Homeless rats now up for adoption from Dane County Humane Society

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 16, 2013 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

Two of Madison’s summer homeless have adjusted to a cushy caged life at the Dane County Humane Society shelter but are now eligible to be adopted.

The two pet male rats, rescued by Madison police from the detritus of Downtown moving day in mid-August, have been batching it at the shelter since then, said Humane Society spokeswoman Gayle Viney.

They have been named — Nibbles and Carrot — and are doing well, said Viney, herself once the owner of two pet rats (Greta and Sophie).

She said they are “fancy” rats, typical of the common pet rat, and were friendly and in good condition when they were rescued. Their age is uncertain, but they are over a year old, she estimated.

The cage-mates were found near their pen in a garbage-filled area behind a residence at Gilman and Henry streets by police responding to a concerned citizen’s report. They were easily herded into paper bags for transport to the society shelter, where they had to be held in “protective custody” for 10 days before adoption is allowed.

They are ready to ramble now, Viney said, and they join a number of currently sheltered rodents. These include hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, mice, chinchillas, rabbits, gerbils and a ferret. There was a hedgehog recently, too, but it has been adopted.

Viney said the two rats have been kept together, and it is hoped they can be adopted as such.

“They seem to be bonded buddies,” she said.

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