Chins is dedicated to finding a home for her that will be her forever home, so she doesn't have to move again to another new family. Ms. Merlin is a very sweet girl who would just love to have a wonderful new mom and/or dad to spoil her! On March 20, 2005, she presented us with two darling little male kits named Wesley and Zander. On May 13, 2006, after waiting SO long, Ms. Merlin's dreams finally came true! She was adopted by a very nice new mom and dad. She was originally supposed to be another friend for their other two chins, but it didn't work out between them. They fell in love with Ms. Merlin and just couldn't return her to us. She receives just as much attention and love as their other two chins, and has tons of out-of-cage playtime and is very happy!
Jasper is very cute little guy. He's a dark standard gray with what is called a "dirty belly". He is approximately a year old. He enjoys sleeping in his wooden hut and running on his wheel. He is becoming more and more outgoing and has definitely figured out what treat time is! Just TRY to pass him by when it's time! Jasper came to us on April 15, 2006. Jasper was a participant in our "Find A Friend" program, and now has a sweet little buddy named Tucker, also formerly of SCC, who is owned by Linda, one of our foster-mom's. Tucker and Jasper sleep cuddled together often and really enjoy having each other to play with. Jasper was adopted on May 23, 2006.
Gwenivere was a gorgeous dark standard gray female, orginally named "Arthur". We changed her name with permission from her former owner, when we discovered "he" was a "she". Her former owner was told she was a male. Gwenivere loved to run on the flying saucer wheel in her cage and adored munching on her hay! This adorable big girl was approximately two years old, and joined us at Second Chance Chins on November 17, 2005. Sadly, we lost Gwen on June 3, 2006 after a short illness. We battled to keep her with us, but she did not make it. We were with her when she drew her last breath and we feel she knew we loved her. She was laid to rest near Matigan, another former rescue, under our bluebird house in our "back 40", a natural area on our property. She touched us deeply with her sweet, charming ways. We loved her as if she were our own furbaby and she will be deeply missed.
RIP Gwenivere ~ June 3, 2006
Peakachoo is a standard gray male, approximately 4-5 years old. Peak (as he is usually called) was surrendered to Second Chance Chins on January 14, 2006. His former parent's didn't feel he was getting the attention that he deserved because of changes in their careers and wanted him to have a happy life with a lot of attention. Peak is a friendly, sweet little guy who enjoys being scratched under his chin and talked to, along with running on his wheel. Quite often, he will hop right into your hands to come out of his cage. Peak enjoyed a little spoiling with foster-mom Linda before being adopted on June 8, 2006.
Shadow is an ebony/white male, born December 12, 2003. He came to Second Chance Chins on June 11, 2006, along with Wicket (Wicket was transferred to another chinchilla rescue out of state). He was surrendered to SCC because his owner was moving due to her job and could not take her chins with her. He is very sweet and gentle. Shadow was adopted on July 11, 2006 through our "find a friend" program by one of our terrific foster people, Erin. One of Erin's chins lost his cage mate and was lonely. Shadow is now his new buddy and they spend a lot of time grooming each other and cuddled together sleeping.
Mira arrived on May 18, 2006, along with her father (Muppet), mother (Chloe) and litter-mate brother (Tango). Mira, short for Miracle, is a standard gray female like her parents. She and her brother were born approximately April 27, 2006. Chloe has been a very good mom to Tango and Mira, but it's time for them to find loving homes now. The whole chin family was an emergency pickup by Michigan Ferret Rescue, who transferred them to us. Mira has been well socialized with humans here, and is a little sweetie! The photo was taken on August 10, 2006. Mira was adopted on August 18, 2006 by a very nice couple.
Akasha is a standard gray female, who was transferred to us from the Michigan Humane Society on April 19, 2006. She appears to have been traumatized in some way. She has undergone some extensive rehabilitation with Erin, one of our wonderful foster people who has had some experience in working with troubled animals. Akasha is blind in her left eye and she has chewed the fur off both of her hips (usually brought on by anxiety or nervousness). She is vocal about being handled, but she will come to you if you are patient and understanding with her. She is reportedly approximately 3 years old. Akasha will need a special new family that will be patient and understanding with her and give her plenty of time to trust them. Akasha was adopted on September 16, 2006, by an outstanding young lady that fell in love with Akasha after reading her story. We are thrilled that Akasha has found her perfect new home! We have received several updates about Akasha since her move to her new home, and she is doing wonderfully! She has really come out of her shell with her new mom, and has a new canine friend that sleeps right by her cage all the time!
Dusti is a very pretty dark standard gray female (her former owners were told she was a male), approximately 4 years old. Dusti came to us on December 31, 2005 along with Rusty. Dusti is a little ham. It's impossible to walk by her cage when she's awake without giving her a little tummy or chin rub! She really enjoys running on her ChinSpin wheel and snoozing in her hammock. Dusti and Rusty were loved in their former home, but their former parents felt they would be better off in a new home, since they have a small child and another on the way. We believed that she might have been expecting little ones, since she had been in contact with Rusty (who is a male), so we kept her with us here until we were absolutely sure she was not expecting. Dusti was adopted on September 20, 2006, through our "Find A Friend" program. She found a great new boyfriend named Taz, who was verified as neutered, and is living happily ever after! We received word from Dusti's owners that she passed away unexpectedly on May 25, 2008 from an infection. She was being treated for the infection, but she didn't make it. Our hearts go out to Dusti's family, and share in the sadness of their loss.
RIP Dusti ~ May 25, 2008
Tango arrived on May 18, 2006, along with his father (Muppet), mother (Chloe) and litter-mate sister (Mira). Tango is a standard gray male like his parents. He and his sister were born approximately April 27, 2006. The photo below was taken the day after they arrived, at about 3 weeks of age. Chloe has been a very good mom to Tango and Mira, but it's time for them to find loving homes now. The whole chin family was an emergency pickup by Michigan Ferret Rescue, who transferred them to us. Tango has been well socialized with humans here, and is a little cutie! The photos were taken on August 10. Tango was adopted on September 22, 2006, by a terrific, loving new mom! He is being spoiled rotten and is adored.
Cosmo and Kiwi
Cosmo and Kiwi are both standard gray males, Kiwi is a "dirty belly" standard, like Jasper, who came in with them but lives separately. Cosmo and Kiwi came to us on April 15, 2006. They are both approximately 2-3 years old. Cosmo is a little more reserved when it comes to interacting with his humans, but Kiwi is the little attention hog! Just try to walk by their cage and NOT give some attention! In the photo of them, Cosmo is on the right, Kiwi on the left. These adorable boys were placed together in a new home on September 23, 2006, where they will have a lot of love, playtime and interaction with their new mom! We received word that both Kiwi and Cosmo have passed away from an unknown cause. Our hearts go out to Cosmo and Kiwi's family, and share in the sadness of their loss.
RIP Kiwi ~
November 8, 2008
RIP Cosmo ~ November 10, 2008
Cinder is a black velvet male, born approximately September, 2004. He was transferred to us from the Michigan Humane Society on July 12, 2006. This little guy is absolutely adorable. He was a little skittish and did "test bite", which is how many chins experience their environment. It doesn't hurt when he does this, just a very soft pinch with their front teeth is all it is. The fact that "he bites" is why he was surrendered to the Humane Society. He has learned what treat time is and is ready and waiting just like everyone else now! He enjoys running on a Chin Spin wheel and chewing on wooden chew toys. Cinder was adopted on October 4, 2006 by a super new mom who fell in love with him immediately! Cinder will have a great life, we're sure of that.
Sienna is a standard gray female, of unknown age. She is a very petite little girl and was a bit shy, but definitely full of energy! She runs on her wheel what seems to be constantly. Sienna came to Second Chance Chins on July 30, 2005 along with George, Frank, and her two little boys, Winston and Wilson. She and her kits were surrendered to the Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing. The CAHS contacted Second Chance Chins for care information for the five chins they had, and subsequently they were transferred to us! Second Chance Chins is pleased and honored to have had the opportunity to work with such a fine group of people who put the best interest of the animals first, and welcomes working with them in the future. Sienna was transferred to one of our foster mom's for some extra-special one-on-one attention that we felt she really needed and she blossomed into a delightful little sweetheart. Sienna was adopted on October 5, 2006, by a great new mom. We know little Sienna is going to spoiled rotten!
Sweet Pea and Peanut
Sweet Pea and Peanut arrived at Second Chance Chins on May 16, 2006. They are both standard gray chins and they are a male/female pair. Peanut has been neutered (we have documentation from the vet that performed the surgery) so they will remain together as a pair. These two little sweethearts are both approximately 5 years of age. They were once classroom pets and came to SCC to find a great permanent home with lots of love and fun. Sweet Pea and Peanut are the parents of Furball and Chester, who came to us last summer and found a great new home. In the photo, Sweet Pea is on the left, Peanut is on the right. Sweet Pea and Peanut were adopted on October 10, 2006, by a great new mom who we are confident will give them all the love and attention they deserve!
Chloe arrived on May 18, 2006, along with her two kits, Mira and Tango and the father of the kits, Muppet. She is a standard gray female, approximately a year old. Chloe has been a very good mom to her adorable little ones. Chloe seems very sweet, although she's a little timid. She is NOT timid at treat time, however! The whole crew was an emergency pickup by Michigan Ferret Rescue, who transferred them to us. Chloe was transferred to Erin, one of our fantastic foster-mom's for a little extra affection and playtime after her time caring for her kits. Chloe was adopted on October 21, 2006 by a wonderful new mom and dad who just love her! She has a spacious cage and tons of attention!
Chillie joined the crew at Second Chance Chins on May 19, 2006. He is a hetero beige male, approximately 2-1/2 years of age. He enjoys running on his wheel and sleeps exclusively in the brand new hidey hut we made for him to use while he is here. Chillie has really come out of his shell since being here. He was pretty badly fur-chewed (a stress-induced vice where animals chew their own fur off, sort of like us humans chewing our fingernails) when he arrived, but his fur has grown in very nicely and he's a very handsome guy. He is always looking for attention when you walk by his cage and he's very sweet and gentle. Chillie was adopted on October 21, 2006 by a loving new mom. He is enjoying a great life in his new home and is being spoiled rotten!
Roo is a standard gray male, born approximately April, 2005. Roo came to us on October 4, 2006, because his former owner's landlord would not let her keep him, even though she had a dog and a cat! Roo was much loved in his former home, and is looking for that same love in a new home. Roo learned how to use a wheel while he was with us, and he absolutely LOVES running on one! He also loves to sleep in a hammock. He is very sweet and affectionate. Roo was fostered by Linda, who gave him a lot of love and attention. Linda and Mya placed Roo in his new home on December 17, 2006, and got to know his new mom pretty well. Roo has a terrific brand new cage, a brand new Chin Spin wheel, and a selection of hammocks! He's going to have a life full of love and attention, we're sure!
Total number of chins placed in new homes during 2006:
(this does not include those that were transferred to other rescues or passed away while with us)