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rat rescue

by Stephanie Cameron


While the primary focus of Rattie Ratz Rescue is placing rats in foster care as a precursor to adoption, there is a second program that is just as important but not as well known. Rattie Ratz is a no-kill rescue which means any rats surrendered to the rescue that are deemed unadoptable to the general public still need to find a good home.

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Rattie Ratz Rescue: Raven

IN THE July 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Alyssa Nader


For the past few years, I have been bringing my rats to work. People know me as the rat lady and know that I work with Rattie Ratz to help find Bay Area ratties homes. I was traveling abroad a few weeks ago for a business trip and got an incredible message from my coworker, Kharisma.

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by Alyssa Nader


Bitey was one of my first rats, along with his brother, Pablo. Pablo passed away last year, and I wrote about Bitey’s journey in finding new friends in Disco and Biscuit, who I adopted from Rattie Ratz.

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by Stephanie Cameron


While many who are not familiar with domestic rats may think of them as dangerous and/or dirty, anyone who has experienced rats as pets will know that they make wonderful additions to the family.

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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 Jaimie about her local rat rescue, Whisker Tickled, located in the Fresno, CA area.

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Rattie Ratz Rescue: The Single Boys of Summer

IN THE December 16 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Jenny


As I began the two hour trek home that pleasant summer afternoon in August, my two newest bundles of fur were settled beside me in two separate travel carriers. I was excited they would be joining our burgeoning family of rescue rats, guinea pigs, and dogs, but I was also filled with a mild sense of trepidation.

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by Stephanie Cameron


Antoine and Bijou are two special boys with a very special role: teaching the next generation how wonderful rats are. Antoine and Bijou are brothers who began life, as do so many of the babies brought to rescues, as part of an “oops” litter. However, they had a lucky start to life–a much different story from what most rescue rats go through. The two beautiful brothers were born into a loving family with children who doted on them every day.

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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 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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by Stephanie Cameron


Brittany contacted Rattie Ratz Rescue in October of 2015 after losing her last group of boys. While initially planning to take a break from owning rats, Brittany soon discovered that she missed having them in her life. Though their bodies are small and their time with us is short, the holes they leave in our lives are large.

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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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by Saralan Chen


After upgrading my cage, I realized it was much too large for my two female rats, Peeka and Boo. But I had the perfect idea for them; more rats!
After doing considerable research, I chose to adopt. It’s not as easy to find a rescue group for rats as it is for cats or dogs, but I did find a couple of good places and Rattie Ratz was one of them. They had great reviews and were very quick to respond. I submitted my application and they recommended a trio of neutered males, and suggested that I go meet them in person before making a final decision.

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Yale Road Adoptables

IN THE July 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Diana Hockley


KRL loves to share with our readers about animal rescues across the country, especially those who take in pet rats. This week we are chatting with pocket pet rescue Yale Road Adoptables in Michigan.

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by Vivien Hoang


I’ve had pet rats for over 10 years, everything from peach-fuzz babies to special needs, elderly rats. I like to think that all those years and all those rats mean I have some insight into what our rodent friends are thinking. Here’s my primer on what goes on inside a rat’s mind!

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by Stephanie Cameron


As a rat rescue organization, Rattie Ratz takes pride in being a resource for both the general public and local shelters. Although it is not as common to find rats at shelters, it happens more often than most people think. Unfortunately, most shelters do not have the resources or the knowledge to properly care for rats. This is where Rattie Ratz Rescue steps in.

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by Diana Hockley


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the country because we know how wonderful pet rats are and want to help spread the word about those who help them. We especially wanted to feature one this week in honor of World Rat Day on April 5! This week we are chatting with Brittaney Smallwood of East Tennessee Give A Heart Rat Rescue.

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