Rattie Ratz-The Travels of The Shrews

by Alyssa Nader

Alyssa Nader 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.

Many of us have found our lives turned upside down by the events of the past year. Ratties and the folks who love them are no different.

Popping back up 

Photo by Arica Nader

We heard about the Shrews a few months ago, who started their journey as snake food (!), then were adopted to a loving home in Berkeley. Due to the pandemic, their rat parent needed to move and could no longer have any pets. The shrews moved to San Francisco where they lived until the world went sideways! 

Due to more COVID happenings, the Shrews new moms needed to move to Orange County to stay with their families, and there came the Shrews. They enjoyed their time meeting their grandparents, who got to know ratties for the first time!

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Not all rats do well with travel. It is an individual thing. I have had a rat who traveled every day to work in an office with me and loved the thrill of riding on my shoulder and sniffing all the world, even in downtown San Francisco. I have had other rats that could barely leave their cage without getting anxiety! 

 It is important to observe your ratties to see how they do. The Shrews, luckily, are very well-adjusted to their travel cage and enjoy fruit, pellets, water and some road-trip snacks and treats when we have needed to travel with them.

Are we done moving yet? 

Photo by Arica Nader

Although they were enjoying relaxing in Orange County (although they did not appreciate the sunshine as much as we did; bless their nocturnal souls), Orange County was just another stop on the way. Arica got an apartment in Sacramento, and the Shrews headed back up to Northern California, near their original home. We wonder if they can smell it in the air. They are settling in nicely and continuing their crazy antics and photogenic selves.

Ratties don’t live for long, but the love we have for them is very important. We are happy that we could keep the Shrews in their forever home, even if imperfectly, even if that forever home needed to change geography. We thank the Shrews for their continued patience and look forward to a time with a little more peace for rats and their people alike.

Rattie Ratz is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to help all domesticated ratties who come to us find a loving, forever home.

 Rattie Ratz: Rescue, Resource, & Referral

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Call us at: (415) 340-1896

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