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Rattie Ratz Rescue

by Alyssa Nader


Eunice is a soft, pretty Himalayan girl with pink eyes. I adopted her along with her sister, Fantasia from Rattie Ratz last year. We read about the passing of Eunice’s sister Fantasia in July’s issue of KRLM. Let’s hear how she’s doing now as she lives solo and after her second birthday.

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by Stephanie Cameron


What I love most about rescue is being able to give an animal a second chance for a better life, and this could not be truer than for two very sad situations in which many rats find themselves: their use in labs and being bought as live food for reptiles.

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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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Rattie Ratz Rescue: Rocket & Science

IN THE March 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Valentina Caceres


I was in 7th grade when my neighbor had pet rats. I fell completely in love with them and wanted to get some. My parents refused. Like many people, they believed that rats were mean, dirty and carried diseases. As a compromise, they allowed me to get a mouse.

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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 Vivien Hoang


The hardest thing about fostering rats, or any living creature for that matter, isn’t changing litter pans or medicating sick, squirmy animals who hate the taste of the medicines. It’s not dealing with anti-social critters who nip or chasing down escapees from cages as they skulk and scurry under couches.

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Rattie Ratz Rescue: Converting the Skeptics

IN THE November 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings
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by ViVien Hoang


You always meet the skeptics. They’re the ones who wrinkle their noses when you say you rescue rats. “Rats!” they exclaim, “Vermin to be exterminated. I hate their wormy tails.”

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The Truth About Rat-Bite Fever

IN THE July 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Shannon Carr



Despite experts at the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claiming that rat-bite fever is uncommon in the United States, recent events have brought the long misunderstood, four-legged critter front and center under a negative spotlight once again.

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by ViVien Hoang


The thing with working in animal rescues – you never know where your next case will come from. Typically, you pull animals from shelters or extract them from “a friend of a friend’s” house. Some people have heart-wrenching stories about why they are giving up their pets; others can be barely bothered to answer emails when you try to arrange a pick up. You usually know some kind of history when you meet the curious and shy faces for the first time: pet store rat, classroom project, snake’s rejected meal. But in March 2014, the tireless volunteers at Rattie Ratz (based in the Bay Area, California) were faced with an altogether different scenario.

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