Wanted to do a quick post about fostering chins. I've been getting a lot of emails about fostering, and several of those people have talked about reading the blog, so might as well post something quickly here.
We do provide everything for fosters. Food, dust, toys, etc. Cage. But. BUT... I don't have an endless supply of cages to lend out. So, if you don't have a cage (which many people don't, I understand), you will have to get on our waiting list to foster. When we get cages donated or returned or whatever, then we can re-dole them out, and eventually get to you. Until then, please be patient.
The chins that can be fostered out are the rescues. Sorry, you cannot foster a white baby. Also... due to the way adoptions go, we will not foster out super-adoptable chinchillas. For example. Right now, we have an adult white male chinchilla -- Snowball. He's super nice, super friendly. Once I manage to get pics of him and post him, he will be gone. There is no sense to send him to a foster home, only to have him adopted a day later (usually, with more difficulty, due to scheduling either a return by the foster, or a pickup at the foster's home... which tends to be more difficult than scheduling an appointment here, with my typically more flexible schedule).
Which brings me to my last point. The chinchillas that need to be fostered are typically the ones that would benefit from more one-on-one attention. Often, they are the ones that will not come up to the front of the cage. The one that will bark at you. Possibly spray you (females). Possibly hide for days when they go to a new home. If I had enough cages to allow everyone to foster... well, that would honestly create some problems of it's own, but if I did... all the chins could be fostered. Some people could have a great chin to foster that's super friendly and super nice. But... at the moment, without having that many cages / fosters... I have to foster out the chins that really need it. So, I don't mean to be mean or offensive in any way, when I email people back about foster requests, and let them know that they probably won't be fostering the most friendly, playful, colorful chinchilla... but rather, one that may not necessarily endear them to chins if they didn't already like them. It's just that that's the chin that would benefit most from individual attention... and it is all about the chins, at the end of the day. That is all.