Canadian Chinchilla Rescue

GTA foster-home based rescue

Latest Update September 12, 2022

We have an ongoing Go Fund me. Please consider donating as we have had so many costs this year. 

Ongoing COVID Procedures:

Due to covid we aren't having people enter our foster homes. This has made for a different way to do adoptions but we must all be safe during this time. Therefore, we will send pics and videos of chinchillas and on the adoption day you arrive at the foster home and hand over a carrier. Your new chinchilla is then brought outside to you. 

All rescues and shelters are very full fight now and we are no different. Please be patient when sending an email. I do my very best! 

Our wait list is very full. We have been unable to take any chins due to the number in our care. If you have an emergency please contact us. 

Donations needed the most are:

Oxbow Chinchilla Pellets

Timothy Hay

Aspen Shavings


You can paypal or emt donations of money directly to: [email protected]

You can see our Amazon Wish list here:

Chinchilla Wish List

OR you can contact Zoey and Lilo`s Toybox to make any kind of donation from their site:

Zoey and Lilo`s

Don`t forget to like our Chinchilla Appreciation Day page on facebook:


We have t-shirts an other merchandise. We will be adding to this ad we have time. Have a design idea? Send it to me! [email protected] 


We have a referral link for you to purchase items from Quality Cage. WE LOVE their products and the chin spin is my favourite wheel to put in the chin cages! Quality Cage

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, North York, 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.  


Donate Through Paypal here 

Donations:  If you want to help out the rescue you can do so a few ways:

you can donate to our vet fund here at our Canada Helps Page

Or we have our Paypal donate button above.

We also have a new campaign to raise funds through indiegogo's Generosity Page;

Chinchilla Rescue Donation Page

Lastly we have created a wish list on Amazon:

Chinchilla Wish List

If you have any items you wish to donate you can always email us as well: [email protected]

Owner Surrenders:

If you need to surrender your chinchilla, contact us and we can let you know when we have a spot. Our waitlist is currently full. 

[email protected] 

Please note: shelters will bump anyone waiting for a spot. As well any chinchillas formally adopted by CCR will bump the wait list. 

How to help

There are many ways you can help if you are not able to foster or adopt.  

You can email us if you have a donation of chinchilla items or want to send us a donation directly [email protected] 

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: [email protected]

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. 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 must always take back a chinchilla that was adopted from CCR if they can no longer care for the chin. 

Our foster homes always have contact with someone in the rescue in the event of an emergency.

Chinchillas in shelters always get priority over owner surrenders.