Below is our terms and conditions for each sale we conduct. These are set forth to protect both the purchaser and ourselves for each transaction.
Please thoroughly read through our policy and this website before purchasing or adopting. Young chinchillas will come with a sample of the food they are on and an information care packet. Please read the packet thoroughly for information regarding bringing home your new chinchilla.
Feel free to contact us via email, Facebook, or Instagram for any inquiries or questions regarding our sales policy.
I do not accept checks or money orders for full payment for any reason. This is to protect both ourselves and the buyer from any issues regarding checks and money orders. We do not accept Zelle, Venmo, Cash App, or the trading of animals. On the day of adoption, the balance for the animal and/or supplies must be paid in full in cash. Non-refundable deposit can be paid via PayPal only.
All animals available with Sunshine Chinchillas are available for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that the animal will not be exclusively held for any specific person UNLESS a deposit and a day/time has been chosen for adoption. Interested parties have 24 hours to pay the deposit and confirm an appointment time with us. If we do not receive a response regarding these arrangements within 24 hours, we will move on to the next person in line. If the deposit is paid and the appointment is set, the purchaser must arrive at that day/time and adopt the animal, otherwise the chinchilla will become available to the next person ready to adopt. If deposit is paid and you are figuring out transportation arrangements, please stay in contact with us.
We will not hold an animal without a deposit.
Failure to Communicate
If an adopter is interested in a certain animal and arrangements are made to adopt, the individual MUST maintain contact with Sunshine Chinchillas. Failure to respond to our contact attempts WILL result in the deposit being forfeited and the animal being placed up for adoption again. If you are making transportation arrangements, PLEASE keep us updated and stay in contact.
If you have not placed a deposit and fail to respond within 24 hours, we will move on to the next interested party.
If a deposit is place but we are unable to contact the adopter 48 hours prior to adoption, the adopter does not show up to the appointment, the adopter arrives hours later without notifying us, or the adopter reschedules more than two times, the adoption appointment will be canceled, deposit will be forfeited, and the animal will be placed for sale again.
All animals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A deposit of $50 per chinchilla must be placed to hold an animal, no exceptions. If a deposit is placed, this can be payed via PayPal only. Adopters have 24 hours to pay the invoice; if it is not paid within this timeframe, we will move on to the next person looking to adopt. We do not accept full payment through PayPal as this would require the purchaser to pay an extra fee to PayPal. The remainder of the fee is due in cash only upon the adoption day.
On occasion, we will allow for a verbal hold on an animal. They will be listed as "Pending" on our website and the adopter has 72 hours to pick them up or we will remove them from pending and will make them available again for adoption/purchase.
We Do Not Accept Advanced Deposits
Sunshine Chinchillas will never take money for an animal that is not born or isn't over six weeks of age. This is to ensure the health and safety of the chinchilla. Our top priority is the health of our animals, not to make a high dollar amount and over-produce kits. Therefore, advanced deposits to hold onto an animal before it is born or available are not a service we provide.
In the event that someone decides not to adopt and communicates this to us in a timely manner, we will credit any non-refundable deposits to another available animal of your choosing in the future. This credit will be applied to the full price of the animal; however, we do still require a new non-refundable deposit be made to place the chinchilla on hold. Example: someone has a $50 credit from previously backing out on an adoption and forfeiting their deposit, they then decide to adopt a $200 animal at a later date. The $50 credit will be applied to this animal's price, meaning the chinchilla is now $150 for that adopter. The interested party must still put down another non-refundable deposit to hold the animal. Once that new non-refundable deposit of $50 is placed, $100 would be due on adoption day (price will vary based on animal as this is just an example). Please note: failure to communicate, not showing up to the adoption appointment, or backing out without giving 24hrs notice prior to the appointment will result in forfeit of deposit and no credit will be provided at a later date.
As of May, 2021, we no longer offer to be added to a waiting list. Far too often do we have parties on our waiting list that do not inform us that they have found an animal or never reply back when they are next in line on the wait list. Therefore, our chinchillas are now only available on a first-come, first-served basis with a non-refundable $25 or $50 deposit to hold them. Please check our website frequently or inquire as to our availability.
We do not offer shipping of animals, delivery or long-distance meet-ups for adoptions. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to arrive at the designated appointment time to pick-up the animal. Sunshine Chinchillas does not ship animals due to the Florida heat and the risk of stressing the animal in an airplane cargo hold, this can result in death. Sunshine Chinchillas does not deliver animals, both long and short distances. Sunshine Chinchillas will not travel long distances for the purpose of meeting halfway. We are a home-based business and do have jobs outside of Sunshine Chinchillas, therefore our schedules are not flexible to be able to drive long distances.
Public Adoptions/Surrenders ONLY
Unfortunately, as of recently we have had to enforce this with all adoptions and surrenders. We will only meet in a public location; this ensures our safety, the safety of others, and the prevention of COVID-19. If you would like to surrender or adopt, please send us a message and we can setup an appointment.
Sick or Injured Animals Are Never Sold or Adopted Out
Here at Sunshine Chinchillas, we never adopt out animals that show signs of illness or injury. This is unethical and inhumane. Animals that show symptoms of illness or need medical attention are immediately taken to a veterinarian. No exceptions.
Opposite Sex Animals Will NOT Be Adopted Out Together
Sunshine Chinchillas does not condone pairing animals of the opposite sex unless they are pedigreed breeding/show quality animals from a reputable breeder paired for the purpose of reproduction. Therefore, we have the right to refuse a sale if an animal is being purchased for the purpose of irresponsible breeding. Males and females will reproduce and can potentially fight and injure each other if paired together. Animals also do not differentiate family members from mates; therefore, chinchillas housed with opposite sex siblings/parents/relatives WILL breed as they do not think the way humans do. Chinchillas do not need an opposite sex cage mate, this is reckless and unnecessary. Rescued chinchillas should NEVER be bred and will not be adopted out with an opposite sex cage mate, no exceptions. If you are looking to find a cage mate for your chinchilla, please let us know what gender they are and we can help you find the perfect match of the same sex. We do not encourage or condone breeding without prior consult with a reputable breeder, attending shows, or purchasing show-quality pedigreed animals. Under no circumstances does Sunshine Chinchillas ever condone backyard breeding or selling ill or injured animals.
Breeding of Chinchillas
We do not condone the breeding of animals purchased here at Sunshine Chinchillas without a prior consult with a reputable chinchilla breeder, attending chinchilla shows, and purchasing show quality pedigreed animals. Rescue animals should NEVER be bred, no exceptions. We do not encourage nonchalant breeding of animals. These are living beings that deserve to be cared for properly, if you bring animals into this world via breeding you are responsible for their well-being. Unless stated otherwise, animals sold at Sunshine Chinchillas are not to be bred. Rescue chinchillas should never be bred under any circumstance. If you would like to purchase a show quality pedigreed breeding pair, please contact us and let us know your intentions. We encourage joining the Mutation Chinchillas Breeding Association, MCBA, if you are interested in breeding and showing. Under no circumstances do we condone backyard breeding (breeding unpedigreed/rescue animals) or the abhorrent act of selling sick/injured animals. If you bring animals into this world, you are responsible for their well-being.
If you are purchasing an animal from Sunshine Chinchillas to bond with another chinchilla, this animal will not be covered by the replacement policy if it is injured and/or passes away. Chinchillas do not require having a cage mate to be content, getting another chinchilla is purely based on what the owner wants. Therefore, if an animal is purchased from Sunshine Chinchillas and introduced to another chin, we are not responsible for any accidents or deaths that occur. Please follow proper chinchilla bonding techniques to ensure the safety of the animals.
Interspecies Interaction with Chinchilla(s)
Sunshine Chinchillas does not recommended allowing chinchillas to interact with other species of animals. Allowing a chinchilla to have playtime with or be housed with another animal such as a rabbit, ferret, hamster, cat, etc., can be dangerous and/or deadly. Chinchillas purchased from Sunshine Chinchillas that pass away, catch disease, or are injured as a result of interspecies interaction will not be covered by our replacement policy.
Risk of Death During Travel
Sunshine Chinchillas does not recommended taking our animals onto airplanes. If you choose to do this, we are not responsible for the animal if it passes away. Animals that pass away due to travel via airplane or long distance car rides are not eligible for refunds or replacements.
Sunshine Chinchillas does not recommend using third-party animal transport services as chinchillas can be tricky to transport safely if the utmost care is not provided. Sunshine Chinchillas does not take any responsibility for injuries and/or deaths that can result from using these transport services. If you use a transport service, you MUST communicate this prior to adoption. If this is not communicated, the deposit will be forfeited to Sunshine Chinchillas and the animal will not be adopted out.
We Are a Private Facility
Due to our business being very small scale, we are a home-based facility. We have the right to not allow strangers into our home for any reason at anytime. As of August 2021, we will only be fulfilling appointments at a meetup location of our choosing. This ensures our customers and our safety by choosing a public location to meet, this also reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
We Do Not Allow Tours of Our Facility
Once again, we are very small scale and are not a pet store. We do not have business hours and our home is not open to the public, we do not offer "playdates" for strangers to come play with our animals. We do not provide tours of our home or animals as this puts our chinchillas health at risk due to transmittable diseases, stress, and possible mishandling. We also follow all social distancing protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
Cancellations and No Shows
Any appointment cancellations MUST be confirmed with us 48 hours prior to the appointment change. Any cancellations or no-shows that occur same day as the pick-up date immediately forfeit any animal and/or non-refundable deposit to Sunshine Chinchillas. We understand that life happens and is not always predictable, therefore we do allow for up to three cancellations with AT LEAST 48 hours notice beforehand. Any cancellation or no-show that occurs without notice is cause for immediate termination of the adoption. Animals in this situation will immediately become available to the next person ready to adopt. This is for the protection of our animals; constant unnecessary travel as a result of repeat cancellations or no-shows can cause extreme strain on any animal. For the consideration of the chinchilla(s) well-being, this policy protects them from unneeded stress.
We Do Not Hold Animals Indefinitely
If a deposit is placed, the chinchilla(s) must be picked up in a timely matter. Deposits placed hold an animal for up to two weeks. On occasion, we do make exceptions to this rule, however we will not hold an animal indefinitely. We understand that life happens and some situations may be different, but we do require explicit communication for these instances. Failure to keep us updated on a projected pick-up date, multiple reschedules for pick-up, or no response from the adopter will result in forfeit of deposit and the adoption of the animal. We are not a boarding facility, under no circumstances do we offer this service.
Same Day or Next Day Pick-Up Will Require A Deposit
If you contact us and would like to adopt an animal the same day or the next day after inquiring, we require a non-refundable deposit of half the adoption price. This deposit is non-refundable no matter the situation; if you decide upon our meet-up that you are no longer interested in the animal, this fee will not be reimbursed. This prevents "window shopping" and/or impulsive adoptions which spares our animals from unnecessary stress.
We Do Not Encourage Chinchillas as a Pet for Children under 13 years old
Chinchillas can be high strung and flighty, most do not like being held. Chinchillas are not cuddly in any way and are not a good pet for small children, they should never be interacted with by a child unsupervised. Just like any animal, there is the potential that they can bite, spray, or bark as a defense. If purchasing for a child, we are not responsible if the animal is mishandled, handled too much, unsupervised with a child, or not given the alone time they need and either react negatively or pass away.
We Do Not Allow "Meeting" the Chinchilla Without Adopting
Some breeders and rescues offer to do this, but here at Sunshine Chinchillas we currently do not. This is to prevent the spread of illness from person to chinchilla if the chin in question is not adopted after interaction, as well as keeping them from overexerting or overheating since we are in a very warm climate.
We Do Not Allow Another Animal to "Meet" Our Animals Before Adopting
Some breeders and rescues offer to do this, but here at Sunshine Chinchillas we currently do not. This is to prevent the spread of illness from chinchilla to chinchilla if the chin in question is not adopted after interacting with an unknown animal, as well as keeping them from overexerting or overheating since we are in a very warm climate. Please note, chinchillas should only be bonded through proper techniques, having two animals briefly meet prior to adoption is not a reliable way of getting an idea of their interaction with each other in a home environment without proper bonding attempts.
We Do Not Buy Back Chinchillas
I do not buy back chinchillas that have been purchased from Sunshine Chinchillas or any animal for that matter. I will, however, take back any chinchillas that have been adopted out by Sunshine Chinchillas.
Kits Do Not Leave Our Care Until At Least 10-12 Weeks Old
Under no circumstances will a kit ever leave our care before 10 weeks of age. Chinchilla kits are still babies and must be treated with the utmost care. Thus, we require them to stay with us for two weeks after being weaned from their mother. This ensures they are eating, drinking, growing, and adjusting to life without their mom. If a kit is over 10 weeks and is still under 200 grams, they will not leave until they are the proper weight regardless of age.
Please Remember: These Are Living Creatures
Occasionally, kits may not grow as fast as we'd like. If they are not the weight we want them to be before being taken home, they will not be leaving our facility. Kits can lose weight in a matter of days, we do not have control of this. Although rare, it does happen and can affect the scheduled pick-up date. Please remember, these are living creatures with fluctuating needs that we can't always control. Thus, please take this into consideration and be prepared if something changes.
Refusal of Sale
I have the right to refuse a sale to any person(s) whom I feel cannot take care of the animal(s) they are interested in.
Must be 18 or Older to Purchase
I do not sell to anyone under the age of 18 without a parents consent. If you do not have a parent or guardian contact us prior to placing a deposit and scheduling an adoption appointment, we will not adopt out to you. For parties under 18 years of age, we MUST have a parent's consent before moving forward with the adoption.
Shipping Not Available
We do not offer to ship chinchillas at this time. However, we do have supplies available for purchase that can be shipped.
Meeting Long Distances
On the rare occasion that we do offer to meet long distance, we ask for a fee $45 per hour of driving to meet. Non-refundable deposit of $50 is required before traveling. Upon meeting, the remainder of the balance for any animal(s), delivery fees and/or supplies is due in cash only.
Chinchilla kits will only be eligible to go home once they are at least 10 weeks or older and over 200 grams. No exceptions. Any animals up for adoption that are over four months old are typically a rescue animal unless otherwise stated.
No Veterinary Health Guarantee
We do not offer a veterinary health certificate guarantee with our animals. This is due to chinchillas not needing routine teeth filings, check-ups, vaccinations, neuters/spays, or any other non-emergency related veterinary care. We do not breed animals with genetic defects or illnesses; we also will not sell an animal that shows signs of any illness.
We do not offer refunds or replacements for animals that develop fungus/ringworm as it does not cause injury or illness. This ailment has the ability to crop up in any animal as it is due to weather, warmth and humidity. There is no way to confirm whether it started in our facility or in the home of the adopter. This is not lethal and can be treated and prevented at home with Lotrimin foot powder.
No Refunds; Replacements Only
If an animal passes away within seven days of adoption, a necropsy is required to determine cause of death. Any replacements will be based on a vet's examination that the chinchilla was sick prior to being purchased. Any and/or all veterinarian costs are the responsibility of the purchaser(s). Sunshine chinchillas is not responsible for veterinarian costs once the animal leaves their care. Proof of vet visit will be required to be submitted to Sunshine Chinchillas.
This does not cover accidents, acts of God, negligence or neglect by the pet owner. Disregarding information in our care packet, accidental injuries, death from natural causes, poor care or neglect will not warrant a replacement animal to be provided. If the animal suddenly passes within two weeks of the adoption appointment, proof of this needs to be sent in detailed photos showing said chinchilla(s), their cage setup, and any areas they were allowed in. If animal has passed away within this timeframe, a necropsy to determine cause of death is require. If this reveals that the animal(s) passed due to negligence, an accident, natural causes, or disregarding proper care according to our sales policy/website/information care packet, the replacement policy is null and void. Causes that directly breach our policies are immediately disqualified from being eligible for replacement.
Examples of this are:
Animals that pass away due to stomach impaction from improper materials in their cage (fabric, paper bedding, cardboard, plastic, etc.).
Overhandling or squeezing the animal (can cause overheating or spinal nerve injuries).
Overexertion and/or overheating from playtime or use of a plastic exercise ball.
Power or A/C goes out and the animal is not taken into proper air conditioning ASAP. Frozen water bottles, fans, and granite slabs WILL NOT cool your chinchilla without central air conditioning.
Too large of a cage for a very small kit causing falls or overexertion.
Dangerous cage setups or accessories
Using a transport service to transport an animal.
Not keeping the animal cool during the car ride home. Direct sunlight and the Florida heat WILL kill a chinchilla; temperatures in the car during the ride home needs to be around 70 degrees max or below, never leave them in direct sunlight.
Improper carrier during transport; chinchillas need proper airflow. Using an aquarium or solid plastic container with no air holes can kill a chinchilla.
Cage Setups and Supply Packs
Please note that any cage setups we sell are almost always re-purposed used cages. Any cage setup sold is typically priced based on the supplies it comes with rather than the cage itself. Supplies included can be a mixture of new or used and will be priced accordingly. If you are looking for a brand new cage, we can recommend some brands upon request.
Animals Bred by Sunshine Chinchillas
Will be guaranteed only for the first 5 days post-purchase against communicable diseases. No genetic guarantee is available. Rescue animals have no health guarantee.
If at any time you would like some references to ensure our credibility as a rescue and/or breeder, here are some contacts below that we have known personally for several years:
Humble Acres Ranch:
Carolina Chinchilla Ranch
Rescue Animal Information
We are a private rescue and do not allow "tours".
We do not adopt out to anyone under the age of 18 without a parent's consent. The parent(s) will need to contact us to start the adoption process, this ensures that this is a family choice.
More often than not, we will not know adequate background information to determine an exact age or birthday of the animal. Please remember, chinchillas have live up to 15-20 years; adopting an older animal does not mean you won't have plenty of time left with them.
Most often we do not know the animals full background or history; we get a general idea sometimes, other times we get no information whatsoever.
We usually have no prior health background on the animal, this means we do not offer a health guarantee. Therefore, there is no guarantee that any rescue animal does not carry something that could affect any other chinchillas you may own. Please always quarantine any animal you adopt from your current chinchilla(s).
We always quarantine and do not house owner surrenders/rescue animals in the same room as our herd. We highly encourage new owners to quarantine any new chinchilla from any established chinchilla(s) they already own for at least 30 days to prevent the spread of any unforeseen illnesses.
We WILL NOT knowingly sell any animal that shows signs of illness or injury for any reason; no exceptions. The health of all of our chinchillas takes precedent.
I CANNOT guarantee the adopted animal does not bite/bark/spray urine, these are prey animals that can react if mishandled. All of the chinchillas in our care here at the rescue will have different temperaments. Some have been through multiple homes and may be skittish. Chinchillas are a prey animal and are not inclined to act like a cat/dog. This does not mean that they will never seek out their human, but with rescue animals it can take time. Please remember, these chins have been through quite a bit and need time to adjust.
We do ask for an adoption fee as this helps take care of other rescue animals we receive; this goes straight back into the rescue for the cost of everyday needs (food, dust, hay, toys, vet care, etc.)
We accept non-refundable $25 or $50 deposits to hold an animal and the remainder must be paid in cash on adoption day. Please see our sale policies above regarding payment process.
We do not buy back any chinchilla(s) that has been adopted from Sunshine Chinchillas. If you need to surrender your chinchilla you adopted, please visit our surrender page here.
No rescue animal should ever be used for breeding purposes; we will refuse an adoption of an animal to a home with a chinchilla of the opposite sex.
If you are interested in adopting a rescue, please fill out an adoption form here.
By purchasing and/or adopting a chinchilla(s) from Sunshine Chinchillas you are acknowledging and accepting these terms of sale
*Upon receipt of your chinchilla you will be asked to print, sign and date a copy of the sales policy for our records*