'Great family pets'

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Dec 30, 2013 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

La PORTE — Even the smallest furry friends need good homes.

And what better way to start a new year than with a new pet?

Peggy McCoy is a dedicated La Portean who makes sure rodents who have been abandoned or abused have loving homes. She runs Rescued Rat Adoptions out of her home, where she takes care of numerous furry friends.

She has an abundance of various rats and hamsters, along with a guinea pig or two.

“These guys are great family pets,” McCoy said. “They are awesome because they know their names. They are less maintenance than a bigger animal and are very social creatures. Plus they can teach children responsibility.”

McCoy started taking in animals in 2010 and has been finding them new homes ever since. She recently started having them available for view on Petfinder.com.

All the animals are domesticated and have been from pet stores at one time.

McCoy devotes many hours to the animals, which is evident by a license plate on her car, which states “Rat Lover.”

She said a lot of the rats given to her have not been taken to a veterinarian and sometimes have temperament problems. McCoy said the large rats are less work than a dog or cat but they do need to be checked by a veterinarian regularly. She said some of the rats have developed or have had tumors she has had removed by the veterinarian.

The rats that have temperament problems are usually because they are intact. McCoy said she gets the rats fixed so they can live together and become more social, noting rats are very social creatures.

Rescue Rat Adoptions lets people adopt two or more rats or hamsters at a time. They do not sell the animals singularly unless there are other rats or hamsters at the home.

McCoy’s goal is for people to understand that even the smallest animals need to be taken care of properly and that there is a need in rescuing these animals. She said she would like to start a foster care program at some point so she can keep up with the demand of rodents needing to be rescued.

Heartland Shelter in South Bend helps McCoy in finding good homes for the animals and she takes them to be checked at a veterinary service in Granger.

For more information visit www.rescuedratadoptions.com or www.petfinder.com/shelters/IN625.html.

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