Chinchillas Galore is a hobby chinchilla breeder located in West Palm Beach, Fl. We have been breeding friendly, healthy, happy chins for thirteen years, and only produce chins of the utmost quality. We always have baby chinchillas for sale and are proud members of the Mutation Chinchillas Breeding Association. We breed a variety of colors mutations, some are: black velvet, brown velvet, ebony, white ebony, white, pink white, silver or white mosaic, beige, homo beige, tan, and violets.
We are a south Florida chinchilla breeder. Each and every one of our Florida chinchillas are part of the family, and each baby is handled from birth to ensure you get a friendly, healthy, and happy pet. We breed chinchillas because we love them and enjoy finding great homes for the little creatures so they can pass on the love and affection they have given us. Our Florida chinchillas are great pets, and can live for 15+ years! We wean our baby chinchillas that are for sale at between 8 and 10 weeks and when they are a healthy weight. They need both before you can take home your new pet. I will work with you to ensure you are ready for this exciting day!
My name is Chantel. I grew up on a small hobby farm in Minnesota. My mom worked at a zoo, was in school to become a veternarian, and hosted a television show teaching about animals. I would get to see tigers, bear cubs, foxes, lions, you name it, on a regular basis, because my mom would bring them home after work. We weren't the typical farm, no pigs or chickens for us, we loved them all, and could never raise our food! So, instead we had lots, and I mean lots, of pets. We raised ferrets, horses, had a bobcat, turtles, rats, crayfish, hermit crabs, skunk, owl, birds, over ten cats, 15 dogs, chinchillas, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, bats, rats, racoons, lizards, frogs, bengal cats, wolves, sugar gliders, fish, birds ....and more.....our house was literally a zoo! Looking back, my dad sure was a good sport, and now, I think he loves the animals as much as we do. They definitly grow on you, so my Dad and husband say!
People in the area knew my mothers reputation of having a passion for animals, and almost monthly, we would come home to a dog or cat in box with a note on our doorstep- saying that they couldn't take care of their pet any longer, and knew we would give them a good home. We never said no, and took in any animal in need, even though we weren't exactly wealthy by any means. We would take in animals we found along side of the road, baby raccoons because their mother got hit by a car, baby kittens abandoned, animals at shelters that were going to be put down, we would take them all, and nurse them back to health, and then drive hours and hours away to the nearest no-kill shelter or University that would take them and promise not to kill them. My mom would even scrape road kill off of the highway to feed a stray owl that was almost blind, because she did not like to kill other animals if she didn't have to, and didn't have the money to buy feed rats for the adopted owl. She would get up every hour each night for weeks, trying to keep a baby bird, mouse, or bat alive which had been abandoned or its mother killed, with supplemental milk and an eye dropper, some animals so young, they never had a chance, but she just couldn't give up without trying to help.
I got that passion for animals from my mother, and ever since, have learned everything I can about animals and tried to help them in every possible way I can. I volunteered at shelters, pet stores, and take in rescue animals, all because I love them so much and truly believe animals are humans best therapy.
Of all the animals I have owned and loved, the chinchilla has always had a special place in my heart. They require you to gain their trust, are very smart, are very clean and odorless if you keep the cage clean! Some say that dogs look up to humans and that cats look down on them. I believe that chinchillas are on the same level. They have a very long memory, will remember when you treat them poorly, and when you treat them well. They do not forgive quickly, but when they learn to trust you, and learn you love them, they will love you back, and will then trust you. They live for a long time, and are so soft, I just fall in love with each one I meet. They all have such unique personalities, and are so different, it really is amazing. My 3 chinchillas have grow into many. I bought only the best, show quality chinchillas to add to my breeding herd. I now breed them, not for the money, trust me, it is not a profitable business, but for the passion. It is so hard to come by a chinchilla in Florida, except maybe a single sickly, timid, scared, pet store chin, and I want people to have the same positive experiences I have had with chinchillas, to learn more about them, and maybe, chinchillas can help them learn more about themselves as they did with me. That is how Chinchillas Galore came to be, and why we are not just a typical chinchilla farm, but a home.