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Rats Rule! => Rat Care Corner => Topic started by: mandycoot on February 21, 2006, 03:02:37 PM

Title: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: mandycoot on February 21, 2006, 03:02:37 PM
Post your information here if you are willing to be contacted about sitting for members' rats while they are traveling or on vacation.

Use the subject heading to advertise your location--city, state, and country

Please make sure to post:
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
 
Please do not reply to posts in this thread--use a personal message to contact someone and work out details.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory
Post by: wonderrodent on February 21, 2006, 05:01:20 PM
I am willing to rat sit in the Milwaukee area (Wisconsin):

1) I can check on the rats pretty much whenever and have time to play with them
2) I can also drive to your place
3) No kids, no other pets at our home. Just 2 female rats
4) At our house they could play in a play pen
5) I am not familiar with sick rats yet but I am willing to learn
6) I would be willing to care for other small animals and cats too.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory
Post by: TEK on February 21, 2006, 05:25:47 PM
Taking rats into your home to "sit" is a huge "no no" as far as quarantine.  You're taking a huge risk and exposing your kiddos to whatever the other group has.  The only way this would work out is if the "sitter" didn't have any rats (or rodents of any sort) of their own, or if they came to your home and took care of them there (and then spent a few hours out of the house before returning home to their own animals).
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory
Post by: TEK on February 21, 2006, 08:28:19 PM
A different room is not enough- in actuality you may as well not quarantine at all.  It must be a *completely* different airspace in order for a quarantine to be effective.  Not the basement, not the back room.  If you have a heated/AC'd out building for example, that might work, however changing clothes and showering before you held your own rats would be a must. 

Of course it IS up to every person to decide what they, as an individual are going to do for their pets.  However, if you've ever seen what SDA or Sendai can do and how fast these illnesses can work, you may re-consider that policy.  We're here to be caretakers and do what's best for our kiddos - taking unneeded risks isn't in their best interest.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory
Post by: reso on February 21, 2006, 10:39:03 PM
so basicly even if you used a "boarding" house to take care of your rats while away, that isn't good either
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory
Post by: mandycoot on February 21, 2006, 11:37:22 PM
Alright, I've updated the original post to pertain only to those willing to travel to care for rats. I assume if people need to work out another situation, they can do it over pm.

Goose or Suebee, think we can delete the conversations after a while and try to get the directory back into working order? ;)
Title: Northfield, Minnesota, US
Post by: mandycoot on February 21, 2006, 11:42:42 PM
I am located about 50 minutes south of the Twin Cities, just a short ways off of I-35 on Highway 19.

1. I am only available from mid-June to late September
2. I am willing to drive up to about an hour away and will go to the Cities, however, the frequency may be every other day if the drive is significant
3. I can commit a few hours each day to provide care, stimulation and free-range time
4. I don't have much in-practice medical experience but I am always willing to learn
5. I have experience caring for dogs, cats, and some reptiles
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory
Post by: twistedlittle-puppy on February 22, 2006, 12:09:14 AM
great idea! was wondering if people could also list professional pet sitting companies that have successfully cared for their rats. granted that i would prefer actual rat owners to most sitters, but my friend found a good one to care for her chinchilla (high maintenance critter here). it could be a good backup in any case. maybe it could be stickied along w/ the vet directory.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory
Post by: TEK on February 22, 2006, 12:55:53 AM
www.philapets.com
Located in Philadelphia, PA - they tend to all kinds of critters - from rats, to reptiles to sugar gliders to african greys.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory
Post by: Suebee on February 22, 2006, 10:16:04 AM
I've stickied the topic for now... :)

I wonder if Goose can set up a directory on the site similar to our Vet directory?
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory
Post by: ilovedorks313 on February 23, 2006, 12:46:59 AM
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
 

Duluth, MN until May 12th  then in Lakeville, MN til the end of August. 
1.  College Student, class til 5pm M-Th  I don't start class til 1 on MW 9-2 on F  availible ALL weekend.  After May I'll be working fulltime, but probably from 6a-2pm with 2 days off/week.
2.  Would like to stay in the Duluth area but I can go to Hermantown, Proctor or Superior.  After May I can go pretty much anywhere in the Twin Cities area (prefer south suburbs).  Willing to drive every other day AT least.  (I can go more frequently depending on your location)
3. I can spend lots of time on weekends and days off of work.  Time would be limited on school/work days
4. No experience with rat medical care.  Willing to learn (seriously considered being a vet tech until about 1 month ago)
5.  I've cared for cats, dogs, fish, rabbits, mice, lizards, frogs, turtles, horses (riding horses and draft), cows, pigs, chickens, goats, and sheep.  (summer job is working at the MN zoo Farm.) I'm willing to look after any of these animals as well.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory
Post by: wonderrodent on February 26, 2006, 04:20:55 PM
Good point about taking rats into your own home if you have rats. I was always wondering about that. So, I am updating my post response:

I am willing to rat sit in the Milwaukee area (Wisconsin) - up to 20 miles:

1) I can check on the rats pretty much whenever (I don't take them to my house since I own two rats)
2) I am willing to drive up to 20 miles, once a day, every day
3) I have time to play with them for about one hour a day
4) I am not familiar with sick rats yet but I am willing to learn. Of course I would go to the vet if necessary
5) I would be willing to care for other small animals and cats too (only experienced in cat care).
Title: Bristol, TN/VA USA
Post by: bubbleslovesfuzzies on March 10, 2006, 12:33:13 PM
Location around exit 3 Interstate-81 VA.

Schedule is open almost always.

Can drive up to 50 miles with gas reimbursement. Also can keep rats at mother's rat-free home.

Can commit at least 1 hour per day probably more.

No experience with sick rats but I can follow instructions very well and am definitely willing to learn.

I have experience in caring for ferrets, dogs, cats, snakes, fish, rabbits, rodents, and chinchillas.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: xedra77 on March 14, 2006, 12:50:57 PM
I am willing to rat-sit in Pennsylvania (Altoona Area).

1. I'm a teacher, so you have a good idea what my schedule is like. 

2. If I have to go to your house, it has to be within 20 minutes.  .  .although I'd consider further if I have a reason to be out that way (or if you're willing to help with gas).  I'd rather watch your animals at my house, I have pleanty of room to keep them separate from my own.

3. If I'm going to your house, I like to make it a longish stay to make the drive worth it, so free-ranging is a definate.

4. I have an excellent vet for all kinds of animals.  I have had some experience with ratty illness.  I have worked with rats with emotional problems in the past.  I have no experience with rats with handicaps, but that doesn't mean that I'm not willing to rat-sit.

5. My family currently consists of two small dogs, a cat, three anoles, and a husband.  I'm willing to care for any of these, but you'll have to find another sitter for your own husband  ;)  I also have experience with various other small animals, frogs, and snakes.  I don't do fish unless there are VERY detailed instructions, because I have problems keeping fish alive.
Title: Tucson, Arizona
Post by: Elaken on March 31, 2006, 07:57:40 PM
1)  My schedule tends to vary so that would have to be figured out as needed.
2)  I would drive up to thirty minutes, I would make the drive at least every other day but if it is close then every day.
3)  I could commit at least an hour each time I go. 
4)  The only rat medical care I have done is to administer medication, so I can manage that.  I would be okay with caring for a special needs as long as it wasn't too complicated.
5)  I have tons of experience with cats and dogs, and more limited experience with rabbits, ferrets, birds, and fish.  :)

I know how hard it is to not only find someone who is willing to watch rats but also had experience so I am always an option to Tucson people.  However I would hope to be more of a last resort then a first, if ever even needed.
Title: Seattle, Washington USA
Post by: Wildfyre on April 06, 2006, 01:35:44 AM
1. My schedule is very open
2. I could care for pets pretty much anywhere in the Seattle area. I use the bus to get around though we do have a car (gas is so expensive!).
3. Right now I could commit to several hours a day easily if needed
4. My medical experience stops at basic medication but I would be willing to learn new medications if needed
5. I've cared for rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, cats, dogs, iguanas, snakes, turtles, horses, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, parrots, lizards, various amphibians, insects, spiders.... I used to pet sit for spending money when I was a teenager  ;)
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory
Post by: Maxxsgirl on May 10, 2006, 11:57:10 PM
I'm located in Weschester, NY

I'm available in the afternoon-evening hours

I will travel in and around Westchester (contact me if you're located around this area)

Time per day (and amount of times/day) is dependent upon how far I have to travel, although half an hour to an hour a day is expected regardless of travel time

I've medicated my own rats with the usual liquid antibiotics, and am comfortable with medicating other rats.  Explicit instructions should come along with meds/special needs ratties.  (And any animal, for that matter)

I have experience caring for mice, hamsters, rabbits, cats, dogs, and horses.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Fish Frostin Momma on May 28, 2006, 10:23:06 PM
Please make sure to post:
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
 

Hi, I'm Brandy, located in the Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley area in Nevada

1. I am always available.  My husband works during the day currently, while I stay at home and take care of bills and our babies.
2. I am always willing to drive anywhere your pet needs to go.  If you have a perferred vet in the area, I will be sure to take it there.
3. As I stated, I can commit alot of time, due to me not working currently.  I hope to instill as much free-range on your rat as I do all of mine.  I will quarantine them so they will have their own space, their own free-range area, and won't come in contact with anyone else but me or my husband.
4.  I worked in petstores for a while now, taking care of all their special needs and learning about each individual one.  I am more than willing to learn something about rats that I don't already know, infact I'm learning more about them everyday. 
5.  I've cared for dogs, hedgehogs, ferrets, cats, any small animal like mice gunni pigs, hamsters, etc.  I have cared for a vast knowledge of reptiles... but I have a policy against owning or caring for snakes for the time because I wouldn't be able to feed them what they needed.  I've tried and it broke my heart.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Lacey on June 30, 2006, 07:25:10 PM
Northern California (Butte County)

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available -----I am open most of the time.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive Butte County...Once a day

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?A much as needed

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?I have some Medical experience, I will will be glad to take care of special needs.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?Rats, dogs, cats, fish, goats, sheep, chickents, ducks, HORSES, cows....You name it.... and I have at some time in my life either owned or pet sitted for one.
Title: Rat Sitter Ventura County, CA
Post by: Poisonetta on July 10, 2006, 07:54:57 PM
I have 3 rats of my own, and have owned rats since I was very young.

I can sit anywhere in Ventura County and some places in Santa Barbara proper, but not other areas of SB county.

I also have experience with dogs, cats, small birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, and opossums.

 I am available to rat sit  any time after 2 in the afternoon 'til whenever is needed. So, yes, there would be lots of time to free range.   ;D that's the best part of rat - sitting anyway, isn't it? I would make the drive daily! Rats need (and hog) all the attention they can get.  :BlueDumboSmile:

 I have experienced a few sicknesses with my rats and know the ammount of care and dedication it takws to nurse a sick rat back to health. I also know how to get them to take their meds without fuss! (It's all in the food when it comes to little ratties. :) ) It would be a pleasure for me to take care of special needs rats.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Chesterroo on July 14, 2006, 07:36:32 PM
I can pet sit in Pennsylvania, anywhere local.  I'm in Pottsville.

1. I'm available in the mornings and nights.
2. I can drive up to a half hour, twice a day.
3. I can spend quite a few hours
4. I work at a no kill shelter and am very used to medicating animals. All animals.
5. Any animal, dogs, cats, small animals, reptiles, and barnyard animals as well. 
Title: Phoenix, Arizona USA
Post by: Courtney&Crew on July 25, 2006, 11:01:21 PM
(modified 5/2008, I have relocated but am once again available for rat sitting and possible fostering for rescues)

Seattle, Washington

I have owned rats for about 4 years but am currently ratless.  I would be willing to rat sit in my home as it would be a clean and safe environment.  I have been away from the rat world for quite some time and I am not ready for more rats of my own but would love to help other rat owners. 

1. I leave home at 7:30am and return at 5:30 pm for work, Monday through Friday but I am home all day during the weekends.
2. I would prefer to rat-sit in my home (S. Seattle) but could possibly consider visiting your home if necessary.
3. If the rats come to my home I can spend as much time as needed meeting their care/attention needs before and after work.
4. My previous rats lived very long lives but did have some health issues (unfortunatly as most rats do).  I feel very confident in providing meds or special feeding if needed and would not hesitate to bring the rats to their vet if needed.  During the time that I owned my rats I was very active with forums and research.
5. I do have two dogs of my own.  Both are very well trained and are in a fenced yard during the day so they would never be left alone with the rats at any point in time.  I do have experience with rabbits as well.
 
Title: Brainerd/Baxter, Minnesota, United States
Post by: The Rattie Bunch on August 20, 2006, 11:55:55 AM
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available: Afternoon and at night all year
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive: Across state if needed, depending on how often- we would have to discuss it
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging? I can commit an hour or so, and free-ranging is fine.
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs? I have experience in upper respiratory diseases and tumors. And yes, I'd be comfortable with it.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for? Cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and, of course, fish

I'm thirteen, but very experienced with animals.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: SarahD on September 23, 2006, 12:06:08 PM
www.earps.org

EARPS/Happy Endings pet sits in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne & Columbia City, IN...all proceeds go directly to providing medical care, supplies, etc for foster animals.  PM me or vegan_rat for more info.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: BarbedDragon on September 25, 2006, 08:00:06 AM
1. I am availible before 10 am and after 8 pm, depending on how far I have to drive obviously. I might be availible earlier as I might be changing jobs.
2. 30 min only please. everyday visits would be fine.
3. I can commit however much time needed as long as I am not late for work ;)
4. I would be fine with caring with a rat with special needs, I have a background working as a vet assistant, so I have no problems administering medicince, giving injections, ect.
5. I have experience caring for sugar gliders, lizards, frogs, snakes, tarantulas, fish (salt and fresh) horses, tortoises, game birds, large birds, small birds, hedgehogs, and of course cats and dogs. Basically anything cept maybe cows or piggies-but I could learn that.

Pending a further decision I might be accepting my old job back at the vet clinic making vet care for emergencies easily accesable. I am also within 30 min drive of airport emergency clinic (they know me well)

I will not be rat sitting until my rats lab results have come back and presented a clean bill of health as well as my quarentine period is over. (I will not rat-sit in my home without comprehensive testing and a recent visit to a competent rat vet *AND* I would have to accompany you for the visit)
Title: Buffalo, NY
Post by: Phalaeo on October 21, 2006, 05:37:01 PM
Due to the nature of my work, I am available at some times of the year- other times not-you would have to call ahead to find out.

I would be willing to drive a half hour total.

I could spend a minimum of 1/2 hour at the house.  I am comfortable with free ranging other's rats only with instructions.

Yes, I can care for a rat with special needs.

I can care for birds, from finches up to macaws, reptiles (I am comfortable feeding live fish, crickets, meal worms, wax worms and frozen mice), Other rodents, chinches, cats, dogs, fish (fresh, brackish and salt), Horses, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens- Pretty much everything.

All instructions must be written down clearly, and all of your vets must be listed.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: sharper43 on October 22, 2006, 02:42:25 PM
Dallas Area

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
would have to contact to see at the time, usually available often

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
can drive all over the dallas area, maybe fort worth

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I can provide playtime and cleaning time.  contact me during this time to see how much time

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I have had rats for about 5 years now. I haven't had any special experience in really intense medical care.  I have experience dealing with injuries and cleaning and doctoring wounds.  I also have experience caring for elderly rats

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have
I have 3 small dogs that play with my rats all of the time.  The rats have free-range time and the dogs are very gentle.  THe rats actually chase the dogs around sometime.  And some of them groom the dogs alot.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: HandcuffedAngel on October 25, 2006, 07:53:45 PM
I can rat-sit in the Detroit & Ann Arbor areas of Michigan

1. My schedule varies but I am always home in the evenings and sometimes in mornings and afternoons.

2. I am willing to drive within a half-hour radius, maybe a little more.

3. I'll commit every minute I can and I'll be sure to at least do some free range activities before I leave.

4. Depending on the special needs I can give medications and such, just may be pressed on time some days so it would depend on the needs of the rat in specific.

5. I am very experienced with dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and sugar gliders. I am not incredibly experienced in caring for ferrets [hands-on] but have done plenty of research to care for them properly.

Personal Note: I can bring animals into my home temporarily if people are comfortable with it so that they can get that maximum amount of attention while the owner(s) are away.
Title: Cincinnati, OH & Surrounding area
Post by: Kimmiekins on October 28, 2006, 07:43:10 PM
1. I am currently available at all hours.
2. I am willing to travel around the Greater Cincinnati tri-state area (OH, KY, IN). Basically, 30 miles or so from where I'm at (east side). Might be willing to travel more if need be.
3. I can commit as much time as you'd like.
4. I have handled respiratory infections (including nebulizer treatments), stroke, wounds, lice, tumors and abscesses. I've given shots and oral medicine. A special needs rat is something I'd be comfortable with.
5. Hamsters (including from birth), dogs (including from birth), cats, fish. I'd be willing to learn about the care of any animal.

I am more then willing to care for pets in my home as well.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Syracuse, NY, USA
Post by: Ona_banahna on November 08, 2006, 08:46:17 PM
Actually, my partner is the official pet-sitter, but I figured it'd be good to post here.

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
     I have a full-time job (8-4), but depending on the area, Rachael is available at various times throughout the day.
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
     Can't drive too far on a regular basis (suburbs of Syracuse), and once or twice a day.
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
     A regular "visit" is between 20 and 45 minutes, but for just sitting with some freeranging smatters, that can be extended--she's worked out "custom-visits" before
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
     We've had plenty of rats with lung problems, lots of antibiotics/liquid drugs, given sub-Q fluids, she's given insulin shots (to cats, not rats), and we had a disabled rat as well.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
     Cats, dogs, birds, lizards, amphibians, fish, pretty much everything allowed to be kept as pets (little experience with barnyard animals--a couple horse/llama interactions, but limited)  I practically own a zoo (Parrots, Parakeets, Cockatiels, Bunnies, Cats, Rats, Guinea Pigs, Mouse, Hamsters, Gerbils, Frogs, Anoles, Bearded Dragons, Geckos, and Fish)

Thanks!
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- West Jordan, UT
Post by: cuterat on December 30, 2006, 10:09:25 PM
Nevermind
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: KeepersPlay on January 21, 2007, 11:07:19 PM


Meriden, CT


1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
Open Schedule

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive?
I can either keep them at my house (2 floor house), or I can drive at most 30 maybe 40 min.
As far as how often it can be from every day to every other day, depends how far the drive is.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I'm used to free-ranging. My rats have always been free-ranging. I can spend upto 1-2hours. If I go more then once a day (if it's with in my home town area, give or take 5-10 miles) I could split it up 1 hours in the morning/noon time and 1 hour in the later evening.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I have never cared for a rat with a special need. Although i've had to medicate my own rats before. I've been owning rats for 3 years now and have owned 9 rats.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Small animals (Hamsters, Mice, Rats, Gerbils) Rabbits, Guinea pigs, Ferrets, Dogs, Cats, Birds, Fish.
 
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: PudgyRatties on February 16, 2007, 07:45:08 PM
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?

1. I am a college student so I do spend significant time in class... but I am home several hours each day.
2. I live in Martinsburg, WV... about an hour outside Baltimore and DC and 30 min. from Frederick, MD/ Leesburg,VA. I would be willing to drive to pick up the rattie to keep at my home.
3. I can commit several hours a day for play. I have four female rats that I spend a lot of time with everyday. I don't "free range"... exactly... because I don't have a totally rat proof room. But, they do get supervised play outside the cage in certain areas. I also have a play pen for them.
4. I've given liquid Baytril via a syringe to all of my rats. More comfortable with mixing with food. If the rat has a NON-contagious medical problem such as a tumor or bumble foot or something of the sort I can take care easily. I used to pet sit dogs with cancer and external tumors where I had to apply iodine and other medications. I can also administer vitamins and pills. However, if the rat exhibits any signs of Myco or URD or anything of the sort I won't agree. If the rat has frequent Myco flare-ups... I'm not going to risk my babies. Sorry.
5. Like I said, I used to pet sit cats and dogs for several days at a time. Also, I have owned cats, hamsters, gerbils, dwarf hamsters, anoles, blue elsavadorian iguanas, skinks, geckos, frogs, turtles, and all kinds of fish. I currently own one cat (and I take care of a stray) and four 4 month old rats.
Title: Corpus Christi, Texas
Post by: rodent_girl_1985 on March 05, 2007, 02:38:05 PM
1. What your schedule is like when you are available.
2. How far are you willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive.
3. How much time can you commit per day. Can you spend enough time to allow for free ranging?
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be compfortable caring for a rat with special needs?
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experiance in caring for?

I'm a college student, but take my courses at home. So my schedule is pretty much free.

I don't drive, but my mother is willing to drive me. I'm willing to drive anwhere in the city and immediate areas outside the city, up to Portland, TX.

I can commit to 1 1/2 to possibly 2 hours a day. I think that would allow enough time for free ranging.

I have experience with medical need rats, some of my rats have had problems in the past. I feel compfortable taking care of a special needs rat.

I've worked at a dog kennel in the past. I've taken care of dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and other small critters, so pretty much anything. I'm fairly compfortable around dogs, as long as they are not aggresive. I can take care of reptiles, but it depends on what kind of reptile you have. I'm fine with everything else. I am trustworthy and dependable. Any questions you can PM or email me.
Title: Houston, Texas, USA
Post by: Drache on June 17, 2007, 10:54:20 PM
I run my own rat rescue and have been rat-sitting for local rat-owners in the area for over 5 years. References available.

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available?: My schedule is very open, and there are two of us to help care for them. 
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive? I would prefer to bring them to me instead of making a daily trip to the owners home. I am willing to do pickup/deliver within 3 hours of Houston with gas reimbursement. We have a separate house 1/2 hour from our main residence where boarding animals are kept. It's climate controlled and has a play area. Quarantine will not be an issue. We are willing to make a daily trip within an hour of our home.
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging? Several hours. Yes.
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs? Absolutely. We have cared for some of the worst medical cases I have ever even heard of. We are experienced with respiratory problems, congestive heart failure, parasites, megacolon, tumors, stroke, SubQ fluids, oral medications, wound care, etc. etc. We have an E-Vet and two other Exotics vets within a five minute drive.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?

Haha. Rats, wild rats, mice, wild mice, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, prairie dogs, rabbits, cavies, degus, jirds, spiny mice, lemmings, short-tailed possums, hedgehogs, roo rats, finches, canaries, parakeets, lovebirds, conures, quakers, parrotlets, parrots, macaws, cockatoos, snakes, lizards, turtles/tortoises, geckos, tarantulas, scorpions, cockroaches, millipedes, fresh and saltwater fish, ducks, chickens, horses, dogs, and cats. No 'hot' snakes or illegal wildlife.

And I probably forgot a few...
Title: Portland, OR
Post by: MsMagpie on June 18, 2007, 03:36:55 AM
Portland, OR

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available? This is totally dependent on what classes I'm taking that quarter, ask for specifics.
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive? I can only commit to places that I can reach by bus (sorry).
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging? Depending on my classes I'd say that I can certainly commit to at least an hour a day.
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs? I don't have much experience. With explicit directions, and an emergency contact I would care for most special needs.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for? Experience with cats, dogs, fish, birds, horses, rats, gerbils/hamsters/mice, rabbits. I'm not willing to spend out of cage time with hamsters/gerbils as I am afraid of them, I can certainly feed and water them and clean their cages though. (Laugh if you must.) I've never cared for ferrets or Gpigs, but I've read a lot about them and would give it a try!
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Mischief Mistress on June 28, 2007, 02:04:32 PM
I can sit in the Phx AZ area.

I'm available anytime(its summer but anything after 3 during school)
15 miles
Yes
Yes
CAts horses dogs birds fish rabbits
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Dogstar on July 06, 2007, 12:17:11 AM
Chicago, IL

1. My schedule is currently pretty open but in the fall I will have a new schedule.
2. I can go short distances (within 4-5 miles of 60659 area code) to your home, OR I can care for your rats in my own home. I do not have any rats or other rodent pets in the home.
3. I can commit several hours per day, or if the rats were in my home they would get a lot of playtime out of the cage during the day.
4. I have experience with pet medical care. I have worked with pets and have given oral medications and used a nebulizer with my previous rats, provided post-surgical care and 'nursing' care. I have also done sub-q shots/fluids with dogs/cats.
5. I have experience caring for rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, dogs, cats, gerbils, frogs, snakes, lizards, turtles and rabbits.
Title: Rhode Island
Post by: PhoenixMoon on July 06, 2007, 01:00:41 AM
1) Right now, I'm a stay at home mom so my schedule is fairly open. After Sept. 07, you'd have to call.
2) I will travel up to an hour a day with gas reimbursement.
3) I am flexible with the amount of time I will spend. Free range time is no problem.
4) I have some exp. with ill ratties- oral meds., ointments, sub q. I have no exp. with special needs except nursing orphans, spec. diet, but am willing to learn.
5) I have exp. with mice, rabbits, ferrets, sugar gliders, pot bellies, dogs, cats, iguanas and other lizards, turtles, fish tanks, prarie dogs, chinchillas, certain snakes- I will feed -only- mealies, crickets, etc.
Title: Los Angeles, CA
Post by: thewolfplush on July 25, 2007, 09:39:30 PM
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
I work from home, self-employed, so I can work around other people's schedules to an extent. Please call ahead.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
I'm willing to go within the immediate Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hawthorn, Lawndale, Torrance, Inglewood and Gardena areas.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
1 hour, which should be able to squeeze in a bit of time for free-ranging. :)

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I have no exprience with rat medical care except administering medicines and using a nebulizer. I have cared for a few special needs animals in my lifetime, though, so if it isn't anything drastic I can follow instructions.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Dogs, Cats, Hamsters, Mice, Guinea Pigs, Fish Tanks (Saltwater, Brackish Water and Freshwater), Birds (Budgies, Lovebirds, Sun Conures, Cockatiels, Finches, et cetera), Reptiles (Turtles, Lizards, and Snakes - will feed pre-killed only. Will not monitor for live feeding, plus I think it's too dangerous to the animals). I also have experience in feeding and preparing specialized diets - Cooked, Raw, et cetera.

If you are comfortable with me administering basic care to other pocket pets or small animals, (IE - chinchillas, ferrets) provide a care sheet - I'm excellent at following directions (comes with what I do :S). However, no experience with livestock.
Title: Illinois - Pontiac Area
Post by: Lifthrasir on August 18, 2007, 07:54:23 PM
I'm new to the forums but I figure offering help is a good way to get to know everyone here.

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
I work Mon-Thurs 7:00am - 5:30pm. I am available outside of these times.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
I live in Cornell, but will go to Streator, Pontiac, and everything in-between or near. (Ransom, Cornell (obviously), Flanagan, etc.) (Within 20 miles.)

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
Depending on the number of animals involved, I will spend whatever time is needed. Extra time if pets need special attention, and will plan time for free-ranging.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I have given injections, oral medications, and am familiar with treatments for other animals as well. I am absolutely willing to help any animal in need.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Other small animals, cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, and fish (freshwater or saltwater).
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: FishOutOfWater on August 26, 2007, 03:09:24 PM
I live in Vacaville, CA

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
Typically Saturday - Monday all day, Wednesday - Friday early mornings and evenings, and early mornings only Tuesday.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
I commute to Berkeley so pretty much anywhere off 80 between Berkeley and Davis, CA.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I can do free-ranging for as long as you want weekends and Saturdays. Tuesdays - Fridays I'd be able to do a quick check-up but not free range for long. If they're at my place they can be free ranged any day.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
My live-in partner is a vet tech and would be willing to rat sit for you in those circumstances - just let me know and I can forward the info on.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Cats, Hamsters, and fish.
Title: South San Francisco, CA
Post by: Rattiemama on August 28, 2007, 02:36:19 PM
I'm near San Francisco, CA!

1. At the moment my schedule is fairly open. I am most available in the afternoons and evenings.
2. I can drive 30 minutes (one way) every day, or further, up to an hour, every other day.
3. I can stay for an hour or more. Definitely long enough to freerange.
4. I am comfortable giving oral meds, nebulizing, and have a fair ammount of rat experience. I am not comfortable giving injections.
5. I am extremely allergic to cats, so no cats please! I adore dogs, and have dog sat many times, even for "problem" dogs. I also worked at the zoo and have experience caring for a variety of amphibians (toads, newts, etc), reptiles (large and small snakes, tutrles and tortises, alligators, lizards large and small etc.), birds (everything from doves and parrots to raptors and owls), and mamals (ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, even a racoon, skunk, and kinkajou).
Title: Minneapolis, MN, USA (and surrounding metro area)
Post by: FourthWand on November 08, 2007, 10:54:59 PM
I live in the west end of the Twin Cities, in the state of Minnesota.

1) I tend to write my own schedule and keep myself only at 4-5 days weekly; my availability suits my activities for the week (which would be included around proper feeding times, administrating of medicines, etc)

2) My partner and I make a hefty commute for his schooling every day (100 miles, six days a week!), so driving is totally negotiable. Gas prices are to be considered (damn you, big oil!), of course, but it's all a part of the love for ratties.

3) I give my boys around 3 hours "out of the cage" time to just hang out with me. It's up the owner, as to how much hands on time each rattie needs, and I'm willing to care for them in any such way as the owner sees fit.

4) Medical care is a part of owning animals; the worst "special treatment" situation ever was giving a series of anti-inflammatory injections to my chinchilla, Rimshot. But we got through it together, with lots of raisins. I'm fine with administering shots, hand-feeding supplements, and bathing special needs animals.

5) In my life, I've cared for chinchillas, horses, guinea pigs, several breeds of canines, hamsters & gerbils, both miniature horses & miniature donkeys, cats, a very special sugar glider named "Bug" and a seven-foot iguana named "Lurch". Oh, and rats, too. :) I have no allergies that I'm aware of, and if you have a red panda as a pet, I will move into your house and never leave... just to let you know.
Title: Brooklyn, NY, US
Post by: vombatus_ursinus on November 30, 2007, 04:34:57 PM
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
Right now I work part-time mornings and afternoons, that could change, I work in retail and it's week-to-week sometimes.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
I probably couldn't drive more than like half an hour each way unless there's compensation... This is because my dad would have to do the driving and he might not want to, you know how dads are.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
Some days I have more time than others, but I spend at least half an hour with my rats per day. Caring for someone else's rats, I'd try my best to devote a lot of time, because I would want the same done for me. It would be hard for me to give an estimate right now though. We can discuss it if/when we need to.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I've never injected medicine, but I've given my girl pain medication orally, and I've dissolved doxy in water bottles (for hamsters), and treated rat wounds with antiseptic and neosporin.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
I work at a pet store so I have at least a little bit of experience with most common animals. I'd have the least confidence with dogs, cats, and saltwater fish. But with just about any small animal I'm good.

My location: Coney Island (D, F, N, Q; Cropsey Ave exit on the Belt Pkwy)
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: RattieRatRescuer on December 21, 2007, 02:55:07 AM
LA, California (Southern), USA

My contact email- crazypony@ca.rr.com

1. I am home most of the day, and my schedule is flexible most of the time.
2. I can not travel too far from home. But if I am sitting your pet, and it is an emergency, we will go the distance.
3. I can commit many hours per day.--As I have many of my own pets. Free range--yes.
4. Regarding my experience with rat medical care, I think my knowledge is pretty fair.--I am not a vet, but my judgement is trustworthy. Yes, I would be comfortable caring for an animal with special needs.--I have done so before. I have applied skin medication to rats, that is about the only medicine I gave to a rodent. Although, I have given pills orally to dogs, and could do a cat if needed. I have treated wounds,  and can wrap a horses' leg (both for protection and medical reasons).
5. Horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, snakes, fish, toads/frogs, mice, hamsters, newts, chickens, turtles (both aquatic and land).

**Note: I know of 3 vets that care for rats in one of my neighboring cities.***
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: ratzluver on December 31, 2007, 01:50:52 PM
I live in Northern Virginia area
1. I go to school from 8:00am and get home at 4:00pm. After that I finish my homework about 4:30-5:00pm. Mondays I am usually free after 1:45. I am available all year except for August 2008
2. I would prefer it to just be at my house.
3.The rat/pet could have about 30mins just by themselves and then 1 hour playtime/free ranging.
4. I do not have expeirence with small pet meds, but i would be comfortable with it.
5. Any small pet! I have researched all pets for 4-5 years!
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Wishing4Rats on January 09, 2008, 09:11:51 PM
Edited 1/23/09-- Still available to help.  :)
High Desert, CA (2 hours North of San Diego). Can offer drop-off/pick-up in the Riverside area, as well.

Please note: I have no rats or other small pets currently, so I can care for your rats in my home.

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available

My schedule is ever-changing, but I don't typically work for more than 4 hours during the day, so there's plenty of time each day, 7 days a week.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive

I can drive up to 30 minutes once daily. More than that they have to come stay with me, and can do that either way if you prefer.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?

At least an hour, but will try to match how much time out they typically get. Yes, I can.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?

I've adminstered topical and oral medications many times. Cleaned abcesses/open wounds. I think I'd be comfortable with most special needs.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?

Dogs, cats, hamsters, fish.

Edited for recent information.  :)
Title: Upstate South Carolina (Clemson area)
Post by: holly238 on January 13, 2008, 10:14:32 PM
I'm a veterinary technician at a vet clinic in Clemson, SC (upstate area), and I have a great deal of experience with all animals. I've dealt with rats in need of medical care (my own and at the clinic), so I would be comfortable with special needs rats, as well as almost any other creature.

Contact me if you have a specific question or need! hollylaney@hotmail.com
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Bubbabooey on January 29, 2008, 01:11:56 PM
Hi!  I'm in Des Moines, Iowa, and would enjoy caring for rats so long as it was in the person's home since my rats are here and shouldn't be mixed with others.  Actually, I'm in the process of getting licensed and insured as a pet-sitter in this area.  If interested, IM or email me and I can provide you with the link to my site.

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available

I am a student (two nights a week) and work part-time, so it shouldn't be a problem.  We'd need to discuss any scheduling at that time though.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive

Approximately 8 miles.  I prefer to stay in Des Moines-West, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Clive, or Windsor Heights.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?

I should be able to.  An hour a day isn't out of the question. 

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?

I do not have much experience in terms of medical care, but can administer medications orally or topically.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?

Dogs, cats, mice, hamsters, and fish (particularly freshwater).

Thanks!   :wave2:

Abbey
Title: Tucson, AZ
Post by: MaatAset on February 24, 2008, 01:43:34 PM
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?

I'm Stephanie and I've had pet rats ever since I was a little kid (am in my 20's now) and have always loved having them as pets.  I'm always happy to show people what great pets they make and have managed to turn a few friends over from hating rats to absolutely loving them!

My schedule is always varying these days, but I always make time to spend with the ratties.  We'd have to go on a case by case basis to find out what my schedule is like at the time :)

I'm willing to drive up to an hour away from my home, particularly if you are really in need of a sitter.  For distances over half an hour (one way) I would visit at least every other day.  Closer and I would visit at least once a day.

I can commit at least an hour a day to spend time taking care of the pets and allow some time for free ranging as well.  Just contact me and if I am not able to commit a lot of time at that time then I will let you know immediately.

I've had various rats with different ailments over the years.  I know how to give them medicine orally and have had to put ointments on as well.  Not at all familiar with injections though.

I have also grown up having fish and dogs in the household and can take care of them if need be.  I haven't owned a cat, but I have pet sit for a friend who has one on a number of occasions.  I'm pretty good at following directions, so if there are others to take care of, just let me know what they need, any contacts, and if I am uncomfortable with a specific animal I will let you know then.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: undine on April 02, 2008, 11:40:44 PM
Hi!  I hope I don't get in trouble for posting this here, but I DESPERATELY need a rat-sitter in Alexandria, VA for April 20th - 26th.

My husband just found out he had to leave town for work the same week I'm going to be out of town at my parents' in FL.

If you live in Northern Virginia and can sit six boy-rats for a week (we can bring them there, or you can come here), please let me know!!!

Thanks very, very much.

Jennifer
Title: Massachusetts
Post by: kkay3702 on April 06, 2008, 12:33:35 PM
I am willing to rat sit ;D...I live in North Reading, Ma (roughly 25 minutes from Boston). I will be 20 in may and I have had 7 rats.  I have 2 females now.

1. The only times I must be out of the house are for class (normally 11am-2pm) and on Sundays I work 7am-11am.  But other than that I can be home I usually am other then errands and such.
2. I would gladly drive to meet you half way if your more than an hour away.  Other then that I'd be able to pick them up.
3. Since I am home a lot I can give lots of attention to each rats.  My rats usually get to free range around my room for a few hours a day while i do my homework etc.  Most rooms are rat proofed.  I try to hang out with them as much i can, I mean who wouldn't :wink5:?
4. I've had to treat mine for a couple mico flare ups.  Most of the time its given orally some others in their water.  I'm a quick learner with medication, I also work with horses so I've learned a lot about that sort of stuff.  I would be comfortable taking care of a special needs rat.
5. Other then the two females I have now(my trio died a month ago they were 26months, 28months, and 30months :( ) I have a husky, Allie, who is completely rat proofed, shes always been around them so now she basically ignores them.  I never let them come in contact though just to be safe, instincts can kick in when you least expect it.  When I let my rats out she goes outside in the yard for a while (she doesn't complain she loves being outside, so it works out).  I also have a fish tank and I have a bearded dragon who hangs out. (yes yes i have a zoo but they are also a spoiled bunch)
I have experience with: parakeets, conures, horses, alpacas, goats, donkeys, dogs, cats, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, guinea pigs, geckos, anoles, and a bunch of others lol
Title: Ann Arbor/Novi area Michigan
Post by: Kritter Mom on April 15, 2008, 04:46:44 PM
I currently am a mom to rats, cats and a leopard gecko

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available:
I'm available pretty much all the time, I do not work.
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive:
20 minutes max, everyday
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
 Most days I can commit at least an hour
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I have no experiance with rat medical care, but I'm sure I can handle giving medicine.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
 Cats,dogs, leopard geckos, fish, rabbits,guinea pigs, small rodents, small to medium sized birds, snakes.
Title: Ottawa,Ontario
Post by: machined on April 21, 2008, 06:47:45 PM
Ottawa,Ontario or Hull, Gatineau.

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available im available almost all the time
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive with in my city.(ottawa,ontario hull,gatineau.
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging? 2 hours a day or as long as you wish.
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs? i do not have any experience but im willing to learn.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for? i have fostered cats for the SPCA here where i live. i work for the SPCA here where i live so have taken care of alot of animals.
Title: Downingtown/Exton/West Chester PA
Post by: RatAttack59 on May 05, 2008, 04:47:50 PM
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
   I do work ft but most evenings are mostly open (and can work around other committments)
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
   Up to 20 minutes once a day, twice if you are within 5/10 minutes
   => mornings are tough, however, evenings would be the longer visit
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
   Evening freerange can easily be done
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
   My rats are a disgustingly healthy bunch, but I have administered meds. 
   Special needs would most likely be fine, although I've done more special needs dogs than rats (we had a blind beagle).
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
   Cats, dogs, rabbits, mice, hampsters, gerbils, frogs
   Our current zoo includes a dog, three cats, a frog, a rabbit, a snake,
   and (latest count) 25 rats (3 with future homes, 4 to be adopted out, and 18 residents)
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Heatherama on July 05, 2008, 02:19:38 AM
READING, Pennsylvania

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available

I'm a disabled veteran with no kids...all I do is doctor's appointments, so I'm free a lot.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive

About 30 miles / 1 hour away from home.  I'm in Reading, PA.  Zip code is 19606, I'm around an hour west of Philly.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?

1 to 3 hours.  I am unable to lift or carry heavy cages though.  I currently have a Martin's 695, and that is pretty much my limit for what I can carry or move around.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?

I have been a rat momma since I saw a sick little girl at a pet store in 1999.  The most I have had at one time was 24, and this was because we purchased a pregnant rattie from a pet store that was selling her as a "Large Feeder."   :o  I have had a couple ill babies that were on meds from the vet and special diets.  Also cared for tumor removal surgery rattie.  All of them are beautiful, and if I am capable, then I would love to care for a special needs baby.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?

Guinea pigs, mice, cats, dogs, anoles, fish, parrot.  Currently we have 1 dog (shiba inu girl), 4 cats, 2 girl mice, and 2 baby boy ratties.


I know I'm new to the board, but I have enjoyed the company of rodents for years now.  My animals are very special to me, and I do everything within my means to keep them healthy, spoiled, and happy.   :BlueDumboSmile:
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: rowan138 on July 07, 2008, 02:58:53 AM
         Fort Bragg,North Carolina


1. What your schedule is like and when you are availableAlmost always available
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the driveAbout 30 minutes one way
3. How much time can you commit per day?an hour or so Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?yes
4. What is your experience with rat medical care?giving medication Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?yes
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?dogs,cats,some amphibians,horses,goats,most small animals


Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: SashaEvangelina on July 20, 2008, 04:47:19 AM
Tehachapi, California (Kern County, near Mojave)
(I will travel to Bakersfield, Palmdale, and Lancaster, or anywhere within an hour radius)

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available?
I'm pretty much always available, just ask :)
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive?
I can drive an hour there and an hour back daily. Further (as in to the L.A. area) if gas can be reimbursed.
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I can spend at least an hour, whatever you're comfortable with. I can definitely spend enough time to allow free-ranging.
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
My boys have gotten tumor removals and get medicine daily. I'm totally up for caring for a rat that has special needs, whatever I need to do to make him/her comfortable:)
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Other rodents, fish, cats, dogs, reptiles, and birds; but I'm open to pretty much anything :D

On a side note I will not hesitate to take your rat (or any of your animals to the vet), and will contact you to let them know that they are ill, I'm not just going to let your animal die.

Sasha
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Metro area of Kansas city
Post by: Arda on October 09, 2008, 04:01:14 AM
Use the subject heading to advertise your location--city, state, and country

Please make sure to post:
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available: Pretty open to days, afternoons, and evenings upto 2x a day
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive: 20 miles
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging? Whatever pet owner wants
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs? I am ok with giving meds as needed
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for? Dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, not great with reptiles
 
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Any near Victoria?
Post by: chiropteragirl on October 16, 2008, 06:16:27 PM
Any good pet sitters near or in Victoria, Canada? I'd like to be prepared in case I go on a trip.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: leaveittoweaver on October 23, 2008, 01:01:03 AM
I'm located in the Capital Region of NY.
1. I'm available almost all the time. I'm an 18 year old taking a gap year before college and being jobless right now I have all the time in the world.
2. I much rather rat sit in my home. I really can't travel as I don't have my own car.
3. I can commit at least two hours out of cage time a day, consisting of my playing with the rats and of them just free ranging.
4. I can administer medication and am used to rats with paralysis and such. Of course this all depends on what your rats issue is as there may be some things I might not be too familiar with.
5. Hamsters, fish, cats, dogs, horses, goats, ferrets, rabbits, leopard geckos, panther geckos, green anoles, among others.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: ferretluver11697 on November 03, 2008, 10:21:59 PM

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available?
I am home schooled, so I am home most of the day to monitor and play with your fur babies.
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive? I would rather the pet stay at my house, but I could possibly be able to make one visit a day driving up to 15 minutes :confused: It's just cause my mom is busy and can't drive me everywhere.
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging? I can commit up to 2-4 hours of playtime. 
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs? I would be comfortable caring for a pet with medical needs, but do not have lots of experience. I have one ferret who has adrenal gland disease, but that's basically the only experience I have with medical issues in animals.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for? I have pet sat and/or owned (own) ferrets, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, and rabbits. I have owned dogs, but I can not take care of them in my home.

I am located in Herndon/Reston Virginia.
Title: Los Angeles, CA
Post by: LastEchoes on November 06, 2008, 10:58:23 PM
Los Angeles, CA

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available

Work from home, so very flexible.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive

Depends in which direction. We all know how traffic can be in LA! But generally speaking, 15miles

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?

1hr min. And yes to free range

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?

I"ve owned rats for yes and have no problems administering meds or taking care of special needs rat. The most 'special needs' rat I've had personally was a girl with hind legs completely paralyzed

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?

Pretty much all small rodents, dogs, cats, birds and reptiles. I"ve work in animal shelters so I've pretty much cared for them all, including some wild animals. Limited experience with lizards though.
Title: Hanover, IN
Post by: kikie86 on November 19, 2008, 05:12:41 PM
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available: most of the time except for day classes
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive: cannot drive, but I can board animals you bring to me
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?: A couple of hours free-range play/day
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?: I do not have experience with rat medical care or caring for a rat that has special needs
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?: hamsters

I will only be available in Hanover, IN until May 2009
Title: Schaumburg, Illinois - Chicagoland Area
Post by: Fate Foretold on November 23, 2008, 04:59:08 PM
Perhaps, Mandycoot, you should make a list of everyone and where they live in the first post here, so it's easier for people looking for pet sitters.  You can link to people's individual posts by copying the link in the two pieces of paper icon next to the title of each post.

~

1. What is your schedule is like and when you are available?
My name is Jeanette, and I am currently a full-to-part-time college student (depending on how many classes I can get at once) and intentionally unemployed, so I have more free-time on my hands.  When I'm not in class, I'm usually always home at our apartment.  I live in the city of Schaumburg with my boyfriend Tony.  I am available any day, but am definitely more free during the weekends.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive?
I'm not willing to drive any farther than 40 miles or so, since I am still unfamiliar with most of this area (as I grew up in a small town in IL) and tend to get lost rather easily.  I can drive basically any time, but like I said, the weekends are best.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I can spend a lot of time with the animals, depending on my school schedule.  I'll be able to spend time with them any time I'm home.  I definitely would be willing to allow the rats to run around for play time in our bathroom, as I do with my own (not together, obviously).

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I've yet to have any sort of reason to take my boys to the vet, but I am more willing to do so with any animals in my care.  We have an exotic veterinarian in this town who treats rat, which is very convenient.  If there is a special-need pet who needs personal care, I will do my very best for it.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Rats are really the only animals I've cared for personally, without the help of my parents.  Growing up though, my family had a number of animals, including dogs, a cat, a rabbit, a bird, hermit crabs, guinea pigs, and hamsters.

Added information:
I am currently 22 years old , and my boyfriend's 25.  I own 4 rats at the moment, 2 of which I'll have owned now for 2 years in the beginning of March.  I live in a well-kept, clean, and very spacious apartment.  I am a very big animal lover and have been since childhood.  I worked at a dog kennel for a year for my first job, and had a lot of experience with handling both the dogs and cats that were taken there when their owners were out of town.  I am willing to watch other animals besides rats, so long as they are friendly and will not cause any sort of damage when I and my boyfriend are away.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: rats rok my world on December 02, 2008, 07:36:46 PM
Hey I LOVE RATS I will take care of some one elses ratties (no more than 12 months LOL :hyper:)I live in the charlevoix area in michigan IF you live in my area Email me at Rats_\rok_\my_\world@hotmail.com(take out the \) Ill tell u the info if u email me :wink5:bye bye :wave2: :'(I dont wana leave   
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: turtlescales on December 04, 2008, 08:47:07 PM
I live in Reno NV, and can rat sit anywhere in Reno/Sparks, but if its really far from my place, I may need you to help me out with gas $$ :)

 Due to the time I have available, I would prefer to do only short-term sitting. (no more than 1 week)  I work M-F, 9-5 and sometimes until 9pm.  I can only commit to about an hour a day as a minimum, I can check morning and night on your rats and give them loves and kisses.  I would be able to do more for them on weekends when I do not work (usually dont work..)

Sorry, I am not willing to bring other rats into my home. Space here is an issue right now, and I do not want to unnecessarily expose my rats or yours to anything.

I am unfamiliar with rat medical care as of yet.  I have extensive experience with reptile and bird first aid, as well as dog and cat CPR. I can perform CPR on cats and dogs, as well as lizards, turtles, and snakes. (Not kidding about the snakes... it can be done :). Giving medicine to a rat can not be much more difficult than say, a 5 foot long angry lizard who is too sick to want to eat..

Animals I am familiar with (have either worked with or owned... Zoology major farm girl who practically grew up in a zoo)- all non-venomous species of snake, turtle, lizards, and amphibians.  Dogs and cats, all ages.  Rabbits, cows, horses, chickens, quail, pigs.  Birds, from finches to cockatoos.  Tropical fish, gold fish.  Um... I may have missed a couple.
Title: New York, NY, USA
Post by: roseblite on December 05, 2008, 01:29:42 PM
1. I am a graduate student so I am very busy but pretty flexible. I would probably be taking care of the animals in the evening.
2. I have no car but I can go where ever the subway/bus (MTA) system can take me, and my bike.
3. I could probably commit 1 hour a day with free range included if there is a playpen or some sort of enclosure device so that I can catch any scared ratties without having to chase them all over the place :-) And also facilitate cleaning up any mess they leave behind.
4. I have no rat medical care yet as I am a new rat owner but I did have to administer subcutaneous injections on my pet turtle several years ago after she was attacked by a more aggressive turtle to prevent an infection from forming. I am pretty calm in states of emergency and have been CPR trained 3 times. Just leave the vet 24 hour number and the vet you use for check-ups and and your personal number if there is any cause to worry about the animals health they will be taken care of.
5. I have had dogs, cats, turtles, fish, frogs, toads, iguanas, anoles, snakes, and water snails. I'm not afraid of animals. I am allergic to (most) cats and (some) dogs. I have been hired as a dog sitter before with a difficult dog that wanted to eat my boyfriend but was able to assert myself as a dominant creature and she bonded to me very quickly. Introductions with her had to be done though before the owners left town.

I live in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge) off the R line. If I move I will edit this post to state my exact neighborhood in the New York City area.
 
Title: Columbia, SC
Post by: Tenshi on December 09, 2008, 04:31:28 PM
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available.
I am a SAHM, so my schedule is pretty open.  I am available all day and all year, unless I, myself, am on vacation.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive.
The greater Columbia area is pretty big, so I would limit myself to this area.  Columbia, West Columbia, Lexington, Irmo - anything within a 30 minute drive and I can make the trip once to twice per day.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I can commit to over an hour at each trip.  Mid day is when I would have the time allotted for free-range play.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I have no experience with rat medical care.  I would be comfortable with a special needs rat as long as I was given explicit instructions and spent time with the rat and owner to observe the specific care that the animal would need.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
I have vast experience with cats, dogs and reptiles (snakes, bearded dragons, geckos).
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: rats rok my world on December 22, 2008, 12:49:07 AM
Postin again I live in michigan (charlevoix) I will let the rats run around and I wont keep them in the cage ill be holding them probly unless im busy then Ill let them free roam
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: ThaRatChick on December 27, 2008, 07:02:50 PM
Im in central WI. Im a teenager

1. I can pretty much check on rats almost any day
2. Lets keep it near Stevens Point <no more than 15 min away>
3. I can dedicate probably an 1/2 hour a day more for cage cleaning. If in my home i can hang with them for awhile.
4. All the rats i've had had been quite healthy until they died. I can administer meds. I can care for special need rats with detailed instructions.
5. I am good with dogs. I have had a cat, bunny, guinea pig, and gerbil. And how hard is it to care for fish?
Title: Buffalo, NY USA
Post by: Ilanajoy on January 10, 2009, 10:22:40 PM
Buffalo, NY

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
Full time work 40 hrs, 8:30-4:30.  I could check in on rats in the evenings, but would prefer to have them in my home.


2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
w/in Buffalo and Northtowns. I do have a car, but would require gas reimbursement for long drives. (i.e. Niagara Falls, Southtowns)

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I do work 40 hrs a week, but I'm there mornings, evenings and weekends (plus my husband is around days, and he loves rats)

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I have given medicine to rats before, and have a rat-vet,

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Dogs, cats, fish ( and i love ferrets)


 
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: coliekumar on January 30, 2009, 09:15:47 PM
CHICAGO, IL
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available?
I am a college student with classes on wednesdays, thursdays, and fridays.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive?
I can go everyday, but must use the CTA train or bus in northern Chicago only.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I can commit a couple of hours each day except for Wed.  I could only stop by on Wed, but can spend as much time as necessary on the weekends.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I have no experience with special needs rats, but would be happy to discuss it with you and see what we could work out.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
I have rats, ferrets, mice, cats, and a foster guinea pig.  I have experience with dogs, but hate giving walks, so I am not really an ideal sitter for dogs.

I am doing this to pay for my fosters as well as my own pets and rescues, as well as to help out any ratty owners who need it.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Kitsune on March 05, 2009, 08:34:35 PM
Colorado Springs, Colorado and Logan, Utah (starting7/1/09)

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available?
Anytime.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive?
anywhere in the springs and all of cache valley

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
30 minutes to an hour and a half. Overnight or extended care visits negotiable. in home stays at my house will be on a case by case basis.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
Previous Veterinary Technician and lots of research and exposure to cancer care and geriatric needs in animals. Not much scares me in the animal care department.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, avian(domestic and hunting birds), exotics, horses, goats, chickens cows, pigs..name it, I've either cared for it in the veterinary field or had it myself.



While in Colorado springs I'm working for a licensed, bonded and insured company called Fetch! pet care. go to their website (http://www.fetchpetcare.com/) and request me from my home office.  If you get me after our move to Utah I won't be with Fetch! pet care anymore since they don't have a  franchise there but the same experience, care and expertise will be there. Prices in Utah will be based on gas reimbursement and an affordable care fee. I also have references. I've also been and early care/socialize for a private German Shepherd breeder and a private pet sitter for several veterinary clients that doubled as house sitting. 
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: gothkenny on March 06, 2009, 01:20:36 PM
I can't drive but I don't have rats. I would be willing to take other's rats into my home, will that work? If so, I'll fill out the form. :]
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: RugRat on March 07, 2009, 03:54:29 PM
Any sitters in Raleigh NC??

And thanks very much for this thread, very helpful  :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: The Futile on April 01, 2009, 05:08:09 PM
Tallahassee, Florida (USA)

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available

On weekdays, I can come by in the evenings. On weekends, I can come by in the mornings or evenings

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive

Anywhere in town


3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?

I can commit 1-3 hours


4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?

I have given meds to rats before


5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?

Almost every small animal and reptile, cats, and dogs.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: gramma2jaakk on April 10, 2009, 03:22:49 PM
Kennesaw, Georgia (USA)

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
   ~ I don't work outside my home, so I can take care of rats in their home anytime, provided traffic co-operates.  Sitting would have to be done at the rats home though, as I have my own rat-kids to take care of.  If it is over a weekend, my husband can assist me.  :D

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
   ~ I can go to anywhere in Kennesaw, Marietta, Acworth, Canton or Woodstock (Georgia).  Anything farther than those places is not good for me.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
   ~ I can spend a good part of at least 2 hours each day, and can also allow time for free-ranging. 

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
   ~ Yes, I would be willing to give meds to rats.  If the 'parents' leave me a vet name and number, and the vet is willing to charge the 'parents' when they get home, I can take to the vet, also.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
   ~ I have a dog and tropical fish.  I've also had birds, cats, hamsters, mice, and lizards, so I can help with them also.  No spiders!  I would prefer not to help with snakes, since I know nothing about them.  And the dogs and cats need to be friendly to strangers.

We will be having our grand-daughter visiting us for the Summer, but it won't be a problem.  And the 'parents' vacation would have to be deconflicted with mine.

Anita
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: diggy415 on April 20, 2009, 09:43:27 PM
Lassen County

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available? Anytime after 2pm weekends and holidays too. 
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive30 miles
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging? several hours
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs? i am familiar with doeses, and have raised rats, mice hamsters for years. Can do special needs too :)
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for? reptiles, fish, dog, cats, tarantulas, goats, rabbits,  
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: JOOOWEE on May 18, 2009, 11:15:56 AM
Location: North Attleboro Mass.


Please make sure to post:
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available

I am home Mon-Thursday all day and work Fri-Sun.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive

Prefer care in my home but would go to peoples houses if within 15 minute drive a couple a times a day.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?

All our pets get at least an hour out playing with us a day

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?

Fairly new to rats but have a fabulous vet nearby.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Hedgehogs, any and all rodents, cats, dogs
 
Title: Pottsville, PA, US
Post by: RescueRatLover on May 25, 2009, 11:07:37 PM
1. I can do mornings, nights, and can spend the night if needed.  I pet sit now, for many people, and will spend nights, especially for dogs.
2. I can do all of Schuylkill County, and even into the Reading area.
3. It all depends on how much time you need me to be there, I am open to anything. I could handle free ranging.
4. I am very experienced with medical care, I have no problems dealing with medications, I work at a no kill animal shelter, and can do injections, fluids, medications, and just about everything.
5. Dogs, Cats, All small animals, even barn yard.  Just about everything!  I pet sit for multiple people, my shelter manager, a dog kennel in the area, I watch her kennel, and their own 7 dogs, birds, rabbits, and cats.   I'm just to a menagerie!
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: ChelleAngel on August 24, 2009, 09:33:43 AM
Richmond, Va I have four cats, one leopard gecko, one red corn snake and two hooded rat baby girls. I have a vet that travels to my home if I need to have access to that. You can bring your babies here and I can devote much attention to them. I play with my girls all day long and my cats check them out too. Not at all in the "I want to eat you" kind of way though.  ;D I love spending time with my girls. They are super sweet and loving. All the baby kisses and love is great!

Chelley
Title: Woodstock, ON Canada
Post by: jackie71 on September 11, 2009, 11:01:15 AM
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available...It depends but most of the time unless I am on vacay too
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive...probably no more than 30 minutes
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging? I can do an hour
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?yes ... and I have my own vet emergency on call
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for? dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, fish, um...raccoons, robins, chickens, geese...LOL...
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: GriffinsEyrieRattery on October 21, 2009, 10:47:27 AM
SEVERNA PARK, MD

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available? I am in college full-time but can rat-sit during the summer months and in January

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive? I would be willing to drive a half an hour or so to pet sit, certainly once a day. Twice a day if closer.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging? I can commit to 2 or so hours a day in care. I've had free-ranging rats before, but not recently and would probably need a list of tasks for that :BlueDumboSmile:

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs? I have dealt with twice-daily medication, rats with tumors (back in the day when I didn't have the money to pay for surgery), and very old rats who could hardly move their hind legs and had to have their peens cleaned out daily from dried urine. I've also had pregnant rats and babies. I've lanced boils, trimmed claws, disinfected wounds, dealt with bumbles... yeah, I'd say I'm pretty experienced with them rat problems. I would be comfortable caring for a special-needs rat.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for? I've cared for dogs, cats, cockatiels, a ferret, dwarf hamsters, a guinea pig (but that was a loooong time ago), an injured wild vole, baby birds, horses, snakes, lizards, a tarantula, fish, and locusts. I'm pretty much up for anything :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
Title: Toronto, ON, CANADA
Post by: Princess_J on November 17, 2009, 01:49:57 PM
Post your information here if you are willing to be contacted about sitting for members' rats while they are traveling or on vacation.

Use the subject heading to advertise your location--city, state, and country

Please make sure to post:
1. I'm a freelancer and hubby is in school, so whenever
2. Would prefer if you bring the rats to us. We have 2 females, caged
3. Depending on the day, all day, at least 2-3 hours
4. Absolutley comfortable with special needs rats, we'd had 14 rats in our life, including a runt, and adopted an old -age rat
5. Cats, dogs, etc
 
Please do not reply to posts in this thread--use a personal message to contact someone and work out details.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Heatherr on January 19, 2010, 03:23:13 PM
Baltimore, MD area

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
I'm available almost any time. I'm a college student and have classes a couple days a week, but PM me with what days/times you need a sitter and I'm positive we can work something out.
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
I can cover the eastern half of Baltimore county and parts of Anne Arundel. Pretty much anywhere within half an hour's drive.
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
Depending on whether or not I have class, I can spend anywhere from one to three hours.
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I have given medicine to rats and clipped overgrown teeth. If your rat has special needs, it's not a problem for me.  :)
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Cats, dogs, hamsters, geckos, hedgies, guinea pigs, and a tad bit of snake experience. If you have it, I'm pretty sure I can sit for it.  8)

Feel free to PM or e-mail me with questions, concerns, etc.  :)

Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Angelwoutwings on February 17, 2010, 02:16:57 AM
PHOENIX, AZ (Near I-17 between Cactus and Peoria)

I am always looking to pet sit :) Ratties and other animals.

I am a college student and work part time and my schedule changes with the semester. I can usually find time though.

I am not willing to drive all that far, since I work and go to school on this side of town (ASU West), but probably within 10 miles or so.

As far as time, probably as much as needed, considering I'd probably just have the ratties help me with some homework :)

I am a newbie rat owner, but I pick up on things quite quickly and am always willing to learn.

I've cared for dogs, cats, hamsters (as a child), turtles. I won't do snakes unless it doesn't require live feedings. I love them, just not comfortable with feeding them.

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to e-mail me. I would be more than happy to help :)

-Ashley (Angelwoutwings89@aol.com)
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Sarabear14 on March 08, 2010, 12:05:20 PM
Please if anyone can help i need a rat sitter in July i have 7 girls all in good health i have a cage and i am willing to travel i live in Matteson but my girls are with my bf in Batavia IL we will be gone for 4 days please if someone can give a little time to help it would apperciated i don't have much money but i am willing to compensate for the person who can care for my girls :) you an email me at sarabear14@aol.com



thanks alot 
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Wildfyre on March 29, 2010, 08:31:04 PM
I'm in Washington State :-)

1. I work from home so my schedule is open and very flexible.
2. I can easily drive as far as Centralia, Olympia, Rochester, etc. Tacoma maybe.
3. I could commit several hours a day if needed
4. I have experience with Myco and related respiratory issues. Limited experiences in other areas.. but willing to learn.
5. Dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, poultry, reptiles, amphibians, birds, other rodents, insects, arachnids, etc. I have pet sit most everything and some point in my life lol
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: SwannRats on May 12, 2010, 11:48:11 PM
I am able to rat sit pretty much every weekday from approximately 9 a m ish two about 2:30 pmish if you are in the La Crosse, WI area. I also have experience with beardies, cats/kittens. and dogs/puppies ( pretty much all breeds, including doberman's, german sheps all the way down to yorkshires). I live in Whitehall, WI, and am willing to help anyone between here and La Crosse, towns include.. Blair, Beach Corners, Ettrick, Galesville, Holmen and La Crosse/Onalaska. Also, willing to go as far south as Viola/Readstown, Coon Valley, Westby and Viroqua, WI.   I have to be in La Crosse by 9 am then I am free until needing to return to La Crosse by 2:45 pm. I can also do anytime everyother weekend. post here or e mail me at sweetswann@msn.com  I have no problem with special needs animals. I have rehabilitated many.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: goddesskris on June 24, 2010, 08:53:50 PM
i can rat sit or board in my home. i live in lansdale, north wales area in PA. i work 3ed shift at a animal hotel. i have 6 of my own babys and if you would need me to watch them for a extended time i could. im kinda new to the rat thing but i have had alot of animals. and i have a vet in the area for them. i do have to warn i have a jack russell that loves to play with my boys. she doesnt harm them or act like she will. so i think she would be ok.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Gypsyrags on July 20, 2010, 08:02:53 AM
minneapolis mn hennipenn county i would be happy to sit for someone the more the merrier :BlueDumboSmileTongue: :party:
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: RattiesSix on August 13, 2010, 04:03:00 PM

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
I am home most of the time. When not home, I am only gone during the day and am home in the evening. I am available any time. If not, I will let you know and work with you to find an appropriate time.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
At this time, my immediate area would be best. I'm in Englewood, Ohio. I can travel nearby to Vandalia, Huber, some parts of Dayton. If the rats are QT'ed beforehand, they can be brought to me (Permitting both parties have had no new incomers in the last 3-4 weeks, and nobody has been ill on either side. Cages will need to be provided.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
An appropriate length of time to give the rats food, water, and proper free range time at least once per day.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
Extensive experience. I would be comfortable doing anything from basic oral medication to subq fluids. Have experience with URIs, abscesses, some chronic conditions. I've never used a nebulizer, but if it's needed, just show me how.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, ferrets, fish, most livestock(basic care), as well as some exotics.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: RayN on September 15, 2010, 02:09:32 AM
Currently in southwest Oklahoma, right on the Texas border. Military family though, so you'll have to contact me fro an updated location.

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
-I'm a house wife with no kids, so I have all the time in the world However Hubby is military and his work schedule tends to change, and I shift to match. IE, Currently we are on second shift, so I'm up at 1pm and go to bed at 6am

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
-I can drive up to an hour daily, but I'd be willing to make a longer drive every other day.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
-It would need to be discussed, but I'm very willing to try my best to give free range time.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
-Very little so far as for medical. And if told what to do I'm sure I could care for a special needs pet.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
-Well, pretty much name it and I've raised it. All farm animals, rabbits, chinchillas, large birds, wild birds, squirrels, raccoons, dogs of every shape and size, cats, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, mice, ferrets... My family was full of animal lovers.

I currently have, love and provide for 3 rats, 2 dogs, and 1 Airman
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: MMak on September 26, 2010, 12:21:42 AM
Nanaimo, BC

1. Fairly open and flexible schedule.
2. Only able to take care of rats in town, unless on a bus route.
3. Able to provide as much time as you feel is necessary. Free-ranging is not a problem!
4. Have used a few hollistic methods with my boys (when it comes to the sniffles or general immune-boosting). Experience dealing with mites.
I am open to considering taking care of a rat with special needs, however it would depend on the condition. I would never take your rat under my care if I felt
I wasn't capable of dealing with an issue.
5. I also have experience with cats, dogs, hamsters, tropical fish & horses.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: ravensflight on September 26, 2010, 10:50:41 AM
I am in northeast New Jersey (USA) Montclair/Bloomfield area

1. During the week I can do mornings and nights....weekends any time is ok.
2. I can drive within Essex county upto a half hour to 40 min.
3. Mornings would be a quicker visit but evenings and weekends I can spend what I need to spend. Free-ranging time would be at night and weekends.
4. I have no medical experience with rats. I would be open to caring for a special needs rat(s).
5. I have experience with cats, dogs, hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, fish (freshwater no experience with saltwater).
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: vivianelizabeth on December 06, 2010, 11:31:28 AM
Can we have a 'Canadian Rat Sitter' directory too in a separate thread? It's confusing to shift through all these posts.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can! Cincinnati-OH
Post by: jcarter3721 on March 20, 2011, 01:13:52 PM
1. My schedule is very flexible.
2. I am willing to travel 25 miles.
3. I can commit 2 hours a day to letting them free range
4. I do not have experience caring for rats with special needs, but if given directions I am sure I would do great.  I also have a great rattie vet if I had an emergency
5. In addition to rats I could care for:cats, dogs, ferrets, fish, degus
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: MMak on March 20, 2011, 05:45:10 PM
Nanaimo, BC

1. Fairly open and flexible schedule.
2. Only able to take care of rats in town, unless on a bus route.
3. Able to provide as much time as you feel is necessary. Free-ranging is not a problem!
4. Have used a few hollistic methods with my boys (when it comes to the sniffles or general immune-boosting). Experience dealing with mites, URI's, arthritis & HED.
I am open to considering taking care of a rat with special needs, however it would depend on the condition. I would never take your rat under my care if I felt
I wasn't capable of dealing with an issue.
5. I also have experience with cats, dogs, hamsters, tropical fish & horses!
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Tiff on May 07, 2011, 07:10:13 PM
San Diego
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
I stay at home
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
20 miles Gas is expensive
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I play with my rats all day. They get free range on my desk or when the kids are sleeping
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I know enough that if they need medical help I can give it to them. I worked for a vet clinic and the veterinarian and I are family friends. Special needs is fine
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Dogs, rats, mice and hamsters.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Cari on May 16, 2011, 03:38:15 PM
I live in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. I would be able to drive anywhere in the Fox Valley (within 20-30 minutes of my home) once a day. My schedule varies, but I could make a daily trip. I'd be willing to sit with your rats for 30-60 minutes to play with them after taking care of their basic needs for the day. I work for a shelter and have fostered many rats. I am comfortable giving medications. I also have experience with cats, dogs, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and rabbits. :)
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: abazoo on May 21, 2011, 06:37:22 PM
I am located in wichita, kansas

1. What's your schedule like and when are you are available?
I'm available weekday mornings until 3pm. Weekends, evenings after 5pm.
2. How far are you are willing to drive to provide care and how often can you can make the drive?
30mins away is cool, can do everyday, if needed
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
An hour+ I'd rather be doing other things than my own house cleaning haha
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I can do yummy meds, subQs, breathing treatments, tumor/abacess care or checks. Really, just show me, and I'll handle it.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
I've owned a big dog, an old cat and ferrets till old age. Cared for other's smaller dogs a couple times. No idea of fish or scale care, but again, show me and I'll try. 
 
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: ASkelton on June 05, 2011, 07:52:51 PM
Lawton, Oklahoma (Comanche County)
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available Work Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10-6, Thursday 10-2,Saturday 10-4.
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive Willing to drive the Lawton Area, can make the drive once a day
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?Probably no more than 45 minutes, maybe free ranging on days off
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?No medical care experience with rats, but do have medical care with all other animals
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for? Cats, Dogs, Hamsters, Fish, Ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Hedgehogs, Snakes, Reptiles, Mice, Horses, Goats, Cattle, Pigs :)

Can also pet sit small animals at house if you need it.
Title: Rat - Sitter TUCSON ARIZONA
Post by: kukupecpec on June 07, 2011, 08:02:02 PM
Rattie sitter here!

Tucson AZ
Would prefer to bring rats to my place, but willing to drive a short distance to your place.
available 24/7, they would get lots of attention and free range time.
cmfortable with special needs and medication.
Have owned and cared for Horses, Rabbits, Dogs, Cats, various reptiles, and other farm/ranch animals. I am comfortable with all shapes sizes and breeds of animals =)
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Northeast New Jersey NJ NY Maybe Farther
Post by: main.family@earthlink.net on June 16, 2011, 10:04:04 PM
Live in East Orange NJ
My husband and I are both in our 50s--caring and mature.

1. Schedule very flexible.
2. NJ, NY, Maybe farther   overnight negotiable
3. FT temporary live-in currently negotiable down to quick drop bys     Don't know your house so depending on species will happily free range in a safe, limited area
4. Rat medical experience 1-1/2 yrs but have a great network    Have rat hospice experience with tumors incl post-surgical removal   Have experience wi newborns through old age   Have a special gift/ministry for special needs animals emotional and physical
5. Decades of experience with every cat situation     A few years with Dogs, Hamsters, Gerbils, Fish fresh and salt water, Guinea Pigs, Mice, a few months with Horses
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Winter_Whisper on July 06, 2011, 12:39:18 AM
Pasco County, Florida, United States
1. I would be able to make it to your house 2x a day. I do work but I will make it to your house, before and/or after work.
2. I will make it two times a day unless you're ridiculously far lol. I will drive maybe 20 miles but I'd like to be payed for gas.
3. I will stay however long you want me to stay.
4. If you have any rats that need special treetment I would like you to show me your method and I would do the same.
5. I grew up on a farm so I can care for "pretty much" every animal. 
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: tinytippytoes on July 07, 2011, 08:19:19 AM
Hi there all. I'm not sure if this is the place to post. I'm looking for a rat sitter in end of november( after Thanksgiving) for 1 week. I have 4 boys and need someone to make sure they are fed and watered. Change litter box once during the week. I live in Suffolk county Long island. Thanks :)
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Buchal on July 19, 2011, 09:56:25 PM
Can be used as a pet rat, but it should also check that it has no plague, to prevent transmitted to themselves or people around. But I also do not support mouse experience. :balloon: :balloon: :balloon:
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: greentomato on July 27, 2011, 02:30:10 AM
Chicago Rat Sitter - Northside

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available

My schedule is very flexible. I frequently work from home.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive

No car. You would need to bring them here to my apartment, which is currently pet-free.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
An hour a day. And yes, free-ranging time is permitted.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I've given medicine orally with a syringe. I'd prefer not to-- it wasn't fun. Also, please no biters!

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Just male rats. Four over 2.5 years. I do miss them.

Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: killybutt on August 31, 2011, 03:17:56 PM
Experienced pet-sitter with 4 years private incorporated pet-sitting experience in Orange County, California!

1. I'm a full-time freelance artist working from home, so I am home almost 24/7.
2. I am willing to drive in Orange County only.
3. I have a rat-proof living room perfect for free-ranging, and I have hours a day dedicated to my rats.
4. I have administered antibiotics to rats many times. I have also injected insulin for dogs, cats, and given meds to a variety of animals.
5. I worked for a private in-home pet sitting company in South Florida from 2006-2010, taking care of a wide variety of dogs, cats, rodents, birds, fish and animals with medical needs. I'm also an experienced rat owner, previous dog owner, and previous bird owner.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: BlackWolfRat on November 11, 2011, 10:38:41 PM
Currently in Central Pennsylvania in Snyder County. I'm close to Mifflinburg and Selinsgrove.

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
I'm a stay at home mom of a 9 month old daughter, I am also doing school online, but when I'm not my time is totally free. Of course, I'd have to drop everything if my daughter needed me.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
I don't drive and neither does my husband. My only possible ride is almost never available so you would have to come to me. I could board your rats if need be, and the only price would be the cost of food and bedding.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I've got plenty of time and would probably allow free-ranging multiple times a day. :D

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
In this I have no experience. I have helped a guinea pig with two broken legs before and learn quickly, but I would need extensive information and your contact information to let you know how your pet is doing.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, handled (but never fed) snakes I don't know much about them, but a friend of mine does and I could refer you to her. I'm sure she'd be more than happy to board another snake. :) I've also helped with ferrets although I've never owned one.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Bay Area, CA
Post by: Nari Caution on January 09, 2012, 04:00:54 PM

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available:
My schedule is very flexible as I only work 18 hours a week, typically Mon, Wed, and Fri for 6 hours a day, getting off of work at 4:00 p.m.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive:
I do not have a car but am completely willing to use BART/Public transportation/bike to get to where I need to go if transit fees are covered by the owner. I'm located in Oakland, CA about 2 blocks from a BART station so that's no problem as long as you're within a couple miles of a BART station or if there's a bus line reasonably close (2-3 miles max) I can figure out if it's possible for me once I have an address

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I can spend as much or as little time as wanted, probably up to 2 hours give or take depending on travel time (exceptions can be made for larger or multiple groups)  Free-ranging is no problem for me as long as there's a designated "play time" area and the little ones are willing to let me handle them without trying to escape/hide too badly.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
So far my medical experience is very basic but if any special care is required, I'd be more than happy to make a visit before the pet-sitting is needed to receive instructions and meet the little ones. It would also be good to have some vet contact information in general, but especially for little ones with specific medical needs.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
 I have personally owned a hamster, a guinea pig, cats, fish, birds (specifically parakeets), bunnies, and have never owned a dog as I've never been in a living situation that would allow dogs but am very comfortable caring for them and walking them. I have never had any experience with ferrets or other small animals that are illegal in California for some reason >_> but would love a chance to learn how to properly care for them. I currently own two male rats as well who have routine check-ups and are healthy but will do my best to shower/change/sanitize and kill time before and after I come in contact with your pets.

If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, you can either pm me as I'm on the forums almost daily or you can email me at naricaution89@yahoo.com but please do keep in mind that distance is an issue so if you're not within, id say, 4 miles of BART/public transit, please do not ask as I will have to decline. I currently have a DCN and an ALT luxury rat home so I would be willing to pet-sit at my home (Rats only) but only after a recent (within 1 week) vet visit and can verify with the vet that they are healthy but I would much prefer to not do this. I only offer this as a last resort for desperate situations.
Title: Located in College Station, Texas.
Post by: KamieKirk on March 24, 2012, 10:12:28 AM
Located in College Station, Texas.  :)

1. I'm available whenever until this fall or next year, after that, I will be going to school for nursing. With 12 pets, time will be scarce, so rat-sitting will be on a needs basis.
2. I'm willing to drive anywhere in-town, and if compensated, pick up any supplies/food/toys needed for them.
3. I can commit several hours if needed, but my boys typically get an hour per day for out of cage fun.
4. I've read several booklets on rat healthcare and medical care, and with proper instructions, I am willing to take care of a special needs rat, as long as the rat isn't hostile.
5. I'm also experienced in caring for dogs, cats, and various other reptiles (PM for more information, if interested) besides rats.

Depending on how many rats there are, length of care, and supplies needed to care for them, I would be willing to work out a fee. Also, there would need to be compensation for gas usage when driving around town.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: loveforrats16 on May 01, 2012, 10:29:15 PM
Warren, Ohio.


1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
Currently job-less. Any time.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
45 minutes. Once a day.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
1-3 hours a day.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
Have taken care of/dealt with URI's, abscesses, eye/ear/mouth infections, HED, sprains, broken tail, infected cuts/bites, PT, heart issues, seizures.
Yes.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Dogs and cats.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: calicavylover on May 03, 2012, 11:53:48 AM
Looking for Rat Sitter located in Southern California. Prefer to have someone take them into their home while we are away. We are in Ventura but are more than willing to drive to Orange County, LA, Santa Barbara or any of the surrounding areas. We have 6 rats in 2 groups of 3, all very sweet healthy and young. I would bring travel cages, food and everything they need and also pay you a daily petsitting rate. We just want to be sure that they are well taken care of and taken out for a bit of snuggle time while we are away. Its so hard to find a sitter who understands ratties and is willing to do more than just throw food in the cage. Thanks! Please PM if you can help
Title: Rat sitter available in West Hartford, CT
Post by: parentologist on December 30, 2012, 10:50:39 PM
We anticipate soon being without rats.  When we are, we would be happy to rat sit.  I think I'll just hang onto the single Critter Nation and supplies, so that we can rat sit with it.  We will not travel, but would be able to rat sit in our home.  We don't have other pets in the house.  The entire family is very comfortable with rats.  We'd be able to take them out to play, allow them to run around supervised on the kitchen and laundry room floors.  We're comfortable with medical care of rats - I'm an MD, have cared for four rats through various illnesses.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Gamefreke013 on January 02, 2013, 12:27:29 AM
Puyallup-Tacoma, WA, USA

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
Currently, I usually work nights and my wife works days
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
I would have to say probably within 20-30 miles away from our house.
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
Maybe a couple of hours a day, just really depends on my schedule at the time of.
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I am very comfortable. I have given medication to many types of animals in my years growing up. Anything from oral to syringes.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
I have had/taken care of the following:
Cats
Dogs
Rats
Fish (Fresh water and salt water)
Hamsters
Reptiles including snakes and geckos
rabbits
Horses
and many other types of farm type animals.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: SqueeHazard on March 01, 2013, 09:03:35 AM
DFW Area (Texas)

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
It is a bit spastic but I work from home so I'm available at any time really c:
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
Unfortunately I have yet to purchase a vehicle ; u ;
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
Assuming they'd stay with me, they'd probably get a good six hours of free range as my boys do c:
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
Depends on the needs specifically.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Well versed with dogs(vet in family and live with a guy who has trained them for 30 years)
 
Title: Rat sitter available in West Hartford, CT
Post by: parentologist on June 09, 2013, 07:03:13 PM
See our posting in the new postings area.  We are experienced former rat owners who don't currently own any, nor do we have any equipment.  We'd be happy to rat sit yours, in our home, if you bring us the rats in a clean cage with all their gear.  We have no other pets currently.  We work only part time, and have school aged kids.  Everyone in the house is very comfortable with caring for rats.  Contact us at mousatonic AT comcast DOT net
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: BlackWolfRat on June 26, 2013, 05:44:00 PM
Currently in Central Pennsylvania in Snyder County. I'm close to Mifflinburg and Selinsgrove.

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
I'm a stay at home mom of a 9 month old daughter, I am also doing school online, but when I'm not my time is totally free. Of course, I'd have to drop everything if my daughter needed me.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
I don't drive and neither does my husband. My only possible ride is almost never available so you would have to come to me. I could board your rats if need be, and the only price would be the cost of food and bedding.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I've got plenty of time and would probably allow free-ranging multiple times a day. :D

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
In this I have no experience. I have helped a guinea pig with two broken legs before and learn quickly, but I would need extensive information and your contact information to let you know how your pet is doing.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, handled (but never fed) snakes I don't know much about them, but a friend of mine does and I could refer you to her. I'm sure she'd be more than happy to board another snake. :) I've also helped with ferrets although I've never owned one.

I have since moved. Sorry for any inconvenience, but I am living with family and they barely tolerate the two rats I own. I have two kids now and my time is much more limited as well. I wish I could still offer to help, but I can't. :/
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Goddessgood on August 01, 2013, 02:49:17 PM
Hello, all!

I'd like to offer my service as a rat-sitter.

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
I work an 8 to 5, M-F job in Burlingame, CA. I commute from north San Jose, CA to work. I'm up at 6am weekdays but I'm not usually home until 6pm or later. I have a standing commitment every other Friday night, so I'm not available then. Weekends tend to be wide open. Please give me at least a couple of days notice, though I'd prefer a week or more.
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
On weekdays: If you are within 5 miles of either my home or my work or within 1 mile of either 101 or 280, I can stop by up to twice a day.
On weekends: If you are within 15 miles of home my home, I can stop by twice a day.
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I can commit to up to two 30 minute visits on weekdays, or a single one hour visit on weeknights. I can commit to up to two hours on weekends in one or two visits. I have a mobile free-ranging set up that I can bring with me. It's eight 36" tall tri-fold poster boards that I connect with binder clips and can provide up to ~80 square feet of ranging room, depending on your set up.
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I have no practical experience yet with the medical needs of rats, though I have done some research. That said, I am an intelligent and observant person and can follow instructions. My preference would be to meet with you before you leave to have you walk me through their care routine, what's expected of me, and to point out any red flags I should look out for. I will err on the side of caution every time, though, so please keep that in mind if you will be out of contact or are unable to reimburse me for any medical expenses.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
I have experience caring for cats (quite a bit, even sick ones), birds, dogs, and guinea pigs. I'm rubbish with fish and plants, though, so I will only do exactly what you tell me and nothing else for those two things.

Please also note: I have a fairly strong allergy to cats (mine are hypoallergenic Siberians), hay, grass, pine and cedar. I can work around these things so long as I'm given enough warning and have properly medicated myself. None of my allergies are life-threatening.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: maladie on October 02, 2013, 06:02:38 AM
I'm offering my services as a pet sitter. I have done lots of pet sitting and house sitting in the past (can give references if needed), although I would prefer if your animals (especially if its rats) and their habitat could be brought to me for boarding. That'd make it much more convenient since I would just extend my daily care routine for my babies to yours as well. I can travel if it's really important, but I'm going to charge more for that since it costs me more time and gas. I live in Asheville, North Carolina (until 1/2014), after that I will be moving about an hour north of Toronto. Please contact me via pm asap if I can help you!

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
I work 12hr days at a resturaunt on (sometimes thurs) fri, sat, sun. however, my hubby cares for any critters in the home while I am away.
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
I will drive up to 30min every day, preferably less if it's on a work day.
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
I can commit up to an hour per day. I cannot stay long enough for free ranging on work days, it would be basically a quick check and feeding on those days. But hopefully you would choose to board at my place to make it easier on both of us!
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I've treated my rats for post op infections and mites, both with oral medication. I'm really good at giving them meds without stressing them out. I would be very comfortable with a special needs animal.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Pretty much all of my pet sitting has been cats and dogs. Myself, I've had lots of various pets: tarantula, dog, cat, bird, praying mantis (yes really) hamster, mice, hermit crabs, you name it! My cat that I have now is diabetic so I have to be home every morning and nite to ensure that he gets his insulin (or my hubby does it, but one of the two of us has to be home every day)
Title: Rat Sitter Directory - Portland, Maine
Post by: rufusthedoofus on October 03, 2013, 08:28:48 AM
I have a pretty busy schedule (I have two jobs) but I usually have a lot of free time in the morning.

I can go just about anywhere within the greater Portland area once a day.

I can commit to at least an hour of free range time a day.

I've never had rats that were terribly sick myself, but I work with animals as one of my jobs and am experienced with medicating rats as well as other animals.

I have experience with just about every rodent, rabbits, birds, dogs, and cats.
Title: Hobart, Indiana, USA
Post by: LindsayM on March 06, 2014, 08:05:35 PM
1. What your schedule is like and when you are available
I work 12-8pm on Sundays and Wednesdays but other than that I'm free.

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive
I don't have my own car so it'd have to be a special arrangement, but I can make it work if you are really in need!. I can only go VERY local though, like 20-30 minutes out :( In all honesty if it's possible for you to drop off your rats at my house, that would be the best! I'm home almost every day. I could meet you somewhere halfway and I can watch the ratties at my place!

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
At lesat one hour of free ranging time is doable. If the rats are at my place I usually do a short period of time in the morning (on days I don't work) and an hour or more at night. I can do special dietary requests, too. My rats get veggies and fruits about every other day, and I usually give them a little bit of whatever I'm eating if they can have it, so let me know if there are any dietary restrictions :)

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I don't have any medical experience with rats, but I'm willing to learn.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Hamsters, cats, fish, reptiles. I'll water your plants and take in your mail, if you like :)
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Post by: packratties on June 29, 2014, 08:46:57 PM
Samantha W. - Rochester Hills, MI, USA.


1. What your schedule is like and when you are available

My schedule is pretty flexible, so it shouldn't be hard to figure out a schedule!

2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive

I can drive about 20/30 minutes out from my central location.

3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?

I can spend at least a couple hours with your little fuzzbutts to give them proper free-range time.

4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?

I've had my fair share of ill ratties over the years and my fair share of giving meds. I could totally care for a special needs rat.

5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?

Besides rats, I have experience with most other small animals as well as dogs, cats and a few reptiles and birds.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: ratsareausomepets on August 11, 2014, 09:16:38 PM
Brooklyn, New York

1. What your schedule is like and when you are available?
Flexible, unless something comes up.
2. How far you are willing to drive to provide care and how often you can make the drive?
I cant drive but I can bike/subway/bus/walk if needed.
3. How much time can you commit per day? Can you spend enough time to allow for free-ranging?
Yeah I can give them about 45 minutes to an hour free range time.
4. What is your experience with rat medical care? Would you be comfortable caring for a rat that has special needs?
I have experiance with sick ratties before, plus I have read the rat health care booklet.
5. In addition to rats, what other animals do you have experience in caring for?
Dogs and cats.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: TheFirstTimer on November 22, 2014, 03:55:12 PM
East Lansing, Mi.
1. Reasonably flexible, best in afternoons/evenings.
2. I have a car I can use, usually.
3. An hour-hour and a half, so probably enough time for a free-range.
4. Very minimal, but I have read the booklet and have done work as a CNA.
5. Dogs, cats.
Title: Florence, South Carolina - USA
Post by: MarilynPearl on December 02, 2014, 08:15:29 PM
1. I work nights, so I typically am out of the house between 6PM and 2AM EST, but any other time, I'm pretty much free.
2. Provided I am compensated for gas (about $5 ever 30 miles), I'm willing to travel up to an hour in any direction to care for ratties.
3. I spend at least an hour handling each of my rats, and they're trained well enough to free range pretty much any time I'm home, they even sleep with me at night (yes, they have access to their cage)
4. I have very little experience with rat medical care, I'm blessed that mine have been perfectly healthy so far.
5. Though I don't have any other pets but my rats at the moment, I've owned 3 dogs, 7 cats, 3 snakes, countless fish and a dwarf hamster in the past, so I can care for pretty much any other pet as well.
Title: Re: Rat-Sitter Directory -- Please help if you can!
Post by: Freakforreal on October 15, 2015, 06:49:29 PM
Hi all,
I'm in Union Grove, NC. (I have a Care account if that helps anyone https://www.care.com/p/faithb1020/pc)

1. I'm available pretty much whenever. I am kind of bound by my rides though as I am unable to drive myself.
2. See above. Normally 30-40 miles for multiple visits. If it's just once then we could go an hour out.
3. I personally have no schedule so I could probably commit to at least a few hours.
4. I have some minor experience with giving topical and oral medication to rats, I'm willing to learn more though.
5. In addition to rats, I have experience with cats, dogs, fish, and some lizards.
Title: Gresham, OR, USA
Post by: flatsound on November 04, 2015, 12:11:54 AM
1. I'm a student, but I do all my schooling online so I am very portable
2. As long as you're within distance of trimet I'll find a way to get to you, OR you can leave your ratties and supplies with me, though I do have other pets :)
3. I can commit as long or little as you prefer
4. I know how to give rats medicine and preform cpr/heimlich, i know how to stop healing, etc
5. Reptiles, fish, dogs, cats, hamsters, and guinea pigs