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The Tale of the Surprise Rats

Filed under: Rats! — folkcat at 9:53 pm on Friday, August 22, 2008

No picture today, but don’t worry – there will be plenty, soon enough.

Some of you may have noticed this in my last post, but some of you may have missed it. Gryphon and I will soon be welcoming ten more Ratties into the house!

Yes, ten. We’re now an official foster home for Mainely Rat Rescue! They have asked us before if we’d consider it, and we always put the notion off because we weren’t sure we were ready. But now, with our own Rattie colony numbering five, it seems far less intimidating.

It makes sense this time, too. The rats in question are a mom and her babies who are located right in our own hometown of Wilton. How perfect is that?

Mainely Rat Rescue got a cage, accessories, and even some food to us via their volunteer transport system (and I met another rat-enthusiast named Jen in the process). We have everything we need to be ready for the little family. I contacted the current owner, and we pick them up tomorrow.

Why You Have To Be Careful With Rats

Because they’re stubborn creatures who are awfully darned clever about getting their own way. Net-Net (which I’m told is a nickname for Marie Antonette) is a perfect example.

Net-Net’s owner is a good rat person. She has multiple Ratties adopted from Mainely Rat Rescue. (Net-Net herself, in fact, may be related to our own Yuri and Leonardo, since she’s from the same grouping of rats). In the house were a few females, including Net-Net, in one cage; a couple of neutered males in another cage; and finally, a couple of un-neutered males in a third cage.

Net-Net figured out there were fully functional males in the house. And she’s apparently a good enough escape artist that she found a way out of her cage, and into the boys’. Soon enough, it was obvious that she had babies on the way.

Added to the rats already in the house, babies were more than Net-net’s owner could take care of. So, being a Mainely Rat Rescue Adopter, she got in touch with MRR and made arrangements for Net-Net and the kids to go someplace where they could get the special attention they need.

Even the Best Rat People Get Caught

The owner knew how to take care of rats. She kept them separated. She knew what could happen if she didn’t. Even with all that, Net-Net’s stubborn determination brought about a surprise litter of babies.

If it’s that easy for a savvy rat owner to have an accidental litter, imagine all the uninformed people who dive into the world of rats in a careless way! It’s no wonder that organizations like Mainely Rat Rescue have to exist. There are just so many thousands of unexpected Ratties out there! How many manage to find the loving care they deserve in a forever home?

Once Again – You Can Help!

I direct your attention again to the Mainely Rat Rescue Raffle! Prizes galore, many rattie-themed, some of them just marvelous handcrafts that anyone would be glad to have in their home. The money raised will enable MRR to officially register as a 501c3 charitable organization. This will give them tax-exempt status – making it even easier to solicit donations, since after that point, any funds you choose to donate to them will be deductible on your income taxes. It also opens the door for possible grant opportunities that may be available only to registered charities.

Moneys in excess of the filing fee for the charitable status will pay for financial software they will need to carefully track money in and out, and also go directly to the operating costs of the rat rescue. This includes cages, food, dishes, and other accessories and supplies for foster homes to use in caring for the rats; veterinarian costs; and much, much more.

They haven’t existed even a year yet, but Mainely Rat Rescue has already helped many deserving Ratties find good homes. With your support, they can continue doing so for a long, long time.

Raffle tickets are only $1 each. For $9, you can get ten chances; for $17, twenty. Such a bargain! MRR accepts PayPal, and you can contact them about paying by personal check – there’s an e-mail address on the website.

Tickets will be on sale until 11 p.m. Eastern time on September 14th. Winners will be announced on September 15th.

Thank You

Many thanks to everyone who has already purchased tickets – and good luck to you! The Ratties love you for caring!

Amusing Side Note

When Net-Net’s owner was told who would be fostering her Rattie family, she recognized me! It turns out that her mother regularly reads my blog, and always shows her the posts when I write about the Ratties. She was very pleased to hear where her girl was headed to with the babies, and I’m tickled pink that I’m actually helping out one of my readers!

How cool is that? (Waves at Rebekah!)


Comment by Carol

August 22, 2008 @ 11:16 pm

Small world,eh? And I often think that people don’t think through their choices in life very thouroughly. That is why cats and dogs get dumped on the roadside and children get neglected or worse. Life throws you enough curve balls (as witness Net-net), no need to make uninformed choices to aggravate and expand the possibility of chaos descending upon you!

So, there will be baby Rattie pics? ::rubs hands together gleefully::

Comment by christina

August 22, 2008 @ 11:16 pm

Wow, you’re going to have a full house soon! It must feel awesome to know you’re providing good care for the ratties while they are waiting to be adopted. Its obvious how much you love them!

Comment by Laughingrat

August 23, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

I second this–it happened to me, too. The Ladies, four albino girls I had several years ago, decided while I was at work one day to chew through the lid of their own cage, then dart across the room and sneak into the their brothers’ cage. Oh boy. I called my vet immediately and arranged for a pre-spay exam. Since they were healthy, and I’d caught the situation fast enough, he was able to spay them safely. Not everyone has that option financially, though, so I was lucky to be able to do that. Seriously, 40 baby rats? No way I could take care of them the way they deserved. The Ladies all came through their surgery beautifully and actually had no mammary tumors because of the spaying, and lived well past the usual age–one positive outcome, I guess, from a little rattie “accident.” 😉

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