Sammy is a standard gray female, born on November 27, 2001. She is a very sweet, pretty girl who loves to have her chin scritched and to be gently petted. Sammy came to us on August 16, 2007 due to allergy issues within her former family. It's evident that she was very loved and well cared for. Sammy unfortunately lost her mate shortly before coming to us, so this sweet girl was through a lot of change in a short period of time. Sammy learned to use a Chin Spin wheel very quickly and really enjoys running on it. Sammy was adopted on January 5, 2008, by a very nice, young man who did plenty of research on chinchillas before applying to adopt one. He selected Sammy out of several chinchillas based on her personality.
PJ Joined us here at Second Chance Chins on April 3, 2007. He is a standard gray male, born approximately October, 2006. He was surrendered to us because he was a pet for a child and the child was being kept awake at night by his normal nocturnal activity. PJ came to us with a case of ringworm, and was under veterinary care for it. The highly contageous fungal infection is now completely cleared up and he's ready to go home with someone! PJ has learned very quickly what a wheel is for and spends a lot of time running on it. He had a standard style wheel, and now that he's in one of our larger, permanent cages here, he's learned to use a flying saucer wheel. We're sure that he'll appreciate having a wheel in his new home. PJ is an affectionate little guy. He allows us to pet him (which for a chin is a little unusual) and loves to be scritched under the chin and around the ears. This little sweetheart is going to be a wonderful companion for a very lucky someone. PJ was adopted on February 23, 2008, by a nice young lady and has a nice new large cage, a comfortable wheel to run on and we're sure he'll enjoy plenty of love and attention and play with his new family. Congratulations PJ!
Rascal is a standard gray male, and was born June 4, 2003. Rascal came to us on November 5, 2007, along with Tidbit, who was his cagemate, via another rescue person who had taken them in from their owner. They were much loved in their former home and are still missed. We have assured their former family that they will each receive a super new home. We have separated them, as Rascal seems to be a bit over-dominant with Tidbit. Tidbit is neutered, and it's possible that the issues between them are caused by the difference in hormone levels between the two. We just want to do what is best for them both, so they can each be as happy as they can possibly be. Rascal enjoys running on the flying saucer, and seems to also enjoy sleeping in the hammock. Rascal is definitely an appropriate name for this little guy...he certainly lives up to it! Rascal went to his new home on February 23, 2008. He has a nice big cage with a comfortable wheel to run on and he will enjoy lots of love and attention with his new mom, we're sure!
Skye and Punky
Skye and Punky are both females, born on October 14, 2007, to Nettie and Puck. They came to us on November 18, 2007. Punky is the hetero beige, Skye is the standard gray. They came to us along with Nettie, Puck and their littermate brother, Spike. The girls will be placed as a pair into their new home, so they'll remain together as sisters. Although it's difficult to tell Skye from her brother, Spike when they're in the cage, we believe all the kits are now expert wheel-runners! The individual photos were taken in mid-December, 2007, the photo of them together was taken in early February, 2008. Skye and Punky were adopted on March 1, 2008, by a super family who already owns one chinchilla. These girls are going to have a great life and will definitely be well cared for.
Spike is a standard gray male, born on October 14, 2007. He came to us on November 18, 2007, along with his mother Nettie, father Puck, and his two littermate sisters, Skye and Punky. Although it's difficult to tell Spike from his sister, Skye when they're in the cage, we believe all the kits are now expert wheel-runners! The photos here were taken in mid-December, 2007. Spike went home with his new mom on March 2, 2008. We're confident that Spike is going to enjoy a lifetime of love, attention and spoiling!
Puck is a standard gray male, born in 2004. He came to us along with Nettie and their three kits on November 18, 2007. Puck is a little guy, but he's VERY active! When you open the cage for feeding or cleaning, he's right there, wanting to know what you're doing. Puck enjoys running on his wheel and is particularly excited when it's treat time! One of his favorite places to snooze is on top of his house! Puck was adopted on March 8, 2008 by a very nice young lady originally from Brazil. Puck has a nice new cage and wheel and we're sure he'll have a great life with his new mom!
Mira is a standard gray female, born approximately April 27, 2006. Mira was with us as a kit, and was placed in a new home in August, 2006. Her parents decided that they needed to give back to the community and are joining the Peace Corps now that they are finished with their schooling. Unfortunately, they are not able to take pets with them when they are out of the country, so Mira had to come back to us. We welcomed her back on June 30, 2007. Mira will be staying with Linda, a terrific foster mom and chin-spoiler until she is adopted! Mira is a very small girl, but is very active and enjoys running in her wheel. UPDATE 11/15/07: Mira's foster mom discovered some suspicious looking lumps on Mira's chest and took Mira to be examined by our wonderful vet. Mira has what are believed to be tumors, and is scheduled for surgery to remove them on November 19. She is temporarily unavailable at this time, and may not be made available for adoption pending the results of the surgery and the prognosis for her. UPDATE 11/21/07: Mira's surgery has been at least postponed for now. She's been on anitbiotics, and the masses seem to be shrinking, so she may not need to have surgery to remove them after all! UPDATE 12/3/07: We are very happy to report that Mira's masses appear to have been from infection and she has been given a clean bill of health by our vet. We are so happy that Mira didn't have to have surgery and that she's all better now! She will remain unavailable for a short time longer to give her time to recover and regain a little weight she lost while she was on her medication. UPDATE 1/2/08: Mira is now available for adoption again! Mira was adopted on March 22, 2008 by a very nice young lady. Mira is going to have a wonderful life in her nice new cage with a 15" Chin Spin wheel!
Elias is a hetero beige male, born in 2005. Elias came to us on May 18, 2007, along with Teddy from the coordinators of PHFR (Pet Homes For Ranchies). Elias and Teddy are from a chinchilla ranch. Elias and Teddy would have been pelted if they had not been taken in by PHFR to find pet homes for them. Elias is a sweet boy, 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 wonderful companion for someone! Elias has already learned to use a standard style wheel and is now an expert with a flying saucer after moving into one of our permanent cages. He is also ready and willing to accept treats at any given time! We named this big guy "Elias" because he is a BIG BOY (from Elias Brothers' Big Boy restaurants). Elias was adopted by a loving new mom on April 6, 2008. He has a brand new cage, flying saucer wheel and hammock. His new mom volunteers some of her free time to animal rescues, as a dog walker and foster mom for mice and hamsters!
Tidbit is a standard gray male, born March 31, 2002. Tidbit came to us on November 5, 2007 with his cagemate, Rascal, via another rescue person who had taken them in from their owner. They were much loved in their former home and are still missed. We have assured their former family that they will receive a super new homes. We have separated them, as Rascal seems to be a bit over-dominant with Tidbit. Tidbit is neutered, and it's possible that the issues between them are caused by the difference in hormone levels between the two. We just want to do what is best for them both, so they can be as happy as they can be. Tidbit enjoys sleeping in his hammock, running on his saucer wheel and just being a lovable cutie! We are hoping that since Tidbit is neutered, that he might be able to find a girlfriend to live with. Tidbit was adopted on April 19, 2008 by a super new dad. He has a new cage identical to the one he had with us, which has a flying saucer and a hammock. We're happy to have helped Tidbit and his new dad become a family!
Becky came to us on December 24, 2007 from a rescue person who took her in from a public shelter in the Grand Rapids area. Becky hitched a ride with her rescuer's friend who was going home for Christmas and we were able to meet up with her, since we were on her way. Becky is a standard gray and her age is anyone's guess, as she was surrendered to the public shelter without any information. Becky is a sweet girl, and learned to use a wheel while she was with us. We feel fortunate to have been a small part of this sweet girls life and to have helped her find her forever home. Becky was adopted on May 15, 2008 by a terrific new mom! She has a cage and wheel just like she had while she was here with us, so we know she'll be comfortable and enjoy her new home.
Mickey was a hetero beige male, approximately 8-9 years of age. He came to us on September 5, 2007 because his former family no longer had the time to give the attention he needs. He was with his former family for about 5 years before coming to us, and he was only supposed to be there temporarily! Prior to living with his former family, Mickey was a classroom pet for special education children and he is quite sweet. Sadly, Mickey passed away on May 25, 2008, from causes unknown. Our best guess is that he had a fall in his cage and had some internal injuries. We rushed him to the emergency vet after picking him up from his foster mom at midnight, but he passed away within about 10 minutes of arriving there. Mickey was laid to rest in our "back 40", an area of our property left to nature. He is in the company of the other chins that we've had here that have passed while with us. Mickey won't be soon forgotten, as his sweet spirit will live on in our hearts.
RIP Mickey ~ May 25, 2008
Bentley is a black velvet male, born here on March 19, 2008 to his proud mom, Laila. We held Bentley frequently, right from day one so he got used to it. He's a very sweet little guy, and is quite the little ham! On June 1, 2008, Bentley went home to his new family. He has a Quality Mansion outfitted with our shelving so he has a lot of places to jump and play, and also a Chin Spin wheel and hammock! Bentley will be much loved and is sure to be spoiled in his new home. The photo was taken at 6 weeks of age.
Stitch is a standard gray male, born approximately May, 2006. Stitch came to us on January 30, 2008, along with Laila (formerly Lilo, his mate), after being rescued by one of our former adoptive clients, Miranda. Miranda saw a "free to good home" ad in her local paper and knew she had to act to ensure that they didn't end up in a bad situation. After contacting us about the chins, she answered the ad and within a week had the two chins in her possession. Since Laila is a female and Stitch is a male, we needed to separate them so that breeding would not occur (again, Laila came to us pregnant, so Stitch is a daddy). Both Laila and Stitch had to learn what to do with hay. It doesn't appear that they had ever had it before. Stitch proved to be an expert wheel runner, and seems to really enjoy it. He loves to sleep in his hidey-house. Stitch was adopted by a loving new mom on June 24, 2008. He has a Quality Cage Mansion with a 15" Chin Spin wheel, which we know he'll make good use of. When he met his new mom for the first time, he literally sat in her arms for a long time just soaking in the love and attention. We're sure that Stitch will have a great life with his new family.
Chessie who was known as Chestnut when she was believed to be a male, came to us on July 11, 2008. We noticed almost immediately that something wasn't right with Chessie and we took her to our fantastic vet. She had some spurs on her teeth, which we of course, had taken care of that day. In the meantime, we had been hand-feeding her several times a day to make sure she got enough to eat. Generally chinchillas will bounce back within a couple days after having their teeth trimmed and start eating better. When Chessie didn't start eating on her own, we returned to the vet and had an x-ray done. Her upper tooth roots (of her molars) had grown up into her sinus cavity. Unfortunately there isn't any treatement for this condition, as severe as it was, so our only choice was to end Chessie's suffering. She was put to sleep on July 31, 2008 and lays at rest under our bluebird house on our "back 40". A peaceful area of our property left to nature. She is in the company of the other chins that passed while with us. She was a sweet soul, and she would have been a terrific companion for someone. We were lucky to know her, if even for a very short time and we will miss her very much.
RIP Chessie ~ July 31, 2008
Bandit is a white mosaic male, born approximately September, 1999. Bandit is a very handsome chin, mostly gray, but has a very cool band of white around his middle! He was surrendered to us to find a new home on March 9, 2008, as his former owner feared for his safety. He had a mate that had escaped from their cage and was killed by the owner's dogs. We're not sure if Bandit witnessed what happened to his mate, but he seems very nervous around our dog, who does not pay the chinchillas any attention here. We would like to find Bandit a home where there are no dogs or cats. We feel that he would be most comfortable in that kind of environment. Bandit knows how to run on a wheel and he is starting to check out his hammock. He feels most secure sleeping in his hidey-hut at this point though. Bandit has a personality that equals his good looks. He is very friendly and curious and wants attention whenever you are near his cage. Bandit was adopted on October 1, 2008 by a great new mom. She had wanted to adopt him several months ago, but decided she needed to finish college and get settled before she adopted a pet. Bandit was still here waiting for a new home when she was ready, so it must have been fate! We are confident that Bandit will enjoy his new home.
Chalupa was surrendered to us on September 29, 2008. Her owner was moving in with her mom to care for her while she underwent chemotherapy for breast cancer. Sadly, she could not take Chalupa with her because her mom was allergic to her. We noticed that Chalupa had a weepy eye, and when it didn't clear in a couple days, we took her to our vet. After a few exams and administering a couple different eye drops, we did an x-ray. The x-ray showed severe malocclusion on that side, to the point where the roots of her teeth were growing up into her sinus cavity and eye socket. Unfortunately, there isn't any treatment for a case this severe, so we had to put Chalupa to sleep on October 29, 2008. Chalupa was a sweet little girl, who just LOVED to be scritched under the chin. We are saddened by the loss of her, and will always remember her sweetness, even while she was in what had to be excrutiating pain. Chalupa was laid to rest in our "Back 40", an area of our property left to nature. She's in the company of the other chins that we've had to say a sad goodbye to. We never had the opportunity to take photos of Chalupa, as we were waiting for her eye to clear up so we could show her off as the gorgeous girl she was. We've requested a favorite photo of her from her former owner and will post it when we receive it.
(photo to come)
RIP Chalupa ~ October 29, 2008
Baby and Munchkin
Baby and Munchkin came to us on October 29, 2008. Baby was a standard gray female, born approximately March, 2005, Munchkin was a standard gray female born in approximately 2001. Munchkin was Baby's mom. They were surrendered to us by their owner, because she could not afford vet care for them. They both had upper respiratory infections and we did all we could for them, but we had to put Baby to sleep on November 4, 2008. Munchkin passed away at our vet's office on her own on November 7, 2008. Munchkin was seemingly doing very well and her prognosis looked good. Baby and Munchkin were laid to rest together in the natural area of our property that we call the "Back 40". They are under our bluebird house in the company of the other chins that we've had to lay to rest. We'd like to thank their former owner for supplying a photo of Baby for us, since we did not have the opportunity to take some of her before she passed. We took a few photos of Munchkin right after Baby passed away. Her full beauty doesn't come through in the photo, since she was not able to have a dust bath while she was ill.
(photo of Baby to come)
RIP Baby ~ November 4, 2008
RIP Munchkin ~ November 7, 2008
Laila is a black velvet female, born approximately May, 2005. She came to us on January 30, 2008, along with Stitch, after being rescued by one of our former adoptive clients, Miranda. Miranda saw a "free to good home" ad in her local paper and knew she had to act to ensure that they didn't end up in a bad situation. After contacting us about the chins, she answered the ad and within a week had the two chins in her possession. Since Laila (formerly Lilo) is a female and Stitch is a male, we needed to separate them so that breeding would not occur. These chins had to learn what to do with hay. It doesn't appear that they had ever had it before. Laila turned out to be pregnant, and gave birth to little Bentley on March 19, 2008 at approximiately 1:35pm. Laila did a super job raising her little guy and he is already in his new home and now it's her turn to find a great, loving new home. Laila is a bit defensive when being approached in her cage and will need some consistent, patient handling. She is quite sweet once she is out of her cage however. She has a flying saucer wheel that she is starting to make good use of. Laila was transferred to another rescue, out of state on November 8, 2008.
Nettie came to us on November 18, 2007, along with her three kits and Puck, who was her mate. Nettie is a hetero beige female and was born in 2005. Nettie gave birth to her three kits on October 14, 2007. Nettie's been a very good mom to her babies, and they are now old enough to leave her care. Nettie will be staying with us for observation to be sure she's not pregnant again, since she was with Puck after she gave birth. We will be keeping Nettie here with us until at least March 9, 2008, to be sure that she is not expecting little ones again. Nettie seems very sweet but we think she's a bit stressed as she has chewed some of her fur. UPDATE 3/10/08: Nettie is not expecting again, which is a relief for us, as we don't feel she could have handled another pregnancy. She has gained back some weight lost while nursing her three kits and all of her fur has grown back in so she's lovely again. Her kits and her former mate have all moved on to new homes, and not it's her turn to find a loving new home with lots of attention! Nettie was transferred to another rescue, out of state on November 8, 2008.
Captain Grumbles came to Second Chance Chins on August 15, 2008 along with his mate, Kiwi. Captain Grumbles is a handsome ebony male, born approximately May, 2007. We don't quite understand his name, as he's not been the least bit "grumbly" with us, and he is very sweet. Since Captain Grumbles and Kiwi lived together in the same cage, we needed to separate them so that breeding would not occur. Unfortunately, Kiwi turned out to already be pregnant, but they still needed to be separated to ensure that this was her last litter. She and Captain Grumbles were abandoned by a college student. One of the owners former roommates cared for them as best she could and contacted us about taking them in. We got them in as quickly as we could. Captain Grumbles has learned to use a wheel since coming to us, and loves to sleep in his hammock. He stretches right out and is sound asleep! Captain Grumbles is the father of Kiwi's ebony kit. Captain G. was adopted on November 29, 2008 by one of our fantastic foster people. Captain G. was adopted as a companion for one of her other chinchillas, Teddy, whom was also adopted from us. We introduced the two and they got along almost immediately and often sleep snuggled together.
Total number of chins placed in new homes during 2008:
(this does not include those that were transferred to other rescues or passed away while with us)