Chins in need of serious help in Tampa, FL

hmccoll13

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Was browsing through craigslist ads when I come across this horrible situation in Tampa, FL

http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/for/5423394436.html

In case the ad is removed or cannot be accessed, it reads as follows:

"Breeding pair of Chinchillas with one week old baby for sale. White female and dark gray male chinchillas both are about three years old. No papers! The female usually has two or three babies each time but this time she only had one white baby. She has a history of having white babies. 70% of all babies have been white. They live together in the large cage except when the female has babies. Easy money to be made on these proven breeders. Also comes with two cages and supplies... Chinchilla"

These poor chinchillas are a M/F pair, housed together in a one level (what appears to be) rabbit cage very similar to this one: http://www.cool-small-pets.com/image-files/rabbit-cage.jpg, with only one ledge and an empty cardboard beer container to chew on. The ledge is plastic as is the hay holder. The "large cage" the ad poster mentions is the rabbit cage. The small cage looks like a large hamster cage. There are no papers to speak of and yet this person is breeding these chinchillas. They are asking $500 for the whole set up and I would take them right now if I had the means to, but sadly I am a college student and with my two boys cannot take on any more animals in my dorm, not to mention I can't afford the $500 fee. I may ask some of my friends if they may be able to help me rescue these guys but I wanted to reach out here as well and see if anyone else is better able. The worst thing I can think of is someone equally as ignorant about chinchilla care purchases these sorry souls and continues to breed them without understanding the implications. :mad:
 

Minccino

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Oh wow :( These chins are all about the money. I don't see any love or care being put into them. The poor female, especially!!
I hope someone in the area can reach out. Hoping they find a good home. :heart:
 

hmccoll13

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Oh wow :( These chins are all about the money. I don't see any love or care being put into them. The poor female, especially!!
I hope someone in the area can reach out. Hoping they find a good home. :heart:
I am very very close to contacting the owner and asking about them, maybe seeing if I can get the price down a bit and then seeing if a friend or two wants to help me out with a rescue. I can't stand the thought of them being there any longer, and I do live on a very pet friendly college campus so I'm sure I can get some people to help me out as we all love animals here!
 

Minccino

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I am very very close to contacting the owner and asking about them, maybe seeing if I can get the price down a bit and then seeing if a friend or two wants to help me out with a rescue. I can't stand the thought of them being there any longer, and I do live on a very pet friendly college campus so I'm sure I can get some people to help me out as we all love animals here!
Keep us updated!!
 

hmccoll13

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Unfortunately no :( I made a few attempts to contact the owner with no results, and since there was no actual contact info in the ad I was unable to find an efficient way to contact them. Last I checked the ad was taken down, and I can only hope the chins were not sold to an equally as ignorant owner.
 

hmccoll13

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UPDATE: The ad has been reposted with new photos (unfortunately not showing the full cage they are being kept in but you can see they're less than ideal conditions) Asking price reduced to $450. Unfortunately I can't afford to pay that much for them and I wouldn't have the room to take them for long anyways but hopefully someone can help them :/

New ad: https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/for/5484045284.html

Does look like the poster still failed to put any reliable contact info so I will try to reach out again but not expecting much.
 

thatotakugalaxy

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I can’t see the post, but I’m willing to pay for just the chinchilla’s if I could get her/him to lower it. I cannot pay that much, but I have multiple cages that they could go in, and extremely comfortable and good places. I just can’t afford that much, and I could give less about the cage. One chin could fit in a two level of that one..!! That just may be me, but still..
 

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