I absolutely dare you, to refuse this face!
Lola is shown inspecting my most important knitted object of recent days – a 6-foot long mohair spiral scarf.
Why is it so important? Because it’s a prize in a fund-raising raffle being held by the good folks at Mainely Rat Rescue. They are such a new organization they haven’t completed the official filing for their 501c3 status (that’s what certifies organizations like theirs as officially charitable, non-profit, and tax-exempt) – but only because they need the money to cover the fees.
That’s what this raffle is all about – raising the cash to cover the 501c3 fees, and any surplus – of which we hope there will be lots – will help run the rescue itself. There are scads of prizes, ranging from gift certificates for cages, to full sets of cage accessories, jewelry, handmade quilts – you name it, it’s there. You can see the full details about the raffle here, at the Mainely Rat Rescue Raffle page.
Tickets are just $1 each, or buy in bulk and get 10 for $9, or 20 for $17. They take PayPal, and even will accept personal checks if you mail them soon enough, so there’s no excuse! The deadline for purchasing chances is 11 p.m. EST on September 14th, and they’ll announce the winners the next day.
Because the folks at Mainely Rat Rescue are doing an amazing job with very little for resources. Even if you’ve only been reading this blog since the beginning of 2008, you know that four of our current five Ratties came to us via Mainely Rat Rescue. Every one of them was well socialized, and they’ve all formed a happy colony in our home.
And the four who came from MRR, all came from situations where someone wasn’t knowledgable enough about pet rats, where genders weren’t separated or surgically sterilized, where care enough to keep random and uncontrolled breeding from happening simply didn’t exist. Mainely Rat Rescue stepped in, gave the rats a place to live while new homes were found for them, and basically, probably saved their lives.
How do I know?
I’m beginning to get a thorough education in how much Mainely Rat Rescue does to take care of these little furballs. Gryphon and I have been asked to provide a foster home for a Mom Rat and her nine babies. The family happens to be here in a home in Wilton already – I’m guessing that the babies were a pet-store rat bonus prize.
Mainely Rat Rescue is providing us with the cage, cage accessories, and a significant portion of the food and special baby nutritional needs for Mom and the babies. This doesn’t come cheap. The cage alone is usually $100 or more, and that’s for just the cage – no food dishes, water bottles, hammocks to sleep in. This is the sort of expense that MRR goes to when they help these babies out. And they do it gladly, because it’s the right thing, and they can’t bring themselves to turn their backs on a Rattie in need.
That money has to come from somewhere.
Frankly, I don’t know how they keep afloat. The adoption fees they ask are so small, and I’ve seen that they often waive them or discount them for one reason or another, all in the interest of assuring that the rats find the right home.
They’re doing good work, and they deserve to be able to keep doing so. I’m glad to be helping out as I can – I donated the scarf to the raffle, and now Gryphon and I will be taking temporary care of ten of the rats in need of good homes, while MRR finds those homes for them.
You can help, too.
If you’re considering a rat for a pet, and you’re in the New England area, please check out Mainely Rat Rescue. In other parts of the country – there are rat rescue organizations everywhere. Just Google, and I’m sure you’ll turn one up. The rats are almost always well socialized, because they are so often surprise babies that then are raised in foster care with loving attention.
Buy a raffle ticket – buy ten – buy twenty!
Mainely Rat Rescue Raffle. There are prizes for rat-keepers, there are prizes for everyone. There’s even an entire twin-sized handmade bed quilt! You don’t have to be kept by rats to enjoy the winnings. Outside the U.S.? No problem – they only ask that you cover half of the shipping cost.
Tell Lola, “No.” I Dare You!
If you can do it, you’re a stronger person than I am.