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Rodent Ramblings

by Stephanie Cameron


This month, instead of sharing someone else’s adoption story, I thought it was time I shared one of my own. I adopted Hazel from Rattie Ratz Rescue back in August of 2015. I needed a companion for a sanctuary rat who had just lost her sister. Hazel was the runt of the litter, a tiny black and white hooded baby, and my family fell in love with her instantly. Thankfully, my sanctuary girl Rowan also fell in love with little Hazel. They were happily living together within hours of being introduced.

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by Diana Hockley


KRL believes in supporting animal rescue in its many forms in any way that we can. This week we are interviewing a very unique rescue in New York called Empty Cages Collective.

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by Kim Davis


I became a first time rattie mom back in June 2016. Misty was approximately three months old when we got her, and extremely shy. Every day I would offer her a treat as I walked by her cage, making sure to talk softly and to not make any fast or sudden movements. I would pet her very gently, but never ask her to come out. Soon, we got to the point that when I opened her cage door she was willing to climb onto my shoulder. She still wouldn’t step onto my hand, so I had to lean down and offer my shoulder each time.

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by Stephanie Cameron


Not only do domestic rats come in all shapes and sizes, they also come in all sorts of temperaments. From the lovable “snugglers” who don’t want you out of their sight to the Mr. Grouchy Pants who want to be left alone to their own devices. Anna was lucky enough to adopt a rat on the Mr. Grouchy Pants end of the spectrum. Anna renamed her grouchy boy Strider and has been on an adventure of rattie proportions ever since!

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Rattie Ratz: Rat Cafe

IN THE May 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
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by Alyssa Nader


Many of us have heard about cat cafés, which originated in Taiwan and became a beloved craze in Japan, where tourists and residents alike can now choose from the over 150 kitty cafés that are open in the country. Guests can relax and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee, basking in the company of animal friends as the cats roam about, a welcome break from the grind of everyday life.

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by Diana Hockley


The little beady-eyed creep irritated the hell out of me. If he hadn’t been one heck of a technician, I would have had him transferred to another department. Much as I liked to hear the figures on the monitors squeal, prolonged listening got old pretty quickly.

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by Diana Hockley


KRL wants to spread the word about what awesome pets rats are, and also to help those who are rescuing them, so we interview rat rescues across the country. This week we are interviewing the owner of Rizzo Rat Rescue in Southern California, Lillian. In honor of World Rat Day on April 4 we actually have 3 rat related articles in this issue!

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by Karen Marcroft


There is no doubt about it–the hardest part of keeping pets is saying goodbye. It comes too soon for all of our furry friends, but especially so for our ratties. This is the story of the “hospice” months for my three ratties. Warning: it may be a bit of a tear-jerker.

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by Alyssa Nader


Our featured rescue rat of the month had a terrible first roommate. He lived in a tank with a snake. This went on for two weeks: the snake was not interested in eating him. In spite of this, the snake was antisocial, cold-blooded, and still not a good roommate. Once the snake’s owner realized that his pet was not going to eat the feeder rat that he had purchased, he gave him to a friend, who named him Bacon. The friend wasn’t able to keep Bacon and the volunteers at Rattie Ratz took him in.

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Rattie Ratz: Rescue Story, From Labs to Love

IN THE January 28 ISSUE

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by Alyssa Nader


Patrick was a lab rat, rescued in a group of 53 rats from a biomedical facility. All that the Rattie Ratz volunteers were told about his time there is that he “ran mazes.” Despite his rough beginning, Patrick found a loving home, became the “gentle giant” that he is today and even met his soulmate, thanks to the love and effort of many volunteers.

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by Alyssa Nader


I try not to take it personally when people hate on rats. More rats for me! That being said, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. I try my best to educate as much as I can, because I care so much about rat sons, and everyone wants the best for their children. Plus, I love rats so much I really can’t stop proselytizing to anyone who will listen. So here is a quick primer on positive rat PR practice.

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Butters Rat House Small Animal Rescue

IN THE October 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
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andRodent Ramblings
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by Diana Hockley


This week we interviewed another rat and small animal rescue, Butters Rat House Small Animal Rescue in Maryland. We chatted with founder Crystal Tranter.

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by Stephanie Cameron


As any rat owner can attest to, once you’ve owned rats, it can be difficult to not have them in your life. The house just seems so empty without the sounds of the water bottle, frantically spinning wheel, dinner time munching and all other manner of noises associated with having rats. Rats may have small bodies, but they have a large presence and an even larger impact on the lives of their owners!

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APOPO: Using Rats to Save Lives

IN THE October 1 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Alyssa Nader


APOPO is a nonprofit organization that is using rats to save lives and affect social change; it was born of a love of rodents and a desire to solve the world’s problems.
Founder Bart Weetjens, of Belgium, explains how it all came together for him. He’s always loved rodents, keeping and breeding various types since childhood.

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