The Way Home: Fostering with Rattie Ratz

Nov 14, 2020 | 2020 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Rodent Ramblings

by Alyssa Nader

Alyssa Nader is a volunteer with Rattie Ratz Rescue in the bay area of California. Each month KRL will be featuring at least one animal rescue adventure story, and every other month there will be one from Rattie Ratz.

Our mission at Rattie Ratz is to find all ratties who come to us to find a loving, forever home. An important step along the way is often a foster home.

Babies on babies!

Not everyone knows that Rattie Ratz is an all-volunteer, decentralized organization. There is no central, large, rat-shaped building with a big sign that says “Rattie Ratz” (maybe one day!). Rather, we base our rescue efforts on volunteers’ love and homes.

We rely on experienced rat owners for fostering, as some rats come to Rattie Ratz not quite ready for a forever home. Some may be shy, unsocialized, or have other health or behavioral challenges to address. Volunteers experienced with rats find great joy in helping ratties in need along this journey, and their skills are put to great use as they help ratties come out of their shell and enjoy the companionship or humans and other rats.

Today we are featuring the sweetest group of foster rats who just found their forever home after being fostered by Rattie Ratz. Mila is a 7 month-old black hooded female with a soft spot for having lots of babies!

Mama Mila was surrendered to Rattie Ratz by a caring owner who found themselves overwhelmed by an accidental “oops” litter. Going from two rats to 19 (there were 17 babies!) is no fun. Luckily, the owner contacted us, and we were able to place all 17 babies and the father, Oliver, in forever homes.


One of the babies: adorably shy Eleanor Rigby.

However, because Mila and Oliver weren’t separated after she gave birth for the first time, Mila became pregnant again, this time with an additional 15 babies! Luckily for the babies, Mama Mila is an “ubermom” nursing all the little ones as they grew and were adopted out.

Mama Mila is very friendly and loves head rubs and cuddles. She really loves her treats! She comes eagerly to the cage door during feeding times. She takes food gently but is always the first to grab a snack. She’s an excellent food stasher!

Babies can typically be a little jumpy and may startle at loud noises (like a cage door opening), but quickly settle. Their foster volunteer worked with them daily, and they are friendlier and calmer once in the playpen. They love snuggling together for naps and sleeping in the infamous “cuddle puddle” position inside their Sputniks and hammocks. They also take treats gently after first sniffing to make sure they are delicious. They groom each other, climb on top of each other for treats, and have never nipped or bitten.

Stay tuned for updates on their stories. For updates on the latest foster ratties available for adoption, follow Rattie Ratz on Facebook or Instagram, or our website at

Rattie Ratz is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to help all domesticated ratties who come to us find a loving, forever home.

Rattie Ratz: Rescue, Resource, & Referral
Click here to email us at: info@rattieratz[dot]com
Call us at: (415) 340-1896

Check out more animal rescue stories in our Pet Perspective section & watch for more stories from Rattie Ratz every other month. We also have a Facebook group specifically for our pet articles and would love you to join! Advertise in KRL and 10% of your advertising fees can go to Rattie Ratz.

Alyssa Blake Nader is a writer and mental health professional living in the Bay Area. She is new to the rat community and mother to two rat brothers named Bitey and Pablo. In her free time, she enjoys creating art, improve performance, dancing to techno, and bothering everyone about rats.


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