We took in 6 girls from a shelter in Indiana. 4 were dropped off in an overnight box and the others were surrendered by the owner who loves them so much. 3 of the girls have been adopted out since then and are in amazing homes. Some of these girls we will miss as we do all of the ones who come visit us while they wait for their forever homes.
We took in 4 girls who were living in the worst cage I have seen. No food bowls or food and the water bottle was stained with a horrible brown stain. The girls are healthy and happy now and awaiting homes.
We also took in a boy and girl Pip and Squeak. They were meant to be feeder breeder by a minor but when that didnt happen probably due to age of the rats they handed them off to a snake owner who snake couldn't eat them. So they came to me. One emergency spay later and they are now safe. Little things like this is what really does a rescue in. It is these emergencies that come in and move above the other rats that are in line for surgeries. Both of these are proving to happy rats regardless of their past and are up for adoption.
We found another person with 5 rats in a tank. Not a suitable living situation for one let alone 5. To make matters worse, 3 were boys and 2 were girls. Luckily I have seen signs of heat cycles on the girls so they are not pregnant. They are living in a cage with each other while the 3 boys are living in another cage. The girls are great. Their little personalities are shining and will be amazing pets for someone. They wont be listed on adoptions sites for a few weeks because I want to make sure they are not pregnant. Daddy and the boys need work. Daddy does not trust people much but he is very eager to try. The boys are just skittish and scared. Daddy will most likely be neutered so he can be adoptable once we get them to healthy weights. Daddy weighs about 339g when he came in and he is at least 200g underweight.
We have tumors to remove, tooth abscesses, heart problems, Chronic uris and so many more things with some of our rats that we are constantly medicating, running to the vets office and worrying about one or the other. Our lifers break our heart when they leave us. Even though they came in to be adopted they found a home with us. We have some girls who have bitten me for 1.5years now. Obviously those cannot be adopted out but I leave them here and we care for them deeply. Some of our rats we have to love from afar but most will love us back. For our special biter rats they may not like us but they know when dinner time is and they usually always love other rats so they are happy in their own way.
We spend a lot of time on these rats. I go to work for 10 hours and some days the rest of my evening is filled with rat cage cleaning, medicating, socializing, going over adoption applications and so on. We have a list of rats we medicate twice a day. We have ones who need more loving than others to make them home ready for their next journey in life and we spend hours on the road either picking up or going to the vets office.
We have received some random donations this month and I cannot thank these individuals enough. We have a tough fight on our hands balance the vet bills and food bills and we are still working on the $850.00 for the filing fee for the 501(c)3. I am not sure that we will ever manage to get those funds up but I can hope that we can. I remember wanting to start a rescue but wasn't sure If I could adopt any out. Just about 50 adopted animals later and we are adopting them out to amazing homes. It has been a rough road though but one I would travel many times again. I may not be changing the world but I can give you 100 eyes of the lives I have changed and is more than I can say for a lot of individuals.