Animal Writes
28 March 1999 Issue
Abandoned Rats Urgently Need Homes


We are asking people to open their hearts and homes to a small band of
abandoned ratties in Tucson. A breeder apparently walked into a local
Petsmart and tried to sell off her unwanted rats to the store. When Petsmart
told her they could not accept rodents from non-USDA facilities, the woman
simply walked out and abandoned them. Petsmart kept the rats and they are
on display in the store. However, Petsmart have their own male-only rats to
care for and sell. The abandoned rats are all female ranging in age from 2-3
weeks to late adolescence. Petsmart cannot take responsibility for unknown
animals dumped in their store. Petsmart are giving the rats away and because
of this we are very worried they will end up as snake food or abused. As
always, Tucson is a very dangerous place to be an unwanted rats. We are
willing to transport the rats anywhere in the San Francisco area at the end of
May. Though people are welcome to contact and rescue rats before this.


Rodent Rights
Rodent Welfare and Information Victoria is interested in hearing from rat lovers all
over the world. We'd also like to here from rabbit, guinea pig and mouse owners
also. The Welfare of these lovable little creatures is currently overlooked by many
government and council laws regarding animal cruelty. R.W.I.V wants to hear
your views on what regulations should be put in place to govern the welfare of
rodents and rabbits, both pet and 'vermin'.

Rebekah Blackwolf

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