This is getting to be commonplace. The huge numbers of unwanted chins is just astonishing. "Dumping Season" is here and many owners are opting for surrender before they leave on vacation. Fortunately we usually find good homes for these little guys. Especially if they don't bite, spray urine or have any other vices. Those who do, generally stay for a very...very...long time before just the right person comes along.
We've also gotten more than the usual share of family units where people dabble in breeding chins and quickly burn out. I received an inquiry today from someone who adopted from me and now wants to breed. Please send soothing thoughts my way as I try to tactfully respond.
For those who have been following the craigslist trio that Mara rescued and Marne, Rachel and others have helped along the way, they are safe and secure here for the time being. We've discovered they LOVE our sundried pecan leaf clusters!
Oh, Whimsy! This is terrible! I mean, I guess it gives you something to do, but I mean, 17 Chinchillas in one month? That's quite a lot! I mean, Chinchillas really aren't extremely popular (around here anyways). I would expect around that many dogs around here!
It's sad how they all have their worlds turned upside down because someone didn't learn that they're not cuddly, and that they have to be kept cool before they went out and got one. Very sad indeed. They suffer because their owners didn't research them and realize that when they got one, they were taking on a HUGE responsibility.
I received an inquiry today from someone who adopted from me and now wants to breed.
Don't you have it in your final adoption contract that they can't breed the adopted chins?
Your doing better than I am up here. We don't have a 'dumping season'. People want to surrenders constantly all year round and we don't have good homes to adopt to. As a matter of fact, there is very little interest to adopt at all.
So sad and very frustrating
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Summer used to be slow for us down here. That said we have taken in 12 since May, which is big for us. Makes me wonder what Fall/Winter will bring considering we are always busier in those seasons then we are in the Summer months.
I also have a contract that states they can't breed any of the rescues that come from me. While I realize the contract is most likely not binding in court, it still doesn't mean that the people adopting from me know that. Here is the paragraph about breeding on my contract:
"I agree that I will not breed this animal and have the understanding that most rescues are surrendered to Spoiled Rotten Chinchillas with little to no background information, meaning they could carry a genetic disease that would be passed onto offspring. While there is a chance that they do not carry a genetic disease, it is not worth the risk. If I am found to be breeding the chinchilla in question for recreational or business purposes, both chinchilla and offspring will be returned to Spoiled Rotten Chinchillas. If the chinchilla is a male, the male will be taken and offspring taken at the proper weaning age of 8 weeks. I will not hold ownership rights to the kits, and will no longer have ownership rights to the chinchilla in question due to violation of terms of contract. I will be banned from ever returning to Spoiled Rotten Chinchillas, and will be banned from ever contacting Spoiled Rotten Chinchillas to inquire about the chinchilla in question, offspring in question, or of another rescue. "
If anyone contacted me asking about breeding my rescue I wouldn't respond the least bit tactfully.
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When I rescued Kiwi there was a waver to be signed in the contract as well about breeding. There are a couple gals posting over in Jeans thread on Facebook who talk about breeding and I want to do terrible things to them.
Today I decided to look around online at local animal shelters and rescues to see if there are any chins looking for a home.
There's nothing around town apparently, which is a good thing in a way. Then I came across this one person who was advertising her two lovely chinchillas for sale.
These guys look so sweet and cute! I can't imagine why she would want to get rid of them!
Her excuse was that she's "going on vacation".
C'mon, really?? You couldn't get a friend, family member to look out to them for you?
Or why didn't you make an ad about finding someone to look after them for you?
I feel so bad that people are so willing to just dump these little guys just because they add a little responsibility to their lives. If they treated them right, the good memories and bonding with your chin will ALWAYS outweigh the simple responsibilities.
It breaks my heart knowing that these people just get a chin or two just because they're cute, and then dump them off on someone else. Not only are they betraying their little chins, but who's to say that the two chins will be sold together?
I mean, chances are they've bonded really well, and what about the bond with the owner? Don't these people realize that chins have emotions too?
It may be extreme, but to me leaving your chin because you don't want to clean his cage anymore is like abandoning family!
Oh my, it makes me so sad that these little guys may be separated and may even have bad homes like "Dusty Joe" for those of you who read that thread.
awwwww I don't understand it either...people are crazy...if they wanted a low-maintenance pet, they should've gotten a freaking hermit crab.
I don't see how people can "want" to breed chinchillas...like clearly the #1 thing on their mind is the potential money involved. MONEY MONEY MONEY, the world we live in >
This world would be SO much better if you had to have a LICENSE to breed. There are so many laws in this world, and that should be one of them.
It's not like chinchillas live for 1 or 2 years and then die...in which case the population of them would be significantly lower....these little guys live a LONG life...and while inexperienced "breeders" think they're doing a wonderful thing helping to create more of them, they don't realize that they're only adding to the homelessness problem. So upset.