Some people have asked about sponsoring a chinchilla or helping to donate stuff for the chins, and so awhile back, I put up the Sponsor a Rescue Chinchilla for a Month option on the webstore. Here. Feel free to click on it and see the actual post, but to make it easy for you, it says:
Ever wanted to help out, but not sure how? Help us feed and care for our rescue chinchillas by sponsoring one!
The average chinchilla goes through 2-3 pounds of food, 2-3 pounds of hay, 1+ pounds dust, and at least a portion of a chew toy... every month! We estimate that this costs at least $10 per chinchilla per month. While some chinchillas are adopted quickly, others stay here for quite some time. We've had quite a few, less-adoptable-chinchillas, that have stayed at the rescue well over a year! Of course, we provide whatever they need while they are here with us, but due to people's desire to directly help the chins, we have added this listing.
Just for example -- in 2016, we adopted out over 200 chinchillas! While this did bring in quite a bit in adoption fees, we spent just shy of $27,000 (a loss of $4,000 from what we brought in), to run the rescue. The costs of a few pounds of food here, a few pounds of hay there, really does add up!
But you can help! For $10 a month, you can sponsor one of our rescue chinchillas. You can choose one to sponsor, if one really grabs your heart, but you don't have to... there are always chinchillas to feed and care for that your sponsorship can be applied to! Every little bit makes a difference!
For sponsoring a chinchilla, you will get a donation thank you card mailed to you, with a photo of the chinchilla that you are sponsoring. You will also be emailed updates on that chinchilla, and we will let you know when it has been adopted. Finally, your name will be added to our donations page, as well as added to the listing of the chinchilla on our website, so other people can see your generosity.
So, there were people who wanted it added... and yet... no one's felt the need to sponsor a chin yet. Come on people, I know you're out there! Maybe you just haven't seen it yet....
I follow a prominent horse rescue on facebook, Hi Caliber Horse Rescue, and for them, they also have something sort of like this, but to go a step further, when people donate, donators are encouraged to suggest names for the horses, which mean something and can have a story behind them. And then, they'll say, oh this horse is named Dean, after someone's son Dean who died of cancer. So, in the thought that maybe chin people feel the same way, here we go: NAME a Rescue Chinchilla
Want to name a chin? We'll share your story and why the chin's named that, and you'll get updates and info on your named chin, until it leaves the rescue to go into it's new adoptive home.