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It is time to submit your nominations for the 2018 Rescue Heroes Contest!

Every rescuer is a hero. No question about that...and there are heroes working across the country every single day and night.

September 15 through October 8 is your time to tell us about someone you know who has had an impact on the rescue world.

The person or organization you nominate may have identified a logistical problem, and solved it creatively. Or maybe your nominee stepped up in an emergency and pulled off a bit of a miracle. Maybe your nominee did something that wasn't directly hands on with the animals, but stepped in to reach the community with a new kind of campaign that reached more people, or found new business partners.

We can all learn new skills and solutions when we get together and share!


Individual Person - a single volunteer helping any small animal species, 3 winners*
Rescue Organization - an organization helping any small animal species, 3 winners**

Each of the winners gets $3500!* ** (Six total winners for a total of $21,000 to help rescues!)

*The individuals who win choose a registered 501(c)3 to receive their prize.

**Organizations who win must be 501(c)3 organizations or direct their winnings to another small animal rescue in the US who is a registered non-profit.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Ollie's fatty deposit
« Last post by purple rat on Yesterday at 07:23:53 AM »
I realize your initial post said that it wasn't a tumor, but the risk of infection and possible adverse effects from anesthesia can be a problem with any type of surgery.  Good luck with Ollie :)
Rat Care Corner / Re: Ollie's fatty deposit
« Last post by RattyRodent on September 19, 2018, 10:51:17 PM »
According to the vet, it's not a tumor.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Ollie's fatty deposit
« Last post by purple rat on September 19, 2018, 09:14:28 PM »
That's a tough decision to make given his age and the fact that the tumor isn't in a place that's affecting his mobility or his ability to eat/drink/play.  I had a boy that age with a testicular tumor that lived 3-4 months with a great quality of life until it started to affect his mobility and I had to put him to sleep.  He had a brother about the same age that had an abdominal tumor removed, but even though he survived the surgery, it seemed to take too much of a toll on him and he died a few weeks later.
Good luck with Ollie and let us know what you decide. 
Rat Care Corner / Ollie's fatty deposit
« Last post by RattyRodent on September 18, 2018, 11:04:21 PM »
I had mentioned in an earlier post ("Sluggish") that our boy Ollie had been to the vet to check out a peculiar growth on his hind leg. Ollie got over his sluggishness quickly but we wanted him checked out anyway. The first time the vet used a needle to extract some fluid, but it didn't make the growth any smaller. We took him a second time and got some antibiotic medicine. We were told that it's not a tumor, but a fatty deposit. The words "infection" and "inflammatory cells" were used.

Anyway, the medicine didn't seem to make the growth any smaller, but Ollie is in good spirits. The vet said to have that growth removed would cost around $500 - and that's without a blood test. (With a blood test it would be closer to $800.) We thought about trying to find another vet, but we wonder if Ollie might be too old to survive an operation anyway. (He's two and a half.) The growth doesn't seem to bother or hinder him. What do you think?
« Last post by ratluver372 on September 15, 2018, 07:48:57 PM »
Over 400 rats were surrendered to Austin Animal Control. Donations can be sent through Paypal using CTRR's email address (centraltexasratrescue(at)gmail(dot)com), through DFWRR's website (, or through Paypal using OLRR's email address (ourlittleratrescue(at)yahoo(dot)com).
Rescues involved in this: Central Texas Rat Rescue, DFW Rat Rescue, Just a Rat Rescue & Sanctuary​, Our Little Rat Rescue
Click here for a news article on this case.

ANY help is appreciated! Adopt, foster, help make cages, donate supplies, donate money, share on social media... you can ALWAYS do something to help! Nothing's too small! Thank you!

Adoption Center / baby girl springfield mo asap
« Last post by lynn117 on September 15, 2018, 12:18:03 PM »
hi, i have a sweet baby girl rat  need to rehome. she is only around 4 weeks old and i was told she was a little boy. she is very much female as far as i can tell. she is black with a white belly i have all males and have no room for another cage between the boy rats and the mice. i dont want her to have to be returned to the pet store. she is very friendly and bruxes every time i take her out. if anyone lives near springfield mo and would like this little girl please contact me as soon as possible. i cant keep her! she will be $10 to make sure she finds a good home.
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Rats vs Min Pins
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on September 11, 2018, 09:33:14 AM »
Many years ago I had two dogs. One was a mutt (Cairn-Scot cross) and the other was a Greyhound. Paddy the mutt was ok around my rats. He would let them go for rides around the room on his back. He was more curious than harmful, even though he was a terrier. Tippy, the Greyhound, was not to be trusted. Greyhounds are sight-hounds and are taught to give chase. She was a retired racer so chasing was a lot of fun for her. But one day, she caught and killed a mouse in our backyard. So when I started adopting and rescuing rats, she was never allowed around them.

Right now I have a cat, Abby. When she was a kitten I wanted to introduce her to my rats, so she would know they are supposed to be here. But after 2 times of introductions, I felt she was unsafe to let her meet my ratties any closer than the cage bars between her and them. But now she is older and has no interest in them, but I still wouldn't trust her.
Rat Care Corner / Re: identifying gender
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on September 11, 2018, 09:27:39 AM »
LOL!!  That's a funny story, Ben!   :yelcutelaugh: :hyper:
Rat Care Corner / Re: identifying gender
« Last post by BigBen on September 10, 2018, 07:05:50 PM »
My first mischief contained two intact does, Anne and her daugher Elizabeth.  It didn't take long for them to figure out that Michael and his brother Gabriel were neutered.  As willing as the boys were, there was simply a limit to how cooperative they could be, lol!

When I took in two neutered foster bucks, Manitoba and Brunswick, Anne and Elizabeth went crazy.  Anne was so excited around the new lads that I thought the buzzing of her ears was going to let her take off and fly around the room.  She was in heat practically every day for over two months.  Manitoba was almost three times Elizabeth's size, but one night when everyone was having out-time on the bed, she grabbed him by the cheek and tried to get him to have his wicked way with her.  The two girls became accomplished escape artists in their efforts to visit the foster cage.  Eventually they did figure out that the foster boys were indeed neutered, but it was very interesting, and quite hilarious, there for a while, lol!  :BlueDumboSmile: :yelcutelaugh: :rattysmiley: :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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