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pet rats

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

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings
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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 Stephanie Cameron


For those of us who had pet rats growing up, I think it’s safe to say the experience was a special one. From building mazes on our kitchen floors to shoulder rides and special trips to the pet store, rats have a way of making each day special and memorable. For those of us who have experienced this rattie love, it’s only natural to want to share it with our own families and children.

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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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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 Stephanie Cameron


One of the hardest lessons a rat owner will ever learn is that the life span of a rat is far too short. When a rat’s life is cut even shorter by an illness, it is that much more devastating. In many cases, the grief-stricken owners are left behind with a mourning cage-mate to look after. This sad occurrence brings many adopters to rescues like Rattie Ratz, where they come looking for a companion for their remaining rat. Maryanne was one such adopter.

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by Diana Hockley


Alice Mongoose lives with her parents in a big house in India, where they happily eat eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Alice goes to the market one day and sees an advertisement encouraging mongooses to go to Hawaii. Flushed with excitement, Alice and her parents pack her suitcases and steam-trunk (they didn’t have back-packs in those days!) and she sets sail for her new job.

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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 Stephanie Cameron


When it comes to working within a rescue, giving animals a second chance at life takes the cake for feel-good vibes, and it’s just as special when the animals in question are rats. As a domestic pet rat rescue, Rattie Ratz volunteers see their fair share of animal neglect; it’s not just dogs and cats in need of rescuing from bad owners and bad situations.

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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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St. Nicholas Mouse Rescue

IN THE May 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings
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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. This week we are featuring a rescue of another kind, a mouse rescue located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who also rescues rats and other small pets.

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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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The Ratz Family

IN THE April 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings,
andTerrific Tales
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by Patti Yeager


In honor of World Rat Day we thought it would be fun to publish this rat poem by Seattle writer Patti Yeager. The art work is hers as well.

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