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December 30th, 2016
02:37 pm
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Animal welfare groups step in after 600 rats removed from North Bay, Ont. apartment
This is why we need stronger regulations to protect small animals!


Animal welfare groups step in after 600 rats removed from North Bay, Ont. apartment

Some 30 rats are being cared for at the Peterborough Humane Society after the owner surrendered the rodents to authorities. (Harrison Perkins / CTV Toronto)

CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Saturday, December 24, 2016 11:12AM EST

Approximately 600 rats were seized from an apartment in North Bay, Ont. on Friday, after the owner of the rodents surrendered them to authorities.

A collective of various animal welfare groups, including SPCA centres and humane societies with the OSPCA Provincial and Animal Centre, are now working together to care for the rodents. Approximately 30 of the seized rodents have been transferred to the Peterborough Humane Society.

“Amongst all of our centres, we’ve been able to bring this large number into various facilities around the province,” said Andrew Fraser, executive director of the Peterborough Humane Society.

Fraser called the case unique in the “sheer numbers involved.” He also said that the Peterborough Humane Society is now in the process of getting the rats “adoption-ready.”

There is a gestation period for some of the female rats, Fraser said, “so we want to make sure that the nursing young ones and the pregnant moms get that special care and the attention that they need and deserve.”

According to reports, the owner gave up the domestic rats after complaints prompted investigations by various authorities, including the humane society and fire department in North Bay.

In a Facebook post, the Peterborough Humane Society said the rats in their care require supplies they “don’t typically have on hand.” They asked for donations of toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, rat food and kenneling and rodent water bottles.

They added that the rats will be available for adoption in the “coming weeks.”

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Peterborough Humane Society added 2 new photos.
December 23 at 11:02am ·

RATS! Santa came a bit early to the Humane Society and delivered 25 rats into our care! 🐀🎅🏼

They require supplies we don't typically have on hand, so we would appreciate donations of toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, rat food, rat kennelling and rodent water bottles.

The rats are from a larger population that are being cared for by over 10 animal centres and humane societies with the OSPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre.

The rats are not currently available for adoption but will be available in the coming weeks! 🐀🐁
November 15th, 2016
01:07 pm
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Huge rat saved by brave teenager after Belfast street kicking
What happened to the poor rat makes me sad and we need more wonderful people like this girl who came to it's rescue!


Huge rat saved by brave teenager after Belfast street kicking

21:37, 13 Nov 2016
Updated 21:37, 13 Nov 2016
By Jilly Beattie

Lace Hollingworth gathered the rat in her work apron and walked miles to get it to a vet

Beauty and the beastie

A brave Belfast teenager rescued a huge street rat from a kicking by wrapping it in her work apron before taking it for veterinary treatment.

Lace Hollingworth was walking to work in the city centre when she spotted a large crowd that had gathered were looking at something on the ground.

She says as she approached she witnessed a middle aged man repeatedly kick a large brown rat across the pavement at Royal Avenue.

Lace, 19, said: “I have never seen anything so cruel. I could hear the rat squealing and the man just kept kicking it with great force, like it was a football.

Kind hearted Lace carried the injured rat for miles to get it help

“I shouted at him to leave the rat alone and ran to shield the rat from him. It was writhing in pain on the pavement and covered in blood. I think it was paralysed in fear. So much for the myth that a cornered rat will attack. This one was stock still.

“I screamed at him to stop but no one else said a word. The rat was just lying on the pavement breathing fast, bloody and broken so I pushed through the crowd and placed my work apron over it. People started to walk away and the man who' been kicking the rat just disappeared with them.

“I didn’t know what to do so I gathered the rat up in my apron and started to carry it to work. That’s when I realised just how big it was.

Lace Hollingworth

“It was about a foot in length and filled my arms even without its tail. I thought I could at least get it into a cardboard box until I could work out what to do next. I couldn't just leave it to die there in agony.

“I walked to my work at Lush and when I got there my colleagues were so worried because I was crying and obviously very distressed.

“I explained to them what had happened and they looked astonished that I had picked up a rat.

The injured rat wrapped in Lace's work apron

“But it was just laying in my arms peeping out and I really think it knew that it was safe with me.

“Of course I couldn’t take it into work because of health and safety rules and then a lady caught up with me and said she would pay for the rat to be seen by a vet.

“We tried to get a taxi but no taxi would take me and this wild rat anywhere so I just started walking and finally after about 30 minutes I got to a vet in Ormeau.”

Lace, who moved from her native South Africa to Ballymena 17 years ago, is a practising vegan and says her actions last Friday were true to her belief that all living beings should be treated with love and dignity - including a Belfast city street rat.

She explained: “There was no need for anyone to be cruel to the rat. I know some people are squeamish about them but they have a right to live like anything else.

“And they certainly do not need to be kicked and tortured in front of a crowd that does nothing to stop it.

Vegan Lace

“I had to act. I could not ignore this cruelty and I hope the authorities catch up with the man who kicked this animal and deal with him. It was unnecessary suffering.

"If he'd been in my house, I'd name him Henry and bought him toys. All animals can feel love and pain and deserve the right to live."

Lace took the rat to a veterinary clinic where the animal was placed in a cage and given time to come round.

She said: “It was moving around when I left and seemed OK although its legs looked in bad shape and part of its tail was missing.

“I had to get cleaned up and go to work but I called the vet later and they explained to me that the rat had suffered extensive internal injuries and bleeding, and that it had been put to sleep.

A Belfast vet put the wild rat to sleep

“I was very upset and contacted the lady, Sheena Bleakney, who had offered to pay the vet’s bill and told her what had happened. She was very annoyed too but thanked me for doing my best.

“I’ll never understand how anyone could torture a vulnerable, defenceless animal. I’ll also never understand how so many people could witness such animal cruelty and not even say a word.”

Miss Bleakney, a vegan from Belfast, said: “I just gave Lace a bit of help and support and I got to stroke the poor rat.

"I just can’t understand what was wrong with the person who kicked the rat. What on earth did he think such a small creature was going to do to him?”
June 20th, 2016
09:10 am
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A wonderful video about the Westside Highway Rats story =^.^=
June 8th, 2016
10:57 am
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Isn't this extremely cute? Rat likes shower =^.^=
Isn't this extremely cute? Rat likes shower =^.^=


May 15th, 2016
11:26 pm
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Stand up for rats. Ask pet stores to stop live feeding!
Please sign and share this petition!


Stand up for rats. Ask pet stores to stop live feeding!

BY: Morrigna Pavietre
TARGET: USA President

3,597 supporters

Every pet deserves to be taken good care of, but is it really necessary to subject rats to torture just so snake owners can feed their pets? Feeder rats are being kept in terrible conditions. Grown up rats spend most of their lives in small plastic containers with no space to move around. Due to lack of ventilation they develop respiratory infections and neurological problems. After female gives birth and babies start eating hard food, they end up in the pet store where they are kept in big numbers in small glass tanks which are not suitable environment for a rat and makes them even more sick. Constant sneezing, difficulty breathing, itching, disorientation - these are just few of problems that they have to go through due to neglect and poor conditions. Rats are very intelligent and social animals, they need interaction with humans on a daily basis, yet they will never be handled and suffer depression. In the end, physically sick and frightened they will be bought as a meal for a snake. No animal should suffer like this, to be born and live like a slave just to end up killed in the end. So I ask everyone to sign and demand that live feeding be banned.

Countries like United Kingdom have already made live feeding illegal and snake owners don't face any difficulties, in fact, training your snake to eat frozen food will ensure it's getting more nutritious, disease free meal without a risks of an injury.

Stop this cruelty to rats, ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT.
May 13th, 2016
07:03 pm
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Sweet Sisters: The Story of Lacey and Leila

Sweet Sisters: The Story of Lacey and Leila


FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings SECTIONS

by Stephanie Cameron

Stephanie Cameron is a volunteer with Rattie Ratz Rescue in the bay area of California. Each month KRL will be featuring at least one animal rescue adventure story, and every other month there will be one from Rattie Ratz.

As a rat rescue organization, Rattie Ratz takes pride in being a resource for both the general public and local shelters. Although it is not as common to find rats at shelters, it happens more often than most people think. Unfortunately, most shelters do not have the resources or the knowledge to properly care for rats. This is where Rattie Ratz Rescue steps in.

In October of 2015–in just one of many cases–-Rattie Ratz received a call that a litter of five-week-old babies had been surrendered to the Palo Alto Animal Services. A Rattie Ratz volunteer picked up the babies and brought them to a foster home. There were 11 babies, but no mother. The litter was young, but because rats are fully weaned by five weeks, the babies picked up from the PAAS shelter were happy and healthy. And though the shelter didn’t have any additional information on the babies or where they came from, it appeared that they had been well socialized and looked after before they were surrendered–which is not always the case. After a two-week quarantine to ensure they were indeed healthy, the babies were quickly adopted out in pairs.

Two baby girls from this litter found their forever home with the Gonzalez family: Susan, Ricardo and their daughter, Briana. The girls, now seven months old, have been renamed Lacey and Leila. These beautiful and adventurous girls are the perfect duo for this first-time rat family.

The two girls

Lacey and Leila enjoy spending time with their human family members in the evenings. According to the family, “Play time in the evenings consists of running from the living room down the hallway to the cage in the den. [Lacey and Leila] often like to run along the back sides of the sofa and love seat, burrow in a blanket on the couch, and eat Cheerios under an igloo on the coffee table.”

It’s always appreciated when adopters contact Rattie Ratz to tell the volunteers how much they enjoy their new furry friends. Knowing that someone else has discovered the love, companionship, and playful antics that only rats can give always puts an extra spring in the step of Rattie Ratz volunteers. These happy updates inspire the volunteers to continue to educate the general public on the wonderful world of rats; and every rat adopted from the rescue becomes a lifetime rattie ambassador!

Rats are inquisitive and adventurous, friendly and intelligent. And these girls are no exception. From cuddling in their hammock and having foot races down the hallway, to sharing the wheel as they both attempt to run in it, Lacey and Leila keep their family entertained. Their human family has been afforded the opportunity of watching as these girls–-their personalities–-grow and develop. “Lacey loves to sit on Ricardo’s shoulder and watch the news while Leila will get to the corner of the love seat, hop down, and run back to her cage. She is not much for sitting still and enjoying the peacefulness of the night.”

Rats make wonderful pets for both single adults and families with children. Due to their friendly and playful nature, rats can be fantastic pets for children. A child’s curiosity and imagination can be piqued as they attempt to find new toys and new ways to play with their rats. Rats are very smart, and can be taught fun tricks like running through obstacle courses or jumping from counter tops to shoulders. Children can also learn responsibility, compassion, and a deep appreciation for animals through their rattie companion. The family writes:

“We are so grateful to Rattie Ratz for giving us the opportunity to be the adoptive family for these precious sisters! For our daughter, Briana, having them as part of the family has been a true gift of companionship and pure love! She wrote recently in a presentation about the rats, ‘These two babies are my life wrapped into a cute, playful, happy, curious, and fun bundle[s] of joy!’ Truly spoken from the heart, and sums up their impact on our lives perfectly!”

As rattie ambassadors, it’s safe to say that these girls have done a superb job of showing their family how wonderful rats can be, and it’s evident that Lacey and Leila are being happily spoiled by their human family members, just as it should be! These sweet sisters may have been the first rats to join this family, but I have a feeling they won’t be the last.

If you would like to know more about Rattie Ratz Rescue you can visit their Facebook page. If you are interested in adoptable rats or volunteering for Rattie Ratz Rescue you can visit their website: www.rattieratz.com.

Check out more animal rescue stories in our Pet Perspective section & watch for more stories from Rattie Ratz every other month. Advertise in KRL and 10% of your advertising fees can go to Rattie Ratz.

Stephanie Cameron works and lives in the Bay Area, and has been active in the rat rescue community for a number of years. She got her first pair of rats – sisters named Snowflake and Diamond – when she was eight years old. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking her dogs, traveling, discovering fantastic vegan recipes, and singing in the shower.
May 10th, 2016
02:31 am
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Mortimer: From Street Rat to Kitchen King

Mortimer: From Street Rat to Kitchen King

IN THE February 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings SECTIONS

by Stephanie Cameron

Stephanie Cameron is a volunteer with Rattie Ratz Rescue in the bay area of California. Each month KRL will be featuring at least one animal rescue adventure story, and every other month there will be one from Rattie Ratz.

Not all rescued rats come from homes or pet shops. Every once in a while a stray will appear. Mortimer was one such stray. He was found near Woodland over the summer and was taken to the Yolo County SPCA, who quickly contacted Rattie Ratz Rescue. The distinction between wild and domestic pet rats is quite obvious as domestic rats have been bred in a variety of colors. If you ever happen to see a rat with white on its body running down the street, know that you have an escaped pet rat making a break for it.

There was no way of knowing how long little Mortimer was running wild and free, and as a stray, there was no way to get any background information on him. Because no owners ever came forward, it’s likely he was dumped in a park, as so often happens with unwanted pet rats. Most dumped rats aren’t as lucky as Mortimer. Aside from the fact that they have never been taught to fend for themselves, domestic rats have a difficult time surviving in the wild because they stand out. Domestic rats come in a variety of colors: black, brown, blue, beige, fawn, silver, and white. Most of these colors don’t work very well as camouflage. Because rats are a prey animal, being able to hide and blend into their surroundings is crucial to their survival. It is impossible for a white rat to survive in the wild simply because they are too easily spotted by predators like owls, snakes, foxes, and more.

When Mortimer first came to Rattie Ratz, he was understandably nervous of people. As a rat who once knew freedom, he was now in the proverbial dog pound – or rat pound, if you will – and he didn’t quite know what to make of it or of his new jailers who liked to bribe him with tasty treats. Mortimer tried to stand firm against such bribes, but his stomach always won out in the end, and he came to look forward to his daily treats.

Rattie Ratz volunteers estimated Mortimer’s age at one year. On average, rats live 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 years, so Mortimer was in the prime of his life and could easily live another two years. After Rattie Ratz took in Mortimer, he was neutered and sent to his new foster home for rehabilitation.

While Mortimer is full of energy and spunk and is a wonderful rat to watch, it became apparent to his foster mom after a couple of months that he was never going to be an easy rat to handle. Though he was always the gentleman when taking treats from your hand, he liked being on his own, and he didn’t appreciate other people or rats getting in his way. Mortimer was the Lone Rat who wanted to go off on his own adventures. His foster began to worry that, if Mortimer ever got adopted, it would have to be to a very experienced rat owner. Right around this time another volunteer came forward looking for a sanctuary rat to keep in their family kitchen. And Mortimer was the perfect rat!

Rattie Ratz has a firm no kill policy. The only time a rat is euthanized is if they are sick, their medication isn’t working, and their quality of life is suffering. Because of this policy, Rattie Ratz established a sanctuary program for rats that have been deemed ‘unadoptable.’ From aggression to abscesses no rats are turned away or euthanized simply because they have issues. Sanctuary rats are paired with a volunteer who has the necessary experience to take care of them.

Mortimer joined the sanctuary program and is now living the life of a kitchen rat. The environmental stimulation of the kitchen with its constant noise and movement is beneficial for a rat like Mortimer who thrives off of no-touch interaction. He has a large three-story cage all to himself on a side table against the wall of the kitchen. He gets all the dinner scraps he could possibly want. He has a sanctuary mom who knows exactly how to handle him, and he gets to reign supreme within the domain of the kitchen.

From street rat to kitchen King, Mortimer has traveled quite a ways to be where he is today and is living the high life in his new sanctuary home. Mortimer and his sanctuary mom will always have access to resources provided by Rattie Ratz. Mortimer is currently one of 18 sanctuary rats.

If you would like to know more about Mortimer or Rattie Ratz Rescue, you can visit their Facebook page. If you are interested in adoptable rats or volunteering for Rattie Ratz Rescue you can visit their website.

Check out more animal rescue stories in our Pet Perspective section & watch for more stories from Rattie Ratz every other month. Advertise in KRL and 10% of your advertising fees can go to Rattie Ratz.

Stephanie Cameron works and lives in the Bay Area, and has been active in the rat rescue community for a number of years. She got her first pair of rats – sisters named Snowflake and Diamond – when she was eight years old. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking her dogs, traveling, discovering fantastic vegan recipes, and singing in the shower.
02:26 am
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Is A Squirrel Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader?

Is A Squirrel Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader?
by Dan Nosowitz August 13, 2015

An eastern gray squirrel reaching for a bird feeder while upside down. (Photo: waferboard/WikiCommons CC BY 2.0)

They can defeat just about any attempts to block them from feasting on bird feeders and thrive in the biggest, toughest cities in North America. These creatures have figured out how to use people for their own benefit, and have even, extremely rarely for animals, been documented exhibiting deceptive behavior.

Prepare to consider squirrels in a whole new light.

“Sometimes I think that squirrels are North America's version of monkeys,” says Steve Sullivan, curator of urban ecology for the Chicago Academy of Sciences and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum as well as the head of Project Squirrel, a citizen science project that tracks the various species of squirrels. But just how smart are they, really?

An eastern fox squirrel. (Photo: Dawn/flickr)

The squirrel family is a big and varied one, including ground squirrels like prairie dogs and marmots (giant beaver-like squirrels that mostly live in alpine environments). Most Americans know the tree squirrel, the many and very widespread species of rodent with puffy tails, fantastically acrobatic movements, phenomenal adaptability to urban environments, and very cute little faces. There are a whole bunch of species and subspecies of squirrels in North America, but the most common are the eastern grey squirrel and the fox squirrel, both of which started out in the eastern third of the continent but are now found coast to coast.

The eastern grey and fox squirrels are widely studied; earlier this summer a big conference, the 7th International Colloquium on Arboreal Squirrels, was held in Helsinki, Finland. Studies routinely come out that discover new, amazing behaviors, especially involving the squirrel’s signature behavior, that it buries caches of its food for later. One experiment found that they’ll try multiple tactics to open a locked box. Another found that squirrels really do remember the location of their caches, that they aren’t merely using their keen noses to locate them. Another found that they’re able to quickly learn from their peers.

And perhaps most interestingly, a 2010 study found that squirrels actually engage in deceptive, or paranoid, behavior. When squirrels are being watched, they’ll construct fake caches, pretending to bury a nut, going through the whole rigamarole of digging a hole, patting it down with their front teeth, and scraping dirt or grass over the top of it. They’ll actually be concealing the nut in a pocket near their armpit, and will make the real cache somewhere else. Even when you’re watching for it, it can be hard to tell when a squirrel is making a fake or a real cache. So, how smart is that?

The first big wrench in that question is the word “smart.” Animal intelligence is something we humans are fascinated with, whether it’s teaching the dog a new trick or marveling at the social behavior of octopuses. Animal intelligence stories make headlines constantly. Yet, it’s still not well understood. “We kind of interpret that as, how would they do on the same IQ test that my 7-year-old just took?” says Sullivan. “And the answer to that is, 100 percent of every other species would do pathetically on it. But that doesn't mean your kid can climb a tree as fast as a squirrel can, or can observe a hawk and identify its characteristics as quickly as a squirrel can.”

Intelligence, among squirrel experts, is not a particularly useful or meaningful concept. When we humans discuss intelligence, we could be referring to a whole host of not-always-related topics: problem solving, abstract thought, creativity, memory retention. A 2006 paper found a whopping 71 different definitions of intelligence scattered amongst scientific literature.

An eastern grey squirrel. (Photo: Robert Engberg/flickr)

Tests for animal intelligence usually involve problem solving and memory: can a rat remember a route through a maze? Can a crow figure out how to use a bent piece of wire to fetch food? But those are tests that we conceive of because, frankly, they’re tests that we’d do well on. “Humans are very visual, so we assume that's how animals solve problems, by using what they see in the world,” says Mikel Maria Delgado, a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley who studies the university campus’s population of fox squirrels. “But we know that other animals have much better senses of hearing, senses of smell, touch, sensation, like animals with whiskers, and humans can't do a lot of those things very well so we don't consider that criteria for being intelligent.”

It’s easy to assume squirrels aren’t smart because they can’t, say, use tools to bury nuts. Like a lot of assumptions about what makes an organism intelligent, that assumes that intelligence is equal to how similar an animal’s cognitive process is to ours. But what if we go the other way around, and play by the squirrel’s rules?

Delgado conducted a study in which students were placed in a competitive game to act like squirrels. They were tasked with hiding caches of plastic eggs, and then 15 minutes later tasked to go back out and bring back as many eggs as possible. They could locate their own caches or steal from those of other students, the same way squirrels do. This is a very squirrel-like test: memory, deception, location, observation, paranoia.

So how did the students do? “People are pretty bad at it,” laughs Delgado. “It really gives people an appreciation for the problems that squirrels are solving.” Most couldn’t remember their own hiding places. Squirrels bury about 10,000 nuts per year, and the most populous species, the eastern grey and the fox squirrel, make many, many different caches, and may not uncover them for months. They may dig up a cache and bury it somewhere else, and do that up to five times. And squirrels, unlike UC Berkeley students, are engaged in this intellectually draining activity while also avoiding predators and braving the elements.

An eastern grey squirrel hoarding palm dates in Florida. (Photo Jamie Drake)

A major obstacle to coming to a measurement of animal intelligence is that animals don’t really have very much leisure time in the wild; decisions are made in the name of efficiency, making sure the amount of calories burned is fewer than the amount of calories ingested. “All animals have evolved to solve certain problems and they're usually really good at that,” says Delgado. But those problems aren’t necessarily the ones we’d pick if giving an intelligence test. “You're only as smart as your ecology requires you to be,” says Sullivan.

A major element to the perceived intelligence of squirrels is their ability to live and even thrive in urban environments. This is sort of an element of the basic human understanding of intelligence as “similarity to us,” but there might be something to it. After all, doesn’t the ability to adapt to a fast-growing, extremely unnatural construction like a city demonstrate intelligence for an animal that hasn’t evolved to live in that environment?

A fox squirrel. (Photo: Ingrid Taylar)

Not necessarily. “They're really sort of pre-adapted to urban areas,” says Sullivan. “A telephone line is, to them, no different than a sassafras tree. A telephone line and a sassafras tree both have long spindly branches that poke out, that you can run across to get to safety. But they don't offer food or much in the way of safety.” It’s not so much, suggests Sullivan, that squirrels adapted to urban life, but that the skills and abilities squirrels already had just so happened to be a good fit for cities. It’s the same story for pigeons. Urban pigeons are typically feral descendants of domesticated rock pigeons, a bird species that prefers to live and nest on small ledges on the sides of cliffs. They prefer tiny, hard outcroppings on steep vertical environments. So when we built skyscrapers with ledges, it wasn’t that pigeons adapted to cities—it was like we built a gigantic perfect mansion, just for them.

Socialization is often cited as a building block of intelligence. Squirrel social behavior is not really that unusual in a lot of ways. Unlike their ground squirrel cousins, tree squirrels like the eastern grey and the fox squirrel are solitary, living alone, raising young only briefly, and communicating in a range of vocalizations and body movements. (That chittering sound you hear from above, by the way, means “you’re close to my food cache, get the hell out of here.”) The only really unusual attribute thus far discovered is the squirrel’s ability and propensity to deceive other squirrels. But is that a sign of intelligence or simply an element of instinct? Very hard to say.
April 21st, 2016
05:47 pm
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Two more scumbags who don't care about the life of their small animals D:
Here are two more scumbags who don't care about the life of their small animals, one from Toronto, Ontario and the other from St. John, New Brunswick. First is someone found out from a search of their phone number to be named Anthony Falles from Toronto who is such a monster that he'll sell baby rats not even fully weaned from their mothers.

*edit the two mother rats and babies were rescued from this jerk, but the two moms needed much vet care from illnesses such head tilting. :-(

and then there is some jerk from St. John who posts ads saying that he's got too many and offers them for free as pets or feeders, what a creep! Then if someone inquires about the ad he'll say that he doesn't have any rats but there will be some soon. D:

April 10th, 2016
10:40 am
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Baby Mouse Rescue =^.^=

She Saw This Baby Struggling In The Water But NEVER Expected What Was About To Happen

A bystander noticed a woman and her dog looking at something in the water. After they left, she went over and discovered a baby mouse struggling to survive. This is when she decided to make a tiny difference… :)

April 5th, 2016
01:02 pm
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Cute little thief!
April 4th, 2016
04:07 am
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Happy World Rat Day! <:3O~
Happy World Rat Day!
March 24th, 2016
04:35 pm
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Do not give this woman named Desiree Gutierrez from Ventura County Area California your pets!!!
There is this evil woman from the Ventura County Area in California USA, who goes by the names of Desiree Breeann Garcia or Deborah Gutierrez or sometimes Jodi Garcia, who pretends to ask to take in peoples' pet rats from Craigslist and Facebook in order to re-sell them for profits. Sometimes she says her name is Lynn and that she is from Santa Barbara, California. She is also a breeder who sells fancy rats and the non fancy rats she could care less about and gives them away for free to snake owners. What a damn bitch! People like this horrible woman should not be allowed to own any animals at all! Here are a list of her aliases and her groups that she runs on Facebook. Some of her groups include Channel Islands Rattery and Ratties of Ventura County. DO NOT GIVE THIS WOMAN YOUR PETS!!!

March 17th, 2016
03:38 pm
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Rats! We Need Everyone To Get Over The Tail Thing

Rats! We Need Everyone To Get Over The Tail Thing
By Humane Society Silicon Valley on March 14, 2016 at 2:10 PM

We are having a little issue.

What’s the problem?

It’s not really a little issue. It’s actually a highly populous issue made up of lots of little guys. So it’s a big issue with a lot of adorably quivering whiskers.

Are you talking about us?

As you know, we like to help our buddy rescues and shelters out. So when a local rescue got inundated with 300 adorable little pet ratties, of course we threw our doors open to lend a hand/paw.

And thus, like a much less dark and more hopeful version of the pied piper, the adorable little rattie muffins invaded Humane Society Silicon Valley.

Do you have snacks? Because we LOVE snacks.

About 50 little rattie muffins at the moment. Many of them weren’t in very good shape and needed extra medical help. All of them needed to be fixed as rats multiply faster than a super-computer

Wanna see a neat trick where 2 of us turn into 20? Neither do we.

Yes, we do fix rats. Have we mentioned how amaze-balls our vet staff is?

Anyhoo, these guys need homes and they need them fast. While we grabbed a whole bunch of the little dudes, there are still a lot of other ratties waiting for a chance to come here. Which means we need each and every one of you to get over the tail thing.

What’s wrong with my tail?

Yes, the tail thing. Rats are the friendliest, smartest and most sociable of the pocket pets. They’re like pocket dogs. They learn their names.They can learn tricks and basic agility courses. They like to hang out with you and go through your pockets. In terms of pet-most-likely-to-learn-to-do-taxes, it’s a rat. They’re brilliant. But when we talk to people about pet rats we hear the same thing over and over again.

“It’s their tails – I can’t deal with them”.

So his tail is okay but mine is a problem?

Ok. That’s just absurd. Cats have tails. Dogs have tails. Bunnies have tails. Why do these not freak people out? Is it because rat tails are hairless? Since when has being hairless been a problem? There are many things in this world that are hairless that American LOVE.

So his head is okay but my tail is a problem?

And there are many, many things in this world that have plenty of hair that divide us more than the wee little tail of a pet rat.

That guy’s hair is kind of freaking ME out.

What do we need to do to make you get over the tail thing? Would flowers help? Would it convince you to come meet some of these adorable little nuggets that are hanging out at our Neighborhood Adoption Center at Petco West San Jose?

The smell of spring flowers causes my whiskers to quiver even more adorably.

Because once you stop in and meet them and see how sociable and bright they are, you will fall in love. Not a flower person?

It is a nice change from the rain…

Would a desert scene persuade you?

Are you persuaded but not able to commit to a rat? We could also use donations of cages (no tanks, please). Want to enjoy the joy that is rattiness but not have a hectic travel schedule? We’re also looking for rattie fosters.

*All photos and photoshopping courtesy of Jim Allen*
March 6th, 2016
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Pets at Home managers abusively neglect animals behind shop floor…This must be stopped!
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Pets at Home managers abusively neglect animals behind shop floor…This must be stopped!

I was an employee at Pets at Home for over 8 months - I was good at my job and was awarded colleague of the month early on. However, I stood up for the welfare of the animals, and refused to neglect, cause suffering or do a disservice to them - I took their value of "pets before profit" to heart, which I found managers do not themselves. For this I was victimised and bullied out of my job. They are not prioritising the welfare of their animals - this must be improved with new legal guidelines or they should stop selling pets forever...

* I was forced me to sell hutches that were too small - guinea pig runs for rabbits when a PAH guinea pig run is 152cm x 61cm x 83cm, and welfare guidelines state a rabbit requires the run space of 244cm x 122cm x 122cm. Quote manager "they can buy a hamster cage off ebay for all I care."
* Training books are not marked - I handed mine in and it was returned un-checked. Any colleague who does not take the time to read and internalize all the information correctly could easily make it all up.
* Managers are disposing of mice in the most inhumane ways. No protocol, they place sticky boards down for mice to suffer for hours by trying to chew their feet off for escape, throw babies onto footpaths and on the road.
* Managers are administering medication incorrectly because they neglect to read veterinary notes or even the mode of administration and dosage on the side of the bottle.
* My manager sold three baby guinea pigs to a lady who had already "returned" 4 on two separate occasions - one of which had died. She claimed they were biting, which they only do when severely threatened. He sold her more with no care of the environment he was sending them to.
* Cages in the isolation and quiet room were overstacked - collapses frequently happened, crushing occupants.
* Prep room space is too small and unhygienic - our sink where we prep food and water was blocked for weeks with bacteria ridden water.
* Our cremation freezer with animal carcasses was left open for a week because no manager called the cremation company to empty it - deceased, rotting animals metres away from our live animals.
* Animals are sat in rooms behind the warehouse for months refused the ability to exercise or play - despite colleagues attempts to do so.
* Managers have very little interaction or even knowledge of animals - they are only taught how to make sales and sell. My managers sold rats and rabbits claiming there was no way they could be pregnant at 16 weeks old, despite showing signs and even spending time in the wrong gender cages!
* Managers made me sell guinea pigs that clearly had the onset of conjunctivitis, and worse ring worm (which can infect humans too).
* Fish are imported from Singapore in the same bag for the whole journey, most arrive in store dead - and yet they tell you that you cannot keep your fish in the bag for longer than 30 mins - hypocrites.

If we are not making a sale with a customer - even loyal ones, they wonder why the hell we are talking to them. Targets and sales are all that matters - VIP sign ups and swipe rates - the managers harp on about the bonuses they want to receive. They have little care about YOU, YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS, OR EVEN YOUR PETS.

I have been bullied, but that is personal and frankly not the most important thing. But colleagues are scared to speak out for fear of their contract being terminated - illegally ignoring all disciplinary guidelines. Colleagues are run off their feet and forced to work several hours overtime on a low hourly contract - preventing them from getting fairly deserved benefits. PAH is understaffed and as PROFIT COMES BEFORE ANIMALS, they are never given time to provide for the animals in store, which is what they really want to do. Everyone joins thinking they can make a difference but the store managers put in place are bullies and it is like hitting your head against a brick wall. See www.glassdoor.co.uk for colleague reviews and experiences - many speak of bullying.

Please sign this petition so that someone with the power to take on a corporation as large as Pets at Home can fairly investigate conditions (other than a planned check on welfare by their own employees) and make changes bound by law. The bigger pets at home becomes, the more it starts to work like a battery farm. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE.

Thank you,

Anonymous former colleague.
March 4th, 2016
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Horrible Russian model named Anastasiya paints face as cat & bites the head off live mouse in video!
Horrible Russian model named Anastasiya paints face as cat & bites the head off live mouse in Facebook video!

We need to do something. Cant let her get away with this. Bitting the head off a mouse!. Please report this video so it can be reported to authorities.
This is the evil Bitch in the video

This is her Facebook account

* There is a petition to sign here : http://www.petitionhub.org/Prosecute-Woman-For-Tormenting-An-Innocent-Mouse-And-For-Eating-Him-Alive-t-3643

First when patrons of Facebook reported the horrific video the response team didn't think that animal cruelty like this was against community standards. D: Secondly, how sick in the head do you have to be to think that anyone would find this evil bitch of a woman named Anastasiya amusing when she painted her face like a cat and was filmed biting the head off a live mouse and swallowing the whole animal? :-S Not only was this utterly cruel, but it shows the signs of pure evil. Anyone who thinks that this sort of thing is funny needs to get their heads examined! I seriously hope that karma comes back to bite this bitch and hope that she dies!!!

Pics from the horrific video are posted below, not because I enjoy showing such things, but to let people know the seriousness of the horrific animal cruelty that goes on and to hopefully try and demand a stop put to it by demanding that politicians everywhere begin to enact tough anti-cruelty laws with serious jailtime, when pain and suffering is enacted upon an animal of any size, even if it is a small mouse, because these highly intelligent creatures feel pain too!

February 25th, 2016
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Check out this cool crafting site to learn how to make a crochet rat bookmark!
To learn how to make this cool crochet rat bookmark pictured below check out this cool site!


February 24th, 2016
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Please sign and share this petition!
Please sign and share this petition!


Petitioning Ohio State House and 3 others
Lexie Chestnut United States

In February 2016 Makayla Vanderheyden, Gabriel rose, and Alicia Kinkle of Goshen, Ohio abused and attempted to kill Makayla's pet rat, Carl. Makayla stuck her nose in Carl's cage, Carl most likely thought her nose was food and bit her. After this incident the women attempted to poison Carl with ibuprofen. When this didn't work they released Carl outside and attempted to get multiple cats to kill her, which they didn't. Alicia then picked Carl up by the tip of his tail and threw him into a stream. Like dogs and cats, Rats are highly intelligent and compassionate animals and don't deserve to be abused. We are calling for justice for Carl! The people involved should all be charged with animal abuse. People NEED to know that they can not get away with animal abuse no matter what type of animal it is.

ANIMAL ABUSE! Justice For Makayla Vanderheyden's Rat!

February 12th, 2016
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Do not give this jerk from St. John, New Brunswick any pets!
There is a creep of a guy from St. John, New Brunswick who posts ads asking for people to bring him pets because he says he'll give them a good home, but how can you trust a monster who also posts such ads as this? D: Thankfully somebody rescued these rats from the jerk!

Also there was another jerk from South New Jersey in the United States who was breeding rats for his snake and then trading them off when his snake wasn't that hungry and refused to eat them. Don't these people know that snakes can go for long periods of time between meals, and also that it's safer to feed the snake thawed out frozen rodents? You have to wonder how sick in the head a person like this is to enjoy live feeding animals. :-S

February 11th, 2016
03:46 pm
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Rat Will Let NOTHING Get Between Him And His Cat

Rat Will Let NOTHING Get Between Him And His Cat

By Zainab Akande

This unlikely cat and rat pairing broke all the stereotypes — and they managed to find an amazing friendship in the process.

Maggie Szpot and her family found Ranj, an orange tabby, when he was just a stray kitten in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Though Szpot had pet rats while Ranj was growing up, when she brought home two new rats, Peanut and her sister Mocha, she was worried that his that his hunting streak would come out, she told The Dodo.

She couldn't have been more wrong.

"Peanut first met Ranj when [Peanut] was still a baby," Szpot said. "I had brought Peanut and her sister out of their cage to play, and I put them in a fenced area for them to run around in, and Ranj actually jumped inside to get a closer look. He is always curious of new things … they quickly became good friends and Peanut followed Ranj around everywhere."

Mocha, on the other hand, never quite warmed up to Ranj — but one video shows just how inseparable Peanut and the orange cat were. In the short clip, Peanut just can't help herself and climbs over Ranj nonstop.

"If Ranj went to eat out of his food bowl, Peanut would come and eat with him," Szpot said. "I think those were the cutest moments, when Peanut was so determined to be with Ranj that she would overcome all kinds of obstacles to be with him."

Peanut also liked to snuggle in Ranj's warm fur and provide very loving licks (which the cat sometimes returned), Szpot said. Since Ranj is a cat, however, he did need to have alone time every so often.

"There were times when Peanut invaded Ranj's personal space too much and he'd leave or hop onto anything off the ground to get away from her," Szpot explained. "Sometimes Peanut would literally crawl all over Ranj, and he didn't enjoy that too much. She never quite understood the concept of personal space, but Ranj was good at tolerating her antics!"

Maggie Szpot

Even when those antics included hugging …

Maggie Szpot

… kissing …

Maggie Szpot

… snuggling …

Maggie Szpot

… and eating together.

Maggie Szpot

Sadly, domesticated rats don't have long life spans, and Peanut passed away in 2010 at two years old.

Maggie Szpot

Szpot said that Ranj seemed to miss his best friend, and all the entertainment she brought with her, after her death.

But don't fret — these days, he isn't lonely. Ranj, who is turning 10 later this year, has a new feline friend to keep him company, along with Szpot's two birds.
His name is Timmy ...

Maggie Szpot

… and Ranj seems to be carrying on well with new addition to the family.

Maggie Szpot

Although he'll never have another friend quite as special as Peanut.

Maggie Szpot

If you're interested in following the continued adventurous of Ranj and his animal friends, you can catch them on Facebook and YouTube. Want to adopt a Ranj or Peanut of your own? Get started at Adopt-a-Pet.com.
January 26th, 2016
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Enter Rose, a Broadway Rat With a Past

Enter Rose, a Broadway Rat With a Past



This is the story of 500 rats on the West Side Highway and one who ventured east.

They were not your typical city rats. They were albinos, white with pink eyes, the kind people keep as pets or tinker with in labs or raise to feed to snakes.

Last July, they began to appear in a kite-shaped median between the highway and an exit lane onto West 57th Street, across from a Sanitation Department garage: first a few rats, then a few dozen, then so many that they were a blur of white in the undergrowth, a scurrying time-lapse.

How the rats got there remains a mystery.

But one of them was Rose. She was near the end of childhood, 5 weeks old and fully furred.

There was no food or water for the rats on their little island. Many of them ran out onto the 10-lane highway, made for the riverfront, met with bad ends. (It did not help that albino rats are mostly blind.)

Rose stayed on the median, huddled with her family.

Eventually, the rats drew wider attention. On July 14, Gothamist ran an article quoting a biologist who said they were doomed.


The city’s rat-rescue community sprang to action. Hundreds of beautiful rats, in mortal danger. Rescuers showed up that night with boxes and buckets and cat carriers, grabbing all they could catch. “At the beginning there’s so many it was like picking up daisies,” said Lisa Anselmo, who helped find homes for more than 50.

The next day, the city health department, citing “public safety concerns,” set out poison.

The rescuers raced back to the median, scooping up rats, furious at the injustice.

These were domestic animals, pets, like hamsters or guinea pigs, except a lot smarter and more social, quicker to bond with their keepers.

“What other species would be treated this way?” Ms. Anselmo asked. “Imagine if they were puppies.

“The entire thing was insane.”

That night or possibly the next, Rose was rescued.

She and two others her age were adopted by an animal trainer named Lydia DesRoche. Ms. DesRoche called them the Golden Girls and named them Rose, Blanche and Dorothy.

She meant to foster the sisters only long enough to find them a home. But they were so shy they would not come out of their cage, so she kept them at her apartment uptown. She left the cage open and made a little ramp down to her bed so they could visit her. She fed them corn and peas and edamame and yogurt and avocado sushi and bits of dark chocolate.

Weeks turned to months. Rose grew up, grew bolder. She explored Ms. DesRoche’s living room, and dominated the other rats.

Destiny was making plans. Ms. DesRoche is the trainer for the Broadway hit “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which features a rat, played by an albino named Toby.

In mid-December, Toby fell ill with tumors. Her understudy, Tulip, stepped into the role, but she was a reluctant performer. She hid in her cage until she had to go on. “Tulip has accepted her fate,” Ms. DesRoche said, “but she has not taken a liking to the stage.”

Toby’s recovery grew protracted. She needed more operations. She broke a foot. Tulip, with no understudy, was doing eight shows a week, showing stress.

Just before New Year’s Ms. DesRoche took Rose to the theater for a taste of the footlights.

Rehearsing with the actor Tyler Lea. Credit Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

It was love at first sight. Ms. DesRoche began bringing Rose every day, wearing her in a carrier around her neck as she made her rounds before the show and backstage for Tulip’s entrances and exits.

On Jan. 14, Rose accompanied Ms. DesRoche to the Ethel Barrymore Theater and stopped in the green room for some social time with Tyler Lea and Benjamin Wheelwright, the two young actors who play the lead character.

Rose crawled across Mr. Wheelwright’s arm, down his shirt, over to Mr. Lea. She sat calmly in Mr. Lea’s hand — the first time she had let him hold her. He stroked her back.

I accidentally fell into having pet rats about 10 years ago and have had them ever since, almost all of them rescues from similar and other...

And then Rose did something special. She bruxed, and she boggled. Bruxing is when a rat grinds its incisors together. Boggling, a muscular side effect of bruxing, is when a rat bugs its eyes in and out rapidly, like a possessed vaudeville comic.

They are the ultimate indicators of a relaxed, happy rat.

“Oh, my God!” Ms. DesRoche said.

“I found her sweet spot,” Mr. Lea said.

Back upstairs in the fifth-floor rat dressing room, Rose crawled out of her little red cage and over to the identical one Tulip uses onstage, standing atop it like King Kong on the Empire State Building.

“This one is ‘All About Eve,’ ” Ms. DesRoche said. “I want the real cage! Give me the real cage!”

Rose’s wish is coming true: It was decided that she would alternate with Tulip, who has upped her game of late.

There was a final rehearsal Wednesday night.

Mr. Wheelwright as Christopher, a teenager with Asperger’s, was in a train station, trying to navigate the crowds. He picked up Rose in her cage, ran upstage and down, spun in circles, set the cage down and opened it.

Rose popped her head out, unfazed. Mr. Wheelwright leaned toward her with a tsk-tsk noise: Rose’s cue to kiss him.

She demurred.

“We’re still working on the kiss,” Ms. DesRoche said. “She’ll get it.”

“Given that she was abandoned along the median of the West Side Highway, I had absolutely zero expectations,” she said. “I just wanted to give her a decent life. Who knew?”
January 20th, 2016
10:20 pm
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More on the PetCo & PetSmart Pet Supplier Horror Story D:

This Is Where Petco And PetSmart Get Their Animals

By Ameena Schelling
20 January 2016


You know all those cute guinea pigs and hamsters at your local pet store? This is where they come from.

While many people are familiar with the horrors of puppy mills, few know that other animals purchased large-scale by pet stores, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, endure the same awful conditions.

Warning: Disturbing content below.

A three-month undercover investigation conducted by PETA provides an inside look into Holmes Farm, a large Pennsylvania breeder that supplies animals to Petco, PetSmart, Pet Supplies Plus and other large pet store chains. And it's not pretty.

Investigators found that thousands of animals were being stored in plastic storage bins, stacked in shelving units and rarely checked on. The facility reeked of feces, PETA said. One floor was splattered in blood after cats were allowed to jump in and out of the crates and attack animals.

One of several rabbits left to die in the filthy cages.PETA

"One hamster who had been attacked by a cat was just left to flail and die on the floor," the group said.

The rabbits were packed into tiny wire cages filled with piles of feces. Many of them had urine-stained feet or signs of severe illness. They were denied veterinary care.

"This lethargic rabbit was reported to a manager, who said that he would 'check on' the animal," PETA wrote of the animal below. "Later that day, the rabbit was found dead."

This sick rabbit was reported to a manager, who did nothing. She died soon after.PETA

Dead rabbits were regularly found in cages with the live ones — up to four were found dead in one day. The rabbits were also kept on wire floors, which can cut through rabbits' feet.

Investigators also witnessed literal piles of newborn mice thrown on top of each other in a box, calling out for their mothers "in a bin that smelled of death and excrement and was labeled 'Freeze,'" PETA said.

Hundreds of them were sealed in plastic bags and thrown in a freezer to die so they could be sold as snake food to owners who want a more humane alternative to live feeding. A clip shows the mice struggling to escape the packed bag; they were still alive 15 minutes later.

Live mice struggle to escape sealed Ziplock bags, where they were left to freeze to death. PETA

Investigators witnessed workers grabbing chinchillas by their tails and throwing hamsters between boxes that were several feet apart. Hamsters and gerbils exhibited severe signs of stress.

Many of the animals had no water or or only filthy water available, leading to dozens of deaths. When the investigator found hundreds of mice without water and provided some, the animals "drank in a frenzy," PETA said.

In another incident, 50 small animals were piled into a cooler filled with feces and gassed.

Petco and PetSmart also returned sick and injured animals to the so-called farm, several of whom died shortly after. "Some rats evidently carried rat-bite fever—a potentially fatal disease transmissible to humans that has led to two lawsuits against Petco," PETA said.

Rabbits left dead in a filthy cage at Holmes Farm.PETA

Holmes Farm supplies animals to hundreds of pet stores along the East Coast, according to PETA, including chains like Petco, PetSmart and Pet Supplies Plus.

Petco said on Tuesday it had already cut ties with Holmes Farm based on the results of its own investigation, a "regular part of our strict vendor oversight protocol." Yet PETA said that the Petco inspection was conducted on December 2, and the investigator witnessed orders with hundreds of animals being packed for Petco as late as early January.

Holmes Farm has passed several recent inspections by the USDA, an indictment perhaps of the federal department's lax oversight. Following PETA's report, the USDA conducted another inspection of the facility and has launched an investigation of Holmes Farms.

A young rabbit with a severe eye infection. The investigator named her Leela and removed her from the facility.PETA

Sadly, scenes like this are the rule, not the exception for animals sold in pet stores. Whether it's a dog or a hamster, animals bred for retail are often kept in filthy conditions, exposed to abuse and illness, and deprived of water, veterinary care and other necessities.

If you're considering adding an animal to your family, consider adoption. Even small pets like guinea pigs and hamster can be found at shelters and rescue groups. To get started, visit Adopt-a-Pet.com.

You can watch video footage from the investigation below. Needless to say, it includes some disturbing content.

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The death penalty should be handed out to monsters like this Mad Matt Maloney for animal cruelty!
The death penalty should be handed out to monsters like this Mad Matt Maloney from Brisbane, Australia for animal cruelty! This sick SOB films himself biting the heads off live animals for negative attention. There is nothing redeemable about human garbage like this, he is totally evil and needs to be stopped and prosecuted and jailed where he can never get his hands on an animal again! https://www.facebook.com/Mad-Matts-vids-522484787930587/?__mref=message_bubble&hc_location=ufi

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A true House of Horrors as pets are discovered frozen alive ripped apart @ PetCo & PetSmart supplier

You know those plastic tubs that people use to store holiday decorations, old blankets, and clothes in the attic? Well, an animal dealer that supplies small animals to PetSmart, Petco, Pet Supplies Plus, and many other stores uses even smaller containers to house live animals.

A PETA eyewitness documented that thousands of animals were confined to plastic bins stacked in shelving units like filing cabinet drawers at Holmes Farm, a massive animal mill in Pennsylvania that supplies hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas, ferrets, and other small animals to hundreds of pet stores across the eastern U.S.

Based on PETA’s evidence, a team of U.S. Department of Agriculture officials descended on Holmes Farm, which is now under federal investigation. And then we caught Petco in a big fat lie to the press. Petco’s convenient January 19, 2016, claim that the company severed ties with Holmes Farm before it was notified of PETA’s findings by the Associated Press flies in the face of factual information. For more than an entire month after Petco’s December 2, 2015, visit to Holmes Farm—during which representatives of the retailer were never seen looking at the filthy cooler where hundreds of animals were crudely killed or the freezer where others died slowly, among other things—Petco stores were ordering and receiving animals by the hundreds from Holmes Farm, even as the USDA began its inspection!

Trapped in Bins and Torn Apart by Cats

The animals—thousands of whom had already been subjected to a grueling overseas trip in shipping crates—were confined to crowded bins or cages in Holmes Farm’s filthy, windowless warehouses. The buildings reeked of urine and feces, and one building’s floor was spattered with blood where helpless prey animals had apparently been attacked by cats, who were allowed to roam freely throughout the facility, regularly jumping in and out of the bins. One hamster who had been attacked by a cat was just left to flail and die on the floor.

PETA’s eyewitness saw hamsters running in constant circles, which can be a sign of severe stress or illness. Gerbils frantically scratched at bins in which each animal had just 6 square inches of floor space. Some rabbits had less than 1 square foot of “living” space. A manager grabbed chinchillas by their sensitive tails and tossed hamsters a few feet from one bin to another.

Animals were commonly forced to drink from filthy, contaminated water bowls or denied water altogether. PETA’s eyewitness discovered hundreds of mice without water, who then drank in a frenzy after the witness provided them with some.

Screaming as They Were Gassed to Death in a Waste-Filled Cooler

PETA’s observer never saw any animals receive veterinary care at the facility, despite repeatedly alerting the manager to obviously sick and injured individuals. Instead, workers piled dozens of animals—ranging from rats and gerbils to guinea pigs and even a rabbit—at a time into a feces-smeared cooler and crudely gassed them with carbon dioxide. Their screams could be heard across the room.

Workers did not check the animals for signs of life before dumping their bodies in the trash or wrapping others in plastic bags to sell as “feeders.” Some sick or emaciated animals languished for days without care, including rabbits who eventually died in cages. Some rats evidently carried rat-bite fever—a disease that is potentially fatal, is transmissible to humans, and has already led to two lawsuits against Petco.

PETA’s eyewitness was able to rescue a rabbit named Leela, who suffered from a likely upper respiratory infection for 10 days without any signs of treatment and whose left eye was sealed shut with discharge. After a veterinary examination and a few days of antibiotic treatment, Leela beat the infection and began running and jumping about in her foster home.

Dying in Agony in a Freezer

Live rats were stuffed into plastic zipper bags or tossed onto plastic lids and put in a freezer, slowly freezing to death even as some frantically tried to claw their way out. Many of these animals were later sold as food for snakes and other carnivorous reptiles. Even after PETA notified Petco that a notice to its suppliers was in order to ensure that American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) guidelines were followed, the cruel killings continued. Petco responded that “vendor agreements already require Petco vendors to have written instructions on the euthanasia procedures used at the facility” and that “all vendors are responsible for knowing and being in accordance with AVMA guidelines and all local and state laws regarding euthanasia.” Holmes Farm had guidelines posted but knowingly failed to follow them—further proof that big-box stores’ “vendor guidelines” are totally meaningless.

During nearly three months at the facility, PETA’s observer found hundreds of small animals dead, often in bins in which no water was available.

Packed in Plastic, Deprived of Water for Days, and Hauled for Hundreds of Miles

Holmes Farm shipped more than 20,000 guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils to big-box and other stores over a period of less than three months. Animals who were being shipped were packed in boxes the day before and left there without water overnight, before being hauled away for grueling, multi-state journeys to pet stores. Mother mice were seen trying to hide their babies as workers took the newborns away to ship them to customers.

When Petco, PetSmart, and other stores returned sick, injured, or unwanted animals, the animals often went for days without water. One rabbit arrived alive at a store, which turned the animal away. The rabbit died en route back to Holmes Farm.

A guinea pig, whom PETA’s eyewitness named Elvis, died without treatment after he was returned for having ringworm. Returned animals were never seen being treated for their injuries or illnesses.

You Can Help Stop This Cruelty!

This case is hardly an anomaly: Holmes Farm is the fifth animal dealer with ties to PetSmart and/or Petco that PETA has exposed. Please, pledge never to buy pet supplies from retailers that sell any animals. Let the big-box stores’ leaders know that you’ll instead buy supplies from businesses that don’t sell any animals, such as Target, Walgreens, or online retailers.

If you’re planning to add an animal to your family, please visit a local animal shelter or rescue organization—never buy from a store or breeder. Rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals are dying for lack of good homes and deserve the same consideration as dogs and cats, whose overpopulation crisis is well-known.

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Horrible people like this guy named Juan Guterriez from Sidell, Illonois should not be allowed to own any animals at all! >:-/
Read how in his own words the guy does not care about the small animals he breeds because to him they are just "feeders" and it doesn't matter. This is the jerk's Facebook account page! https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004094790903&fref=ts

January 8th, 2016
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A horrible woman from Orlando, Florida clips the tails off her baby rats to sell them as tailless D:
There is a horrible woman named Holly Hill from Orlando, Florida who did the unthinkable to her pet baby rats just so she could sell them as "Manx" breeds on Craigslist for more money. D: This awful woman took some nail clippers and cut off the tails of her baby rats. :-( This is absolute cruelty and the ASPCA should be told of this! Not only would this be very painful to the baby rats but rats also need their tails for balance and more importantly to help regulate their body temperature by dilating or constricting their tail blood vessels. When a rat's temperature rises too much, the vessels in the tail swell, allowing warm blood to flow through it and dissipate heat through the skin surface. The opposite can happen if the rat gets too cold and the vessels can shrink to keep heat in.

December 26th, 2015
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Why haven't the shelters in Moncton, New Brunswick done anything to help this situation? D:
Why haven't the shelters in Moncton, New Brunswick done anything to help this situation? D: Isn't that the job of an SPCA? >:-/ So far the only people I have seen to step up to offer help were a small few from some small animal rescue groups on Facebook. >.<

Family of rats living outside in Moncton NB.
Owner of the property has cut off their food suply and access to the holes they dug.
Some of the rats are living in a cardboard box on a woman's balcony.
A picture shows an agouti berk with white markings on the face. ...... possiblity they are abandoned pets or domestic .... also possible they are wild or half wild ..... if abandoned pets, they will soon freeze to death or starve.

The woman is also planing on removing the cardboad box soon.
Is there anyone in the Moncton area that can help these rats?

December 3rd, 2015
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A cruel jerk from Lancaster, Pennsylvania who hoards animals in poor conditions!
There is a cruel jerk named Darrell Alva who not only has a house full of pets that makes it look like a zoo, but he also keeps smaller animals in poor crowded conditions to sell as food on classified ads! The bastard jokes about lunch and dinner time specials, calling the animals "Lunchables", how messed up is that? D: This guy is nothing but a sicko scumbag and should not be allowed to own any pets!!!

Here you can see how much of a zoo his house is. D:

Here are the photos from his horrible Craigslist ad :-(

and more from his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/darrell.alva
November 25th, 2015
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Two more slimeballs running cruel pet shops from their homes in Delco, PA and West Milford, NJ >:-/
First we have a cruel and greedy person from Delco, Pennsylvania who thinks it's okay to run a feeder/breeder pet shop from their house. :-( This slimeball's address and phone number is listed as
Clifton heights 19018 484-682-4476 and this is their awful Craigslist ad. I don't know why live animals are allowed to be traded on classified sites such as Craigslist and Kajiji. >.<

Next we have another slimeball named

Bobbiann Brandau

558 Morsetown Road West Milford, NJ 07480
Phone: (973) 934-7174

This person also thinks that it's okay to run a feeder/breeder pet shop out of their house and what's worse is they were offering frozen pinky rats. D: This makes me wonder how they killed the babies, did they have a proper CO2 gas kit or did they put the live babies in the freezer? :-( What kind of a cruel monster is this? >:-/

This is their ad

November 24th, 2015
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Fairborn, Ohio slimeball pawning off pets for one dollar on Craigslist. >:-/
Some jerk from Fairborn, Ohio on Craigslist decided that it's okay to pawn off their pet rats for as cheap as one dollar. It's uncaring slimeballs like this who don't deserve to ever own any pets! >:-/

November 20th, 2015
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A tribute to Marty Mouse
A tribute to Marty to mark his one year anniversary of starting the Heaben division of his Internashunal Bizness.


November 15th, 2015
04:00 pm
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Rat brings owner tissues
November 7th, 2015
12:24 am
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From pest to pet

From pest to pet

By Avinash Chak

Remy from Disney Pixar's "Ratatouille" might not be the only rodent welcome in people's homes. While most rats in Chicago scurry around alleys and tunnels, causing all sorts of problems for the city, some have a friendlier relationship with residents.

November 6th, 2015
09:21 pm
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This little creature is going to be your new favourite animal

*Elephant Shrews are actually not rodents, but rodent-like. They belong to the family Macroscelididae!*

This little creature is going to be your new favourite animal
This elephant shrew was photographed sneezing adorably at Chester zoo and you are soon going to want ten of them


 By Helena Horton

3:45PM GMT 06 Nov 2015

Is this not the most adorable rodent in the world? These pictures are perhaps cuter than the baby bunny pictured trying to eat a thistle in October.

This endangered elephant shrew, which can only be found in Africa, or in captivity, had a bit of a sneeze at Chester zoo, showing off its pink tongue.

The gorgeous animal, also known as a sengi, made its debut at the zoo recently.

 It was captured showing off a very pink, cute, tongue.

There is even a video of the darling creature and its friend scurrying around.

The tiny newcomer, also known as a round eared elephant-shrew, was born at the zoo for the very first time during the summer in a special behind-the-scenes breeding facility.

Bizarrely, the tiny creatures are not thought to be directly linked to their shrew cousins in other parts of the world and are more closely related to elephants, and are amongst very few mammals that naturally pair up for life.

 They are also the cutest animals in the entire world, and we want twelve.

However, this is not possible.

This website says: "They are endangered wild animals, and for that reason if not others, they are not good candidates for family pets."

What absolutely heartbreaking news.

 In addition, the greatest threat to their survival is the human race.

To make up for this, we should probably breed a few armies of them. That would be adorable.
October 30th, 2015
10:44 pm
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Photogenic Rescue Squirrel Is A Huge Fan Of Her New Life

Photogenic Rescue Squirrel Is A Huge Fan Of Her New Life

By Caitlin Jill Anders
06 October 2015

This is Jill, a squirrel who was rescued during Hurricane Isaac. She now lives with her unlikely human best friend who gave her a home, and she could not be happier about it.

Jill is a happy, playful 2-year-old squirrel whose only fears in life are vacuums, according to her Instagram profile. When Jill was first rescued, she probably had no idea that her life would become so ... fabulous.

Read more here : https://www.thedodo.com/rescue-squirrel-instagram-1390972193.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb
October 28th, 2015
10:43 am
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Bouncy Rat Gets WAY Too Excited Playing Peek-A-Boo

Bouncy Rat Gets WAY Too Excited Playing Peek-A-Boo

By Ameena Schelling
27 October 2015

This might be the bounciest rat ever.

A video from a few years ago shows a girl playing peek-a-boo with her pet rat, and the little guy couldn't be any more excited. Every time she hides her face, he just can't wait to see her again.

And every time she pulls her hands away, he just freaks out.

Despite popular prejudice, rats make incredible pets — they're intelligent, kind and, as this video shows, tremendously fun to play with.

You can watch the video below to see the full bouncy experience, complete with a rat cuddle session. And if you're tempted to go out and get your own ratty friend, just remember to look into adoption first.

If you need more rats in your life, here's a video of a rat eating spaghetti.


October 15th, 2015
08:23 pm
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Have a dose of Halloween cuteness! =^.^=
Have a dose of Halloween cuteness! =^.^=

October 9th, 2015
09:06 pm
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Learn anatomy without having to kill and dissect creatures!

Learn Anatomy By Dissecting Knitted Animals

October 4, 2015 | by Danielle Andrew

Photo credit: Emily Stoneking

Weaving guts and wool into fantastic knitted creations, artist Emily Stoneking has made a line of (sort of) anatomically correct, partially dissected, knitted creatures.

“I take a lot of artistic liberties,” Emily Stoneking told Bored Panda. “I do spend a lot of time researching real anatomical structures, and my guts have evolved over time (they used to be pretty blobby and random). But now, they really look very human, which I have found people tend to gravitate to."

Stoneking also added that "The real deal is pretty messy and there are not a lot of distinct colors, and I want it to look more like an anatomical illustration (albeit an inaccurate one)," added Stoneking "I have begun moving toward more human based two-dimensional felted pieces, which I do aim to make very anatomically correct."

Stoneking also branches out into more unusual anatomical creations.

“The question I get asked most often is: ‘Are you a scientist?’ And the answer is a resounding, no! I have a historian’s brain, not a scientist’s brain, I’m afraid."

Stoneking sells her knitted animals dissections and other educational pieces on her aKNITomy Etsy shop.

October 7th, 2015
07:26 pm
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New 'hog-nosed rat' discovered in Indonesia
New 'hog-nosed rat' discovered in Indonesia

The only thing is that they should have used live traps to catch, tranquilize and study the animal! There is no excuse for killing an animal to get a specimen! Honestly people would rather see photos and video footage of the animal in a museum, and if they really need a display model they can make a realistic plush version of it! ;-)


A team of scientists have discovered a new species of rat in Indonesia.

The species, which has been named Hyorhinomys stuempkei - hog-nosed rat - has "distinct and unique features uncommon to other rats", they said.

Five of the rodents were discovered on Sulawesi island earlier in January by researchers from Australia, Indonesia and the US.

Museum Victoria's mammal curator Kevin Rowe said the species was "previously undocumented".

"We were on a mission to survey remote mountains in the area and to put evolution in Asia and Australia into context," Mr Rowe said.

"Nothing is currently known about these rats and how widely they were distributed throughout the forests."

'Remarkable morphological evolution'

Mr Rowe, who specialises in rodent evolution, spent six weeks in Indonesia with other scientists and a group of locals trying to reach the remote forest area.

He also shared with the BBC the "exciting moment" of finding a hog-nosed rat.

"We had been setting up overnight traps for a few days - that was when I stumbled upon a completely new rat," he said.

"I hollered immediately for my colleagues as I knew it was a new species."

The rats appeared "healthy, with full stomachs", weighing at an estimated 250g.

Mr Rowe also added that there were rats on Sulawesi island similar to the newly discovered mammal, but they "weren't the same".

"Last year we discovered amphibious and toothless rats on the island too. There is a remarkable morphological evolution going on there."

He said the rat's uniqueness had "far exceeded expectations".

"Obviously its nostrils which resemble a hog's, are very unique. But it also has a long face and larger ears for a rat of its size and lower teeth which are more in common with shrew rats," he said.

"It also has pubic hairs that are very long and extended which we see in other Australian mammals."

The rats have since been preserved and are lodged in a museum in Indonesia.
October 5th, 2015
08:37 pm
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Lucky for this mouse the cat was friendly. =^.^=
Lucky for this mouse the cat was friendly. =^.^=


This game of cat and mouse will only have one winner: Duo appear to play together - but let's not get carried away...

  • There's no doubt there would only be one winner if these two were fighting

  • But the cat and mouse played for the cameras and seemed to get along

  • The mouse was said to have 'scampered off' unscathed after playing

  • The pictures were taken by cat owner Paul Mealey in Westport, Ireland

By Anthony Joseph for MailOnline

Published: 19:18 GMT, 30 September 2015 | Updated: 10:27 GMT, 1 October 2015

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3255251/This-game-cat-mouse-one-winner.html#ixzz3nk5tsYok
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Tom and Jerry take note - this is how a cat and mouse can get on as friends.

There's no doubt there would only be one winner if these two were fighting.

But the animals played for the cameras and seemed to get along, with the mouse 'scampering off' unscathed.

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The animals played for the cameras and seemed to get along, with the mouse 'scampering off' unscathed

The heart-warming pictures were taken by cat owner Paul Mealey in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland.

The two-year-old cat, Lala, seemed to forget the pair were supposed to be sworn enemies.

The rescue animal was seen playing with her new friend for more than 20 minutes in Mr Mealey's garden.

The pictures were taken by cat owner Paul Mealey in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland

The two-year-old cat, Lala, seemed to forget the pair were supposed to be sworn enemies

She gave the rodent a kiss and cuddle as, the smaller of the two danced around joyfully

She gave the rodent a kiss and cuddle as, the smaller of the two danced around joyfully.

Mr Mealey said: 'They were playing really happily together in the late summer sunshine.

'At the end the mouse just scampered off and Lala looked really happy that she had made a new friend.'
Mr Mealey said: 'They were playing really happily together in the late summer sunshine

She gave the rodent a kiss and cuddle as, the smaller of the two danced around joyfully

She gave the rodent a kiss and cuddle as, the smaller of the two danced around joyfully.

Mr Mealey said: 'They were playing really happily together in the late summer sunshine.

'At the end the mouse just scampered off and Lala looked really happy that she had made a new friend.'

Mr Mealey said: 'They were playing really happily together in the late summer sunshine'
Pictured is the mouse speaking to its new pal Lala the cat - an unusual friendship

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