Frank is a standard gray male, born approximately summer of 2003. He is very small and a little shy. Frank came to Second Chance Chins on July 30, 2005 along with George, Sienna, Winston and Wilson. He was 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. Frank was adopted on January 7, 2007 by his foster parents, Dan and Linda. They have had little Frank so long that he had become so much a part of their family and they loved him too much to let him go.
Bandit is a standard gray male that joined us on February 24, 2006, along with Niko. Their former owner was moving as was not able to take these adorable little guys with her. Bandit is a little stinker, trying to play "escape from Alcatraz" every chance he gets. He is outgoing (people friendly) and very sweet. Bandit is missing part of the front edge of one of his ears, and because of this, the ear folds a little, but we think it just adds to his charm! Bandit loves to run on a wheel and chew on his wooden chew toys. He also sleeps in his hammock quite a bit. He was born approximately November of 2004. Bandit and Niko were cage mates when they arrived, but on July 28, we felt that it would be best to separate the boys, as it is turning out they are not getting along as well as we had thought. Niko had some problems with his tail, and after trying about everything medically to resolve his issues, we concluded that it was likely stress that was causing him to chew on his tail. Bandit does not seem distressed in any way because of the separation and seems very content to live on his own now. On January 8, 2007, Bandit was adopted by a wonderful new mom and dad and is now living in Wisconsin! His new dad came to Michigan for a business trip and picked Bandit up on his way back home. Bandit is going to have a great life with his new parents!
Miss Curious (Georgette) is a standard gray female, born approximately April, 1999. Her former parents were told that she was a male, and had named her "Curious George". Since she was called "Curious" most of the time, we kept the name and modified it slightly. Miss Curious came to us on October 1, 2006, as her former family was not able to give her the attention she needed, now that they have young children which also require a lot of their attention. They were really sad to give her up for rehoming, but knew it was the best thing for her and wanted nothing more than for her to be happy. Miss Curious is very outgoing and LOVES to be scratched around the ears and under the chin. She will even allow you to pet her from her head down to her tail. She enjoys watching the activity around her. Go near her cage and you can't help but give her some attention, because she's right there asking for it! Miss Curious decided to try out the saucer wheel in her cage here and she she found that she absolutely loves to run and show off on it. On March 28, 2007, Miss Curious arrived at her wonderful new home with a super new mom in Massachussets where she has a nice large cage and a flying saucer to run on! By special arrangement, we were able to work out transportation for her through another rescue. It was a lot of hard work for all of us, but the results were definitely worth it. Miss Curious and her new mom are very happy, and we delight in knowing that we have helped another chin find a wonderful, loving new home. Thank you to Carise at ForCHINate Chins for the transportation assistance!
Oscar came to us on November 5, 2005. He is a standard gray male, approximately a year and a half old. Oscar is such a little cutie, wanting to know what you're up to whenever you're near his cage. He enjoys running (a LOT) on his wheel and hanging out in his hidey-house. Oscar was relinquished to Second Chance Chins because as a college student, his former owner didn't have the time she'd like to give to him. He seems very sweet and gentle. Oscar was adopted on May 2, 2007 by a very nice couple. He has a nice new cage with wooden shelves, a new sleepy-house and will be getting a flying saucer wheel in the near future, which he came to really love while with us. Oscar's new dad hopes that he'll enjoy watching the Red Wings with him! On August 1, we received a sad email message from Oscar's dad, saying that Oscar had passed away unexpectedly. Evidently, a young visitor had been told not to be in the room with Oscar, but decided to venture in. She apparently fed him plastic, tape and cloth, which in turn blocked his intestine and led to his passing. Oscar's family is devastated by his loss and misses him deeply. Oscar was a special little guy who won't be forgotten.
RIP Oscar ~ July 23, 2007
Cutie is a standard gray female, born approximately June, 2005. Her former mom just didn't have the time to give her the attention she desired any longer due to her job, and surrendered her to us for rehoming on October 30, 2006. She was quite nervous about moving to a new home with us, but seems to be settling in now. Cutie does get startled easily, so she'd do best in a quiet home. She seems to be quite curious and "people-friendly". She absolutely loves her new hidey house and has had fun running in and out of it. Since coming here, she has learned to use a wheel, and absolutely loves it. She runs on it during the day sometimes when she's supposed to be sleeping! She would really like to have a good wheel to run on when she goes to her new forever home. We think Cutie would be best suited to a home with no cats or dogs. She seems to be frightened easily by our dog, who doesn't pay her any attention. Cutie was transferred to ForCHINate Chins Chinchilla Rescue on May 6, 2007 and has found a new friend to snuggle with. She seems much more at ease now that she has a friend and we wish her all the best life has to offer her. Cutie is not counted in the statistics of chinchillas we have placed.
Niko is a standard gray male that joined us on February 24, 2006, along with Bandit. Their former owner was moving as was not able to take these adorable little guys with her. Niko was born approximately November of 2004 and is bit reserved and a little standoffish. Bandit and Niko were cage mates when they arrived, but on July 28, we felt that it would be best to separate the boys, as it is turning out they are not getting along as well as we had thought. Niko had some problems with his tail, and after trying about everything medically to resolve his issues, we concluded that it was likely stress from being "over-dominated" that was causing him to chew on his tail. Niko does not seem distressed in any way because of the separation and seems very content to live on his own now. Niko's tail healed very nicely and he was transferred to ForCHINate Chins Chinchilla Rescue on May 6, 2007. Niko found a new buddy to snuggle with and was adopted shortly after arriving at ForCHINate Chins in Ohio. Niko is not counted in the statistics of chinchillas we have placed.
Joey and Roo
Joey and Roo were welcomed to Second Chance Chins on December 22, 2006. Roo has been with us before, as he came in with his brothers and mother in April 2005. Roo was one of our early participants in our Find A Friend program, and he was paired with Joey who was looking for a friend back in June of 2005. Roo and Joey came to us due to a major life change for their parents. They welcomed a new little human member to their family, and Joey and Roo were not getting the attention they were used to. Joey, a homo beige (which means both of his parents were beige), with wonderfully speckeled ears, was born approximately October 2001 and Roo is a standard gray who is approximately 4-1/2 years old. Both chins enjoy running on their wheel and having out of cage playtime. Joey and Roo were fostered by Linda while with us. On June 9, 2007, Joey and Roo joined their new family! They have a wheel and a nice big cage to romp around in. They are enjoying their out of cage playtime and interaction with their new parents!
Cinder is a black velvet male born approximately September, 2004. He has been with us before, actually fairly recently. Cinder was placed in a new home back in October of 2006 and came back to us January 14, 2007. His new owner's roommate apparently had severe allergies to Cinder. Cinder originally came to us as a transfer from the Michigan Humane Society in July, 2006. Cinder absolutely LOVES to run on either a Chin Spin wheel or on a Flying Saucer. He enjoys his out of cage playtime and is always ready and waiting for his evening treat! Cinder was adopted on June 9, 2007 by a terrific, loving new mom who happens to volunteer for an animal rescue organization. He has a nice big cage with a flying saucer and custom shelving that we built just for him!
Samson is a standard gray male, of unknown age. He was transferred to us from the Michigan Humane Society on October 11, 2006. He is VERY sweet and calm and doesn't seem to mind being held. He has a small notch in his right ear, and is missing two toes from his left front paw. He was also quite fur chewed (which is a stress-induced vice where the chin chews off their own fur, similar to us humans biting our fingernails) when he came to us. By January, 2007, all of Samson's fur had grown back and he was quite a content little guy. Our vet estimated his age to be between 2 and 4 years, but of course, that is just his professional opinion, and we have no way to verify to be sure. Samson was given a thorough exam and he is in terrific health. Samson was fostered by Erin for part of his stay with us as it seemed he needed a little extra love and attention. He learned to use a wheel while with us as well. Samson went to his new home with his very excited new mom on July 1, 2007. He is enjoying his new home, and the spoiling that comes with it!
Chi Chi was a very pretty standard gray female approximately 2-1/2 years old. She arrived with us on June 30, 2007, and unfortunately we had to put her to sleep on July 5. We rushed her to the vet on that day because she had not been eating on her own and we had to syringe feed her. She had GI stasis, which basically means that her intestinal tract became blocked and stopped functioning. Her ailment was not treatable surgically, and it was very unlikely that medicinal treatment would have been effective. She lays at rest in our "Back 40", which is a portion of our property which has been left to nature. She is in the company of the other chins we've had that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge: Matigan, Stitch and Gwenivere. She will be missed and was indeed a special little girl. Unfortunately, we never had the opportunity to take photos of sweet Chi Chi, but her former parents were kind enough to provide one of theirs as a memorial to her. Chi Chi is not included in the statistics of chinchillas we have placed.
RIP Chi Chi ~ July 5, 2007
Molly came to us on March 18, 2006. She is a standard gray female, approximately 5 years old. Her former parents felt it would be best for her to have a new home because they just discovered they were expecting their fourth child, and already have 3 under the age of 5 years and she was not getting the attention she deserved and desired. Molly enjoys running on her wheel and is a very pretty girl. Molly is a little stand-offish, and does not like to be approached quickly in the cage. She definitely knows when it's treat time! Lucky little Molly was adopted on July 7, 2007 by a super new mom and dad! Her new mom's first words when she saw her was "She's beautiful!". Molly is enjoying her new spacious cage complete with Chin Spin wheel, hammock and custom shelving that we built just for her. We know that Molly is going to enjoy "the spoiled life" and be loved and well taken care of in her new home.
Teddy is a standard gray male, born in February 2007. Teddy came to us on May 18, 2007 along with Elias from the coordinators of PHFR (Pet Homes For Ranchies). Teddy and Elias are from a chinchilla ranch and would have been pelted if they had not been taken in by PHFR to find pet homes for them. Teddy is a very active little sweetheart, even though he's not had much human interaction during his life. We're working to socialize him and he's going to make a terrific companion for someone! Teddy was born without ears, but he is able to hear and is normal in every other way. Because of his birth defect, he was not suitable for the pet market that the ranch breeds for, so he was released to PHFR for homing. Teddy has already learned to use a wheel since coming to us and can run like the wind on it! We're continuing to work on his social skills, but he is a joy to have with us. Teddy absolutely LOVES to sleep in his hammock. He's in it at least 50-75% of his sleep time. A wheel and a hammock for this little guy are a must! We named this little guy Teddy because without ears, he looks like a little teddy bear! Teddy was adopted on July 8, 2007 by a terrific new mom who already has a chinchilla named Genghis. Teddy met Genghis and they didn't seem to be right for living together, but they should be able to enjoy playtime together. Teddy has his own nice big cage with a hammock and Chin Spin wheel and he's enjoying wonderful spoiling from his new family! We received word that Teddy passed away on January 15, 2016. RIP little Tedders. You were such a good little man and I know your family loved you very much.
RIP Teddy ~ January 15, 2016
Midnight is a black velvet male, born approximately November, 2006. Midnight came to us on May 15, 2007 along with Cyrus and another chinchilla named Isis (Isis was transferred to another rescue). They were surrendered to us for rehoming because their former owner had a change in his work schedule and is also going to school and simply did not have the time to give them the attention they need. Midnight has mastered the art of running on a wheel! He has a 15" Chin Spin wheel and absolutely loves it! He even sometimes sleeps in it! He loves his hidey-hut, and has left "evidence" in the hammock that he's been in it, although we've not witnessed him in it yet. Midnight is a little unsure of people, but we're working on that. He's come a ways since he first came. He is very sweet once he's in your arms. Midnight was adopted on August 11, 2007 by a great new family and we're confident he'll have a happy life with good care, love and lots of playtimes!
Cyrus is a pink/white male, born approximately November, 2005. Cyrus came to us on May 15, 2007 along with Midnight and another chinchilla named Isis (Isis was transferred to another rescue). They were surrendered to us for rehoming because their former owner had a change in his work schedule and is also going to school and simply did not have the time to give them the attention they need. Cyrus seems to be pretty friendly, although he is still a little standoffish. He is ready and waiting at treat time and has learned to use a flying saucer wheel. He hasn't used the hammock in his cage, but spends most of his sleeping time in his hidey-house. The photos below show his deep ruby-like eyes (pink/white chins naturally have deep red eyes). Cyrus is one handsome little dude! Cyrus was adopted on August 19, 2007 and has a terrific new home with a loving new dad. Way to go Cyrus!
Miss Una was a very special little girl to us. We got her from an animal control office on September 26, 2007. As soon as we saw her, we knew she had medical problems. It turned out that she had a severe ear infection. You can see outward evidence of her discomfort by the way she holds her ear in the photo. We named this little girl "Una" because she was the only girl in the group of four that we picked up. On our way home from animal control, we weren't even sure she would be with us when we got home, as she immediately had a seizure. We were unable to reach a vet for advice, and had to do the best we could for her until the next day. Fortunately, we had antibiotics and pain medication on hand and were able to at least make her a little more comfortable. Her infection was so bad that she had drainage coming from inside her ear, and animal control had allowed the chins dust baths permanently in their cage. Una had bath dust caked all over her ear, inside and out. The photo was taken after we cleaned her up. Unfortunately, after 13 days of constant care and three vet visits, we had to put sweet Una to sleep on October 9, 2007. On her third vet visit, our vet discovered an irreversible condition in her eye, likely caused by the infection not being treated soon enough. Una will live on in our hearts and will always be remembered for the sweet and strong little girl she was. Una was laid to rest in our "Back 40", which is a portion of our property which has been left to nature. She is in the company of the other chins we've had that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge: Matigan, Stitch and Gwenivere and Chi Chi. Una is not counted in the statistics of chinchillas we have placed.
RIP Una ~ October 9, 2007
Marty is a standard gray female, born approximately April, 2004 . Marty is a little ham. She enjoys sleeping and eating! Her biggest daily dilemma has to be deciding whether to sleep in her new hidey-hut or the hammock. She loves them both! We added a flying saucer wheel to her cage, and for months she would only use it as a way to get down from one of her ledges. One evening, many months later, we saw her running on it! We think that now that she would be lost without a wheel to run on now, as she uses it frequently. When you open her cage, be ready because she's pretty determined that it's an invitation for her to come out and play! Marty was welcomed to Second Chance Chins on June 25, 2006 and was much loved in her previous home. Her former family "rescued" her from an acquaintance who wasn't caring for her properly. They decided to rehome Marty because their young child was fearful of her because she would "test nibble" little fingers. Marty finally found her new home on November 3, 2007. She has a terrific new mom and dad who love her very much. She also has the flying saucer she has come to love and a nice big cage with a house and shelf combo just like she had while she was with us here. We were sad to see Marty leave us, but we know she's happy with her new family. We received word from Marty's mom that Marty had to be put to sleep, likely due to a tumor. We're saddened by the news, and share in the loss with Marty's parents who loved her very much. Marty was a special little girl.
RIP Marty ~ November 9, 2011
Bambi is a hetero beige female born approximately January, 2006. Bambi and her cagemate, Bailey came in as a pair, on July 27, 2007, but since Bailey is not neutered and is a male, we needed to separate them so that breeding would not occur. Bambi learned to use a wheel while with us. Bambi stayed with us long enough to be sure she wasn't expecting little ones, and was transferred to another rescue in Wisconsin on November 5, 2007. Bambi is not counted in the statistics of chinchillas we have placed.
Bailey is a hetero beige male born approximately January, 2006. Bailey and Bambi came in as a pair on July 27, 2007, but since Bailey is not neutered and Bambi is a female, we needed to separate them so that breeding would not occur. Bailey learned to use a wheel during his stay with us and definitely put it to the durability test! Bailey was transferred to another rescue in Wisconsin on November 5, 2007. Bailey is not counted in the statistics of chinchillas we have placed.
Chara joined our crew here at Second Chance Chins on May 31, 2006. She was born approximately November, 2005 and is a hetero beige female. Chara was transferred to the care of Linda, one of our terrific foster-mom's. Chara is rather a little "busy-body", needing to know what is going on all around her and wanting to explore. She enjoys trying to sneak out of the cage while you're busy filling her food dish or doing something inside her cage. Chara was tranferred to another rescue in Wisconsin on November 5, 2007. On December 2, 2007, we received word that Chara found a friend to snuggle with while at the rescue in Wisconsin, a 3 month old female named Pebbles. Pebbles and Chara were adopted and are in a loving new home. Chara is not counted in the statistics of chinchillas we have placed.
Total number of chins placed in new homes during 2007:
(this does not include those that were transferred to other rescues or passed away while with us)