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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / August Rescue of the Month!
« Last post by ratluver372 on July 31, 2018, 09:22:56 PM »
Travelin' Rat's August Rescue of the Month is: For the LOVE of Rats Rescue in Walker, LA!

Our mission is to help abused and neglected pets find loving forever homes and to get them healthy and socialized. We have been rescuing rats and other small pets Since 2011. We are a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization!

We receive surrenders from the Humane Society, Animal Control/Shelters and private owners.  We also take in animals that have been abandoned, found as strays, abused/neglected and hoarding.   The domestic pets that come into our rescue receive vet care/shots as needed, socialization/rehabilitation and lots of love.  They remain here until we find a home for them that we feel is safe, loving and suitable for them.  If that doesn't happen they will live their life here at the rescue.  We also take in special needs animals.  Most special needs animals will remain here at the rescue.  We will allow certain people to adopt special needs pets if we feel that they meet the qualifications to care for a special needs animal.  We hold adoption events and educational events.  We strongly believe in educating the public in the proper care of pets.  We try to be available to our adopters at all times for questions and emergencies.  We are very dedicated to the animals in our rescue.  We keep in contact with our adopters through social media, email and phone.  If we feel something isn't quite right, we will make a house visit.  If we find our animals are in poor condition they will be repossessed.  Adopters must fill out a 3 page application and sign our contract before adopting.  Most of our animals must be adopted in pairs with the exception that they already have an existing pet/pets.  We will then do mini playdates to determine who would be the best match for their pets/family.  Each adopter receives an adoption packet and sample of the pets current diet.  In their adoption packet is a complete care guide, special packet for specific guidelines (foods not allowed, special requirements/guidelines etc.), Links to approved sites for buying items, extra educational purposes and enrichment ideas for your pets) and something special like a recipe or instructions for a toy, huts etc. for your pet.

You can find adoptable animals from For the LOVE of Rats Rescue on Petfinder:

Follow For the LOVE of Rats Rescue on Facebook:

Join For the LOVE of Rats Rescue's Auction Group to participate in their monthly auction fundraiser:

Cooking Up Mischief is a cookbook you can buy for your rats while helping For the LOVE of Rats Rescue!
(And don't forget to sign up for Amazon Smile at so you can help even more!)

Shop Small Pet Select with code LORR  and a donation will be made to a For the LOVE of Rats Rescue!

Any new account at Petbucket will receive 10% off when using For the LOVE of Rats Rescue 's code PBK12184246 with their purchase, while the rescue will also receive $10 credit to their account.
Tee shirts, stickers, and mugs with both For the LOVE of Rats Rescue and The Travelin' Rat's logos are for sale to benefit the rescue this month!

If you would like to send supplies to For the LOVE of Rats Rescue, they have an Amazon Wishlist (and don't forget to sign up for Amazon Smile so you can help even more!):

Donations of ANY amount are greatly appreciated to help For the LOVE of Rats Rescue with food, supplies, and vet costs:

Thank you for helping For the LOVE of Rats Rescue continue saving lives!

August Rescue of the Month!;
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Maggie (02-02-16 to 07-31-2018)
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on July 31, 2018, 01:59:52 PM »
Today I said goodbye to my sweet girl, Maggie. Now I have just her sister D'Arcy left.

I got Maggie and D'Arcy from one of the vet techs at the vet's office. She had bred their parents and was adopting the babies out, and had chosen these two specifically for me. Maggie was a top-ear, normal hair Russian blue with a white blaze on her face, and D'Arcy was a dumbo-earred, normal hair black hoodie. These two girls LOVED each other! At first I thought Maggie was the alpha, but D'Arcy was totally the boss of the cage.

Maggie had started losing weight a few weeks ago. I tried tempting her with foods that would help her put some weight back on. It worked for a bit, but then the weight started coming off again. A trip to the vet was not a happy one. The vet said she could hear something in Maggie's lungs that was not URI, or any other respiratory infection. Doctor says it could be cancer, but she didn't think Maggie was ready to go just yet. Her eyes were still very bright and she was still full of spunk. So Prednisone was prescribed, twice a day for a week, then once a day for a week, then once a day for the remainder of Maggie's time with us. Maggie made it just one week.

Last night when it was time for Maggie's medicine, she refused it. She refused any of her favorite foods. Thinned peanut butter, Cool Whip, chocolate syrup, Cheerios. Nothing would tempt her. This morning was the same. So this was her telling me she was done, she had had enough, and was ready to go.

Calling the vet's office and talking to the tech who I had adopted Maggie from was very difficult. She was trying to hold back her tears, I could hear it over the phone. Walking into the exam room, the tech followed us in and gave Maggie some scritches and cuddles before she left the room. I know this visit was as difficult for her as it was for me. And of course, wouldn't you know it, after waiting 2 1/2 years for Maggie to give me some boggles, she finally did it today! Bruxing was always common with her, she always bruxed. But the boggles... not one until today.

Maggie was born on February 3, 2016, and came to live with me on March 17th, 2016. Since it was Saint Patrick's day, I decided to give the girls Irish names.  D'Arcy means Dark Haired Beauty, and she certainly is. Maggie means Pearl, and she sure was. My lovely Russian blue pearl. She will be very missed by all of us.

(I wish I had pictures to share here. I do have a lot of Maggie, but I still haven't figured out how to get them from my phone onto this forum!)
Rat Care Corner / Re: Corn Cobs
« Last post by mamarat2 on July 31, 2018, 01:37:35 PM »
Yup, used to always let them have our corn cobs. I'd let them have them for the night and take them out the next day so they don't start to get nasty.
Rat Care Corner / Corn Cobs
« Last post by RattyRodent on July 30, 2018, 08:17:37 PM »
Do you ever let your rats gnaw on corn cobs? Ours love them, and really clamp their teeth down, but we only let them gnaw on them for a few minutes because we're not sure how good for them it is. How healthy are corn cobs?
Pack Rat Swap Meet - Classifieds / Double Critter Nation for sale - Mundelein IL
« Last post by klnelson on July 25, 2018, 04:51:27 PM »
Double, painted red.  Bass pan for the bottom (also have a plastic pan for it), plastic for the other levels.  $100.00. 
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: R.I.P. Mary (11/29/15--7/13/18)
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on July 13, 2018, 02:04:25 PM »
I'm so sorry to hear this.

I never know what to say when I read these memorials. Sometimes I feel like I'm too cliche, or that I'm not saying enough or saying too much. But know that I am sorry you have lost another one of your little furries.
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: R.I.P. Mary (11/29/15--7/13/18)
« Last post by purple rat on July 13, 2018, 07:37:27 AM »
I'm so sorry about Mary. It's awful that you've had to experience the loss of so many of your fur babies in such a short time.  It was so good of you to take her in and give her a loving and safe place after such an awful start to her life.  Rest in peace sweet girl
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: R.I.P. Mary (11/29/15--7/13/18)
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on July 12, 2018, 07:59:50 PM »
So sorry for your loss.
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: R.I.P. Mary (11/29/15--7/13/18)
« Last post by BigBen on July 12, 2018, 07:16:45 PM »
Just realised today is the 12th, not the 13th.  Sorry!
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / R.I.P. Mary (11/29/15--7/13/18)
« Last post by BigBen on July 12, 2018, 06:34:33 PM »
This has been a hard week.  Though it was hardly unexpected, I found Mary dead in her hammock this morning.  She is now in the flower bed with Bartholomew and Peter.

Mary made it to 31 months, which is a record for me, I believe.  She was a Holbrook rat, rescued by Mainely Rat rescue, and had to fight for every scrap of food for her babies.  They estimated that she had at least a couple of litters before being rescued.  She came to me with her daughter, Martha, who was born after the rescue.  Mary was a fighter and a vicious biter when I got her, but she eventually came to understand that she was safe with me.  I put her and Martha in with Bartholomew, because the adoption coordinator thought they might get along, and Mary soon won him over.  Mary and Martha were the only rats Bart ever got along with.  I believe he was touched by their shyness, because he became extremely protective of them.  Whenever Mary was out of the cage, Bart always had to come, too, to make sure she was safe.

Mary never came to be comfortable being handled; she always seemed anxious and wanted to get back into the cage.  She did, however, allow Bartholomew's example to change her perception of me, at least to the point of realizing that she didn't have to defend herself by biting.  It took a bit of patience on my part to get over the irritation of being bitten; learning her story helped a lot.  Although she was never really affectionate with me, she cared about Martha, and she greatly enjoyed cuddling with Bartholomew.  It was my privilege to give her a loving home for the last year of her life, and to ease some of her fear.  I would have loved to get to know her better, but I can at least take comfort in knowing that she realized she was safe at last. :love9:
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