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I am so so sorry. It is so hard to lose them so young, and so sweet your vet was crying, handled you so gently and did the refunds. You did the right things, he knew he was loved. I believe some little souls are so perfect they just need to taste of mortality before they can go back Home. :'(
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Two pet sweepstakes end Jan 31!
« Last post by ratluver372 on Today at 01:42:21 AM »
Daily Kibble
Enter to Win the Daily Kibble Spread the Love Contest Sponsored by Wellness Natural Pet Food
Win $100 of Wellness Natural Pet Food for yourself
Win $2,500 of Wellness Natural Pet Food for the Shelter or Pet Rescue Group of your choice
Simply fill out the form below by January 31, 2018. One entry per person.

Pet Valu
Enter to win one of 5 $100 gif cards to Pet Valu! You can always consider donating gift cards and/or items to the rescues if you win! You can try every day through January 31, 2018.
Sweepstakes is only open to people in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, or West Virginia (there are several rescues in these states: Mainely Rat Rescue operates in CT, MA, NY, and RI, Exotic Animal Rescue & Pet Sanctuary (EARPS, Inc.) in IN, Rescued Rat Adoptions in IN, Small Angels Rescue in MD, Philly Rat Rescue in PA, and Saint Nicholas Mouse Rescue in VA)
Know an outstanding veterinarian or veterinary nurse/technician? Nominate them for the 2018 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards, presented by Zoetis! Nominations will remain open until 12pm Pacific Time on February 8, 2018.

Our blue ribbon panel of judges will choose the top 5 veterinarians and veterinary nurses. The finalists will then be announced when public voting opens on May 3, 2018, and they will compete for the title of American Hero Veterinarian and American Hero Veterinary Nurse. One winning vet and vet nurse will be flown to Hollywood for the star-studded awards gala which will be taped for broadcast on Hallmark Channel next fall!

Only one nomination can be accepted for each veterinarian and veterinary nurse. The competition is open to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. A member of our team will contact you if we need any additional information.
The rat bobblehead is on clearance and can be shipped to the US or Canada. AND... Marci will donate 100% of her commission of any sale to a rat rescue (anywhere in the world!) when the buyer specifies which rescue to donate it to (contact Marci after you make your purchase)!
To order, go to:
Marci says: Feel free to join my private Pink Zebra group to stay up to date with products and sales. Comment also so I can donate my commission to your favorite rescue :)
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Winston Salem 1-14-17 to 11-28-17
« Last post by purple rat on January 16, 2018, 09:19:32 PM »
so sorry for your loss -- it sounds like he was a sweet guy. :heart: Play hard at the bridge Winston
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Winston Salem 1-14-17 to 11-28-17
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on January 16, 2018, 06:57:08 PM »
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Winston Salem 1-14-17 to 11-28-17
« Last post by AstridBeatrix on January 16, 2018, 01:49:59 PM »
I'm at a loss of words. On December 28th, I took my two boys, Winston and Bradley, to the vet to get neutered. I had gotten the call that they were both fine, and had made it through the surgery and that pickup was at 4 (this was at 3PM).  I got to the vet's office at 4:05 pm, but was pulled into the back room...My vet came in the room crying and said that Winston passed not 5 minutes ago...didn't make it through the anesthesia. I was refunded both neuters...and a private cremation/autopsy happened instead. The autopsy results showed no cause of death.

Bradley is doing ok, I don't think at the time he realized that he lost his brother yet, even though they did cuddle after Winston passed. Now he only hangs out in one hammock... I'm waiting for a few weeks before he gets intro-ed to the rest of my crew (Tofu, Spoons, and Trogdor). Nyssiri passed away suddenly a month previous.

Winston was my special character.  I got Winston and Bradley from my friend, Sunny, about 6 weeks ago.  Winston would always come when called, he was such a good boy...I had trained him to take Cool Whip with prune jam in a small syringe so he could take medication by himself.  He would immediately run up to me for cuddles in the morning, and he loved to hang out in the cowl of my sweater, and steal any cracker crumbs that landed his way.  He had an aversion to the water bottle, so he had a small water dish to himself...but he also loved to put his little paw to the water bottle marble and let all of the water drown the cage, with Bradley looking like a soup sop. XD

I'm sure going to miss him lots. :(
Rat Care Corner / Re: What Did Irish Do?
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on January 15, 2018, 10:37:09 PM »
Yep. He's back to his normal shy self. I don't know what the tail thing was about, but it's back to being a normal pink. He also has his appetite back and will wait at the front of the cage for meal time.  :)
Rat Care Corner / Re: What Did Irish Do?
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on January 15, 2018, 08:51:46 PM »
Hope he gets better!
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Ways to Help The Travelin' Rat Help Rescues
« Last post by ratluver372 on January 15, 2018, 11:15:08 AM »
Weekdays from today through the end of January, The Travelin' Rat will post fundraisers- some AT NO COST or NO ADDITIONAL COST to you- that the rescues we help participate in on social media. Check out #WaysToHelpTTRHelpRescues to see them all, or go to our website at

Surprisingly, you can earn money for your favorite rescue just from searching the internet or walking your dog (walking, running, cycling, or cross-country skiing!) at GoodSearch and ResQwalk, respectively. Most of the other fundraisers donate a portion of things you buy- some you already would be buying, anyway- to the charity of your choice: Amazon Smile, BISSELL Pet Foundation,, Goodshop,, Pet Bucket, Rescue Chocolate, Small Pet Select, Vegecyber Inc.. At Wag! Dog Walkers, you can help a rescue when you book a dog walker.

Be sure to check out the hashtag or our website to see which rescues participate in each of these fundraisers (along with any codes and specific rescue links for some of them). We're so appreciative of all of these companies that help the rescues!

What you're doing through these fundraisers may seem small, but EVERY little bit helps!

Thank you!
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