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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Chinchilla-rama!

May 30th, 2014 by Laura

On Fridays we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

Updates on previous pets:
Mama (tabby kitty) – available for adoption
Cosmo (yellow lab mix) – available for adoption
Pounce (silky grey cat) – available for adoption
Lizzie (black chihuahua pup) – available for adoption
Elsa (white kitty) – available for adoption
Godiva (black& white kitty) – Adopted!

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Chinchilla-rama!!

Chins 2014-05-29 1In late April, the Seattle Animal Shelter took in a group of 21 chinchillas (11 males and 10 females)! The chins were malnourished and several had infections. Since that time, they have been examined by a vet, and all the females have been spayed.

Now, these sweet chinchillas are recovering in foster care, and will soon be available for adoption. They can be adopted as singles (if you already have a chinchilla that needs a companion), in pairs, or in small groups. These adorable little guys have been through a lot, and need excellent homes where they will get the care and love they need, as well as ample space to play and exercise.

Chins 2014-05-29 3Chinchillas are nocturnal (active at night) and are extremely energetic and playful. They need a large, multi-level enclosure with plenty of room for running, leaping, and playing around.

Chinchillas are social animals; they do best in pairs and also enjoy spending time with their human friends. Chins have a sensitive digestive system and should be fed a well-formulated pellet diet and hay. Dust to “bathe” in should be offered on a regular basis.

Chins 2014-05-29 2With good care, chinchillas can live to be 15 to 20 years old. Potential adopters should have some prior chinchilla experience or have done extensive research on their care needs.

Potential adopters should complete a small animal adoption application and fax it to (206) 386-4285, attention Laura Mundy, or email it to laura.mundy@seattle.gov. A “Highly Adoptable” fee will apply – ask a Shelter staff member for more information. Due to the large number of chinchillas involved in this case, the Shelter asks for your patience during the process of finding the very best match for all of its available critters.

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