Rattie Ratz Rescue-Third Times the Charm: New Friends for Clover

by Stephanie Cameron

Stephanie Cameron is a volunteer with Rattie Ratz Rescue in the bay area of California. Each month KRL features a column from Rattie Ratz. 

Many of us talk about the wonders of second chances, but what if your second chance doesn’t work out the way you hoped it would? Some of us need multiple chances before we end up where we’re supposed to be, and this extends to our furry friends as well. Because all pet rats that make their way to Rattie Ratz Rescue are already on their second chance, the rescue has an extensive adoption process with experienced volunteer Adoption Coordinators to help match adopters with their new ratties, with the ultimate goal being that every animal placed has found a loving forever home.

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Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, which is why Rattie Ratz also has a Welcome Back policy that allows adopters to return their rats, no strings attached, in the event it doesn’t work out. In the case of sisters Ivy and Willow, the third time most definitely seems to be the charm.  

Ivy and Willow are two beautiful and spunky black hooded sisters who were originally surrendered to the rescue when they were babies. The owner bought two rats from a pet store in Southern California after being told they were both males, and it turned out one was female, and she became pregnant. The whole group of Opps babies was surrendered to Rattie Ratz and once they were old enough to be weaned, were adopted out. Ivy and Willow were adopted by their first family in August 2020.

The babies were sweet but a little shy. Sadly, the first family who took Ivy and Willow home ended up being ill equipped to handle their shyness. Instead of letting the Adoption Coordinators know they were struggling, they tried to manage it on their own and the girl’s behavior went from bad to worse. The girls became nippy, and the family became even less inclined to socialize with them. Seven months after being adopted they were returned to the rescue.

After being in foster care for a couple of months and getting the proper socialization, the girls really started to bloom into the rats they were meant to be. They could still be a little shy at times, and one girl was still a little mouthy, but they were so much happier coming out and being with their people.

Clover and Willow
This is where Stella and Clover join the picture. Stella had three older girls, two of which had sadly passed away, leaving her last girl, Clover, by herself. Stella is a repeat adopter and Rattie Ratz volunteer, so when it was time to find some new friends for little Clover, she knew exactly where to go. Stella was happy to adopt Ivy and Willow, and exactly one year from their first adoption, the girls finally went to their forever home in August 2021. 

Stella describes - “After Willow and Ivy were added to Clover's cage, Clover immediately added even more to her already bold personality. She'll just leap on top of me as soon as I open her cage. Willow and Ivy are also very spunky, and I was so shocked by how outgoing they are – on the day after they arrived at my house, they were running around like they owned the place!”

Willow getting ready for the holidays
All three girls did very well during introductions and have been happily living together for some time now. As the matriarch of the group at two years old, Clover doesn’t have as much energy as her new friends, but she seems to enjoy the rambunctious antics of Ivy and Willow. If the girls are in an affectionate mood, they will spend their free roam time cuddled up together in the hoodie of Stella’s jacket. Watch out if they’re ready for some mischief, because they’re just as likely to “cause as much chaos as they possibly can” with all three running away in opposite directions. Is it just me, or does this seem to be a well thought out plan?? The girls certainly like to keep Stella on her toes!

Stella goes on to say that: “Ivy is the shyer of the two, but not by much. At first, she was hesitant to be held, and would occasionally nip when I reached to touch her without much warning, but now she's very fond of sitting on my shoulder while I work. They also like to all lick my hand at the same time which is really cute! Willow and Ivy have made a very welcome addition to our house! Fast learners and very brave, I've taught them how to do simple tricks like spinning and shaking my hand, with more on the way. They're some of the sweetest, most cuddly rats I've ever had, and Clover is very glad to have some new friends.”

If you would like to know more about Rattie Ratz Rescue you can visit their Facebook page. If you are interested in adopting 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. You can also keep up with our pet articles by joining our KRL Facebook group. 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.