Canadian Chinchilla Rescue

GTA foster-home based rescue

Welcome to Canadian Chinchilla Rescue

The Canadian Chinchilla Rescue is a foster home-based rescue in Southern Ontario.  While most of our rescues are in the GTA, we have had fosters homes across Canada.  For the time being we will be sticking with the GTA as it is much more manageable.  We currently have foster homes in Mississauga, Vaughan, North York, Newmarket and Toronto. 

Should you wish to be a foster home please check out of our fostering page.

Lots of great info on the site, including up to date chinchillas looking for their FURever homes.  

Latest Update May 31, 2015

Owner Surrenders:

WE ARE CURRENTLY FULL AND have a waiting list for chins waiting to get into the rescue.  

We know there are no other chinchilla rescues in the GTA but we cannot take in every chinchilla that needs help.  Please contact us to see the status of our wait list and we can offer some alternatives.  

Adoptions have been very slow so we have many chinchillas looking for a home who have been waiting a long time!

How to help

There are many ways you can help if you are not able to foster or adopt.  We have a vet fund through Canada Helps

Or you can email us if you have a donation of chinchilla items or want to send us a donation directly 

We also have a long list of items we are always in need of.  

Chinchilla Information

Not sure about owning a chinchilla? Or thinking of getting a chinchilla, you should check out our info site: Owning Chinchillas 

It will go over the pros and cons of owning a chinchilla and help you decide if a chinchilla is the right pet for you. 


We get a lot of emails about volunteering for the rescue. Because all the chinchillas are fostered in private homes, it's not the same as a shelter.  We do need volunteers to help transport chinchillas, pick up donations, take pictures of the rescues, help at events and help on social media.  If you can do any of that, please email us:

Zoey and Lilo's Toybox- Chin Supply Promotion

Right now there is a promotion with this online chinchilla supply store.  If you adopt a chinchilla from the Canadian Chinchilla Rescue you can get a 10% discount (excluding apple wood products) off your fist order from Zoey and Lilo's Toybox:

Even if you already have a chinchilla, a portion of all apple wood sales goes towards the rescue! 

We'd like to say a HUGE Thank YOU to Zoey and Lilo's Toybox for their help!! 

Code of Ethics

Here at the Canadian Chinchilla Rescue we will not adopt a chinchilla out for at least 30 days.  This is to ensure the chinchilla is healthy and that we can get to know the chinchilla.

ANY female that has been around a male will be kept for 120 to ensure they are not pregnant.  We will not adopt any female that may be pregnant.

ANYONE wanting to adopt a chinchilla may not adopt a chin of the opposite sex.

NO rescues will ever be bred by us or allowed by anyone adopting a chinchilla.

We do not keep chinchillas and will always try to find the chinchillas homes.  We do not hoard chinchillas. 

We do not adopt chinchillas to "free range" homes or those homes that don't cage their chinchillas.  

 We will not adopt a chinchilla of the opposite sex. 

No chinchilla will be put to sleep due to space.  We will only PTS in the event of a medical issue when it is humane to do so.

We will always take back a chinchilla from someone if they can no longer care for the chin. 

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