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Hoarded rats finding news homes in Pacific Northwest

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2008 at 6:57 pm

It seems like every day there’s another story about an animal hoarder getting busted by animal control or the police. The sad truth is that most hoarders are people who truly think they are helping the animals, and we think this is an important enough issue that we’ve devoted space to discussing the causes and treatments of hoarding in past issues. A recent story I read, however, was different enough to catch my eye. In almost every case, it seems that cats and dogs are the victims, but in this case, it was pet rats who were overrunning the house. Authorities were set to poison the 100+ rats found at the Rochester, WA home of Michele Diller, 64, until a rat rescue group stepped in. RatsPacNW, from Seattle, is overseeing the rescue and so far have trapped 29 rats, including 10 babies.

Rats don’t always have the best reputation—that nasty rumor about them being responsible for the Black Death just won’t quit—but they do make great pets. I’m just happy that there are rat rescue groups to help this story have a (hopefully) happy ending.

Image via Flickr user Peter Kaminski.

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  1. Thanks for bringing this up. If we treated dogs or cats or any other pet, the way we do rats (breeding them for food for other pets and treating them horrendously while they wait to be eaten), there would be an uproar. I have pet rats, and belong to a rat forum, where we all watch out for rats that need to be rescued. I have had dogs and cats as well as many other animals for pets and rats have been the most affectionate, the easiest to take care of, and the most rewarding of all.

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