How to Adopt Free Chinchillas

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Chinchillas are a popular small pet. Their exoticism transcends rodent family stereotypes, making them appealing to a wider audience. While they make great pets, many people are opposed to the concept of purchasing pets at a pet store. Here are some steps towards adopting a chinchilla for free.

Things You'll Need

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to local/regional newspapers
  • Phonebook
  • Telephone
  • Chinchilla supplies: Feed, hay, cage, bedding, water bottle, bath dust, chews for wearing down teeth, houses, toys, brushes

Finding Adoption Resources and Being Prepared

  • Check the Internet. Look into local rescue groups, vet's offices, animal control, and online classified ads for chinchillas for adoption. Also, research chinchilla breeders. Some breeders are willing to adopt out a certain portion of their stock. See the Resources section for some specific websites.

  • Read your local or regional newspaper. Check the classified ads for pets for adoption. Many individuals and rescue organizations post ads in these newspapers.

  • Post a classified ad of your own online and/or in a newspaper, stating that you are seeking to adopt a chinchilla.

  • Establish a relationship with various organizations and vet's offices. Networking is a great way to hear about potential chinchillas for adoption.

  • Once you have made contact with a potential adopter, make sure you meet all the requirements of adoption. Some adopters prefer to meet in person, perform a home visit, and make sure you have all the essential supplies for caring for a chinchilla. Be prepared.

  • Make sure your own requirements for the adoption are met. You may want to require vet records and personality tests. If you choose to have any of these things, be firm on your decision. Pet adoption is a big responsibility.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the chinchilla you choose is right for your household with respect to personality, compatibility, and health.

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