Rats and mice typically inspire more shrieks than cutesy sighs.
But on the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society’s Facebook page, visitors have been asked to keep any lowly opinions to themselves. The Menands-based haven for unwanted animals has created a hate-free zone for rats and mice after it took in some of the 400 rodents the Niagara ASPCA region recently rescued from a hoarding situation.
“We want to remind everyone that our page is not a forum for insensitive, negative comments about these animals and such comments will not be allowed here,” reads the Facebook post from Saturday. “These animals are as deserving of our compassion as any other species we care for.”
Marguerite Pearson, marketing and communications manager for the Humane Society, said some of the comments on the Facebook page were awful.
“Someone mentioned rat poisoning and it really ticked me off,” said Pearson. “I posted ‘no negativity’ because we felt that we wanted to take back the page.”
According to Mohawk’s social media feed, 70 volunteers gathered up the rodents, which were being bred to feed snakes. The mice and rats are being distributed to area PetSmart locations including stores in Albany, Glenmont, Latham and Hudson, where they are being adopted out like any other pet. Rats and mice can also be adopted at the society’s Menands center.
But hurry. They are going fast. At the Albany PetSmart, store employee Ruth Place said all 10 of their rats were adopted already.
“We will be getting more,” said Place. “But, we have to wait. Many of the rescued rats were babies and have to grow up a little more. People love them because they are very affectionate creatures.”
The society obviously agrees.
“Rats make awesome pets. Smart, social and very clean,” the society said.