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Rattie Ratz Rescue

by Stephanie Cameron


With most of the world on lockdown, having only yourself for company can get old pretty fast. Thankfully, lots of people are finding creative ways to keep themselves busy. Personally, one of my favorite methods to pass the time is by enjoying the company of my pets, and I know I’m not alone in this. Many people are spending their extra time pampering their furry friends or opening their hearts and homes to one or two new family members. Emily had this same idea, and now has two rat brothers keeping her company.

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by Alyssa Nader


Rattie Ratz mission is to find loving forever homes for all the rats who come our way. We reached out to Gradiva and Zehara to hear about how their new boys are doing now that they’ve had some time to settle in.

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by Stephanie Cameron


This month I wanted to share a bittersweet adoption story. Many people who have to give up their animals do so, not because they want to, but because they have no choice. I am incredibly thankful for organizations like Rattie Ratz Rescue, whose mission is to help pet rats in need by providing a safe space for families to surrender their rats when they can no longer care for them.

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by Stephanie Cameron


When people think to adopt from a rescue, what some may not realize is that for every animal adopted, there are many more still in foster care and some of these animals may never leave the rescue. Groups such as Rattie Ratz, a non-profit dedicated to rescuing and rehoming domestic pet rats in the San Francisco Bay Area, developed a sanctuary program so that these animals will always be safe and taken care of, even if they can’t find a home outside the rescue.

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by Stephanie Cameron


A little over a year ago Rattie Ratz was asked to help with a hoarding situation. A woman had gotten in over her head and had far too many pet rats living in her home. There weren’t enough cages to separate genders, so the females were getting pregnant indiscriminately. The local authorities had to get involved and from young pregnant females to old males, the rats made their way to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. The shelter asked Rattie Ratz to help and between December 2018 and January 2019 Rattie Ratz took in almost one hundred rats.

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Rattie Ratz: Serial Cuties: Ted & Bundy

IN THE March 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Alyssa Nader


Megan’s love for rats started with her first rat, Biggie. She saw the cute black, hooded boy in a feeder bin at the pet store and felt an instant connection and needed to take him home. Despite his rough start, he was always very sweet. From the beginning he had some health issues that would be resolved with treatment, but always returned.

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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
SECTIONS

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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