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Rattie Ratz Rat Rescue

by Alyssa Nader


Kelly got Remington (Remy, a black Berkshire boy) and Ralph (a variegated gray boy) on her birthday weekend this January.
“They were a gift to myself after losing my two boys in the fall of 2019, one being my heart rat. I was very excited to get babies again, and boys are my absolute favorite!”

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by Alyssa Nader


Jennifer and her family adopted two rattie boys from Rattie Ratz in December. We spoke to her (and heard in her kids’ own words!) about how they’re doing in their new forever home.

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by Stephanie Cameron


Party animals Armand, Gaston, and Pliny give us some holiday inspiration in the below story from Rattie Ratz volunteers Anne and Charles.

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by Stephanie Cameron


Johnny and Cassie[/caption]Below is the story of Johnny, a big rat with an even larger personality, whose antics both entertained and exasperated his human mother Cassie Columbus. Cassie describes how a few summers ago, she reached out to Rattie Ratz Rescue with the intent to foster, but quickly discovered that Johnny and his three brothers were just too special to give up. Cassie’s recount of her heartwarming relationship with trouble child Johnny from his first moments with her, to his last, will leave you feeling both heartened and wistful.

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by Alyssa Nader


Most of the adoption stories you hear from Rattie Ratz end right at the beginning of our ratties’ journey in their new families. We heard about Fantasia finding her forever home last year in KRLM. Let’s see how she’s doing, one year later!

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by Alyssa Nader


For some of our adopters, rats are like potato chips: they can’t just stop at one. Having a great adoption experience with Rattie Ratz and experiencing the love and fun that rats bring to a household makes some come back for more.

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by Stephanie Cameron


For the month of December, I have decided to mix things up a bit, and while we will still be sharing a special story about two very special boys, this month the boys featured are not Rattie Ratz Rescue alumni. Instead, we have two boys who were lucky enough to find a great human mom who spoils them rotten.

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Rattie Ratz: Charlotte Rose & Ms. Peachy Bob

IN THE November 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Alyssa Nader


When people are not familiar with Rattie Ratz, or the idea of a rat rescue in general, some of the first questions they always ask are, “How do these rats come to you? Why would a rat need to be adopted?”

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by Stephanie Cameron


As Halloween is right around the corner, I started pondering on the reason why rats are such a favorite animal in a lot of Halloween folklore and why they’re still such a popular animal to display next to the fibrous spider webs, scream masks and hanging ghosts in the local holiday stores.

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Rattie Ratz: Snowy the Rattie

IN THE September 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Alyssa Nader


Snowy was adopted, along with his cage-mate in January and homed with two other boy rats. The owner had just moved into a new house, but after the introduction of her rats, her roommate began to feel sick. It turned out that she was allergic to rats and could not live with them.

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by Stephanie Cameron


For those of us who understand the truly special bond that exists between us and our pet rats, the experience of owning and loving rats only gets stronger with time. Someone who can attest to this is Sue, an adopter of Rattie Ratz Rescue and longtime rat mom.

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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


In the summer of 2017 a large group of domestic rats were dumped in Tujunga California. Nobody knows why the animals were dumped, but because of the sheer number of rats, it was clear that someone had gotten in way over their head. Unfortunately, instead of being responsible for the situation, they chose to release the rats.

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by Alyssa Nader


Anastasia and her family started their experience with rats, as many people do, at the pet store. After their much-loved ratties left them way too soon, they were filled with a deep need to fill the rat-shaped hole left in their hearts.

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