Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on November 26, 2010
We’ve had a few wonderful rats as pets over the years (one who passed away recently, who came running to me when she was called and was quite affectionate, is still missed by the family), so while this next news report out of California will seem a trifle bizarre or distasteful to some readers, rat owners and rat connoisseurs should find it of interest.
And, as an unconventional “holiday feel-good” story.
Reported by WHDH-TV, 1,000 rescued rats up for adoption in California:
SAN JOSE, Calif. — About a thousand rats are awaiting adoption in California after being rescued from a house featured on the A&E reality TV show “Hoarders.”
The Humane Society trucked the rodents over the weekend from Los Angeles to San Jose, where more than 30 volunteers and nonprofit staff helped move the rats into Andy’s Pet Shop in San Jose, which agreed to temporarily house them.
Lauren Paul of the nonprofit North Star Rescue told the San Jose Mercury News that the previous owner’s daughter had brought home a pregnant rat one day and the litter began multiplying quickly.
The man’s neighbors called “Hoarders” producers after the rats began tearing apart the house.
Paul says she hopes rat lovers will come forward and give them a new home.