Rats find new homes at Westland shelter’s adoption event

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 6, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe

Westland— Nine-year-old Jesse Stump didn’t choose his newest pet rats — they chose him. He said the rats, sisters named Thelma and Daphne, immediately took a liking to him during the Michigan Humane Society rat adoption event Saturday.

“They started biting me,” he said. “They started crawling up.”

Rats don’t often come to mind when people look for a new pet, but believe it or not, they can be a good choice, Humane Society officials say.

“They are very friendly,” said Kevin Hatman, a spokesman for the Michigan Humane Society.

The organization is holding its first dedicated rat adoption event, “Oh, Rats!” Saturday at the Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland.

Three or four families were already in line for the adoption event when the center opened its doors at 10 a.m., said Linda Reider, director of animal welfare for the Michigan Humane Society. By late Saturday morning, five of the dozen domesticated rats had been adopted — three males and two females.

Jesse’s family, from Garden City, played with Thelma and Daphne, who crawled up their arms and around their necks. Jesse’s mother, Julie Stump, said the rats will help him become more responsible. He plans to keep them in his room.

“They’ve got a huge cage,” he said.

Kelly Amo of Garden City said she was considering whether to get one or two rats as pets for her daughter, Hunter, 7, and Charlie, 3. Rat adoption experts, who were on hand to answer questions, say that rats are very social and should be adopted at least two at a time.

“We’re thinking about a small animal pet,” Amo said. “We heard they’re very smart.”

Hunter said she thought the rats were cool.

“They’re smart and they can do a lot of tricks,” she said.

The rat adoption fee is $10 for one, $15 for two and $20 for three. Each person who adopted a rat received a goodie basket with treats, rat chow and other items.

The event runs through 4 p.m. The Berman Center for Animal Care is at 900 N. Newburgh Road. For information, call (734) 721-7300.


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