Rattie Ratz

Adopting Senior Rats: The Tale of Jerry & Stuart

by Stephanie Cameron

No animal can escape aging, and sadly, some enter their golden time far too quickly. Rats are one such animal and are considered a senior by the time they are two years old. Because a rat’s life span is so short, and being a long-time rat owner myself, I have come to greatly respect the indomitable spirit of those who chose rats as their companion animal. Having to say goodbye to your beloved pets every 2-3 years can be challenging. It takes a big heart to care for an animal you know you will have to say goodbye to over and over again.

Rattie Ratz Rescue: Animal Rescue in the Time of Covid

by Stephanie Cameron

As a volunteer with Rattie Ratz Rescue, a non-profit pet rat rescue located in the Bay Area of Northern California, I have witnessed first-hand the affects Covid has had on the running of a rescue. Of course, as soon as Covid became publicly known, keeping the volunteers and animals safe was the Board’s primary concern. All public events were canceled as soon as the shelter in place was ordered back in March 2020, and they will remain cancelled for some time to come.

Rattie Ratz: A New Beginning–The Journey of Bowie & Lennon

by Stephanie Cameron

This month I’d like to introduce a beautiful love story between two rat brothers and their human mom. The goal of Rattie Ratz Rescue since its inception 22 years ago has always been – and continues to be – finding loving forever homes for domesticated rats, a very misunderstood pet. Many do not understand the attraction of having rats as pets, but for those who have experienced the captivating playfulness and amiable nature there is no other animal companion quite like a rat.

The Way Home: Fostering with Rattie Ratz

by Alyssa Nader

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.
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.

Rattie Ratz: Serial Cuties: Ted & Bundy

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.

Rattie Ratz: Johnny – The Misunderstood Rat

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.

Rattie Ratz: Finding the Rattie in the Mischief

by Stephanie Cameron

Rats are very intelligent and social animals that have complex hierarchical systems within a colony. If you are considering pet rats as a companion animal, it is very important that you bring home at least two rats. Because they are so social, rats very much need same species companionship the same way humans need companionship. Also, like humans, some rats are more reserved while others crave constant attention from their fellow rat friends.



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