As we have volunteered to both adopt and relay some rats in need we found ourselves in need of current passports. This is generally not a real overwhelming issue but the timing could be a bit better … as it is, I am writing this post as I sit in the waiting area of my local Passport Canada Services office. All my documents are in order so it is simply a matter of waiting for my ticket to be called, speaking to an agent and paying the necessary fees.
Like other posts written from my iPhone, this one will be “published” once I have a chance to sit down at my desk and do a quick review and add a couple of appropriate links.
I found this gem of an idea while reading the RatChatter forums:
Every animal has a purpose. We often take our furry, feathered and scaly friends for granted, and it’s this folly that makes us ultimately less like human beings, and more like the animals we once were.
Kerrigannn, member of the RatChatter forums
Brittney, aka Stargirl, wrote on the RatChatter forums a short announcement letting every know the recent babies are now five weeks old and ready to move on to their forever homes. Here is her post:
Star’s Rat Rescue currently has 23 rescue ratties in need of loving forever homes! As many of you know we had a surrender of 2 females who where both pregnant. We now have 10 Females and 9 Males who will be 5 weeks old on Monday! We also have two VERY sweet boys named Art & Morty who are just the biggest love bugs ever!
We have transportation to MN on March 28th and again in April! We also have transport to KS and CO!! Feel free to ask about other possible transport as we may even be able to get them further!! Stargirl
Give a hand … or your home. I am sure all will be appreciated.
One of my favorite Rat Rescues is enjoying the wonders of baby rats … two litters worth actually. Brittney, the fine young lady that runs Star’s Rat Rescue, recently took in two (pregnant) female rats who gave birth to a total of 20 baby rats! You can follow along with their daily progess reports at the RatChatter forums, here are the links:
Mrs.R wrote a post on the RatChatter forums earlier tonight introducing our newest family member, Peanut. Peanut is a Netherland Dwarf rabbit. Here he is in his new home:
He is an adorable little boy that we are “fostering” while he waits for a dental procedure. The veterinarian that is performing the procedure is very close to were we live which I believe made it that much easier for the Toronto Humane Society (THS) to allow us to care for Peanut, at least until then. Peanut currently has his profile on the front page of the THS web site. The profile explains Peanut’s special needs:
I have maloccluded incisors, which means that my front teeth grow all funny, making it difficult for me to eat. Before I go home, the vets here are going to remove them!
We will be taking care of Peanut before he has his operation, as his foster family, with every hope that we will become his permanent adoptive home.
… but what about the rats?
Please remember the Toronto Humane Society is funded strictly by donations; AND, is a no kill shelter! They can use all the help people can offer. Also, something that is near and dear to our hearts is the re-homing of the rats they currently have in their care … approximately 90 as of this evening. We saw almost all of them while we were looking for Peanut.
The rats range from the young to the not so young, but they all appeared curious and interested in the humans wandering around … and if we had room … if we had room …
To all of my readers, especially in the Greater Toronto Area, if you have room for one … or two … or three … or more rats in your home please go to the THS on River Street and adopt them. If you do not have room at the moment, please consider a donation … and Thank You.
Just like Mrs.R wrote recently on the RatChatter forums, I am writing an introductory post for the latest addition to our mischief.
Although we do not consider ourselves rescuers we seem to have gathered a bit of a reputation for taking in rats that need a new home; and, we give them their forever home. Our latest additions are three adorable little girls from a nice family that recognized they would not be able to offer the time and attention fancy pet rats need.
Here are a couple of pictures of the little ones in their temporary (quarantine) home:
We hope to integrate these girls with our older group in a couple of weeks.
It’s been a few days now and it still is not any easier to write these posts. Our second Mynx, one of the Prodigal Sons passed to the Rainbow Bridge on Dec 22, 2009. I will remember him as one of the strongest willed rats I have known … and I will miss his indomitable spirit.
It’s been a rough month but I am still very thankful for my wife, Mrs.R, our little ones (past and present), and our friends and extended family at the RatChatter forums … where I first saw this little smile maker:
Bear has been an iPaper model in the past but being as he is so photogenic here is another rat friendly ipaper featuring Bear. Bear is a special fancy pet rat kept by RatPirate on the RatChatter forums. He wasn’t feeling well of late, but appears to have made a full recovery as indicated by this iPaper.
A little smile for the readers of Rattitude, with so much sad news to write about lately this little guy brings a big smile. Thanks for sharing, Amber.