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Star’s Rat Rescue has started a Rat Train

Star’s Rat Rescue has started a Rat Train…please see below and please feel free to cross post..

Star’s Rat Rescue is in need of the following:

Adopters
Transportation
Overnight Stays

If you can do all three that’s wonderful, but if you can only do 1 that’s wonderful too. Please help a rat find his/her forever home.

Please send the following information to stars.rat.train@gmail.com

Name:

Email address:

Location: (City and State)

Please let us know if you can adopt rats, if you can please list how many and the sex.

Please let us know if you can provide transportation, please list what cities/states you are willing to travel to, how many rats you can carry in your vehicle and when you are available for transport.

Please let us know if you can keep some rats for a short period of time, until the next transport is available and how many you can accommodate.

Please send the information to the above email, as we have someone co-ordinating the rat train for us and they will contact you shortly. Once we have all the information and if we have enough people to help, we will then work with the adopters so they can choose the rat they want. Adopters, we will have pictures for you at that time.

Thank you.

Star’s Rat Rescue

Rescued Rats from Star's Rat Rescue
Rescued Rats from Star's Rat Rescue

Some of the wonderful Rats Star’s Rat Rescue has rescued.

We have a map of current adopters, if you would still like to adopt please email. If you can help with transportation, please email. Thank you.

Map of Adopters:


View Star’s Rat Rescue 2010 Rat Train in a larger map

RatChatter Forums Are Two Today

The RatChatter web site and the RatChatter forums are two years old today.

It was Aug 1, 2007 that we officially opened the RatChatter forums to the general public, although from the beginning of July 2007 we had sent out a few private invitations to the forums that were also accepted.

Our membership has grown over the last two years; and, Mrs.R and I are very happy for the interest and community that is building.  We have a fantastic group of “Chatters” that we greatly appreciate and look forward to being involved with every day.

Our forum moderators, the “ladies” as we often refer to them, are the best in our minds.  Each one of them bringing a rat-friendly but different view which I believe allows us to keep the RatChatter forums a family-friendly, helpful community filled with care and information to share and grow with.

We have been working behind the scenes to make changes to the RatChatter web site with the intent to change the “portal” front page.  The new “front page” is still being designed and there are a few more details to sort out with the change but we hope to finish in the near future.

We look forward to many more years of activity and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members, and staff, for their time; their efforts; and, especially for caring for each other and their families over the last two years.

May we be able to continue, and to thank everyone again, for many more years to come.

Mrs. & Mr. R

United States Congress H.R. 669

The 11th Congress 1st Session H.R. 669 can be read here as of this writing … or via this link: http://tinyurl.com/hr111-669 (feel free to use this link).

To prevent the introduction and establishment of nonnative wildlife species that negatively impact the economy, environment, or other animal species’ or human health, and for other purposes.

It appears directed at “wildlife” versus “domestic” animals, and if it can be shown from SEC. 14. DEFINITIONS (5D):

does not include … any other species or variety of species that is determined by the Secretary to be common and clearly domesticated

It looks like there should be concerns but there are also ways and means to address those pet keepers that feel they will be affected by this bill. This bill does not specifically define pet rats within its definitions. I believe this does need to be addressed by those residing in the United States of America, or for that matter, any rat keeper anywhere that may lend a voice of reason to the discussion.

You can follow the progress of the bill here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-669

Mrs.R, the great Internet searcher, found this information:

I have been doing some searches for this bill and have come across some links I think are valuable. Please feel free to pass these links along…

Full Text of HR669:
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h669ih.txt.pdf

Why Should you Care?
http://www.pijac.org/files/public/669_Short_W_Comm.pdf

House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans & Wildlife
http://www.pijac.org/files/public/US_Nat_Res_Sub.pdf

To track the progress of the bill.
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-669

Also in the same site, have a question, post it here (scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to post your questions, you can also answer someone else’s question).
http://www.govtrack.us/users/questions.xpd?topic=bill:h111-669

Video Results for HR669:
Click here for all video results

Say NO to HR669 (this website gives you your House of Representative’s name and and number as well as sample letters/emails and phone calls) follow the links on this page to email your House of Representative (it’s already written for you, you just need to fill in the blanks with your name and address):
http://www.nohr669.com/

There will be a hearing on April 23, 2009, go to this site to send more emails to stop HR669:
http://stop669.org/

You can watch the hearing “Live” on April 23, 2009 at 10:00am EST on this site:
http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=273&Itemid=

If you wish to SUPPORT the bill, the Humane Society of the United States has links where you can write your House of Representative to SUPPORT the bill.
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2009_nonnativewildife2

Will this affect you? Will it affect someone you know? Are you going to do something about it?

Star’s Rat Rescue

Winner, South Dakota.

The home of Star’s Rat Rescue. Seems rather appropriate to me, and as the name infers, this operation takes in pet rats that need to be re-homed, or sometimes just need their first home. The rescue is run by a fine young woman named Brittney and I have had the pleasure of getting to know her over the last year via RatChatter forums.

She is kind and considerate and has no issues putting the rats ahead of herself. A patient individual that works very hard to help educate those unaware of the great companion animals that pet rats can be, and for many people are.

Star’s Rat Rescue is supported through donations, mostly unsolicited, and by the sales in the SRR Store of Brittney’s sewing handiwork. Hammocks, cubes, cage liners, shelf liners … the list goes on.  A lot of the handcrafted items are geared towards Ferret Nations and/or Critter Nations produced by MidWest home for Pets.  These types of habitats are common for rat keepers.

I would like to ask my readers to stop over at Star’s Rat Rescue. Take a few moments to read about the rescue operations and see which beautiful and handsome pet rats are waiting to find their permanent homes. Perhaps make arrangements with Brittney to adopt a pair (or more) of these fine pets; maybe purchase an item or two for your own pet rats; ferret and chinchilla keepers using Ferret Nations can benefit, too; or, you could offer something else … I’m sure it would be appreciated.

How do you support animal rescues? Are you an animal rescue? Tell us about it.

Changes

Just thinking with how busy it has been in the real world of late that I need to stop in and remind myself of the rat world.  That place filled with twitching noses and long tails; soft tongues and quiet padding feet.

I added a weekly twitter post. There are not a lot of rat keepers that use twitter, or maybe there are? For those that do not tweet and frequent this little piece of rodent-dom, every week there should be an automated digest post made … at least for now.

Some may have noticed I attributed a quote to myself in a recent post. Most likely in the future I will post the author’s name, or anonymous, if I do not know.  If there is no author cited, then I penned the words myself. I hope everyone enjoys them.

Comment suggestions: Do you tweet? What has been your favorite Rattitude quote?

Forbidden Foods Updated Feb 26, 2009

I just updated the Forbidden Foods information article with additional details regarding feeding plums and their stone, or pit, to pet rats.

Here is an excerpt from Practically Edible:

The pit of the Plum has cyanogens in it, which are bound molecules of sugar and cyanide. When this bond is broken, the cyanide becomes free and able to act.  The cyanogens don’t leak at all into the flesh of the fruit, for some reason, but should it ever occur to you to try fermenting Plum pits, or to break them up and roast them as snack food, it might not be such a great idea.

The meat of the plum is generally a good thing for pet rats so that is fine as far as I’ve been able to find in my research, it just the pits that should not be fed to them, just in case.

Thanks go to the RatChatter forum member slinky_whippet for starting the thread.

Do you know of any foods dangerous to be fed to pet rats? Leave a comment and share your research.

Two Years in the Blogosphere

This month marks the second year of the Rattitude blog.

I still think of it as the Brux from time to time. Originally this blog was started on blogger.com and once we were made aware of WordPress and all its functionalities we quickly moved to a self-hosted blog built on the WordPress framework.

The Rattitude.com domain was registered in September 2005 and went through many variations and ideas before we settled on WordPress in July 2008.  We transferred the original Brux blog in its entirety and continued forward.

I greatly enjoy writing the various blog entries and posting the informative pages, short stories, and other articles for the general rat communities. I also hope to continue to share these ideas and resources for a very long time.

Let me know with a comment what you think of the blog today and where you think it might be going in the future.

Good Laundry Day

This was not my usual rat laundry day but this has not been a usual week either. Mrs.R and myself have been on vacation this week and aside from some unexpected medical issues it has been rather uninteresting until today.

I had just finished taking the rat laundry from the dryers and was going back to the folding counter when an immigrant family decided they needed to do their laundry in the exact same area, ignoring the other four rows of washers to choose from. I just went about my business of folding and putting the laundry back into the clean hampers. I was listening to a random shuffle on my iPod and had not really noticed the two elderly ladies that had started doing their laundry on the other side of the washer line I was at. As I removed the earphones one of them asked, “How many dogs do you have?”

She said she recognized the blankets being the same as she used for her Chihuahua. I said they were not for dogs, but were for my pets. We chatted a moment or two longer when I remembered a recent post I made and decided to push the envelope a bit more. I led in with they are for pocket pets. Her friend was quite attentively listening and asked what are pocket pets? The first lady suggested ferrets; I took the opening and said, “No, mine are rats, pet rats.”

The first lady grimaced, the second let out a little “oh” and I smiled seeing an opportunity to explain the greatness of pet rats. Given the use of the blankets for their pet dog, I used the similarity between rats and dogs. The intelligence, the train-ability, the bonding, and especially the commonality of small breeds of dogs and rats.  The first lady was still being skeptical, but starting to accept the possibility of a rat as a pet, the second lady appeared to think it was very interesting but curbed her enthusiasm as it might not sit well with the first.  I spent another five minutes or so with the ladies explaining other benefits to rat keeping, and trying to explain how there are ladies of their age (“no offense”) that breed and keep rats.  The first lady asked several times if I breed rats, which I replied each time with, “no, we are not breeders” but some of our boys have come from professional breeders.

I think it was a good laundry day and quite fortuitous to be able to try and explain the benefits of fancy rats as pets and companion animals … just like having dogs.